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Drought conditions promote nematode menace in soybean, cotton fields
Brooks Blanche

(Distributed 07/29/11) ALEXANDRIA, La. – Nematodes love drought, and some Louisiana soybean and cotton farmers are having problems this year with these microscopic pests that eat away at plant roots. “We’re in reniform nematode country,” LSU AgCenter agronomist Charles Overstreet told farmers gathered for the annual field day at the Dean Lee Research and Extension Center on July 28.

Recent rains could cause surge in mosquito population
(Distributed 07/29/11) Stagnant water left from recent rains could become a favorite breeding ground for disease carrying mosquitoes, but some simple practices can keep you safer.

Rain boosts sugarcane crop; Mexican rice borer moving in
(Distributed 07/29/11) PARKS, La. – This year’s sugarcane crop is responding well to recent rainfall, after a dry spring and early summer.

Sugarcane crop in good condition
Sugarcane

(Video News 07/29/11) A cold winter and dry spring haven’t hurt Louisiana’s sugarcane crop. LSU AgCenter correspondent Tobie Blanchard reports on the current condition of the crop and work AgCenter researchers are doing to help the sugarcane industry. (Runtime: 1:58)

Grad student tackling nitrogen management challenges in sugarcane
(Radio News 07/29/11) Managing nitrogen in sugarcane can be challenging for farmers. It is a large crop that is not replanted every year and has to survive through all weather conditions. LSU AgCenter graduate student Josh Lofton is studying nitrogen management. Lofton says the wide array of field conditions also complicates nitrogen control. (Runtime: 1:10)
Researcher studying sugarcane fertilizer needs
(Radio News 07/2911) LSU AgCenter researcher Brenda Tubana is working to deliver the most effective fertilizer guidelines for sugarcane farmers. Sugarcane requires a large number of nutrients, but she is looking at the nutrients needed in the largest amounts. (Runtime: 1:05)
4-H’ers hear about about equine industry at Evangeline Downs
(Distributed 07/29/11) OPELOUSAS, La. – Louisiana 4-H’ers heard that working in the equine industry can be lucrative as well as dangerous at a career day held July 23 at Evangeline Downs.
What’s a 3-day food supply?
(Distributed 07/29/11) Food is a necessity for life, and as a result, a three-day emergency food supply is something you hear a lot about when a hurricane approaches. But just what is a three-day emergency food supply? LSU AgCenter nutritionist and food safety specialist Beth Reames says it involves more than just food.
Summertime crape myrtle questions answered
cercospora leaf spot on crape myrtle
(Distributed 07/29/11) It’s the time of the year, or at least one of the times of the year, when home gardeners have crape myrtle questions. We will answer a few here.
Borer moving into La. threatens sugarcane
(Radio News 07/27/11) The sugarcane borer is the major pest in cane, but a new pest that arrived in Louisiana two to three years ago also threatens the crop. The Mexican rice borer is harder to manage than the sugarcane borer, because insecticides can’t kill the rice borer once it makes its way into the cane stalk. LSU AgCenter entomologist Gene Reagan says the Mexican rice borer is a plant-stress pest. (Runtime: 1:25)
New varieties, management featured at sugarcane field day
Gene Reagan
(Distributed 07/26/11) ST. GABRIEL, La – Scientists discussed the strengths of new sugarcane varieties and various management options available to growers during the July 20 sugarcane field day at the LSU AgCenter Sugarcane Research Station.
Disaster preparation should include a family plan
(Distributed 07/26/11) Hurricane season is a reminder that every family should have a family disaster plan, says LSU AgCenter child and family development specialist Becky White.
Louisiana's sugarcane crop is in good shape
(Radio News 07/25/11) Louisiana’s dry spring stressed many crops, but extreme weather conditions haven’t had a negative effect on the state’s sugarcane. A colder-than-normal winter helped to keep disease problems down, which allowed the crop to thrive. LSU AgCenter sugarcane specialist Kenneth Gravois explains. (Runtime: 1:15 seconds)
Peperomia plants make a comeback
Peperomia
(Video 07/25/11) Some once-popular plants have faded from common use today. But occasionally one of those plants will make its way back into marketplaces and landscapes. On this edition of Get It Growing, LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill introduces you to one of these comeback kids. Some people call them “pepperoni plants.” (Runtime: 1:39)