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Ticks & Tick-borne Illnesses in Alabama

… believe they are infected.
When are ticks active and which illnesses do they transmit?
Because of the warm, southern climate, ticks in all life stages may be active year-round in Alabama. The table on page 5 shows when each tick species …

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Mariculture: A Developing Industry

…atives to offshore culture include low-salinity, inshore operations. Some animals including cobia and red drum can be acclimated to low salinity. Research is under way to determine the potential of culturing these and other marine species i…

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Disease Management in High Tunnel Systems

…ording to soil test recommendations.
Disease-Resistant Varieties
Disease-resistant varieties that are adapted to your climate should always be considered. Sources of information on resistant varieties for your area can be found at www.the…

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Alabama Beef Quality Assurance: Managing for Good Herd Health

…quality roughage as part of a balanced ration. Check farm-raised feedstuffs for nitrates, mycotoxins, and other soil or climate-induced contaminants. Keep feeders or feeding troughs dry and free of stale, moldy feed and manure. Evaluate the…

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High Tunnel Vegetable Construction

…alia melons. Galia melons are light-green-fleshed cantaloupes with no sutures.

Galia melons are adapted to warm, dry climates that make them particularly suitable to high tunnel production. Other annual crops that could work well in a th…

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St. Augustinegrass Lawns

…of shade tolerance, leaf texture, and sensitivity to cold temperature exposure. ‘Floralawn’ should be grown in mild climates in moderate shade to full sun under low to medium fertility.
‘Jade’ is an improved semidwarf S…

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Growing Roses

…n abundance of flowers in June. Thousands of old-fashioned roses are available, but many are not suited for the Alabama climate. Teas, noisettes, Bengals, Chinas, and some species roses are extremely well adapted to our heat and humidity.

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Vermicomposting: Worms at Work

…material they were shipped with and a handful of garden soil. Cover them with a handful of fresh bedding to help them acclimate to their new home.

How Do I Feed Them?
Add more food when you notice most of the previously adde…

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Severe Weather Watches and Warnings

Weather alerts are provided by local, state, and national authorities and the media when threatening climate conditions arise. Meteorologists are trained professionals equipped to analyze natural indicators of weather conditions that may be…

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Common Forestry Terms for the Forest Landowner

…-dominant) trees in a stand at a given base age (usually 25 or 50 years). Site index is specific to particular species, climates, and regions, and is used to prescribe silvicultural practices and project future tree growth.

site quality

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Feeding Birds

…fall is reduced. Birdbaths provide excellent sources of water year round and are even available with heaters for colder climates.

Automatic Platform Feeder

If you would like to build your own feeder, an automatic platform feeder like …

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Sheep Production in the Southeast

…The Southeast offers economic and ecological advantages to developing a profitable sheep flock that include a temperate climate free from extreme temperatures, potential for year-round forage availability, and a variety of marketing opportu…

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Vaccinations for the Beef Cattle Herd

…rt time. As a rule of thumb, only reconstitute enough vaccine to be used in 30 to 45 minutes, and use a cooler or other climate-controlled storage container to protect reconstituted vaccines from extremes of cold, heat, and sunlight.


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High Tunnels and Other Season Extension Techniques

…me more severe inside; thus proper ventilation is critical. Higher temperatures, the exclusion of rain and a humid microclimate inside the plant canopy can promote certain insect pests, especially if there is little or no fallow period. Aph…

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Rainwater Harvesting for Irrigation Water

…dicted that by 2025, eighteen countries will use more water than can be replenished (Credit Suisse, 2007; Clark, 2007). Climate changes occur annually, often, and in different regions of the world. Various regions will experience floods, dr…

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