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Beef Cow Herd Planning Calendar: December

This is the December excerpt of Beef Cow Herd Planning Calendar, ANR-0968-A.

Health Tips

Monitor cattle for lice.
Supplement vitamin A, when necessary, if frosted grass or weathered hay is the primary forage source.

Forage…

December is Primetime for Chinese Privet Control

… as an ornamental throughout the southeastern United States, but it is an invasive species in the region’s woodlands. December is an optimal time to control Chinese privet. At this time, hardwoods are dormant and will avoid injury from he…

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Plant Growth-Promoting Rhizobacteria as an Alternative Form of Nitrogen Delivery

This information highlights the results of a 2-yr small plot study evaluating PGPR on stockpiled Coastal bermudagrass in Auburn, Alabama (2017-2019).
What is PGPR?
Plant growth-promoting rhizobacteria (PGPR) are non-pathogenic, soil-inhab…

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Thistle Control in Pastures and Hayfields

…ey are very effective clover killers too. With the exception of very low rates of 2,4-D (0.5 to 1.0 pt/acre) applied in December or February, every other commonly used pasture herbicide will severely injure or kill clovers. However, these l…

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Does the Seafood HACCP Regulation Apply to You?

…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, eliminates, or reduces a hazard to safe levels. This approach to foo…

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Cotton Blue Disease Pathogen Overwintered in Alabama

…lks continue to test positive and are possible hosts for CLRDV-AL. The virus was detected in cotton stalks collected in December and January in Baldwin, Dale, Geneva and Macon Counties.

“Dead cotton stalks are not a virus source,” Ha…

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Street Trees 4: Proper Pruning

…lar 3- to 5-year cycle and should be planned for from the beginning.

Major pruning cuts should be performed from December to March in Alabama. Earlier pruning may initiate undesirable growth and later pruning may cause the tree to bl…

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How Will The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act Affect Me and My Cattle Operation?

…llowing are some of the highlights of the Act.
Estate Tax Changes
For estates of decedents dying and gifts made after December 31, 2017, and before January 1, 2026, the Act doubles the applicable exclusion amount from $5 million to $10 mi…

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The ABCs of Climate Variability

…-spring precipitation in the southern part of the state, compared with lower averages in the northern region.
During December through April, stream flow higher than La Niña in climate divisions 4 through 8 in Alabama.

La Niñ…

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The Culture of Camellias: The State Flower of Alabama

…arly), September to early November
E.-M. (Early to Midseason), Early November to Mid December
M. (Midseason), Mid December to Mid February
L. (Late), Mid February to Mid March, varying with the year

Some camellia varieties sport…

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