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A Guide to Grazing Cover Crops in Cropland

Cover crops are an important part of conservation agricultural systems in the southeastern United States. If managed properly, grazing of cover crops can add economic value to farm operations while improving soil health. Studies have shown …

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Critical Steps to Improve Soil Health in Pastureland

Practices such as prevention of overgrazing and increasing forage species diversity can help livestock producers increase soil health in pastureland. Overgrazing of forages reduces ground cover, increasing risk of soil erosion and nutrient …

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Operation Grow for Military Veterans

The Alabama Beginning Farms Project provides special emphasis to the training needs of military veterans interested in specialty crop production. Originally developed by Chris Becker (County Extension Coordinator, Limestone County), the O…

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Soil Health Stewards: Mitch Lazenby

Soil Health Stewards: Mitch Lazenby, Lazenby Farms
Mitch Lazenby, of Lazenby Farms, discusses soil health stewardship. Lazenby has been farming in Lee County for more than 25 years. He began intensively managing crop land through conservat…

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Soil Health Stewards: Myron Johnson

Soil Health Stewards: Myron Johnson, Double J Farms, Inc.
Myron Johnson discusses soil health stewardship. Johnson operates Double J Farms, Inc. in Headland, Alabama in Henry County. Johnson said water infiltration is an extremely importan…

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Watch: Properties of a Healthy Soil

Many soils in Alabama have low levels of soil organic matter due to the warm climate, coarse-textured soils and intensive farming practices historically used in the state. Rebuilding soil health is important! Soil is a natural resource we m…

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Soil Health Stewards: Annie Dee

Alabama Soil Health Stewards: Annie Dee
Annie Dee discusses soil health stewardship. Dee runs Dee River Ranch with brother, Mike Dee, in Aliceville, Alabama in Pickens County. The family farm has been operating for more than 25 years.

D…

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Alabama Vegetable Integrated Pest Management Project

Integrated pest management (IPM) aims at the judicious use of various pest management tools in the most sustainable manner. The resources aims to benefit the conventional as well as the organic/transitioning and beginning farmers. Producers…

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Cowpea Curculio Management in Alabama

Cowpeas or southern peas (Vigna unguiculata) are a popular vegetable crop in the southern United States due to their high heat tolerance and rapid growth. In Alabama, southern peas frequently attract a multitude of insect pests; these inclu…

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High Tunnel Construction

High tunnels are unheated, plastic-covered, structures, usually with passive ventilation through roll-up or roll-down side walls. Height varies from 6 feet to more than 17 feet, depending on the crop grown and the equipment used. Typical hi…

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Home Garden Vegetables, Insect Control Recommendations

Making Your Garden Vegetables Less Susceptible to Insect Damage
Integrated pest management or IPM is the judicious use of multiple pest management tactics when pest populations reach above the action threshold. The action threshold is simp…

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No-till Cantaloupe and Cover Crop Management

Research and Extension professionals have been studying the effects of cover crop management in conjunction with vegetables, such as cantaloupe. There are several different cover crops management methods cantaloupe growers can utilize in or…

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Vegetable Planter for High-Residue Systems

Farmers can modify conventional vegetable planters for use in high-residue conservation systems.

Because conservation systems do not plow, the transplanter must be able to:

Break compacted soil layers, while disturbing surface soil …

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Roller/Crimper for Walk-Behind Tractors

Producers use roller/crimpers in conservation farming systems to terminate cover crops that are near maturity in order to plant cash crops.

A new roller/crimper designed for self-propelled, walk-behind tractors allows growers with small …

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