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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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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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Bacterial Spot of Tomato and Pepper

Bacterial spot is the most common disease of peppers in Alabama and is a recurring problem on tomatoes grown in the state. The disease can significantly affect marketable yield.

Bacterial spot is caused by four species of X…

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Residential Landscape Design

Landscape design is the art of developing a property for its greatest use and enjoyment. Effective landscape design is also a science because it involves understanding the environment around your home and selecting plants that perfo…

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Late Season Insect Control in Hemp

Caterpillars have emerged as a significant pest of industrial hemp, Cannabis sativa, in Alabama this first growing season. While we have found multiple caterpillar species on hemp throughout the season, the primary pest causing damage this …

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Prescribed Fire: Weather

When planning a prescribed fire, you have many things to consider. Fuel type, fuel load, and topography are usually static and straightforward to assess. Weather, however, is always changing and can take practice and thought to eval…

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Alabama Cooperative Extension System Logo Guidelines

The Extension name and the Alabama state emblem represent the ideals and program outreach of Alabama Extension employees throughout our state and region.

Proper and consistent use of the Extension logo unifies and brands the Alabama Exte…

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Farming Basics Mobile App

The Farming Basics app from Alabama Extension is a gateway of information for small and beginning farmers. The user-friendly app includes:

horticultural crop descriptions
information about major insect pests and diseases
general …

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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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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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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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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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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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Management Considerations for Rye Cover Crop Production

Cover crops are an investment much like any other input for agricultural operations. In order for producers to maximize their return on investment, cover crops should be managed to maximize benefits while minimizing costs.

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