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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…

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…

Beef Cow Herd Planning Calendar: November

…g, castrate, dehorn, and implant calves as soon as practically possible. Do not implant replacement heifers.
Provide good nutrition for lactating cattle approaching breeding.
Make sure your bull is ready for breeding season by having …

Beef Cow Herd Planning Calendar: October

…g, castrate, dehorn, and implant calves as soon as practically possible. Do not implant replacement heifers.
Provide good nutrition for lactating cattle and first-calf heifers approaching breeding.
Evaluate bulls and line up breeding …

Beef Cow Herd Planning Calendar: September

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Prepare to stockpile tall fescue and bermudagrass pastures for winter grazing.
Watch dallisgrass pastures for ergot contamination.
Plant and fertilize cool-season forages in prepared seedbeds.

Winter Calving Herd

Wean…

Beef Cow Herd Planning Calendar: August

…m as needed.
Plan winter grazing and feeding programs in advance– locate seed!
Watch dallisgrass pastures for ergot contamination as seedheads begin to appear.
Avoid grazing heavily nitrogen-fertilized warm-season annual pastures…

Beef Cow Herd Planning Calendar: June

…ly graze bermudagrass and bahiagrass pastures for improved forage utilization.

Winter Calving Herd

Maintain good breeding records.
Observe cows and heifers for return to heat.
Remove bulls by mid-June to end calving season…