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Alabama Industrial Hemp Program

The passage of the 2018 Farm Bill established industrial hemp as an industrial commodity—not a controlled substance—in the state of Alabama. Farm Bill legislation defines hemp as all parts of the plant less than 0.3% THC, including der…

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Insects of Industrial Hemp: Year One

Alabama Cooperative Extension System entomologist Dr. Katelyn Kesheimer gives an update on insects impacting industrial hemp.  This presentation is part of the monthly Crops Webinar series. Members of the Alabama Extension Crops team offer…

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Beef Cattle Performance Record Keeping

Application of a specialized record-keeping system enables producers to generate and analyze data needed to efficiently evaluate a cow herd’s performance.

The value of beef cattle record keeping is not truly realized …

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Crop Pest Alert: Peanut and Vegetable Insect Pests

Many parts of southeast and central Alabama are facing moderate-to-severe drought conditions. Hot and humid weather conditions favor many major caterpillar species that are being monitored. The excessive heat is slowing down the activity of…

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Lesser Cornstalk Borer Numbers High in Dry Summers

Lesser cornstalk borers (LCB) are soil pests that like dry weather, making them a classic indicator of drought. LCBs prefer various legumes, including peanuts and soybeans. In peanuts, LCB damage can cause crop contamination from webbing an…

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Youth Resources – Dairy Goats and Sheep

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

Dairy Goat and Sheep Showmanship
Using techniques established by Harvey Considine and George Trimberger, who have authored numerous b…

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Milk Care – Dairy Goats and Sheep

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

Mastitis

Mastitis is an inflammation of the mammary gland (udder). The most comm…

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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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Common Diseases of Dairy Goats and Sheep

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

Abortion
Many things, including toxic agents, congenital abnormalities, and infectious diseases, can cause abortions. The most common…

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Parasite Control – Dairy Goats and Sheep

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

Parasitism is widely accepted as the most significant impediment to raising goats and sheep in the southeastern United States …

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Reproductive Management – Dairy Goats and Sheep

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

General Small Ruminant Breeding
The profitability of goat and sheep operations is largely reliant on successful reproduction pr…

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Keeping It Clean: Livestock Water Tank Maintenance

The quantity and quality of water required by livestock are important considerations for the overall maintenance of herd health and productivity. If water is suspected of causing a health problem, seek veterinary assistance to deter…

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Bitter Rot in Fruit

As an apple crop is growing well and sizing sweet and juicy fruit—small, sunken brown lesions, sometimes surrounded by a red halo can appear and are easily spotted on green or yellow fruit.  These are the symptoms of bitter rot disease. …

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New-Age IPM: Automatic Insect Traps are Here to Help

Pest monitoring and identification are critical steps to the success of an integrated pest management (IPM) program. Traditionally, insect monitoring is a labor-intensive process with daily or weekly checks, followed by manually entering po…

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Cotton Leafroll Dwarf Virus Present in Alabama Cotton, Scouting Essential

AUBURN UNIVERSITY, Ala.—Extension professionals have already confirmed the presence of Cotton leafroll dwarf virus (CLRDV)—the causal agent of Cotton Blue Disease—on multiple research substations across Alabama. The aphid transmitted …

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