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Wild Turkey Management in Alabama

…tablish loose, poorly defined ranges near such areas and call or gobble to attract hens for mating. 

Breeding is promiscuous. Gobblers may mate with several hens and hens may mate with more than one gobbler. Some young gobblers reach se…

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Dry Spring Causes Cotton Management Difficulties

…l move quickly onto cotton during the early fruiting season as wild host plants dry down.

The increased incidence of miscellaneous pests, such as chinch bugs, is also likely with drier and warmer weather.
Insect Management Strategies

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Beef Cow Pregnancy Examination

…o conduct pregnancy examinations. These early fetal losses are not a result of the pregnancy examination itself but are miscarriages that occur naturally.
Transrectal Palpation
Transrectal palpation is by far the most common method of pre…

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Hobby Loss Expenses

…ry 1 deductions on the appropriate lines of Schedule A (Form 1040). Individuals take the Category 2 and 3 deductions as miscellane­ous deductions on Schedule A (Form 1040).


Read here to learn more about Business or Hobby? Acti…

Business or Hobby? Active or Passive?

…ne 21, “Other income” on Schedule 1 of Form 1040. Expenses, on the other hand, are claimed on Schedule A, mostly as miscellaneous itemized deductions. This means they are only deductible if the farmer itemized deductions instead of taki…

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How Will The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act Affect Me and My Cattle Operation?

… to the “kiddie tax,” and deduction for state and local taxes, home mortgage interest, charitable contributions and miscellaneous itemized deductions.

The excess farm loss limitation does not apply; instead, a non-corporate taxpayer…

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Silvopasture from a Farmer’s Perspective

…oadblock may simply be their perspective. Planting trees on farmland carries with it a specific aversion based on the misconception that trees are an unproductive use for land, that they create a biological monoculture, and that they ma…

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Thinning Loblolly Pine Stands To Benefit Wildlife & Timber Production

…y. In rare instances, the tree can live up to 300 years, but it normally reaches maturity at around 80 years.
A common misconception is that loblolly and other southeastern pines create poor wildlife habitat. In particular, many believe th…

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Water Corrosivity and Your Plumbing System

If the pH is above 7.6, the water should not be particularly corrosive to metal plumbing.

It is a common misconception that water with a pH of 7 or slightly above is not corrosive. In fact, water with a pH of 7 can be some wh…

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Growing Roses

…. Hybrid perpetuals are hardy and withstand low winter temperatures without protection.

Shrub Roses
These are a miscellaneous group of hybrids, native species, and varieties that develop large, dense growth useful in general landsca…

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Alabama Gardening Calendar

Check stored bulbs and discard rotten ones.
Make indoor plantings of amaryllis, callas, and gloxinias.


Prune winter-damaged limbs.
Give houseplants a bath in lukewarm water to remove dust.
To keep …

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Sheep Production in the Southeast

be convenient, strong, and solid enough to hold the flock
provide ample space allotments (table 1)

The miscellaneous equipment needed for sheep production is small, relatively inexpensive, and serves a special purpose. Prod…

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Crop Insurance Not a Guaranteed Payout for Farmers

…018 are now an untapped opportunity for producers to increase averages on a record year because of a natural disaster.
Misconceptions and Moving Forward
Producers are focused on making damage assessments and reports as they petition state…

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About Soils

…re sticky when wet and form hard clods when dry, making moisture content extremely important during tillage. The common misconception that clayey soils are heavier than sandy soils has lead to the incorrect term heavy clay. Dry clays are ac…

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Opioid Crisis

…will entail “substituting a new addiction for an old addiction” (National Institute on Drug Abuse, 2017). This is a misconception. The medications do not produce a “high” in individuals who have developed a high tolerance to opioids…

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