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LSU team places third in weed contest
weed teams

(Distributed 07/31/15) BATON ROUGE, La. – An LSU team took third place in the southern division of the National Weed Contest on July 21.

Switchgrass – Ornamental Plant of the Week for August 3, 2015
Panicum Northwind

(Distributed 07/31/15) An ornamental grass worthy of increased use in Louisiana is switchgrass, also known as panicum.

LSU College of Agriculture students receive student teaching scholarships
Nicholas Adams

(Distributed 07/31/15) BATON ROUGE, La. – Nicholas Adams and Chelsea Sutherland, both seniors in the LSU College of Agriculture studying agricultural education, have been selected for the Upper Division Agricultural Education Scholarship from the National Association of Agricultural Educators.

Cassias add golden yellow flowers to fall landscape
candlestick tree

(Distributed 07/31/15) HAMMOND, La. – We are still a couple months away from fall, but there are several plants to consider now that will be showstoppers come October.

Survey aims to find ways to better serve ag industry
(Distributed 07/29/15) BATON ROUGE, La. – LSU AgCenter economist Kurt Guidry is conducting a survey to find out how the AgCenter can better serve industry stakeholders through research and extension programs.
Nicaraguan nonprofit strives to improve rural life through agriculture research
group around table
(Distributed 07/29/15) BATON ROUGE, La. – Representatives from a Nicaraguan organization that works to improve rural life through agriculture research and outreach visited the LSU AgCenter this week (July 27-28) to learn about its programs.
Two 4-H’ers turn personal tragedy into successful speech on hazards of impaired driving
Jacqueline and Hailli
(Distributed 07/28/15) RACELAND, La. – Two 4-H students have used their personal tragedies to warn others about the deadly hazards of impaired driving.
North La. farm tour informs youth, community about ag technology, research
Terry Erwin
(Distributed 07/28/15) BASTROP, La. – Blistering hot temperatures didn’t deter growers and interested community members from attending the annual Black Farmers Field Day in Collinston on July 24.
Researchers study double-drill rows for sugarcane
(Distributed 07/27/15) ST. MARTINVILLE, La. – The yield advantage of growing double-drill rows of sugarcane on 8-foot beds is being explored by the Louisiana sugar industry, said Kenneth Gravois, LSU AgCenter sugarcane specialist.
Natchez Crape Myrtle – Ornamental Plant of the Week for July 27, 2015
Natchez Crape Myrtle
(Distributed 07/24/15) The premier crape myrtle in Louisiana historically has been Natchez.
AgCenter agents hear about irrigation efficiency
field day crowd
(Distributed 07/24/15) FERRIDAY, La. – Attendees of a recent tour of northeastern Louisiana farms heard about research they can put in practice to help farmers’ bottom lines, including ways to make the most of irrigation.
Gomphrena produces colorful flowers now ’til frost
Fireworks gomphrena
(Distributed 07/24/15) HAMMOND, La. – A tough plant that will keep blooming through summer and into fall, gomphrena likes really high temperatures. Also called globe amaranth, legend has it that the original planting was at the gates of Hades.
LaHouse displays lessons learned from hurricanes Katrina, Rita
Claudette Reichel and visitors
(Distributed 07/23/15) BATON ROUGE, La. – LSU AgCenter housing specialist Claudette Reichel was in the midst of completing her dream project – building a sustainable demonstration home specifically designed for Louisiana’s hot and humid climate and able to withstand hazards common to the area such as hurricanes, flooding and termites.
Researchers use test plots to adapt recommendations
field day audience
(Distributed 07/23/15) RAYVILLE, La. – The differences in growing rice in north and south Louisiana create the need for researchers to study how farmers can adapt their practices to fit the varied environments, an LSU AgCenter expert said Tuesday (July 21).