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Control lawn weeds during winter
(Audio 12/31/12) Weed control is still necessary during winter. Cool-season weeds can withstand Louisiana's relatively mild winters. Lawn weeds are more obvious this time of the year, so consider controlling them with broadleaf weed killers. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Gardeners can plant roses in midwinter
(Audio 12/31/12) Nurseries and garden centers are stocking roses that Louisiana gardeners can plant this time of the year. If mail-ordering roses, you need to get them in as soon as possible. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Sugarcane yields near record high
(Video News 12/31/12) Many of Louisiana’s crops had record or near record high yields in 2012, and sugarcane is no exception. Most of the crop is in, and LSU AgCenter correspondent Tobie Blanchard says farmers have been pleased with the harvest. (Runtime: 1:15)
Take care of cool-season plants
(Audio 12/31/12) Gardeners should have planted their cool-season bedding plants by now. These plants will need water and fertilizer to keep them looking fresh during the winter. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
What to do with holiday plants
(Audio 12/31/12) With the holidays over, you may wonder what to do with the plants used to decorate during the Christmas season. Poinsettias should be composted, but Christmas cactus can live for many years. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Keep the garden active with cold-tolerant vegetables
(Audio 12/31/12) January is usually the coldest month of the year in Louisiana. Vegetables planted this month must be able to withstand the cold. Some root crops and leafy vegetables can be direct seeded. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Wintertime landscapes may need cold protection
(Distributed 12/28/12) HAMMOND, La. – Winter is here, and this leads to many questions about protecting landscape plants during the cold months of December, January and February.
LSU AgCenter sets programs for Ag Expo
(Distributed 12/21/12) WEST MONROE, La. – The LSU AgCenter will conduct several educational programs during the 2013 Ag Expo scheduled for Jan. 18-19 at the Ike Hamilton Expo Center.
Holly plants aren’t just for the holidays
(Video 12/31/12) Holly plants have always been synonymous with the Christmas season — because of their deep green foliage and bright red fruits. But even though Christmas and New Year’s Day are almost past, you can still plant these festive trees and shrubs in your landscape. On this edition of Get It Growing, LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill explains some of the best holly plants available at your local nurseries right now. (Runtime: 1:31)
High yields, prices mark La. agriculture in 2012
(Video News 12/21/12) 2012 was a good year for Louisiana farmers. They benefited from high yields and prices. LSU AgCenter correspondent Tobie Blanchard has the story. (Runtime: 1:55)
Sugarcane farmers see high yields during most of harvest
(Audio News 12/21/12) Farmers have harvested approximately 80 percent of the state’s sugarcane crop. LSU AgCenter sugarcane specialist Kenneth Gravois says it’s been an ideal harvest. (Runtime: 1:10 seconds)
Fruit plants add diversity to landscapes
(Distributed 12/21/12) HAMMOND, La., -- Plucking fresh fruit from your own orchard can be a delicious way to add beauty and taste to your home landscape. The best time to plant fruit trees in Louisiana is now through January. Plant now, and you can pick your own fruit at home later.
Rice grower meetings set for 6 La. locations in January
(Distributed 12/20/12) CROWLEY, La. – The LSU AgCenter will conduct six clinics for rice farmers to provide growers with valuable information for the 2013 crop.
Yield records mark 2012 in La. agriculture
(Audio 12/20/12) Drought conditions and a hurricane didn’t keep Louisiana farmers from having a really good year. Many of the state’s major commodities saw record yields and historically high prices. LSU AgCenter economist Kurt Guidry said good production practices and a lot of luck with the weather helped. (Runtime: 1:50)
Food science lab attracts local, national companies
(Distributed 12/20/12) BATON ROUGE, La. – Oysters and prunes may not have a lot in common, but in Subramaniam Sathivel’s lab, these are two of the products chefs are working with to develop new foods for consumers. The LSU AgCenter food engineer specializes in cryopreservation and shelf stabilization of foods.
