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Don't Forget About Lime

Soil fertility is critical to any forage-based livestock operation. Without proper nutrient availability to forage plants, they cannot grow, …

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Small Farm Leadership 360 Initiative


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Chrysanthemums (Mum) Care

Chrysanthemums are one of the easiest perennials to grow. Though they are not specific to any season, Chrysanthemums (aka …

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The Why and How of Testing Hay

With the winter feeding season quickly approaching, now is the time to develop a feeding plan. The best place …

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The Role of Home Landscapes

Did you know Horticulture contributes $196 billion to the US economy across a diverse array of businesses? However, the …

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Fall Treats and #ClimateWeek

Since fall begins today, many of us are looking forward to enjoying apple cider, pumpkin spice lattes, and Halloween …

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Recycling Leaves

Instead of bagging up leaves, recycle them! Composting fall leaves results in brown gold in spring. Dry, brittle leaves turn into dark, …


Breeding Season for Small Ruminants

For some, breeding season for sheep and goats has already begun. Breeding season and reproductive management of herds and …

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Before the Leaves Fall

As the weather starts to cool off and it feels more like fall, one thing you will begin to …

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Muscadine Grape: Family Activity Guide

Celebrating, learning and loving everything about muscadine grapes. This guide provides activities for families to …

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High Density Apple Orchard Management

This publication focuses on the management techniques and economic analysis of orchards with more than …

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Rotary Hoe: A Blind Cultivation Tool for In-Row Weed Control

Expanding organic grain markets have increased interest in mechanical weed control. Learn how the rotary …

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For organic soybean producers increased seeding rates improve early soybean canopy density, which shades out …

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Tobacco - Boron (B) Deficiency

Tobacco plants that are B deficient are stunted very early on in production when compared …

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Tobacco - Phosphorus (P) Deficiency

Phosphorus (P) deficiency in tobacco begins as a noticeable stunting when compared to a plant …

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Tobacco - Nitrogen (N) Deficiency

By far, nitrogen (N) is the most widely applied nutrient for plant growth. It …