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Helpful Tips for Gathering and Storing Pecans

AUBURN, Ala. – Fall is the time when pecan crops are ready to be harvested. This comes at the perfect time to use pecans to create the Fall recipes that we love. But, before people can use them in recipes, they have to be gathered and stored. An Extension professional offer tips for gathering and storing pecans. Gathering “Harvest your ... Read More »

In Alabama, Fall Brings More Aggressive Wasps and Hornets

AUBURN, Ala. – Fall is the peak season for yellow jackets and hornets in Alabama. Many people encounter and experience painful stings from these wasps during outdoor activities. Dr. Xing Ping Hu, an Alabama Extension entomologist, said hornets and yellow jackets are the most common wasp groups. Safety With the exception of honeybees, all female and worker wasps and bees can ... Read More »

Pesticide Applicators University Set for Oct. 29 and 30

  Auburn, Alabama —The Alabama Cooperative Extension System, The Alabama Green Industry Training Center and the Alabama Pesticide Safety Education Program will host the third Pesticide Applicators University Oct. 29 and 30 at the Auburn Marriott Opelika Hotel and Conference Center at Grand National, in Opelika Alabama. Registration Registration is $125 through Sept. 28. After Sept. 28 registration cost is ... Read More »

Sunflowers Provide Color to Landscapes

AUBURN UNIVERSITY, Ala. – Sunflowers are highly valued economically, but they seem to be overlooked when choosing plants for landscapes. Few plants can boast better color, yet they are not often seen in flowerbeds like many other plants. Sunflowers make excellent temporary hedges and screens and provide a showy backdrop for flowerbeds, while dwarf cultivars make excellent borders and color ... Read More »

Roses Come Back to Life in the Fall

AUBURN UNIVERSITY, Ala. – Fall is a good season in Alabama for rose plant growth and flowering. It is an excellent time to rejuvenate roses for a beautiful show of color before they rest for the winter. With adequate watering, some fertilization and clean up, gardeners will enjoy many weeks of colorful blooms in the fall. Pruning Roses To rejuvenate ... Read More »

Healthy Tailgating

AUBURN, Ala. – Football season is in full swing. Thousands of fans flock to stadiums every Saturday to cheer on their favorite college teams and spend the day tailgating. Traditionally, tailgating means high caloric foods, often fried and loaded with cheese. These can actually make you sluggish and tired. Many people want to enjoy tailgating while still maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Dr. Andrea Morris, a ... Read More »

Fall Flea Surge: Control Fleas Indoors and Outdoors

AUBURN, Ala. – Fleas are some of the most annoying biting pests known to man and pets. Knowing how to control fleas both indoors and outdoors will make life easier for humans and pets. Characteristics Fleas occur year-round but may go dormant during an extremely hot summer or cold winter. Dr. Xing Ping Hu, an Alabama Extension entomologist, said that ... Read More »

Flash Flooding Possible with Tropical Storm Gordon

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AUBURN, Ala. – Hurricane, tropical storm and storm surge warnings are in effect for parts of the central Gulf Coast including Mobile and Baldwin counties in Alabama. Tropical Storm Gordon is expected to reach hurricane strength before landfall late Tuesday. Some counties are in a significant threat area while others are in an elevated threat area. Heavy rainfall is likely to ... Read More »

Selecting and Serving Fresh Produce Safely

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AUBURN, Ala. – Fruits and vegetables are an important part of a healthy diet. Local markets carry a wide variety of fresh fruits and vegetables that are both nutritious and delicious. However, harmful bacteria that may be in the soil or water where produce grows may come in contact with fruits and vegetables and contaminate them. “Fresh produce may also become ... Read More »

Ornamental Grasses Can Add Beauty to Your Landscape

AUBURN, Ala. – If you are planning landscape renovation, consider adding ornamental grasses. The term ornamental grasses is used to describe all grasslike plants including sedges, reeds, rushes and many others. All of the varieties and species have become popular in recent years. “Ornamental grasses are highly resistant to problems caused by diseases and insects and require little to no pruning,” ... Read More »