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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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Does the Seafood HACCP Regulation Apply to You?

Seafood Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) is a federal program to help seafood processors and importers meet food safety regulations. It has been in effect since December 1997.

HACCP, by design, prevents, …

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Eat to Compete: Sports Nutrition for Young Adults— Carbohydrates

Carbohydrates are a major fuel source for exercising muscles. If these muscles do not have enough carbohydrates, performance will decrease.

Carbohydrates are chemical compounds containing carbon, hydrogen, and oxygen. Starc…

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Cut Stump Herbicide Treatments for Invasive Plant Control

Homeowners can learn the correct procedure for controlling woody invasive plants with the cut stump treatment method—a simple way to control woody invasive plants. An herbicide solution is applied directly to the stump top immediately aft…

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Alabama 4-H Grows

The Alabama 4-H Grows Garden Project offers young people hands-on gardening experiences. Each tier, or level, provides a different gardening experience by directly engaging in getting-their-hands-dirty gardening education.

Any youth, 9…

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A New Virus Disease in Alabama Cotton

Cotton plants in some areas of Alabama have displayed symptoms of a new virus disease, US-CLRDV. Learn about this new threat, its symptoms, and recommended control.

Introduction
With an estimated farm gate income of $3…

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Carpenter Bees: Destructive Spring Pests

AUBURN UNIVERSITY, Ala. – Carpenter bees are known as one of the most destructive spring pests there are. In their search for a place to lay their eggs, theses bees can cause severe damage to homes and buildings. Knowing how to control th…

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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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Grazier’s Tool Box and Pasture Walk Scheduled for April 4

AUBURN UNIVERSITY, Ala.— The Walker County Extension office invites producers to attend the “Grazier’s Tool Box and Pasture Walk” workshop Thursday, April 4 from 2 until 4 p.m. This on-farm demonstration in Eldridge, Ala. will show produc…

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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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