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Sediment and Nutrient Sluicing to Restore University Lake
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University Lake on the Louisiana State University Baton Rouge campus is an invaluable asset to citizens in the state’s capital city. Beyond serving local residents, this lake is greatly enjoyed by out-of-town visitors.

Long-term Nutrient Change in the Mermentau and Vermilion Rivers
Songhie He, graduate student in the School of Renewable Natural Resources

The Mermentau and Vermilion river basins are among the most intensive agriculture areas in Louisiana. Previous studies conducted in the region by LSU AgCenter researchers have shown that crop, dairy and aquaculture production can cause higher nitrogen and phosphorus release into the bayous and streams in river basins.

Researchers continue quest to eradicate salvinia from all Louisiana waterways
The LSU AgCenter is moving its facility for growing weevils to eradicate the aquatic weed called salvinia.A location in Terrebonne Parish on the property of Michael St. Martin had been used for the past four years.

Louisiana Master Farmer Program: A Bridge Between Regulatory Agencies and Agriculture
The Louisiana Master Farmer program serves as a bridge between regulatory agencies and agriculture.
Challenges of corn nitrogen management during saturated soils conditions
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Corn grown in Louisiana has the potential to be very productive. Additionally, the Midsouth states, especially Louisiana, have the ability for corn to be planted and harvested much earlier compared to other corn-growing regions.
Youth focus on healthy water for productive wetlands
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Water, water everywhere! Huge quantities of the nutrient-laden wet stuff spilling through thousands of inlets and bays provide a popular perception of why Louisiana’s coastal estuaries and waterways are some of the most productive waters in the world for seafood and fisheries.
Sugarcane Aphid: A New Invasive Pest of Sorghum
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The sugarcane aphid first appeared in Louisiana in 1999 in sugarcane. Although this aphid is a known pest of sorghum in other areas of the world, it was relegated as a pest of sugarcane in the United States.
Water Management at Catahoula Lake
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Catahoula Lake, which covers about 30,000 acres in central Louisiana, is one of the most important habitats for water birds in the Lower Mississippi Valley.
Griffin’s career spans agriculture’s weed science revolution
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About three decades ago, as fields in Louisiana choked on nearly uncontrollable weed populations, the 1981 state average soybean yield was a low 21 bushels per acre.
Robots and Artificial Reefs for Water Conservation and Management
Melody Thomas, graduate student in the Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering,
Bioenvironmental and aquacultural engineers are using smart and biological solutions to address water quality issues in rivers, lakes, ponds and coastal areas. Autonomous vehicles can help assess and enhance water quality, while bioengineered solutions such as artificial reefs may contribute to enhanced coastal protection as well as improved water quality.
Environmental Impact and Forage Production of Various Ryegrass Planting Methods
Sixteen mature cows graze the drill-seeded ryegrass plot at the Dean Lee Research and Extension Station.
A large percentage of reported sources of water quality impairments in Louisiana are related to what is collectively known as nonpoint-source pollution. This source of pollution is a result of stormwater runoff from land uses including agricultural fields, construction, urban areas, forestry and any other source that can’t be directly correlated with the impairment.
Young farmer award winner attributes success to good advice, thinking big
Danielle Yerby, of Colfax, was named the 2015 Outstanding Young Farm
Two of the biggest challenges for today’s Louisiana farmer are finding more land and getting public policy to fit the best interests of agriculture.That’s according to Danielle Yerby, 32, of Colfax in Grant Parish. She was recognized at the Louisiana Farm Bureau Federation annual meeting in New Orleans June 25-28 as the 2015 Outstanding Young Farm Woman
Scientists Optimize Nursery Irrigation Practices by Managing Water Output
Proper irrigation management is essential to producing a quality nursery crop, reducing cost and optimizing plant growth. Many believe the nursery industry uses excessive irrigation when producing a large crop, but irrigation analysis at the nurseries in both Forest Hill and Folsom indicated that in some cases below-optimum irrigation volume was used.
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