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American Alligator: Alabama’s Largest Reptile

Alligator

AUBURN, Ala. –American alligators, once on the verge of extinction, have made a remarkable recovery. Alabama’s largest reptile, alligators can be found across most of the southern third of the state and has also been confirmed farther north but not in large populations. They live near lakes, rivers, ponds and sometimes creeks. An expansive population of alligators call Lake Eufaula ... Read More »

Extending the Grazing Season

AUBURN, Ala. –Extending the grazing season can improve cattle operations. This saves producers time and money invested in the operation. Whether it is as simple as dividing a pasture into two different paddocks or implementing a more complex system, farmers should consider implementing improved grazing management strategies to help the grazing season. Dr. Kim Mullenix, an Alabama Extension beef cattle ... Read More »

Eastern Hognose Snake: Rare to Alabama

Eastern Hog Nose Snake

Auburn, Alabama— Once common throughout Alabama, the nonvenomous Eastern hognose snake, also known as the spreading adder and the deaf adder, is now considered to be rare to certain areas of the state. The hognose snake gets its name from its distinct upturned nose. The Eastern hognose’s coloration can vary from a uniform black, brown, olive or gray. They may ... Read More »

BioBlitz: Discovering Local Biodiversity

AUBURN, Ala. – If you have an interest in learning about Alabama’s plants and wildlife, make plans to attend BioBlitz, an event sponsored by the Alabama  Cooperative Extension System. BioBlitz, a hands-on event where participants will have a chance to experience local biodiversity, is Saturday April 23, at the Mary Olive Thomas Demonstration Forest. Participants will work alongside local and ... Read More »

Managing Herbicide Resistant Weeds

AUBURN, Ala. – Herbicide resistant weeds are a growing problem for row crop farmers. Dr. Joyce Tredaway Ducar, an Alabama Extension weed scientist, said scouting fields is critical. “Scouting is the only way to know which weeds are present, and their patterns in the field can help to understand why they are present,” said Tredaway Ducar. Adding scouting to your ... Read More »

Alabama Strawberry Production: A Sweet Business

AUBURN, Ala. – Strawberries may not be big business in Alabama, but it is a sweet one. According to Doug Chapman, an Alabama Extension regional commercial horticulture agent, compared to larger producing states such as Florida, Alabama’s production size is minuscule. “If you looked at the land allotted to strawberry production, strawberry acreage in Alabama would not exceed 200 acres ... Read More »

Colorful Corn Snake Native to Alabama

AUBURN, Ala. – Found across Alabama, the non-venomous corn snake is one of the most colorful snakes in the Southeast. Corn snakes range in color from red, dark orange, black and white. In Alabama, corn snakes from the Lower Coastal Plain have vivid orange and red markings, while  other corn snakes tend to be less vividly patterned and darker as you ... Read More »

A Sweet Surprise for Valentines Day

AUBURN, Ala. – With the holiday of hearts right around the corner, try impressing your significant other by making them a sweet surprise in the kitchen. Try these two recipes that will surely sweep them off their feet. Strawberry Cheesecake Butter-flavor vegetable cooking spray 1 10 ounce package frozen slices strawberries 1 3 ounce package strawberry flavored gelatin 1 cup ... Read More »

Family Night Food and Fun

AUBURN, Ala. – Having a family game night can be a great way to spend quality time with one another. For your next family night, try these two recipes that the whole family can help prepare. You will have a delicious meal and have fun while preparing it. Vegetable Pizza 2 8 ounce packages crescent rolls 2 8 ounce packages ... Read More »

Rose Rosette Disease Widespread in North Alabama

rose rosette disease

AUBURN, Ala.- A devastating rose disease is now widespread in north Alabama. Rose rosette disease,  identified in Alabama in 2010, is most severe in the Tennessee Valley area. First identified in California in the 1940s, it has spread east over the last 70 years. From the first report of rose rosette disease, scientists made little progress in identifying the cause of ... Read More »