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About the Alabama Pesticide Safety Education Program

… see our section on Commercial Pesticide Applicator Study Materials to determine what you need in order to get your category specific permit.  
Please be sure you view the Alabama Department of Ag & Industries website for more i…

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Beef Conformation: Evaluating Structure from the Front

…Basics, ANR-1452.

From the front, cattle whose hooves are faced forward are ideal. The steer shown in figure 14 is a good example of both hooves pointing directly forward. Much as it is with the hind legs, some angle in the outward direc…

Beef Conformation: Front Legs

…f shoulder as demonstrated by the line connecting the spine of the scapula, point of shoulder, and the ground. The line going from point of shoulder directly to the ground also indicates a steep shoulder as it is very close to the outline o…

Cowpea Curculio in Alabama

This video is dedicated to ongoing research on cowpea curculio management in southern peas or cowpeas. Research on this major insect pest started in 2014 and has continued expand with grower demand for information. For further information o…

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HTPE System and Beneficial Insects

…tion in demonstration activities.

This video describes the effect of various shade cloths on beneficial insects. The goal is to prevent pest infestations in high tunnel crops with minimal impact on some common beneficial insects. 


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Strategies for Using Baleage in Beef Cattle Operations

…is the single largest factor affecting the feeding value of baleage. The nutritional quality of baleage will only be as good as the starting product. What goes in must come out, and putting up low-quality forage means a low-quality feed pro…

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Beef Conformation: Hooves

… other abnormalities and has two symmetrical claws that both point forward. The hoof shown in Figure 1 is an example of good structure in regard to symmetry and toe alignment. Adequate attention should also be paid to the amount of heel dep…

Beef Conformation Basics

…lse has been in vain.

Though each cattle herd may need different selection criteria to produce cattle that meet herd goals, one of the few characteristics important to all cattle is structural correctness. With input costs steadily incre…

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Trap Crop for Yellowmargined Leaf Beetle Management

This videos gives a good overview of the yellowmargined leaf beetle (YMLB), a major insect pest of crucifer crops in Alabama. This video described the basic biology of YMLB along with information on trap crops, natural enemies, and bioratio…

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Common Birds of Prey in Alabama

…tifying Raptors
Identification of raptors in the wild can be difficult at times, especially when they are in flight. A good pair of 8 to 10. binoculars is helpful for identifying raptors at a distance. Plumage (feathers) color and patterns…

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Managing a Successful Calving Season

A successful calving season is the result of good planning and hard work. A defined calving season, or one restricted to a certain period of time, begins with a defined breeding season, allowing you to concentrate your efforts on su…

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Take Control: Financial Planning

…successful financial planning.
Step 1: Get to Know Your Financial Situation
Determine how much money is coming in and going out of your household. This involves doing a bit of record keeping. Keep a record of all money you receive (income…

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Low-Stress Cattle Handling

…oblems than nonstressed cattle. Minimizing stress is as simple as making the right thing easy and the wrong thing hard. Good handling techniques as well as functional facilities will more often than not actually save time and money. You wil…

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Bovine Trichomoniasis

…stating, with a long, drawn-out calving season and only a 50 to 70 percent calf crop. In herds where trichomoniasis has gone undetected for a long time, the results may be less dramatic because of temporary herd immunity. In such cases, the…

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