LSU AgCenter nutrition agent helps strengthen women
(Video News 12/19/12) As women age, they are at risk for osteoporosis and can lose strength, balance and flexibility. An LSU AgCenter nutrition agent is helping women in her community become "Strong Women." LSU AgCenter correspondent Tobie Blanchard attended one of their workout sessions. (Runtime: 2:00)
'Strong Women' gather for regular workouts
(Audio 12/19/12) Rock 'n' roll music from the 60s plays from an iPhone as women – most of them retired – gather in a circle for their morning workout. This is a Strong Women class, part of a national program that promotes strength training for midlife and older woman. LSU AgCenter nutrition agent Debbie Melvin started the class five years ago in Lafourche Parish to help women in her community improve muscle mass, bone density and overall function as they age. (Runtime: 2:00)
Louisiana farmers set several yield records in 2012
(Distributed 12/19/12) BATON ROUGE, La. – Despite drought conditions and a hurricane, 2012 was an excellent year for Louisiana farmers. Many of the state’s major commodities saw record yields and historically high prices. LSU AgCenter economist Kurt Guidry said good production practices and a lot of luck with the weather helped.
LSU AgCenter researchers testing oil cleanup chemical toxicity
(Distributed 12/18/12) BATON ROUGE, La. – LSU AgCenter scientists are working with researchers at Columbia University and Iowa State University on an environmentally friendly substance that could be used to clean up oil spills.
Time to plant chilled tulips, hyacinth bulbs
(Audio 12/24/12) Late December to early January is the time to plant tulip and hyacinth bulbs that have been chilling in the vegetable bins of your refrigerator. It is too late to buy bulbs because they haven't been properly chilled. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
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Keep holiday cactus all year
(Audio 12/24/12) After the holidays, people wonder what to do with the plants they used to decorate their homes. Poinsettias are not easy to grow in the landscape, so they should be discarded. Keep your holiday cactus because it will bloom for you year after year. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Make time to harvest winter vegetables
(Audio 12/24/12) There is nothing like fresh food from the garden. This time of year can be busy, but don't forget to harvest vegetables that are growing in your garden. Listen more to hear how. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Freeze-damaged tropical plants will need pruning
(Audio 12/24/12) Tropical plants can be damaged during winter freezes. You will need to prune freeze damage. Prune the herbaceous tropical plants, such as gingers, soon after the damage occurs. Wait to prune woody tropicals until spring when new growth would start to appear. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Roses still bloom in winter
(Audio 12/24/12) Don't be surprised if you have roses blooming for Christmas. They don't require a lot of effort this time of the year. Deadhead them as they continue to bloom. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
LSU AgCenter, Southern fete employees at combined conference
(Distributed 12/18/12) BATON ROUGE, La. – The LSU AgCenter and Southern University Agricultural Center recognized staff and faculty members for outstanding service and research at a joint conference on Dec. 17-18.
Prescribed burning topic of certification workshop
(Distributed 12/14/12) CLINTON, La. – Learning to burn safely was the main topic of the State Prescribed Burning Certification workshop held at the LSU AgCenter Bob R. Jones Idlewild Research Station on Dec. 12-14.
LSU AgCenter food engineer helps companies develop new products
(Audio News 12/14/12) Oysters and prunes may not have a lot in common, but in Subramaniam Sathivel’s lab, these are two of the products chefs are working with to develop new foods for consumers. The LSU AgCenter researcher specializes in cryopreservation and shelf stabilization of foods. He is partnering with Motivatit Seafoods to help them produce oyster and spinach ravioli. (Runtime: 1:40)
Sasanquas brighten fall, winter landscapes
(Distributed 12/14/12) HAMMOND, La. – Sasanquas are one of our most popular flowering shrubs for late fall through early winter. They go by the scientific name of Camellia sasanqua.
