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La. wheat acreage expected to increase
(Distributed 08/30/10) With substantially increased prices for wheat, Louisiana farmers are expected to plant a lot more of that commodity this fall.

Rain slows harvesting, planting of crops
Rice and Sugarcane

(TV News 08/30/10) Heavy rains fell across Louisiana recently -- halting the harvest of rice and the planting of sugarcane. LSU AgCenter correspondent Tobie Blanchard takes a look at how the weather is affecting those two crops. (Runtime: 1:19)

Gardeners can plant a second crop of tomatoes
Fall Tomatoes

(Video 08/30/10) The weather is still hot, but now is a good time to plant fall tomatoes. On this segment of Get It Growing, LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill recommends some good tomato varieties and explains how to plant them. (Runtime: 1:42)

Purple coneflowers provide summer-long blooms
(Distributed 08/27/10) One of the most popular herbaceous perennials in Louisiana is the purple coneflower. The scientific name is Echinacea purpurea. It is native from the Midwest into the Southeastern United States.

LSU AgCenter entomologist selected national expert, EPA liaison
Gene Reagan
(Distributed 08/26/10) Thomas E. “Gene” Reagan, LSU AgCenter professor of entomology, has been selected as the Entomological Society of America’s 2010 Subject Matter Expert. This new award is presented to a person who has gained national and international recognition as an authority on insect pest management. This person then serves as the society’s liaison to the Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Pesticide Programs.
Goat farm finds new markets
West Constantine and goats
(Distributed 08/26/10) MOREAUVILLE, La. – Besides saying cheese, visitors can taste it at WesMar Farms, a self-proclaimed agricultural respite owned by West and Marguerite Constantine.
So far, sweet potato outlook much better than past 2 years
group around potatoes
(Distributed 08/26/10) With sweet potato consumption rising and a shift in the industry toward more processed products, the LSU AgCenter’s Sweet Potato Research Station showed growers how to optimize production at a field day held at the station Aug. 24. The latest research was presented to help growers learn how to produce a high-yielding, predictable, profitable crop.
Hammond Research Station programs gaining recognition throughout region
Hammond Research Station
(Distributed 08/26/10) HAMMOND, La. – The LSU AgCenter’s landscape horticulture research program at its Hammond Research Station is receiving regional attention, according to Regina Bracy, resident coordinator at the station.
Hard work earns La. 4-H’ers first place in national competition
forestry team members
(Distributed 08/25/10) Louisiana’s team in the 31st annual National 4-H Forestry Invitational had only a short time to prepare for the event in which it placed first among 15 state teams.
Use sod to establish or repair lawn
(Audio 08/30/10) It's not too late to establish a new lawn or repair a damaged area of a lawn. The best way to do this is with sod. Hear tips for laying sod. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Protect trees during construction projects
(Audio 08/30/10) Understanding how the roots of a tree work can help protect the tree from damage. If construction will take place around trees, make sure the roots are protected. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Gardeners can plant a range of vegetables in September
(Audio 08/30/10) September is great month to plant vegetables. Gardeners can still plant warm-season vegetables while putting in their first cool-season vegetables. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Slime mold, mushrooms won't harm lawn
(Audio 08/30/10) Fungal diseases can cause serious problems in lawns, but not all fungi are detrimental to grass. Slime mold and mushrooms may appear in yards, but don't harm the lawn. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Green onions and shallots are not the same
(Audio 08/30/10) Louisiana gardeners tend to use the phrase shallots for either green onions or true shallots, but they really are two different plants. LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill explains the difference and how to grow them. (Runtime: 60 seconds)