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Wasps: Watch Out This Summer

AUBURN UNIVERSITY, Ala. –While helpful in controlling other insects, wasps are more known for their painful stings. The term wasp is somewhat generic. Hornets, mud daubers and yellow jackets are all wasps, with hornets and yellow jackets …

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Feeding Game Birds: Pheasant, Quail, and Partridge

…any different varieties. Pheasant names seem to be related to the native homeland, such as the Chinese ring-neck and Mongolian, Szechwan, and Japanese pheasants. The common English pheasant also originated in Asia and was first introduced i…

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Pickens County 4-H Forestry Team Advances to National Competition

AUBURN UNIVERSITY, Ala.–The Pickens County 4-H senior forestry team won the annual Alabama 4-H State Forestry Invitational. Members of the team include Logan Snipes, Kade Lucas, Abel Abernathy and Luke Koon.

Youth from across the state…

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Wild Turkey Management in Alabama

…st of winter, wild turkeys gather in flocks. Flocks are usually distinct units comprised of adult and young hens, adult gobblers, or, by mid-winter, young gobblers. Large flocks, often referred to as droves, are more common in western races…

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Scouting and Managing Spider Mites in Vegetables

…ider mites are about 0.4 mm or smaller – they may look like dust particles with a naked eye. Due to their small size, good scouting practices include a magnifying lens, camera (people can even use smartphone cameras for magnification and …

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Management of Fall Armyworm in Pastures and Hayfields

…es. In closely grazed fields, the grass may seem to thin out and develop brown spots similar to those sometimes seen on golf courses (fig. 3). These spots look burned or browned out. This appearance is the result of grass plants rapidly deh…

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Foliar Feeding Vegetables

… needs before you plant and apply it as directed. Trying to play catch up while the plants are in the ground is never a good idea.
On the other hand, micronutrients (including zinc, boron, copper, iron, manganese, molybdenu…

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The Buzz: Pollinators are Essential

…job pollinators have done cost-free for so long.

Yes, bees do sting, but there is no truth to the saying “the only good bee is a dead bee.” Pollinators are important! Without bees, people wouldn’t be able to enjoy many favorite foo…

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Growing Horticultural Crops: Things To Consider

…ey, but the bottom line is it has to sell. You do not get paid for growing produce, you get paid for selling it. If the goal is to sell the produce, growers need to consider where their market is. Some common ways people market their produc…

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USDA Nondiscrimination Statement

…iscrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at:, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter al…

Nutrition for Backyard Chicken Flocks

…amily should consider its economic situation before starting a home flock. A successful home chicken flock will require good breeding stock combined with careful management, disease control, and an adequate feeding program.

Unless you ha…

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Managing Tawny Crazy Ants in Livestock Production Systems

…ng trails are quite apparent (≥4 inches wide) and individuals forage erratically. Foraging trails will often be found going up and down trees and fences, following seams in concrete surfaces, following structural barriers, and in large op…

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Managing Tawny Crazy Ants Around Homes

…s are quite apparent (approximately 4 inches wide), and individuals forage erratically. Foraging trails often are found going up and down trees and fences, following seams in concrete surfaces, following structural barriers, and moving in l…

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Managing Tawny Crazy Ants: Guidelines for the Pest Management Professional

…and biology, pest management professionals (PMP) must
be able to identify both species (figures 1 and 2). A reference (Gochnour et al. 2015) listed at the end of this publication can help you differentiate between these two pest ant specie…

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