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Alabama Extension Launches Farming Basics App

AUBURN UNIVERSITY, Ala.—Today’s farmers are using new technology more than ever to help them with day-to-day tasks. In a physically demanding and rapidly developing industry, farmers lean on GPS, web information, online courses and time…

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Alabama Producers Harvest Crops Despite Widespread Drought

AUBURN UNIVERSITY, Ala.—Widespread drought continues in Alabama, as nearly 84 percent of the state is in severe drought. In fact, 55 percent of the state’s soil and subsoil moisture is reported to be “very short.” Even with these co…

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Cereal Cover Crop Response to Nitrogen Fertilizer

A winter cover crop can benefit the soil and/or subsequent crop, but cover crops are not harvested for feed or sold as a commodity (Fig. 1). Cover crop benefits include soil erosion protection, increased soil organic C accumulation, weed su…

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Dairy Goat and Sheep Nutrition and Forages

This is an excerpt of Dairy Goat and Sheep Operations in the Southeast Production Guide, ANR-2457.

Nutrient requirements differ based on age, stage of production, weight, breed type, and the environment. In order to maintain milk…

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Marketing Alfalfa-Bermudagrass to Horse Owners

When producing hay to be sold to horse owners, it is important to understand the difference between being a seller or a marketer.

The goal of hay sellers is to identify customers who like what they produce, sell the hay…

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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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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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Beef Cow Pregnancy Examination

A beef cow needs to produce a calf every year to be an economically viable member of the herd. An important management tool that will improve the reproductive efficiency of a beef herd is an annual pregnancy examination for every co…

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Alabama Beef Handbook

Beef cattle represent one of the largest segments of Alabama’s agriculture industry, providing a great source of income for the state. This handbook explains basic beef cattle practices and is intended to aid beef cattle producers…

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Macartney Rose (Rosa bracteata) Control Update

Macartney rose is a troublesome weed, especially in pastures where cattle strongly avoid grazing within or around the thorny stems. Macartney rose is similar to Cherokee rose (Rosa laevigata) as both have large, white solitary flowers. Howe…

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