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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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Helping Children and Adolescents Cope with Suicide

From 1999 to 2016, Alabama experienced a 21.9 percent increase in suicides across all age groups. As the media continues to cover suicide incidents among the nation’s youth, parents are often concerned about how to discuss this to…

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Flooded Wells: Shock Chlorination

Take steps to ensure that your well water is safe after a flood. One method of disinfection is shock chlorination.

Upon Return to Your Home
After a flood, it is strongly recommended that a licensed water well driller…

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Practical Tips for the Use of Biological Control Agents for Pest Management

Many field crop and greenhouse vegetable producers inquire about the best use of natural enemies and commercial biological control agents. Biological control agents or BCAs include small parasitic wasps as well as predators. There are also …

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Integrated Pest Management Guides

The Alabama Cooperative Extension System creates integrated pest management guides for major row crops; small and stored grains; pastures and forage crops; commercial turfgrass; and noncropland. These guides are compiled by both current an…

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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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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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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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Arbor Day Poster Contest

Entries are being accepted for the 2020 Arbor Day Poster Contest. Please read and follow these rules carefully to submit an eligible entry. All posters must be received by February 10.

Contest Rules

Posters must be the original wo…

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Mosquito Control Services Commercial Applicator Permit Information

This Commercial Category is for pesticide applicators making arthropod control applications to individual person’s properties (misting devices, fogging and barrier treatment services.)
Someone doing mosquito work for hire has to be certifi…

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