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Tropical Soda Apple Identification and Control


Tropical soda apple (Solanum viarum), also referred to as TSA, is a non-native, invasive weed that forms very dense infestations, especially in pastures. Forage productivity can be greatly reduced as a result. It is als…

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The Virginia Opossum: Our Only Native Marsupial

…is best to leave it alone and allow nature to take its course. If you have questions concerning acceptable or suggested forms of removal, please contact your local Cooperative Extension agent for assistance.
The remarkable Virg…

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Prescribed Fire: Weather

…ir at ground level produces a stable atmosphere keeping ground moisture from rising and producing a lingering fog. This forms an inversion layer – where temperature increases with height keeping clouds or fog from rising. The distance fro…

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Controlling Armadillo Damage in Alabama

…nd vegetation of all insects, worms, and grubs may not be practical and may be detrimental to the plants and other life forms in the area.

Live traps baited with overripe fruit, such as apples or bananas, can be used to catch problem…

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Silvopasture from a Farmer’s Perspective

Farmers may perceive rows upon rows of trees as lacking in biological diversity. Silvopasture, however, forms a necessary middle ground that can appeal to farmers while providing both cover and open space that bridges the …

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Tree Planting Contracts for Landowners: FAQs

…rance for the duration of the contract. Landowners have the right to ask to see and obtain copies of proof-of-insurance forms before allowing work to begin and at any time during the process. Below are some basic facts about different types…

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Bird Houses for Songbirds

…rchard trees, shrubs, and on buildings. Highly compatible with human developments, robins will use man-made nesting platforms when available.

Nesting platforms should be placed on a tree or on a pole near a tree 6 to 15 feet above gr…

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Management of Hardwood Forests for Timber in Alabama

…rdwood pulpwood exist, thinning can be easily afforded. 

Unless carefully done, thinning can degrade hardwoods. Two forms of degrade-logging damage and epicormic sprouts-are important. Logging can damage roots, bark, and branches. These…

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