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Controlling Fire Ants in Vegetable Gardens

…y Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology, recommends individual mound treatment.
Individual Mound Treatments
As stated on the product labels, each mound should be treated when it is warm outside, but not too hot. It is best to treat…

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Thistle Control for Pastures

…abama. Yellow thistle (aka horrible thistle) [Cirsium horridulum] is native and is also abundant throughout most of the state. Milk thistle (Silybum marianum), which has large variegated leaves is less common but still very aggressive. Bull…

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Plant Growth-Promoting Rhizobacteria as an Alternative Form of Nitrogen Delivery

…nically harvested and purchased feeds. Bermudagrass, a warm-season perennial, is widely used in the southeastern United States and is ideally suited for fall stockpiling.
What treatments were evaluated?

Synthetic fertilizer…

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Hobby Loss Expenses

…ch a case, the taxpayer must take deductions attributable to the activity in the following order and only to the extent stated in the following three categories:

Category 1 Deductions

Deductions the taxpayer can take for personal as w…

Rental Property

…ct to the passive activity loss limitation rules. There are some exceptions, however. The first $25,000 of rental real estate losses may be deducted against nonpassive income by taxpayers that meet an active participation test. Also, rental…

Business or Hobby? Active or Passive?

…d in Determining Material Participation, Parker Tax Pro Library.

The IRS Passive Activity Loss Audit Technique Guide states that the following are indicators that the taxpayer did not materially participate in an activity:

The taxpa…

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Two-Spotted Spider Mite

Two-spotted spider mite (Tetranychus urticae) is a polyphagous mite that feeds on many crops. Due to its quick life cycle and ability to survive extreme conditions, it is one of the main pests found on most crops and ornamental plants.


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Summer: Prime Time for Ticks

…ushing it down the toilet.
Lyme Disease
Lyme disease is the most commonly reported vector-borne illness in the United States, with approximately 300,000 cases reported per year. Symptoms of Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever and E…

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Protect Yourself from Salmonella in Backyard Poultry

…tion announced a Salmonella outbreak associated with backyard poultry.

So far, 52 cases have been reported across 21 states including Alabama. Of these 52 cases, 15 were in children younger than 5 years old.

Raising backyard poultry h…

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Wise Methods of Canning Vegetables

Aren’t you proud when you look in your pantry and see all those jars of pretty canned food? Or has your canned food begun to turn dark, leaking liquid from under the lid, or is it cloudy looking? Learn the latest methods and t…

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Avoiding Poisonous Plants

…s, visit Alabama Extension online or contact your county Extension office.


Featured Image: Paul Wray, Iowa State University,…

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Summer Transition Checklist for Beef Cattle

… control needed? Stand renovation? Or are there fertility issues?

3. Determine hay “readiness.” Readiness is the state of being fully prepared for something. If hay harvesting is part of your system, evaluate equipment and have any r…

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Alabama Water Watch Offers Alabama Rivers Educator Workshops

…le in Alabama’s identity—shaping aspects of history, culture, ecology and economy.

“Rivers are featured on our state seal. Alabama is the only state to do so,” Dominguez said. “Water resources in Alabama should be source of pri…

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Home Layer Flock Management Suggestions

… infection but will keep secondary bacterial infections from taking hold. Consult a veterinarian or the closest Alabama State Veterinary Diagnostic Lab (Auburn, Boaz, Hanceville, or Opp) if a disease appears to be affecting a number of bird…

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From the Live Well Alabama Kitchen – Tasty Taco Dip

…eveloped by the Alabama Cooperative Extension System at Auburn University. This initiative reaches residents across the state with research-based education.

“Our goal is to raise awareness of healthy lifestyle choices,” said Dr. Sondra P…

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