LSU AgCenter opening food business incubator
(Audio News 12/13/12) The LSU AgCenter is starting food business incubator – a shared facility where food companies can come to develop food products for the wholesale market. Gaye Sandoz will coordinate it. The incubator will be housed on campus. The location will allow faculty from the LSU AgCenter’s food science department and LSU’s business department to consult with incubator’s tenants. Sandoz also will offer marketing support. (Runtime: 1:10)
Force amaryllis bulbs indoors in winter, plant outside in spring
(Audio 12/17/12) Amaryllis is a wonderful spring-flowering bulb. The bulbs are dried by growers for shipping, making them ready to bloom around Christmas. Pot them indoors now, and save the bulbs for planting in spring. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Buck moths now mean caterpillars in spring
(Distributed 12/13/12)BATON ROUGE, La. – Buck moths on the wing in December conjure up thoughts of buck moth caterpillars in the yard in spring. And large numbers of buck moths flying in south Louisiana this season suggest buck moth caterpillars will abound next spring, according to experts at the LSU AgCenter.
Winter still bring weeds to our landscapes
(Audio 12/17/12) Louisiana landscapes have fewer pest problems in winter than in summer, but weeds can still be an issue for some gardeners. Mulch and weed killers can keep cool-season weeds under control. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Seed catalogs offer many plants
(Audio 12/13/12) Seed companies send out their catalogues this time of the year. They are filled with wonderful plants. If you are considering order from a catalog or online, make sure the plants your chose are suitable for Louisiana and your landscape. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Intercrop vegetables for maximum produce
(Video 12/24/12) Now’s a great time for cool-season vegetables. You can have even more of a good thing by carefully maximizing the vegetables you grow in your rows. On this edition of Get It Growing, LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill explains this efficient process called intercropping. (Runtime: 1:16)
Fertilize some winter plants
(Video 12/17/12) Most plants are fertilized during spring. But on this edition of Get It Growing, LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill explains why some plants need to be fertilized during winter. (Runtime: 1:32)
Four from Louisiana get national rice awards
(Distributed 12/13/13) CORONADO ISLAND, Calif. – Don Groth, LSU AgCenter plant pathologist, received the Rice Industry Award at the annual USA Rice Outlook Conference. In addition, Ernest Girouard, coordinator of the Louisiana Master Farmer Program, received the Distinguished Conservation Achievement Award.
Protect tropical plants from freezes
(Audio 12/17/12) Louisiana gardeners must protect their tropical plants during freezing weather. Container plants can be brought inside. Plants in the ground can be mulched or covered. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Plant pecan trees in winter
(Audio 12/17/12) Pecans are popular in holiday baking. The holiday season also is a good time to plant pecan trees. Pecan trees grow large, and the wood is brittle. Be sure not to plant them close to homes or structures. Also, choose the right variety for your area. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Two awarded LSU AgCenter professorships
(Distributed 12/12/12) BATON ROUGE, La. – Two LSU AgCenter faculty members were recognized for receiving professorships at a reception on Dec. 7.
Remember homebound individuals during holidays
(Audio 12/12/12) Many individuals are limited to their homes, hospital rooms or nursing homes, and this can be particularly tough during the holidays says LSU AgCenter family life specialist Diane Sasser. Those who are homebound may feel a loss of control over their environment, and that loss is compounded this time of the year. If you know someone in this situation, make time to visit them if possible. (Runtime: 1:20)
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Holidays don't have to be stressful
(Audio News 12/12/12) The holidays are supposed to be a joyful time, but for many, this time of the year can bring stress and anxiety. LSU AgCenter family life specialist Diane Sasser says trying to achieve the perfect holiday can bring about worry and tension. (Runtime: 1:25)
Exercise, awareness can counteract holiday stress
(Distributed 12/12/12) BATON ROUGE, La. – The holidays are supposed to be a joyful time, but for many, this time of the year can bring stress and anxiety. “Everything is red and green about the holidays, but a lot of people are experiencing the blues,” said LSU AgCenter family life specialist Diane Sasser.
Louisiana strawberries hit market
(Distributed 12/12/12) BATON ROUGE, La. – For the past month, Louisiana strawberry growers have been producing a nice crop, and as long as the weather is cool, berries should continue to be available, according to Regina Bracy, resident coordinator of the LSU AgCenter Hammond Research Station.
La. gets special label for crazy ant control
(Distributed 12/11/12) BATON ROUGE, La. – Louisianians battling crazy ants now have a new weapon with the announcement of a special label to use the insecticide Termidor on crazy ants in Louisiana, according to LSU AgCenter entomologist Dennis Ring.
