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Thinning Loblolly Pine Stands To Benefit Wildlife & Timber Production

Loblolly pine is the most common timber species in the southern United States. This is due to the tree’s ability to grow rapidly on a wide variety of sites. It is considered a medium- to large-sized tree with an average height of 90 to 11…

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Thrips: Pests of Ornamental Plants

What Are Thrips?

Thrips are unique insects assigned their own order (Thysanoptera). This order is named for the fringed wings found on adult stages. Figure 1 shows these wings as small, narrow, and surrounded by tiny hairs. Thrips are …

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Beef Cattle Record Keeping Basics

Records are a vital component to achieving a more advanced level of management for a beef cattle producer. Beef cattle record keeping is a technique and tool to document and analyze precise information for an operation.

Different…

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Interpreting a Forage Analysis for Beef Cattle

Analysis of forages is an important tool to develop strategic supplemental feeding strategies for beef cattle. Understanding the nutritional level of available forage can help manage feed input costs more closely and meet the nutrit…

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Water Requirements of Beef Cattle

Water is considered the most critical nutrient in beef cattle diets. Cattle diets are balanced for energy, protein, vitamins, and minerals based on the desired level of animal performance. Animal performance can be affected by water…

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Drought Sales of Livestock

Farming is a business that is difficult to manage. Many factors are beyond the control of the farmer. One problem with farming is the variability in annual income; one year prices are up, the next they are down Weather also plays a …

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Mineral Supplementation for Newly Received Stocker Cattle

Many mineral options are available for cattle producers. Proper nutritional management is critical for stocker cattle because these cattle are often stressed after being transported and will likely have low water and feed intake dur…

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Arbor Day Poster Contest

Congratulations to the 2020 Arbor Day Poster Contest winners: Copeland Bender, Dylan Montgomery, and Lisa Morgan. Click here to view the Arbor Day Tree Planting Ceremony photos courtesy of the Governor’s Office.

Contest Rules

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Beginning Farmer Training Events and Programs

The Alabama Beginning Farmer Program has a wide array of resources for all types of farmers. The overall implementation plan involves collaboration with a wide range of institutions, producer groups, and nonprofit organizations for supporti…

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Plastic Mulch for Vegetable Production

The use of plastic polyethylene mulch has become increasingly common in vegetable production in Alabama in the past few decades. Plastic mulch growing practices are used on a wide range of fruit and vegetable crops in Alabama, including str…

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A Ready Partner

The Alabama Cooperative Extension System is the primary outreach and engagement organization for the land-grant mission of Alabama A&M University and Auburn University in cooperation with Tuskegee University. Our unique combination of …

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Grafting Methods

Several different methods are commonly used for grafting plants. These include cleft grafting, inlay grafting, four-flap grafting, and whip grafting.
What Method Should I Use?
It depends on the time of year and the size of the grafting ma…

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Greenhouse Vegetables and Ethylene Damage

With the colder temperatures across Alabama, many growers are turning on their heaters for the first time. In about 2 to 3 weeks, we will start getting calls about suspicious damage appearing on their vegetable crops.  Over the past 20 plu…

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