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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 Transition Checklist for Beef Cattle

To make the optimum transition from spring to summer, beef cattle producers should review these considerations for improved land and animal management.

1. Start with soils. Now is the time to collect and submit soil samples for analysis …

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Home Layer Flock Management Suggestions

Best practices for managing your home layer flock include tips for brooding, development, lighting, biosecurity, disease control, and more.

Management of Young (Pullet) Laying Stock
Brooding
Small chicks cannot control their body tempe…

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Numbers of Women in Ag on the Rise

AUBURN UNIVERSITY, Ala.—Lauryn Bryght of Macon County is part of an expanding group of farmers—women farmers. From 2012 to 2017, the number of women involved in U.S. agriculture grew by nearly 27 percent. Out of 3.4 million farmers nati…

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Beginning Farmer Training Videos

The Alabama Beginning Farmer Program has a wide array of resources for all types of farmers. The overall implementation plan involves collaboration with a wide range of institutions, producer groups, and nonprofit organizations for supporti…

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Exobasidium Leaf and Fruit Spot of Blueberry

With the recent expansion of blueberry production in Alabama, we are observing the emergence of new economically important blueberry diseases. The bacterial leaf scorch of blueberry caused by the bacterium Xyllela fastidiosa was documented …

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Fire Ants Cause Issues for Farmers

AUBURN UNIVERSITY, Ala.—Fire ants are a great issue for farmers on many levels. Not only do they cost famers time and money but they can cause damage to equipment. Whether it is in pastures or hay fields, farmers must determine the best o…

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Pest Alert: Grape Flea Beetle

Grape flea beetle is found in the eastern two-thirds of the United States. These are often the first insect pests in the season to begin attacking grapes. Damaged buds will not develop into primary canes which can reduce grape yields. This …

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Determining Price for Your Products

“How much can I sell this for?” is a common question Kevin Burkett, an Alabama Extension regional extension agent, hears from producers in Extension meetings many times. “It is an important question and one that does not always have a s…

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Pruning Produces Bigger Tomatoes

AUBURN UNIVERSITY, Ala. – For many, a garden is not complete without tomato plants in it. Whether you are a producer or a backyard gardener, growing the biggest and best tomatoes is often the end goal. Pruning tomato plants can help people …

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Foal Management: Preweaning Phase

Learn steps a horse owner can take during the preweaning phase of a foal’s life to ensure optimum health and future productivity.

To protect the initial investment in a foal and to optimize its health and productivity aft…

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Is My Farm a Hobby or a Business?

Understanding tax laws and guidelines can help you avoid unexpected tax consequences on your small farm or ranch.

“Your tax return has been selected for examination by our office.”

These are words that no taxpaye…

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Benefits of Irrigation from an IPM Perspective

AUBURN UNIVERSITY, Ala. – Water management is one of the most critical issues in modern agriculture. Water resources have been critical to farmers since the advent of agriculture. Proper and timely irrigation is one of the first requirement…

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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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