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Watch for new loropetalum and gardenia varieties
(Distributed 01/28/11) Many new gardenia and loropetalum varieties have been introduced to the marketplace over the past few years. Older gardenia varieties are still great plants for us, but the newer varieties offer uniqueness in flowering and repeat bloom tendencies and sometimes have better landscape adaptability. The new loropetalums have unique burgundy-to-purplish foliage color throughout the year.

Jefferson Parish Cooperative Extension Service plans Open House
(Distributed 01/28/11) The LSU AgCenter’s Jefferson Parish office will hold an open house on Wednesday, Feb. 9, from 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

Rice clinic series starts Jan. 4
(Distributed 12/22/10) A series of rice clinics being held by the LSU AgCenter in January will help farmers prepare for the upcoming growing season.

New Plentifall pansy is economical choice
Plentifall Pansies

(Video 12/27/10) Pansies are a popular choice for planting in cool-season flower beds, and now there’s a new pansy that spreads and grows more plentifully than all other pansies -- making it an economical choice. On this edition of Get It Growing, LSU horticulturist Dan Gill introduces you to the Plentifall pansy. (Runtime: 1:30)

Make sure holiday egg recipes are safe
(Distributed 12/21/10) Make sure your holiday treats such as eggnog, cream pies and other dishes containing eggs are safe to eat, says LSU AgCenter nutritionist Beth Reames. Eating raw or undercooked eggs is a risk for foodborne illness. The same is true for lightly cooked eggs and egg dishes.
La. farmers had successful 2010
(Distributed 12/21/10) A damp and cold spring and hot and dry summer shaped Louisiana agriculture in 2010. But despite the contrast in weather, Louisiana farmers, overall, had a fairly successful year, said LSU AgCenter economist Kurt Guidry. Prices were strong, yields were high, and the harvest for most crops was good.
La. sugar harvest winds down
(Distributed 12/20/10) As the season winds down, Louisiana sugarcane growers are hurrying to harvest their crop before the sugar deteriorates in the stalk. “It’s a race to the end,” said LSU AgCenter sugarcane specialist Kenneth Gravois.
Burn some calories during the holidays
(Distributed 12/17/10) Physical activity is important all year round, but it can be especially helpful during the holidays when you may be eating more than usual, says LSU AgCenter nutritionist Beth Reames. In addition to burning calories, physical activity helps build muscle. The more muscle you have, the more calories you burn.
Ag Alley again scheduled for Ag Expo in January
(Distributed 12/17/10) WEST MONROE, La. – Ag Alley, a combination of several "alleys" filled with information about different Louisiana agricultural products and commodities, will again be featured at the 29th annual Ag Expo in January.
Prepare your landscape for winter freezes
(Distributed 12/17/10) Winter is here, and many questions always arise this time of year about protecting landscape plants during the cold months of December, January and February.
Make a gardening resolution
(Audio 12/27/10) With the coming of the new year, it is popular to make resolutions. Gardeners can resolve to try something new in the garden, to keep up with weeding or to read a gardening book. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Garden catalogs can be educational
(Audio 12/27/10) Garden catalogs arrive in mailboxes during December and January. They contain beautiful pictures that tempt gardeners to try new plants. Be sure and purchase plants suited for Louisiana's climate. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Save potted amaryllis bulbs for spring planting
(Audio 12/27/10) People often force amaryllis bulbs to bloom at Christmas time. This is easy to do. Then the bulb can be planted in your yard during spring. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Calendar offers great tips for Louisiana gardeners
2011 Get It Growing Calendar
(Video 12/20/10) Both novice and veteran gardeners look forward to the 2011 season for growing beautiful plants, fruits and vegetables. On this edition of Get It Growing, LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill introduces you to a resource that can help you throughout the year. The proceeds from the Get It Growing Calendar also support horticultural research. (Runtime: 1:28)