Fruit, vegetable growers get updates
(Distributed 12/11/12) BATON ROUGE, La. – Fruit and vegetable growers from across the state attended a fall field day at Burden on Dec. 10 to learn about the latest research being conducted by the LSU AgCenter.
Dracaena accents interior
(Video 12/10/12) Indoor greenery can add a nice accent to your home’s interior while improving the air quality. On this edition of Get It Growing, LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill introduces you to dracaenas — a beautiful group of plants that offer a nice diversity of choices. (Runtime: 1:39)
iPads, anime help teach nutrition lessons
(Audio News 12/10/12) Technology may be blamed for contributing to the childhood obesity epidemic, but LSU AgCenter agents are using it to help combat the problem. Nutrition agents in 10 parishes will use iPads to teach third-graders health and nutrition lessons with a program called Body Quest, Food for the Warrior. LSU AgCenter family life specialist Diane Sasser explains. (Runtime: 1:30)
LSU AgCenter to set up food business incubator
(Distributed 12/07/12) BATON ROUGE, La. – The LSU AgCenter is in the process of establishing a food business incubator and has hired a veteran food consultant to coordinate it.
Living Christmas trees, gardening calendar — gifts that keep giving
(Video 12/3/12) If you’re searching for a unique gift, you might consider a Get It Growing calendar or a living Christmas tree this season. As LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill explains on this edition of Get It Growing, they’re both gifts that certainly keep giving throughout the year. (Runtime: 1:47)
Store seeds for later use
(Audio 12/10/12) Gardeners who have left over seeds from spring and summer planting can store them in a cool, dry place for use next year. A vegetable bin in a refrigerator is a good place to keep them. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Now – or anytime – is a good time to mulch
(Distributed 12/07/12) HAMMOND, La. – As we approach the end of fall and the beginning of winter, we may have oak leaves and pine needles lying around in our landscapes in abundance. What can we do with these products? How about using them for mulch in our landscape beds, around our trees and in our vegetable gardens?
Workshop on developing equine business set for Jan. 18 in West Monroe
(Distributed 12/07/12) Landowners interested in outdoor recreation, horse owners, and others interested in existing outdoor enterprises are invited to attend a horseback riding workshop in conjunction with the Ag Expo in West Monroe on Jan. 18.
Some evergreens have winter color
(Audio 12/10/12) Evergreens don't always stay completely green. In winter some evergreen leaves can take on a purple hue or turn orange, yellow and scarlet. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Minute drug delivery systems show promise of treating deep infections
(Distributed 12/06/12) BATON ROUGE, La. – It may be the ultimate “silver bullet” – an extremely small particle made of iron coated with ceramic and silver and finally a powerful drug that can find its way through the human body to target a deep infection – and treat it.
Reuse leaves in the landscape
(Audio 12/10/12) All the leaves trees drop this time of the year should be reused in our landscapes. They can be used as mulch around flowers, vegetables or shrubs. Leaves can also be turned into compost. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Camellias color the winter landscape
(Audio 12/10/12) Louisiana gardeners are fortunate to be able to grow camellias. They are wonderful winter-blooming shrubs. Winter also is a great time to plant them. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Nutrition program takes students on a ‘Body Quest’
(Distributed 12/06/12) BATON ROUGE, La. – Technology may be blamed for contributing to the childhood obesity epidemic, but LSU AgCenter nutrition agents are using it to help combat the problem. Extension agents in 10 parishes will use iPads to teach third-graders health and nutrition lessons with a program called Body Quest
Plants don't feel wind chill
(Audio 12/10/12) Freezing temperatures can damage some of the tender plants used in Louisiana landscapes. But gardeners must remember they need to look at the real temperature, not the wind chill, while determining when to protect plants. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Cotton growers slowly transition to round bales
(Distributed 12/06/12) BATON ROUGE, La. – Louisiana’s cotton crop has been picked, baled and ginned. Large rectangular bales sitting by the fields are a common sight during the harvest season. But in some areas of the state, round bales are replacing the more familiar cotton modules.
