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Shellfish Seed Suppliers for Gulf of Mexico 2019

This list of shellfish seed suppliers was compiled by the Alabama Extension and is based on best available information and is not an endorsement or recommendation of any of the companies. In all cases, purchasers of seed are r…

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Fig Production Guide

Figs are easy to grow in warm climates but produce their best fruit in Mediterranean climates with hot, dry summers and cool, wet winters. Learn about fig botany, varieties, growing techniques, and disease and pest problems.

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Principles of Parenting: Communicating With Your Teen—Trust

Learn ways to establish and maintain trust in your parent-teen relationship.

Parenting involves allowing children to have more responsibilities and freedoms as they grow older. Generally speaking, the goal is to let go, and…

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Principles of Parenting: Communicating With Your Teen—Talking about Sex

Learn how to approach the topic of sex in a way that helps your teen make wise and healthy choices.

As a parent, you know that the topic of sex is an important one to discuss with your children. But just because the topic i…

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Food Safety for Southern U.S. Food Crop Producers After Flooding

Throughout the Gulf Coast states, floods directly affecting food production (including produce, grains, and animal feed) are relatively rare. Preparing for or reacting to flooding in terms of keeping food safe is not something that …

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Wood Ashes for Lime and Potash

Wood Ashes for Lime and Potash is part 5 of The Alabama Vegetable Gardener series.

Most people associate wood ashes with the popular term for potassium fertilizers—potash. Vast areas of forests in the eastern United States were once b…

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Management of Fall Armyworm in Pastures and Hayfields

The fall armyworm is a chronic pest in the Southeast and can cause severe damage to grass and forage crops. Damage varies in appearance and severity according to the type of grass and management practices. They are most numerous in …

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The Buzz: Pollinators are Essential

AUBURN UNIVERSITY, Ala.— In the spirit of National Pollinator Week, the Alabama Cooperative Extension System salutes pollinators everywhere who are irreplaceable pieces of the puzzle in gardens, cropland and flowerbeds. Bees are more than…

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Growing Horticultural Crops: Things To Consider

Some of the most common questions received by Alabama Extension agents are about some aspect of fruit and vegetable production. A lot of questions come from people considering growing fruits and vegetables commercially but do not know where…

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Managing Tawny Crazy Ants: Guidelines for the Pest Management Professional

Tawny crazy ants are a highly invasive pest that is best contained by pest management professionals using these strategies for identification and control.

Tawny crazy ants (TCA), Nylanderia fulva (Mayr), wer…

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Common Insects and Disease Pests of Turfgrasses & Ornamentals

Five pest groups, insects, and related arthropods, snails and slugs, vertebrates, plant disease agents, and weeds can cause problems in urban landscapes and nursery production. Of these, insects and related arthropods and plant disease agen…

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Extension Leads in Advancing Alabama

In our rapidly changing digital era, Alabama Extension continues to lead in research and problem solving. Our educational outreach spans the state creating economic opportunities for residents, providing the latest resources for i…

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Dry, Hot Weather Boosts Two-Spotted Spider Mites on Peaches

During this time of year, peach growers are noticing peach leaves with a mottled appearance and fine web material covering leaves, twigs, and sections of branches. These are signs of an infestation of the two-spotted spider mite (Tetranychu…

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Fall Armyworms Making Early Appearance

AUBURN UNIVERSITY, Ala. – Fall armyworms are already making their presence known in Alabama. Usually seen later in the year, mild winter conditions and warm spring temperatures made for early development and emergence of fall armyworms.

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Pest Alert: Grape Flea Beetle

Grape flea beetle is found in the eastern two-thirds of the United States. These are often the first insect pests in the season to begin attacking grapes. Damaged buds will not develop into primary canes which can reduce grape yields. This …

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