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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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Summer Heat and Rabbit Production

Summer heat affects rabbit production. Follow these tips to avoid heat stress and breeding problems with rabbits.
Introduction
Novice rabbit producers need to be aware of summer heat and the challenges it presents in managing rabbit produ…

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Prescribed Fire: Weather

When planning a prescribed fire, you have many things to consider. Fuel type, fuel load, and topography are usually static and straightforward to assess. Weather, however, is always changing and can take practice and thought to eval…

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A Landowners Guide for Wild Pig Management

Wild pigs are not native to the Americas. They were first introduced to the United States in the 1500s by the Spanish explorer Hernando DeSoto, who traveled extensively throughout the Southeast.

Because pigs are highly adaptable …

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Fig Production Guide

Figs are easy to grow in warm climates but produce their best fruit in Mediterranean climates with hot, dry summers and cool, wet winters. Learn about fig botany, varieties, growing techniques, and disease and pest problems.

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Angel’s and Devil’s Trumpets: Know the Difference

AUBURN UNIVERSITY, Ala. – Angel’s and Devil’s Trumpets, while closely related, are just as different as their names suggest. An Extension professional discusses these differences, as well as one important similarity.
Angel’s Trumpe…

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Vegetable Information

Vegetable Information is part 12 of The Alabama Vegetable Gardener series.

Alabama’s moderate climate and generally abundant rainfall mean the state’s gardeners can grow vegetables virtually year-round.

You may also want to download A…

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Acid Soils Create Gardening Problems

Acid Soils Create Gardening Problems is part 3 of The Alabama Vegetable Gardener series.

Acid soils (low pH) cause more gardening problems in Alabama than any other soil factor.

Soils become acid naturally in humid climates. Rainfall,…

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Herd Health Management – Dairy Goats and Sheep

This is an excerpt of Dairy Goat and Sheep Operations in the Southeast Production Guide, ANR-2457.

Estimating the Age of Goats and Sheep
The approximate age of goats and sheep can be determined by their teeth, as illustrated in figu…

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