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Foal Management: Preweaning Phase

Learn steps a horse owner can take during the preweaning phase of a foal’s life to ensure optimum health and future productivity.

To protect the initial investment in a foal and to optimize its health and productivity aft…

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Is My Farm a Hobby or a Business?

Understanding tax laws and guidelines can help you avoid unexpected tax consequences on your small farm or ranch.

“Your tax return has been selected for examination by our office.”

These are words that no taxpaye…

3 min read

Thistle Control in Pastures and Hayfields

This persistent weed often sneaks up on producers in spring and can quickly take over a pasture. Find answers to controlling thistle growth and spread in these frequently asked questions.

Thistles are a common weed prob…

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Control of Blackberry and Dewberry in Pastures and Hayfields

These hard-to-control prickly shrubs can reduce grazing and hay quality as well as injure livestock. Find answers to managing their growth and spread in these frequently asked questions.

Blackberry and dewberry shrubs…

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Alabama Extension Offers Insight on Center Pivot Irrigation Costs

AUBURN UNIVERSITY, Ala.—Producers face difficult decisions day in and day out. Alabama Cooperative Extension System professionals have compiled information to help farmers consider all options when deciding whether to purchase and install…

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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 …

1 min read

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…

2 min read

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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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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Soybean Varietal Sensitivity Seen Following Saflufenacil Applications

AUBURN UNIVERSITY, Ala.—Soybean varieties have different levels of tolerance or sensitivity to saflufenacil. For several years, research has monitored the responses of different soybean varieties to saflufenacil. Extension specialists hop…

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Subterranean Termite Control Products for Alabamians

There are five types of termite treatment programs: liquid termiticides, baiting systems, wood preservatives, mechanical barriers, and biological termiticides. Learn about the advantages and limitations of each of these five program…

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Anthracnose Prevalent this Spring

AUBURN UNIVERSITY, Ala.—Spring is an active time for growing vegetables and fruits. It is also an active time for disease. Anthracnose is a prevalent strawberry disease that can infect an entire plant and spread to surrounding plants.

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Phosphorus Basics: Understanding Phosphorus Forms and Their Cycling in the Soil

Phosphorus (P) is essential to all forms of life on this planet. It is an essential nutrient necessary for growth and development of plants and animals on which our food supply depends.

Phosphorus constitutes about 0.2 percent of a plan…

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