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Aquacultured Oysters

…rug Administration (FDA) inspects seafood processing plants to ensure compliance with federal standards for sanitation, Good Manufacturing Practices, branding, and labeling. The FDA also checks seafood products for pesticides and other cont…

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Soil Solarization for Control of Nematodes & Soilborne Diseases

… pesticides and the lengthy crop rotations now needed to control many damaging soil pests. This procedure may also give good weed control in situations, particularly home and commercial vegetable production, where effective herbicides are u…

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Alabama Master Gardeners Volunteer Program

…workdays at a full-time job.) Projects range from answering Helpline calls and assisting Extension agent workshops to ongoing community projects.
What is Master Gardener training?

The Alabama Master Gardener training program provides…

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Beaver Control in Alabama

…rol in ponds and lakes with small or infrequent beaver populations. A 12-gauge shotgun with #4 buckshot or BB shot is a good choice over rifles, which increase the risk of dangerous ricochets. Remember that shooting will often render the pe…

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Alabama Beef Quality Assurance: Administering Cattle Health Products Properly

…electing the best route of administration, choosing the correct needle, choosing the correct injection site, practicing good sanitation, handling drugs correctly, and proper restraint will ensure proper action of the drug and will reduce or…

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Alabama Beef Quality Assurance: Cattle Health Product Use and Storage

…ugs cannot be administered by cattle producers unless prescribed by a veterinarian. Most antibiotics fall into this category. Prescription drug labels will contain the statement “Caution: Federal law restricts this drug to use by or on th…

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Acid Rain: An Overview

…nce between each whole number value. For example, when pH decreases from 7 to 6, acidity is increased 10 times; when it goes from 7 to 5, acidity is one hundred times greater; from 7 to 4, one thousand times greater; and so on. Vinegar at p…

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Preparing to Evacuate a Farm

…ed, grain, pesticides, and herbicides to a higher elevation. The upper level of a two-story barn, if available, makes a good temporary storage facility.
Open gates so livestock can escape high water, and ensure they have a good source of…

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Protect Your Trees

…t 10 feet from them and call the utility company.
Always work with a partner.
Always wear a helmet, safety glasses or goggles, cut-resistant gloves, and chain saw chaps when operating a chain saw.
Renovating Storm-Damaged Trees

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Power Outages

…ght sources.
Decide which room of the house is easiest to keep warm, and close doors to other rooms. When the power goes out, keep outside doors closed, and close drapes at night to retain heat. If you don’t have drapes, hang blankets…

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…ded. Remove all dead wood and cut about one-quarter to one-half of the older stems to the ground. This improves plant vigor, overall shape, and bloom volume. Remember to prune these two species soon after flowering. Bigleaf and oakleaf bloo…

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Chemical Emergencies

…ions help the community in an emergency, such as police, fire, and sheriff’s departments; the American Red Cross; and government agencies. All of these groups coordinate their activities through the local office of emergency management. I…

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Controlling Fall Armyworms on Lawns and Turf

…sides of leaves, metal gutters, fence posts, and light-colored lawn furniture are common sites. On athletic fields, the goal posts, particularly those painted white or yellow, are usual egg-laying sites, especially the underside of the cros…

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Edamame in the Home Garden

…d package itself. When germination percentages are below 85 percent, the higher seeding rate is recommended to ensure a good stand. Seed should be planted no more than 11⁄2 inches deep; any deeper will likely result in reduced emergence.

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Controlling Mistletoe in Trees

…many landscape trees. This generally happens when these trees are stressed. In fact, mistletoe infestation is often a good indicator of a stressed or unhealthy tree.
Biology of Mistletoe
Mistletoe is common throughout Alabama and is u…

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