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Pesticide Manuals Available for Purchase

To help you find a manual, we have created this one-stop page that links you to the Alabama Cooperative Extension System store and each manual we sell.

PLEASE NOTE: You must review each individual category you are applying for in our com…

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Writing Off the Cost of Machinery and Equipment

The Internal Revenue Service generally requires that purchasers of machinery and equipment recover or write-off the cost of purchase over the expected life of the item. Several years ago,  Congress introduced additional first-year expensin…

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Should I File for Bankruptcy?

No one plans to file for bankruptcy. The typical scenario is a farmer is under financial stress and then a crisis happens—price decrease for crops, drought, major repair, etc. Bankruptcy is generally a last resort. If possible, the farmer…

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How Will The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act Affect Me and My Cattle Operation?

This cannot explain everything in the 500-page Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, but the following are some of the highlights of the Act.
Estate Tax Changes
For estates of decedents dying and gifts made after December 31, 2017, and before January 1,…

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How Does a Lender Determine Whether to Renew My Line of Credit?

There are several factors that go into a lender’s decision whether or not to renew a line of credit. It is just like school. You take the exam, and the grade determines your financial health.
Do you have a balance sheet?
The first questio…

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Are You in a General Partnership and Don’t Know It?

Do any of the following situations sound familiar? “I have some cows or run stockers  with my brother, neighbor, friend, etc.” or “I farm on halves, or shares, with a farmer I know but basically my only inputs are land and a small percenta…

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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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Silvopasture: An Opportunity for Additional Income from Your Forestland

Take a minute to think about why you own land. Is it to pass on to your children and grandchildren? For outdoor recreation? Because you enjoy the beauty of nature? Is it part of your farm? 

If you answered yes to one or more of these qu…

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Good Use of Integrated Pest Management

Integrated Pest Management, or IPM, is the practice of using a variety of methods to manage pests. When used correctly, pesticides can be a great tool for managing pests, but they should not be the first action to manage pest problems. This…

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Home Orchards Disease and Insect Control Recommendations

Apple and Pear

Apple and pear trees are subject to serious damage from pests. As a result, a preventive spray program is needed. The following practices will improve the effectiveness of the pesticides and may lessen the need…

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Palmer Amaranth (Pigweed) Resistance in Alabama

Continued reliance on the same mode of action for weed management for years has led to the development of herbicide-resistant weeds throughout the United States. * Pigweed throughout this article refers to Palmer amaranth.

Palmer amarant…

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Canker and Dieback Diseases of Leyland Cypress

Within the last decade, Leyland cypress has been widely used in residential and commercial landscapes across Alabama not only as a specimen tree, screen, or hedge, but also as a Christmas tree. Popularity of this tree, which is a hybrid of …

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Horticulture Notes: Harvesting and Curing Sweetpotatoes

You’ve worked hard to grow healthy sweetpotatoes. Keep them that way off the vine using these best practices.

One of the most important things to keep in mind when harvesting sweetpotatoes is that the roots of the sweetpo…

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