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The Southern Region Small Fruit Consortium

Small fruit crops are knowledge and technology-intensive enterprises. All the land grant universities in the southern region have their strengths and weaknesses with regard to expertise and information dissemination with these crops. It is …

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Bacterial Spot on Pepper and Tomato

AUBURN UNIVERSITY, Ala. – Bacterial spot is a common disease of tomatoes and peppers. Most often, damage from this disease is on the leaves of a plant. There are several steps that growers can take to control and prevent this disease. Alaba…

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Preparing & Storing Breast Milk: Tips for Child Care Providers

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention classifies breast milk as a food, not a bodily fluid. Learn the proper methods for preparing, storing, and warming breast milk.

Breast Milk Preparation

Always wash hands well …

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Winter Maintenance for Lawns and Landscapes

Eight tasks for the winter season to ensure your landscape is ready for spring growth.

Cut the grass
Cut warm season lawns to a height of 1-2 inches. Cut cool season lawns to a height of 3-4 inches. Winter snow and cold may damage roots…

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Harvest for Health: Making an Impact on Cancer Survivors

AUBURN UNIVERSITY, Ala. – There are nearly 14.5 million people living with and beyond cancer in the United States today. Through the Master Gardener program, Alabama Extension’s home grounds team is working to make an impact on the lives of…

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Winter Maintenance for Gardens and Flower Beds

Eight tasks for the winter season to ensure your landscape is ready for spring growth.
Remove finished and dead plants
Overwintering plant litter can harbor pests and diseases. Tilling under pest and disease free litter is another option….

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So You Have Soil Insect Pests – Now What?

Insect pests are almost a year-round problem in Alabama. Pests can be above ground or below-ground. While it is somewhat easier to observe foliar insects, it is a daunting task to really know what is inside the soil before it is too late. V…

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Fertilizing Pecan Trees Important for Overall Health

AUBURN UNIVERSITY, Ala. – Growing pecan trees can be tricky because of the many environmental factors that affect a tree’s health. One of the best ways to promote good health in pecan trees in establishing a proper fertilizing program. Chip…

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Horse Project

The 4-H Horse Project teaches horsemanship skills, horse judging, tack care, and basic management. Participation will help youth understand how to manage a show horse, learn entrepreneurship and record keeping, become better horsemen, and r…

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Strawberries: Alabama’s Sweet Business

AUBURN UNIVERSITY, Ala. – Strawberry season is underway in Alabama. Known for their bright colors and sweet taste, strawberries play a special part in the Alabama’s economy and culture.
A Sweet Business
Kevin Burkett, an Alabama Exten…

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Mulches for the Home Landscape

Nature mulches plants with fallen leaves and other organic materials. Mulching, as practiced by gardeners, is merely an adaptation of this natural process.

Advantages of Mulching
Adding a layer of mulch around trees, shrubs, and pla…

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Alabama Extension Hosts Alfalfa in the South May 7

AUBURN UNIVERSITY, Ala.— The annual Alfalfa in the South workshop is scheduled for May 7 in Troy, Alabama. Held at the Cattlemen’s Park, this one-day workshop starts at 8:30 a.m. and goes until 3 p.m.

Hosted by Alabama Extension, th…

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