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How to Submit a Pond Weed Sample

…weed sample are not adequate and physical samples have been requested, follow these steps to ensure that they arrive in good condition for identification.

1. Soak a paper towel with pond or tap water.

2. Squeeze the excess water out. …

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Raw Poultry Products: What do all those labels mean?

…ust be slaughtered by a person trained in the rituals of kosher slaughter. After the meat has been slaughtered, it undergoes a process called kashering. Kashering is the salting of meat to remove all remaining blood.

Self-Basting, Natura…

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Protecting Backyard Flocks

Disease in backyard flocks can help be prevented by good hygiene and commonsense practices.

Cover coops and runs.
Wear dedicated clothing and shoes.
Wash hands before and after entering coop.
Lock all birds in coop and run.

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Preventing Fires in Poultry Litter Storage Structures

…orage fires. Caked litter will be much higher in moisture than litter located throughout the rest of the house. It is a good idea to separate piles of high moisture caked litter from drier litters.

Layering new, moist litter on top of ol…

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Nutrient Management Planning for Broiler AFOs

…of litter produced per year on a farm:

lb. manure per year = lb. market wt. birds per year x 0.5

Example:
Ima B. Goode has 4 broiler houses that hold 28,000 birds each. She markets 4.5-pound birds and produces 6 flocks a year. How mu…

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Construction of a Dead-Poultry Composter

Disposing of dead birds is an on-going problem for poultry producers. Sixteen million broilers are processed weekly in Alabama, generating about 750 tons of carcasses. Disposal of these carcasses is a serious environmental problem. If it is…

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Biosecurity for Backyard Poultry Flocks

…fects of disease outbreaks in poultry should increase every poultry owner’s awareness of developing and maintaining a good biosecurity program. Having a good biosecurity program will help protect your flock from contracting a disease that…

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Avian Influenza FAQ

… 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.

I…

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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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