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Collecting Forage Samples for Laboratory Analysis

With any type of forage sample, the goal is to collect a representative sample. The following provides some guidelines.
Collecting a Hay Sample (≤ 20 percent moisture)

Test each lot of forage separately. A lot is defined as ha…

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National 4-H Conference

National 4-H Conference is the premier professional and leadership development event for 4-H members ages 16-18 who are actively engaged in 4-H programs. The conference is held in Washington, D.C. The purpose of the conference is to provide…

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Aquacultured Oysters

Archaeologists investigate oyster shell middens (piles of shucked oyster shells) to learn more about America’s earliest human inhabitants. Pottery and other artifacts found in middens provide evidence that Paleo Indians inhabited the coasta…

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Soil Solarization for Control of Nematodes & Soilborne Diseases

Effective control of plant parasitic nematodes, soilborne plant pathogens, and some weed pests is a serious challenge for farmers and home gardeners.

Resistant varieties, crop rotation, and pesticides are not always via…

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Alabama Master Gardeners Volunteer Program

What is Master Gardener?
The Alabama Master Gardener Volunteer Program is an educational volunteer-recruitment program offered through the Alabama Cooperative Extension System. Volunteers work with Extension to bring the latest h…

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Beaver Control in Alabama

In the 1930s, beaver populations in Alabama were reduced to about 500 animals as a result of trapping, hunting, and the demand for fur. Conservation efforts, such as reintroductions and regulated harvest, in conjunction with low fur prices …

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Alabama Beef Quality Assurance: Administering Cattle Health Products Properly

Selecting the best route of administration, choosing the correct needle, choosing the correct injection site, practicing good sanitation, handling drugs correctly, and proper restraint will ensure proper action of the drug and will …

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Alabama Beef Quality Assurance: Cattle Health Product Use and Storage

To ensure the proper use and effectiveness of cattle health products, beef producers must use FDA-approved products and use them only as directed by the label or veterinary prescription (if all requirements are met). All products mu…

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Keys to Producing and Selecting Quality Vegetable Transplants

There are a number of considerations to be made when preparing to grow vegetable transplants for your home garden, including  sowing  the  seeds or selecting the plants, preparing the growing  media, and selecting the type of container …

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Acid Rain: An Overview

What Is Acid Rain?

Acid rain, or acid precipitation, refers to any precipitation that is more acidic (i.e., has a lower pH value) than that of normal rainwater. Carbon dioxide (CO22) in the atmosphere makes all rain slightly acidic becau…

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Preparing to Evacuate a Farm

Farms in flood-prone areas, or areas in which flooding has been anticipated, should have an emergency plan for evacuation. A farmstead disaster plan must consider the safety of family members and farm workers, livestock, and emergency respo…

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Alabama Beef Quality Assurance: Managing for Good Herd Health

A good herd health program is essential for a profitable cattle operation. Healthier, better-performing cattle ensure production of an abundant, safe, wholesome supply of beef products that consumers can purchase and consume with co…

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Protect Your Trees

Failing trees cause the most damage and inconvenience both during and after a storm event. Trees fail in storms because they endure stresses that exceed their ability to withstand. The weight of a falling branch, trunk, or whole tree is mas…

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Power Outages

Follow these guidelines to be prepared for power outages.

Know where your flashlight and batteries are—and be able to easily access them. Consider purchasing battery-operated lanterns for additional light sources.
Decide which ro…

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Hydrangeas

Hydrangeas, with their pink or blue cloud-shaped flowers and large, soft-green leaves, compose images of lazy summers in the shade. However, this describes only one plant, the bigleaf hydrangea, in a large and varied group. All hydr…

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