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Smart Yard Landscapes

…tablished, most require little, if any, supplemental water, fertilizers, or pesticides. Choose plants that tolerate our climate’s large variability in moisture and the soil type in your yard.
Native Plants
Southeastern native plants are…

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Foliar Feeding Vegetables

…es, which protect that stoma from the elements.

As the leaf ages, this cuticle becomes thicker. Also, the hotter the climate, the heavier the cuticle.  However, do not confuse the hot climate with the ideal times for absorption, which a…

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Two-Spotted Spider Mite

…f host plants

Weather
The two-spotted spider mite is a master in surviving high temperatures and low humidity. This climate combination often results in a population explosion. Within one to two weeks, a life-cycle (egg to adult) can be…

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Thrips Predictor Model Helps Make Cotton Management Decisions

… is used to predict when growers may see the highest concentration of thrips in the field.

According to the NC State Climate Office website, the Thrips Infestation Predictor for Cotton uses weather data to make predictions of:

thrip…

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Stocking Rates for Cow-Calf Operations in Alabama

…ge Stocking Rates for Alabama Beef Cattle Operations
Table 2 shows average stocking rate potential across various soil-climate regions of Alabama. These estimates are based on grazing research trials from around the state. They provide a b…

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Phosphorus Basics: Understanding Phosphorus Forms and Their Cycling in the Soil

…nd soil aeration can affect the rate of P mineralization from organic matter decomposition. For example, in warm, humid climates organic matter decomposes faster compared to cool dry climates.

Summary: Phosphorus in a Nutshell
Various…

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Street Trees 2: The Design

…s very important that these plants, as well as the surrounding soil, be watered every 2 to 3 days, depending upon local climate and soil conditions, for the first 6 months. Once the roots have begun to grow into the surrounding soil, reduce…

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Buying Organic— What Does It Mean?

…s moist because consistent soil moisture reduces plant stress.
Choose plants and vegetable varieties suited for your climate. This reduces water use, susceptibility to pests, and overall plant stress.
Use caution when applying any pes…

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Silvopasture from a Farmer’s Perspective

… do shade grasses and legumes, they also serve to extend the season of cool-season grasses by providing a cooler microclimate as days get warmer. Common warm-season pasture grasses such as bermudagrass and bahiagrass can be used in a si…

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Drought-Tolerant Landscapes for Alabama

…the effort of establishment. After the establishment period, gradually reduce watering frequency during dry spells to acclimate plants to drought conditions.

Established trees and large shrubs generally have deeper, more extensive …

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Basics of Crop Sensing

… applications, including environmental monitoring, site-specific agronomic management (SSM), land cover classification, climate– and land-use-change detection, and drought monitoring (table 2). The ability of a remote sensor to detect subtl…

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Selection and Care of Dogwoods

…ul consideration is important for the survival of the tree.
Site Selection
The dogwood will grow in a wide variety of climates and soils. Make sure the chosen site is well drained but does not get extremely dry. Dogwoods also prefer soils…

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The Culture of Camellias: The State Flower of Alabama

…ht may cause the shoot to grow out through the lid area. 

Do not permit the young plant to wilt before it becomes acclimated to light and lowered humidity. When to remove the cover over the graft is a matter of experience. Protect the y…

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Fruit Culture in Alabama: Winter Chilling Requirements

… the Old 45 methods of measuring chilling under Alabama conditions.

Another chill model that was developed for climates that experience periodic warming trends during winter, such as in Alabama, is called the Dynamic model. It mea…

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Fish for Ornamental Garden Pools

…and stress sections). Fish must be stocked correctly if they are to remain healthy. When stocking, it is necessary to acclimate the fish to the temperature and pH of the pool water. To do this, float the transport bag containing fish in the…

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