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Protecting Non-cold Acclimated Strawberry Plants

Strawberries are cold hardy plants and typically do not require protection from low temperatures unless plants have blooms or developing fruit. However, applying cold protection to strawberries ahead of the predicted cold front might be a u…

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The ABCs of Climate Variability

Water temperatures in the tropical Pacific Ocean affect weather patterns throughout the United States. Alabama is no exception—the reason why farmers, cattle producers, and others involved in agriculture not only should take note …

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Climate Effects on Forage and Beef Production

Beef cattle production potential is influenced in part by environmental conditions. Cattle producers should be aware of management risks and mitigation strategies to improve production potential in the Southeast. Following is an ove…

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Climate and Crops iBook

Farmers need tools to help ensure that their growing seasons are profitable. “Climate and Crops”, an iBook from the Alabama Cooperative Extension System is the tool that farmers need.

Twenty-five climate and crop experts specializing i…

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El Niño-Southern Oscillation and Its Impact on Alabama’s Climate

El Niño-Southern Oscillation (ENSO) is an ocean- atmospheric phenomenon that affects the temperature and precipitation in Alabama in all seasons. Although ENSO predictability in the state is highest in the winter, it is highly variable in …

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Adapting Corn Production to Climate in Alabama

Corn is one of Alabama’s most important row crops. Alabama farmers usually harvest more than half a million acres of corn each year. Corn is grown as a part of crop rotation systems that include cotton and peanuts. Although corn is plante…

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Adapting Wheat Production to Climate in Alabama

The production of soft red winter wheat is mainly concentrated in the northern Alabama (the Northern Valley and the northeastern region of the Appalachian Mountains in Alabama) followed by the southern part (the Coastal Plain and Gulf Coast…

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Cover Crops Play Vital Role in Soil Conservation

AUBURN UNIVERSITY, Ala.—Heavy bouts of rainfall and strong storms created the perfect scenario for Alabama producers to talk about the many benefits of planting cover crops during the winter season.

Audrey Gamble, an Alabama Cooperativ…

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Sunn Hemp

Sunn hemp (Crotalaria juncea L.) is a warm-season, annual legume that grows up to six feet tall. Until recently, the use of sunn hemp has been limited by the availability of seed. However, newer varieties (i.e. AU Golden and AU Darbin) have…

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Beef Cattle Conference Set for March 13-15

AUBURN UNIVERSITY, Ala. – Things are gearing up for the 2020 Beef Cattle Conference. This three-day conference, targeted toward beef cattle producers and food animal veterinarians, is March 13 -15 at the Auburn University College of Veter…

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2020 Beef Cattle Conference

The Beef Cattle Conference is March 13 – 15 and is jointly hosted by the Alabama Cooperative Extension System animal science and forages team and the Auburn University Department of Animal Sciences. Parts of this three-day event are held in…

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Pecan Production in North Alabama

North Alabama, in particular the Tennessee Valley region, is primarily an agronomic crop production area. Commodities such as corn, wheat, and soybeans are important to the area and it is home to virtually all of the states’ commercial ap…

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Make Recycling a New Year’s Resolution

ALABAMA A&M UNIVERSITY, Ala.—  Recycling 10 plastic bottles saves enough energy to power a laptop for more than 25 hours. In fact, there are many benefits of recycling that help communities, the economy and the environment. In the ne…

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Drought and Forests: Information for Landowners

Historically, drought has occurred across the southern United States and will continue to do so in the future. In years to come, little change in overall precipitation amounts is likely; however, the way it occurs is likely to chang…

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Understanding the Types of Water Pollution

Water pollutants are substances or conditions that change the natural state of an aquatic ecosystem, leading to degradation. Alabama utilizes their drinking water from both ground and surface water.

Many of Alabama’s water resour…

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