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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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Thrips Predictor Model Helps Make Cotton Management Decisions

AUBURN UNIVERSITY, Ala.—Spring and warmer weather sends producers to the fields in droves, planting and making decisions about the upcoming growing season. Researchers at North Carolina State University helped to remove some guesswork fro…

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Stocking Rates for Cow-Calf Operations in Alabama

Animal stocking rates offer pasture management guidelines and help provide a balance between livestock and pasture resources.

Defining Stocking Rates
A pasture stocking rate is defined as the number of animals per unit area …

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Phosphorus Basics: Understanding Phosphorus Forms and Their Cycling in the Soil

Phosphorus (P) is essential to all forms of life on this planet. It is an essential nutrient necessary for growth and development of plants and animals on which our food supply depends.

Phosphorus constitutes about 0.2 percent of a plan…

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Street Trees 2: The Design

The Design is part two of four in the Street Trees: Site Selection, Planting, and Maintenance in the Urban Landscape series.
Roots! Roots! Roots!
One of the biggest concerns for the design process is the provision of enough space for the …

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Buying Organic: What Does It Mean?

Fact and Myth
When asked the difference between organic goods and those labeled all-natural, eco-friendly, or naturally grown, consumers may respond that these are one and the same. In reality, they are different.

In 1990, the federal O…

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Silvopasture from a Farmer’s Perspective

Silvopasture is a management system that combines the production of trees, forage, and livestock. It requires knowledge and intense management of all three components and, for that reason, can be a daunting task. For many farmers, howev…

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Drought-Tolerant Landscapes for Alabama

A well-designed and managed landscape can reduce the amount of water needed for home landscape irrigation. This conservation of water becomes increasingly important as municipal governments impose broad watering bans in response to …

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Basics of Crop Sensing

Advances in technology have made it possible to use instruments called remote sensors to collect data from and about objects without having to make any physical contact with those objects. In agriculture, remote sensors are commonly use…

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Selection and Care of Dogwoods

The most popular spring flowering tree in Alabama is the flowering dogwood (Cornus florida). The flowering dogwood is native to the eastern half of the United States. It is a deciduous tree that can grow 15 to 30 feet in height and is gener…

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