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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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Horse Project

The 4-H Horse Project teaches horsemanship skills, horse judging, tack care, and basic management. Participation will help youth understand how to manage a show horse, learn entrepreneurship and record keeping, become better horsemen, and r…

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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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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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Wood Duck Management In Alabama

More than 25 species of waterfowl occur seasonally along the coastal and inland waters of Alabama. Only one species,the wood duck, occurs statewide throughout the year and nests extensively in Alabama.

On wooded wetlands and beaver po…

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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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Street Trees 1: The Problem and the Solution

The Problem and the Solution is part one of four in the Street Trees: Site Selection, Planting, and Maintenance in the Urban Landscape series.

This series addresses the planting and establishment of urban trees. It is designed to help th…

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Palmer Amaranth (Pigweed) Resistance in Alabama

Continued reliance on the same mode of action for weed management for years has led to the development of herbicide-resistant weeds throughout the United States. * Pigweed throughout this article refers to Palmer amaranth.

Palmer amarant…

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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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Pruning Ornamental Plants

With detailed illustrations of how to prune, with specific guidelines for a range of Alabama plants, from azaleas and boxwoods to hydrangeas, junipers, and climbing roses, you can control a plant’s size and shape, encourage flower or frui…

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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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Talking with Kids About Daddy Going to Jail

Going to jail can cause confusion for many fathers and their children. Remember that although you will not be physically present in your child’s day-to-day life, you are still a parent and can continue to play an important role in your ch…

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Tolerance of Common Peanut Varieties to Valor-Based Treatments

Valor (flumioxazin) is a commonly used herbicide in peanut for weed control. It can be tank mixed with Warrant, Strongarm, Prowl H2O and other residual herbicides to apply as PRE. Valor provides excellent control of pigweed, FL pusley, begg…

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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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Nutrient Content and Composition of Poultry Litter

Poultry litter can be a nutritionally rich fertilizer for forages and row crops. But not all litter is created equal. Learn the benefits of litter and the factors that cause variations in nutrient content.

The poultry industry in Alabama…

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