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Protecting Louisiana's Waters
Protecting Louisiana's Waters Using Best Management Practices
Best management practices (BMPs) are used by agricultural producers to control the generation and delivery of pollutants from agricultural activities to water resources of the state, thereby reducing the amount of agricultural pollutants entering surface and ground waters. This publication includes information on five main areas: nutrient management, pesticide management, soil and water management, pasture management and general farm BMPs. (PDF Format Only)
prescribed burning pinelands
Prescribed Burning in Louisiana Pinelands
All fires in a natural environment do some damage, and prescribed burns are no exception. It is a matter of accepting a risk of loss to obtain a desired gain. Properly planned and executed, prescribed burning can accomplish many objectives at reasonable cost and minimum risk. This publication explains how this can be done. (PDF Format Only)
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Functions and Values of Wetlands in Louisiana
Louisiana accounts for 80 percent of the nation's coastal wetland loss. Simply put, a large proportion of Louisiana acreage is wetland. Much of the state's economy depends upon wetlands. Find information on causes of wetland loss, definitions of wetlands and wetland functions and values. (PDF format only)
swine bmp
Swine Production Best Management Practices
Best management practices (BMPs) are a set of practices used by farmers to reduce the amount of soil, nutrients, pesticides and microbial contaminants entering surface water and groundwater while maintaining or improving the productivity of agricultural land. This list of BMPs is a guide for selection and implementation of practices that will help swine farmers conserve soil and protect water and air resources by reducing pollutants. (PDF format only)
Formosan Subterranean Temite Damage and Detection
Formosan Subterranean Termite Damage and Detection
Most people are aware of the damage fire and severe weather can do to their homes, but many overlook the threat of termites. Photos of termite damage and signs of termite infestation are included in this publication, which covers Formosan subterranean termites and other subterranean termites.
Africanized Honeybees
Bug Biz: Africanized Honeybees
Africanized honeybees were brought to Brazil in 1956 to improve local strains. In 1957, several colonies escaped. Once established in Brazil, the Africanized honeybees moved north up the east coast of South America and into Central America. During the next few years, they increased their northward expansion through central Texas, New Mexico and Arizona, reaching Southern California in 1994. (PDF format only)
smooth cordgrass
Smooth Cordgrass Varieties: Descriptions and Performance
Smooth cordgrass is a perennial grass native to intertidal saline marshes along the Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic coasts. It is important for coastal areas because it reduces coastal erosion. Smooth cordgrass stems reduce wave energy and build land. The roots stabilize existing land. Reducing coastal erosion is especially important in Louisiana because the state has the highest erosion rate in the continental United States. (PDF Format Only)
rice bmp
Rice Production Best Management Practices
This guide describes the conservation measures or best management practices (BMPs) for rice production implemented primarily for the purpose of conserving and protecting soil and water resources by controlling the movement of potential agricultural pollutants into surface water and groundwater. (PDF Format Only)
poultry bmp
Poultry Production Best Management Practices
BMPs for poultry farms are a specific set of practices used by farmers to reduce the amount of soil, nutrients, pesticides and microbial contaminants entering surface water and groundwater while maintaining or improving the productivity of agricultural land. This BMP manual is a guide for the selection, implementation and management of those practices that will help poultry farmers conserve soil and protect water and air resources. (PDF format only)
wood decay
Causes and Control of Wood Decay, Degradation and Stain
Wood is a renewable natural resource that, if properly treated, maintained and placed in service, will last indefinitely. It is critial for us to use our wood resources efficiently. Wood decay and most insect problems can be prevented for years by properly using and protecting wood. This publication is intended to increase your knowledge of the causes and control of wood decay, degradation and stain.
Leaf Key to Common Trees in Louisiana
Learning to identify trees can be fun. It is easy to identify the common trees of Louisiana with this guide – particularly because pictures instead of long, written descriptions are used to identify the leaves. Common trees include the native ones as well as trees introduced from other parts of the United States or from foreign countries. (PDF Format Only)
Wood: Its Nature and Properties for Woodworking
Wood: Its Nature and Properties for Woodworking
For most cabinet makers and furniture makers, wood is the raw material of choice. Wood has thousands of uses. Although wood may appear to be a relatively simple substance, closer examination shows that wood is one of the most complicated and unusual natural materials. This publication includes helpful information for understanding wood and its complicated materials. (PDF format only)
biodiesel
Biodiesel Production Series
Innovative and practical information on biodiesel for the homeowner, farmer and small-business owner. (PDF format only)
Aquaculture BMP
Aquaculture Environmental Best Management Practices
BMPs for aquaculture enterprises are a specific set of practices used by growers to reduce the amount of soil, nutrients, pesticides and microbial contaminants entering surface water and groundwater while maintaining or improving productivity. This BMP manual is a guide for the selection, implementation and management of practices that will help growers conserve soil and protect water and air resources. (PDF format only)
crawfish manual
Crawfish Production Manual
Commercial sales of crawfish in Louisiana date back to the late 1800s, and today's crawfish industry includes millions of pounds harvested from farms and natural habitats in the state. This publication covers a wide range of topics on crawfish production, including crawfish biology, pond design, forage management, stocking, water quality, harvesting, marketing and much more. (PDF Format Only)
 Enjoying Ornamental Ponds in Louisiana
Enjoying Ornamental Ponds in Louisiana
This publication outlines some of the options for design, operation and maintenance of ornamental ponds and discusses basic environmental requirements of fish and plants commonly grown in these ponds. 20 pages. Full color. (PDF Format Only)
Greenhouse Tilapia Production in Louisiana
Greenhouse Tilapia Production in Louisiana
Information on recirculating production systems, fingerling sources, stocking and harvest management, regulatory considerations, economics and markets are included in this publication. (PDF Format Only)
Glues and Gluing Wood
Glues and Gluing Wood
Gluing can be a simple operation, but many complex factors affect the gluing process and, when not properly done, can make the gluing operation a nightmare. This publication explains how, with proper planning, care and correct choices, the gluing operation can be done with great success. (PDF Format Only)
market wood
Why and How to Market Wood Products
This publication is designed to educate small to medium-sized primary and secondary forest products industry personnel about why and how to market wood products. Hobbyists and producers of wooden arts and crafts also will benefit by learning the necessary marketing skills to increase revenue and make their part-time business or hobby less expensive. (PDF format only)
Seasoning to Prevent Defects in Green Wood
Seasoning to Prevent Defects in Green Wood (Spanish Version)
This publication provides information on some of problems and basic principles involved in seasoning lumber, wood disks and other small pieces of wood. It is intended to help individuals who would like to season small quantities of wood inexpensively and without sacrificing quality. (PDF Format Only)
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