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Kudzu bug continues its trek across the state
kudzu bug

(Distributed 07/01/15) BATON ROUGE, La. – The kudzu bug, an invasive pest from Asia, continues its trek into Louisiana. LSU AgCenter scientists have been monitoring the movement of the insect since it was discovered in 2014 in Louisiana after moving in from Mississippi.

4-H announces new executive board, state contest winners
two women

(Distributed 06/30/15) BATON ROUGE, La. – More than 1,500 4-H students from all 64 parishes converged on the LSU campus to participate in the annual 4-H University June 23-26. Students took part in 41 competitive contests, 12 Clover College tracks and elected new statewide officers for the 2015-16 school year.

Sugarcane field day July 15 at AgCenter Sugar Station
(Distributed 06/29/15) ST. GABRIEL, La. – The LSU AgCenter Sugar Research Station will host its 33rd Annual Sugarcane Field Day on July 15.

Teens find new friends, interests at 4-H University
4-H group

(Distributed 06/25/15) BATON ROUGE, La. – For many of the teenagers who come to 4-H University on the LSU campus every summer, it is one of the first times they are away from home and have to make their own decisions. But often, they find that a little bit of bravery and friendliness can go a long way.

Ornamental Sweet Potato – Ornamental Plant of the Week for June 29, 2015
Sweet Caroline Sweetheart Red ornamental sweet potato
(Distributed 06/26/15) Ornamental sweet potatoes are popular warm-season annuals for adding foliage color to the summer landscape.
Coneflowers provide summer color year after year
Bravado coneflower
(Distributed 06/24/15) HAMMOND, La. – One of the most popular non-woody perennials in Louisiana is the purple coneflower. The scientific name of this plant is Echinacea purpurea. It is native to an area from the Midwest into the southeastern United States.
Garden Fest treats visitors to food, fun
Kiki Fontenot and Johnny Naylor
(Distributed 06/24/15) BATON ROUGE, La. – More than 730 people braved the heat and humidity of a Louisiana June day to attend the fourth annual Garden Fest at the LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens at Burden on June 20.
Dean Lee field day set for July 9 in Alexandria
(Distributed 06/23/15) ALEXANDRIA, La. – The LSU AgCenter Dean Lee Research and Extension Center in Alexandria will host its annual row crop field day on July 9.
Patrick Tuck to lead Louisiana 4-H Foundation
Patrick Tuck
(Distributed 06/22/15) BATON ROUGE, La. – Patrick Tuck has been named the new executive director of the Louisiana 4-H Foundation, which is the fundraising body for the LSU AgCenter’s 4-H Youth Development Program.
Bandana Lantana – Ornamental Plant of the Week for June 22, 2015
Bandana Lemon Zest Lantana
(Distributed 06/19/15) The Bandana series of lantanas has now been on the market for several years. It was the first group of smaller-growing, smaller-mounding type varieties.
Field day features Master Farmer session
(Distributed 06/19/15) HOMER, La. – Poultry producers who attended the field day at the LSU AgCenter Hill Farm on June 17 had an opportunity to participate in a training session for the Louisiana Master Farmer Program.
Pentas is a top performer in summer gardens
Butterfly pentas
(Distributed 06/19/15) HAMMOND, La. – If you’re looking for some great summer color for your landscape beds from now through our first killing frost this fall, the Butterfly series of pentas will give you that, and maybe even more.
AgCenter experts give farmers advice for the 2015 growing season
Sanchez and Lofton
(Distributed 06/18/15) ST. JOSEPH, La. – Excessive rain during the 2015 growing season has presented challenges for Louisiana farmers, but LSU AgCenter experts told attendees at the Northeast Research Station Pest Management and Crop Production Field Day on June 17 that they need to consider other problems that could affect their crops.
Soybean integrated pest management continues
(Distributed 06/18/15) BATON ROUGE, La. – LSU AgCenter entomologists are evaluating integrated pest management programs that crop consultants and farmers use to control pests in soybeans across the state.