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Cover Crops: Cereals

Black Oat
Avena strigosa: Black oat is a winter annual cereal that provides great weed control, especially against broadleaf weeds. Plant black oats in late September to October. It is an excellent cover crop for nematode and weed control….

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Interpreting the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act

AUBURN, Ala.—The new Tax Cuts and Jobs Act will benefit many individuals and businesses. While most of the business changes are permanent, many individual provisions will end Dec. 31, 2025.

Dr. Robert Tufts, a visiting professor with t…

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Properties of a Healthy Soil

A healthy soil includes:

High organic matter content.
Optimal nutrients and pH for plant growth.
Stable soil aggregates to promote water infiltration.
Large population of beneficial organisms.
No contamination.

Many soil…

Cover Crop Biomass Influences Weed Suppression

Just as cover crops provide a natural suppression for soil diseases and pests, they also assist in weed suppression. Weed resistance management has moved to the forefront of research and extension.

Cover crops can have an influence on we…

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Soil Biology: Cover Crops and Disease Suppression

Cover crops provide a natural soil pest and disease suppression. It can also serve as a mulch to cover and assist in weed suppression.

When considering a cover crop for disease suppression, farmers should consider 3 factors:

Field …

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Nitrogen Release from Cover Crops

Producers have been planting legumes in crop rotations to improve soil fertility for many decades, especially in the southeastern United States. Legumes are also recognized as valuable crops in water and soil conservation programs. Therefor…

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Improved Water Use and Storage

Water is an essential soil component, especially from a plant’s perspective. Though plants require air and water found in soil pores, roots can only absorb nutrients from soil water. Dissolved nutrients in solution establish equilibrium bet…

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About Soil Conservation Benefits

Why Practice Soil Conservation?
Soil conservation is an important part of conservation cropping systems. There are many benefits for producers who choose to employ soil conservation practices on-farm.
Increased Profits:

Yields are eq…

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What is a Conservation System?

Conservation systems are cropping systems that minimize surface soil disturbance and maximize plant or residue cover on the surface. Successful conservation systems maintain or increase soil organic matter content while enhancing farm profi…

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Caring for Livestock After A Storm

AUBURN, Ala. – Severe weather can cause stress and problems for livestock, as well as producers. In a moment’s notice, storms can rip through a facility, causing damage and possible animal injuries or deaths. Producers must have a plan …

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Burndown Herbicides Affected by Low Temperatures

AUBURN, Ala.— Low temperatures stretching into March and April, with more potentially on the way, may cause issues for producers during burndown.

During March and April, producers normally apply burndown herbicides to prepare to plant …

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Forestry, Wildlife & Natural Resources Team Impacts 2017

The mission of the Alabama Extension Forestry, Wildlife, and Natural Resources Team is to provide the latest science-based information available to make decisions regarding the management of natural resources.

Forest produc…

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