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Ladybugs Potential Natural Enemies of Crape Myrtle Bark Scale

…eficial insects. Ladybugs develop through four different life stages; egg, larva, pupa, and adult. The larvae and adult forms are all predatory.

Ladybugs begin life as a yellow-orange cluster of eggs on the underside of leaves. The e…

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Fruit and Vegetable Marketing: Best Marketing Practices

…ptions include:

roadside stands that may or may not be located on a farm
pick-your-own operations
online platforms
community-supported agriculture
farmers markets

Chip East, a commercial horticulture regional Extensi…

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Vegetable Garden Insects

…ese overwintering sites is critical to reducing next year’s population.
Colorado Potato Beetles
As adult and larval forms, Colorado potato beetles are very serious pests of Irish potatoes. They can also damage tomatoes, eggplants, and p…

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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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Vegetable Information

… fibrous.
Broccoli
Broccoli is one of the best fall vegetables. Broccoli has a central green head that, when removed, forms smaller lateral heads.

Broccoli is best grown from transplants that can be purchased locally or grown at home. …

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Blossom-End Rot Possible in Tomatoes

…age & Water Testing Laboratory’s website. The fee for testing is $7 per sample. Soil test boxes as well as sample forms are available at any county Extension office.
More Information
For more information on blossom-end rot, visit Al…

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Mobile County Master Environmental Educator Lessons

…ts will see a “rainstorm” in the classroom. After seeing the demonstration, they will be able to identify the three forms of water (solid, liquid, and gas) and the relationship between surface water and groundwater.

Backyard Wildlife…

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Selecting and Managing a Dairy Goat/Sheep Herd

…lly measuring a 305-day lactation by obtaining monthly milk weights and milk samples of individual does. This program informs producers of each doe’s milk production as well as the butterfat, protein, and somatic cell counts within her mi…

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Preparing Your Property for Dairy Goats/Sheep

… for 12 to 18 linear inches of head and body space per animal.
Shelter Types
Premanufactured shelters come in various forms including small large calf hutches that can be readily purchased (figure 3). Small premanufactured shelters have e…

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Biology and Control of Mole Crickets

… The egg hatches and the larva develops externally on the insect (Figure 17), completely consuming the insect before it forms a pupa (Figure 18).

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In the northern Gulf region, the wasp is active…

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Making a Change with Social Marketing

…Live Well Alabama has continued to be successful in educating and engaging the target audience across three popular platforms: Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.

The #FoodFriday recipe videos used Live Well Alabama recipes and garnered st…

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Plant Growth-Promoting Rhizobacteria as an Alternative Form of Nitrogen Delivery

…nagement practices have been affected by increased cost of N fertilization, and there is a need to evaluate alternative forms of N delivery. Auburn University’s Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology have developed blends and strain…

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Two-Spotted Spider Mite

… mite to develop damaging populations. A strong advantage of A. andersoni is the successful use in outdoor crops. It performs well under a broad temperature range (43-100o F) and can control the spider mite population before it creates a pr…

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Control of Blackberry and Dewberry in Pastures and Hayfields

…hey are relatively easy to distinguish upon close examination. Dewberry exhibits low, vine-like, trailing growth, which forms mats that are rarely taller than 2 feet above the ground. This is why dewberry is sometimes called trailing blackb…

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