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Investment Costs of Center Pivot Irrigation in Alabama—Three Scenarios

Decisions on whether to invest in irrigation equipment are tough to make, but irrigation can mitigate one of the largest risks in crop production.

Irrigation investment and operating costs vary substantially across locations based on acc…

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Poultry Pest Management

Poultry pest management is an important element in any production. Mites and lice are the most common external parasites of poultry in Alabama. The major pests include the northern fowl mite, the chicken mite, the bed bug, and several speci…

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SmartMap Education Program

Smart devices and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) are making geospatial technology adoptable, affordable, and easy to operate for a broad range of nontechnical users. SmartMap is a series of hands-on introductory workshops providing trainin…

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Using an Excel Spreadsheet for Farm Financial Records

Years ago, the Alabama Cooperative Extension System published an Alabama Farm Book. This annual publication was a series of legal and ledger size paper worksheets for farmers to write down different types of farm income and expense, separat…

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College Savings: A Parent’s Guide to 529 Plans

Why should I save for my child’s college education? Many parents are wondering how to help their children offset the cost of college or trade school. By saving for your child’s education, you start to achieve the goal of reducin…

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Street Trees 4: Proper Pruning

Proper Pruning is part four of four in the Street Trees: Site Selection, Planting, and Maintenance in the Urban Landscape series.

Proper pruning will be an integral part of any successful urban forestry program. Without some form of help…

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Commercial Horticulture: Programs, People & Educational Resources

The Commercial Horticulture Program provides research-based information to nurseries, landscape companies, and fruit and vegetable growers with conventional or organic production systems. This is done through regional meetings, ad…

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Commercial Horticulture: Making a Difference in the Food System

The Commercial Horticulture Program provides multidimensional research-based information, support services, and training to a growing horticulture industry across Alabama. This includes the nursery and landscape industry and specialty…

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Escape Vapes

Adolescent Health Issue
Electronic cigarette (e-cigarette) use among high school students has increased at a staggering rate. According to the United States Surgeon General, e-cigarette use is higher among youth than adults and has…

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Milling Dimensions: Characteristics of Portable Sawmill Owners and Operators

Landowners harvest trees from their property for many reasons. Often this is done as part of a regularly scheduled timber harvest such as a thinning or final harvest. But there are times when cutting older trees in a small area to impro…

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Economic Impact of a New 300-Head Cow-Calf Operation in Alabama

The entry of a new 300-head cow-calf operation in Alabama causes a measurable increase in economic activity within the state in terms of ongoing annual operations. Consider the following total economic activity created during the first full…

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Harvesting Pine Straw for Profit: Questions Landowners Should Ask Themselves

Production of nontimber forest products such as pine straw can be a good way for forestland owners to earn an income, especially when traditional timber markets are down. Pine straw consists of the needles that fall from pine trees. Fre…

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The Culture of Camellias: The State Flower of Alabama

Origin and History 
From the ancient temple gardens of China and Japan, through the ornate conservatories of eighteenth-century Europe, to the stately plantations of America’s nineteenth-century South, the camellia has been a pampered a…

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Raised Bed Gardening

Raised bed gardening is a convenient and easy way to produce homegrown vegetables. Unlike traditional in-ground gardening where lots of space is usually required, raised bed gardening is a perfect alternative for people who cannot garden du…

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Buying, Storing & Preparing Fresh Vegetables

Whether you grow your own produce or buy it at a farmers market or grocery store, fruits and vegetables are a colorful, tasty, and healthy part of our diets. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) recommends that we cons…

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