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Mowing habits affect lawn growth
(Distributed 04/29/11) Midspring is here, and it’s time to mow, mow, mow.

Researcher tests aerial seeding of marsh grass
(Radio News 04/28/11) As wind whipped across Marsh Island, a plane buzzed overhead raining down seeds across a 15-acre swath of land. LSU AgCenter researcher Herry Utomo is testing aerial seeding of the marsh plant smooth cordgrass on this barrier island off the coast in Iberia Parish. (Runtime: 1:50)

Hammond Research Station sets open house for May 21
(Distributed 04/28/11) The LSU AgCenter’s Hammond Research Station will hold an open house from 9 a.m. to noon May 21.

Stored grain pest management workshop set for May 10 in Crowley
(Distributed 04/26/11) CROWLEY, La. – A stored grain pest management workshop will be held May 10 with experts from five states. The clinic will be at the Acadia Parish Extension Office, 157 Cherokee Drive, in Crowley from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m.

Ponchatoula students learn the value of wetlands
(Distributed 04/26/11) PONCHATOULA, La. – The LSU AgCenter youth wetlands program staff and Ponchatoula High School FFA members taught elementary students the value of wetlands at their Wetlands Celebration Day on April 21 as part of Youth Wetlands Week.
14 honored at State 4-H Commodity Ambassador Contest
(Distributed 04/25/11) Fourteen 4-H students were winners in the State 4-H Commodity Ambassador Contest on April 19 on the LSU campus in Baton Rouge. In all, 71 4-H’ers from across the state competed in the chicken, egg, seafood, sugar and turkey contests.
4 DeSoto 4-H’ers honored as leaders
(Distributed 04/25/11) MANSFIELD, La. – Chesapeake Energy Corp. awarded two students laptop computers at an awards banquet April 19, honoring the winners of the Discovering Tomorrow’s Leaders contest in DeSoto Parish.
LSU AgCenter beef specialist offers tips to prevent cattle theft
(Distributed 04/21/11) With cattle prices at historical highs and many families struggling economically, cattle theft has the potential to increase, warns LSU AgCenter extension beef specialist Allen Nipper. He offers tips for cattle producers to prevent theft.
Some bedding plants like it hot
(Distributed 04/21/11) We are approaching the time of spring to get your heat-loving, warm-season bedding plants into the ground. Anytime from mid-March through May in Louisiana is a great time to add new flowers to your landscape beds.
Caterpillars are active during spring
Caterpillars
(Video News 04/25/11) Caterpillars are descending from trees looking for an ideal spot to undergo their metamorphosis. LSU AgCenter correspondent Tobie Blanchard says most caterpillars are only a minor nuisance. Others can deliver a painful sting. (Runtime: 1:25)
La. Super Plant Serena angelonia is drought tolerant
Serena Angelonia
(Video 4/25/11) Looking for plants that grow best in Louisiana landscapes? Then you probably want to select a Louisiana Super Plant – plants proven to grow best in Louisiana landscapes. On this edition of Get It Growing, LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill introduces you to the beautiful Serena angelonia – a Louisiana Super Plant that can take the heat of summer. (Runtime: 1:41)
Give indoor plants an outdoor summer vacation
(Audio 04/25/11) Indoor plants can help freshen the air and make a room more welcoming. Plants are happier outside, however, so it's a good idea to let them spend some time outdoors during the summer. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Proper care will keep spring-flowering bulbs in shape
(Audio 04/25/11) Spring-flowering bulbs can dress up a landscape. Plants such as Louisiana iris or daffodils can bloom year after year. To keep them in good shape, cut off developing seed pods after the plants finish flowering. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Fungicides can control powdery mildew
(Audio 04/25/11) As plants begin to rapidly grow during the summer, a fungal disease called powdery mildew tends to show up. Powdery mildew prefers dry weather, but it can be controlled by a fungicide. (Runtime: 60 seconds)