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Avian Influenza FAQ (March 2017 Update)

… of, usually on the farm.
Q: How important is effective biosecurity in reducing spread of avian influenza?
Practicing good sanitation and following appropriate biosecurity measures are the first line of defense against avian influenza. St…

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Planting and Establishing Woody Landscape Plants

…ches the plants suited for the light, wind exposure, available growing space, and soil conditions that exist on site. A good rule to use is “Don’t fight the site.” In other words, choose the right plant for the site you have.


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St. Augustinegrass Lawns

…. Augustinegrass in the 1930s for its finer leaf texture, darker blue-green color, and better density. It has improved (good) cold tolerance and good shade tolerance compared to common varieties, but it is not resistant to chinch bugs or …

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Growing Roses

…f the plant. Make clean cuts with a sharp knife or pruners.
Prune the plants every year to keep them healthy and in good form.
Regularly inspect plants to prevent insect or disease damage and treat as needed.
Mulch plants to conse…

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Aerial Mode of Application (AIR)

Aerial Mode of Application is required as part of other Commercial Pesticide Categories. This is not a stand-alone permit.

If you are looking for more information regarding Permits that require Aerial Application testing see: Agricultur…

Yard Sales Can Provide Bargains for Holiday Shoppers

…s are great places to find bargains on children’s clothing and toys, seldom worn items such as party clothes, household goods and furniture for college students. Prices on clothes are usually hard to beat,” said Theresa Jones, an Alabama …

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Planting Guide for Home Gardening in Alabama

…nd fertilizer needs. Your county Extension office has information about soil tests. Testing at least every 3 years is a good idea. For most vegetables, the soil pH should be around 6.0 to 6.5. To be effective, the lime must be mixed into t…

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Controlling Predators to Increase Quail Populations

…ties with at least 5,000 or 6,000 acres in order to have a population-level effect. Why thousands of acres? Because the goal is to remove the vast majority of predators and their neighbors to “buy time” before other predators re-coloniz…

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Controlling Quality of Farm-Mixed Swine Feed

…that reduce pig performance. For feed mixed on the farm, many of the problems result from errors in the mixing process. Good feed mixing techniques will ensure the best quality feed and the most economical use of feed dollars.

Mixing swi…

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Marketing Feeder Cattle With a Price Slide

…on Project, 1991). Feeder cattle in these market outlets were traditionally bought and sold with the buyer and seller negotiating a given price. The weight of the feeder cattle was the unknown factor that each estimated before discussing pr…

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Oyster Gardening in Mobile Bay

… filtering activity improves the water quality in critical nursery areas where numerous fish and shellfish species undergo crucial developmental stages.

The health of oyster beds varies widely and is subject to both natural and anthropog…

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Oysters in Alabama

… bottom. Larval oysters require a clean, hard bottom for attachment and can actually move about on the bottom seeking a good substrate. If good bottom is found, larvae secrete a fluid that cements them permanently to the bottom. Larvae sett…

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Beef Cow Herd Planning Calendar: December

…nue using stockpiled tall fescue and bermudagrass.
Limiting grazing cool-season annuals for a few hours per day is a good way to use winter forages efficiently once they reach a target height of 6 to 8 inches.
Modify winter supplement…

Wrangling Youth Bullying

…or other personal belongings
Unexplained bruises or other injuries
Few friends or close contacts
Reluctance to go to school or ride the school bus
Poor school performance
Headaches, stomachaches, or other physical complaints

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Properly Thaw Your Holiday Turkey

Wash cutting boards, dishes, and counter tops with hot, soapy water after preparing each food item and before you go on to the next item.
Use a solution of 1 tablespoon of unscented, liquid chlorine bleach per gallon of water to sa…

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