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Diseases of Southern Turfgrasses (PDF)
Gray leaf spot on St. Augustine

This is the presentation given at the LTA Conference in Baton Rouge on January 6, 2011, which covers the identification and management of common diseases affecting warm-season southern turfgrasses in Louisiana.

Results of the 2013 TSWV-resistant Tomato Variety Trial
Tribeca

Tomato Spotted Wilt Virus-resistant tomato variety were grown at the Botanic Gardens at Burden to determine optimum yields.

Results of the 2013 Bell Pepper Trials
Flavorburst

Bell peppers were grown at Burden to determine a good-quality sweet peppers that readily matured into a color other than green.

CSAs: Alternative Marketing for Growers
Peas at a CSA near Shreveport

Community Supported Agriculture is an alternative marketing method for commercial vegetable growers. Growers sell a share of their anticipated harvest directly to consumers and deliver an agreed-upon portion of their crops to subscribers throughout the season.

Daylily Rust Control with Biofungicides
Stella de Oro
Daylily is an economically important nursery crop for Louisiana growers. It was relatively disease-free before the arrival of daylily rust in 2000. Commercial growers and homeowners rely solely on fungicides for rust control, which is expensive and time consuming. Biofungicides are biological or bio-rational alternatives that control disease by different modes of action. If effective, they can reduce control cost and provide resistance management tools.
Field-grown Cut Flowers for Louisiana
Variety of cut flowers
Species and variety recommendation for field grown specialty cut flowers in the South.
Results of the 2012 Watermelon Variety Demonstration Plot
Summer Flavor 720 Watermelon
This article provides small and large growers with the data collected from the 2012 watermelon demonstration plot at Burden Center in Baton Rouge, La.
Cut Flower Production Basics
Specialty cut flowers
Cut flowers can be a profitable crop in the Southern U.S. This manual provides basic information on the production of specialty cut flowers.
Scouting and Biological Control of Two-spotted Spider Mite
TSM adult and eggs
In recent years, IPM programs are becoming more attractive to ornamental growers. Scouting is a key component of any IPM and helps you to (1) detect when pests are first present, (2) make proper control decisions and (3) monitor whether your control practices are effective. Here are some tips on how to scout and practice IPM for the control of one of the top greenhouse pests - twospotted spider mite.
Greenhouse Tomato Production Manual
Tomatoes
This manual is intended to help small greenhouse tomato growers in Louisiana and elsewhere grow a successful crop using perlite or pine bark medium. Small growers can produce vine-ripened, high-quality fruit that can be delivered to the local market on the same day of harvest.
Calculating Fertilizer Application Rates
The analysis or "formula" listed on the fertilizer bags tells you what is inside. This information lets you apply the proper amount of fertilizer.
Louisiana Sod Farms in 2008
sod
Louisiana sod farm situation for 2008.
Tune up Landscape Irrigation
irrigate
A properly designed and operated irrigation system will ensure that the critical factor of soil moisture will be there to sustain healthy plant growth.
How To Choose a Lawn/Garden Tractor - Engines
vertical shaft engine
One of the factors that most affects both the capability of a lawn/garden tractor, and the price, is the engine.
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