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High Tunnel Vegetable Production

…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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Basics of Saltwater Shrimp Farming

… shrimp (PLs) purchased from a hatchery. At stocking the PLs are less than 1/2 inch in length. Because of our temperate climate, ponds are stocked in April and May. Stocking densities vary from less than one post larval shrimp per square fo…

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Top Ten Most Wanted Bugs in Your Garden

…minate the need for pesticides and reduce maintenance costs. Because native plants have adapted to grow in our specific climate, they often require very little care once established and are generally more tolerant of drought. The diversity …

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The History and Use of Kudzu in the Southeastern United States

…udzu had largely become a nuisance. It had spread rapidly throughout the South because of the long growing season, warm climate, plentiful rainfall, and lack of disease and insect enemies. Abandonment of farmland during this time contribute…

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Soil Health in Alabama

…urifying water, and controlling pathogens.

Many soils in Alabama are depleted in soil organic matter due to the warm climate, coarse-textured soils, and intensive farming practices historically used in the state. It is important to rebui…

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Interpreting Soil Test Reports from Commercial Labs

…trients from the soil. All soil testing laboratories should use extractants that were developed for the soil types
and climates of their routinely submitted samples. For example, the Auburn University Soil, Forage, and Water Testing Labora…

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Watch: Properties of a Healthy Soil

Many soils in Alabama have low levels of soil organic matter due to the warm climate, coarse-textured soils and intensive farming practices historically used in the state. Rebuilding soil health is important! Soil is a natural resource we m…

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Organic High Tunnel Cover Crop Soil Management

High tunnels extend the spring, fall and winter growing season in southern climates. During the summer, it can be difficult to grow anything more than the most drought-tolerant crops. Summer is the prime time to grow a cover crop in a high …

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Nitrogen Release from Cover Crops

… decomposition. Other factors include: species mixture composition, cover crop management—or termination timing—and climate.

A producer’s ultimate goal is to maximize N efficiency by decreasing nitrogen loss from the system. Producer…

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About Soil Conservation Benefits

…helter for wildlife.

Soil Forming Factors

Parent material—the rocks and deposits that formed the soil.
The climate where the soils developed.
Living organisms that changed the soils.
The topography or slope of the land.

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