Ag company donates to school garden effort
(Distributed 12/05/12) MARINGOUIN, La. – School gardens in Point Coupee Parish can make improvements in technology thanks to a $10,000 grant to purchase needed equipment.
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2 rice researchers named to LSU AgCenter professorships
(Distributed 12/04/12) CROWLEY, La. – Two scientists at the LSU AgCenter Rice Research Station were honored Nov. 26 with named professorships. LSU AgCenter crawfish researcher Ray McClain was named to the Doyle Chambers Distinguished Professorship, and LSU AgCenter molecular biologist Herry Utomo was named to the F. Avalon Daggett Professorship in Rice Research.
Enjoy Louisiana’s winter landscape
(For Release On Or After 12/28/12) Our winter landscapes look decidedly different from our landscapes in summer. The major reasons for this are that many of our shade trees drop their leaves in winter, and in their leafless state their appearance is stark and bare. In addition, our lawn grasses go dormant and turn brown.
Mobile technology lab helping rural 4-H'ers
(Video News 12/04/12) 4-H club days are more exciting at schools in Madison Parish where a mobile technology lab is changing the way meetings are conducted. LSU AgCenter correspondent Tobie Blanchard explains. (Runtime: 1:38)
Control pests on indoor plants
(For Release On Or After 12/21/12) This time of year when we have brought many of our container tropicals inside for the winter, we need to be on the lookout for pest problems. When they do happen, indoor pest infestations can be devastating if not dealt with promptly, effectively and safely.
Protect plants from freeze damage
(For Release On Or After 12/14/12) The majority of plants in our landscapes are completely winter hardy. The primary concern during freezes is our tender plants in the ground or in outdoor containers. These plants – native to tropical regions of the world where it never freezes – do not have the ability to protect themselves from sub-freezing temperatures. If we want them to survive freezing temperatures during winter, we must provide protection for them.
Care for your holiday plants
(For Release On Or After 12/07/12) We use a variety of decorative plants to dress up our homes during the holidays. Poinsettias, holiday cactuses and living Christmas trees, in particular, play an important part in decking the halls. How well you care for them once you get them home has a lot to do with how long they will stay attractive.
Students explore wetlands through LSU AgCenter program
(Distributed 12/04/12) SPRINGFIELD, La. – Elementary school students from Tangipahoa and Livingston parishes learned the importance of wetlands during Louisiana Wetlands Exploration Day on Nov. 29 at Tickfaw State Park.
Dry weather helps wheat planting
(Video News 11/30/12) A dry fall has helped wheat growers get their crop in quickly. And this year growers have planted more wheat than in recent years. LSU AgCenter correspondent Tobie Blanchard has the story. (Runtime: 1:05)
Watch out for extra holiday calories
(Distributed 11/30/12) Are you one of the many Americans who face the holiday season with some fear of gaining weight? The good news is that although many people gain weight from Thanksgiving through New Year's Day, research suggests that the gain will probably be only one pound, not five, says LSU AgCenter nutritionist Beth Reames.
Wheat acreage up across the state
(Audio News 11/30/12) Farmers have planted most of Louisiana’s wheat crop. Planting started at the beginning of November, and with good weather, it went quickly. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
LSU AgCenter announces 2014 Get It Growing calendar photography contest
(Distributed 11/30/12) The LSU AgCenter announces its call for entries for the 2014 Get It Growing Lawn and Garden Calendar. Louisiana photographers will have an opportunity to submit their best photos of beautiful Louisiana flowers, plants, lawns and gardens.
Nuttall oak – one of the best oaks for Louisiana
(Distributed 11/30/12) This is a great time to add new trees to our landscapes. Oak trees are very popular in Louisiana landscapes, and we are familiar with the popular Southern live oak. Deciduous oaks – those that lose foliage in winter – common in Louisiana are water oak, shumard oak, southern red oak and willow oak. The one, however, with the best potential for landscape use is the nuttall oak.
Properly store garden tools, chemicals for winter
(Audio 12/03/12) Winter gardening activites don't really stop, but they do slow down. You can put away lawn mowers and hedge trimmers. Make sure you store these tools properly. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Super Plants offer cool-season color
(Audio 12/03/12) Gardeners can keep their beds blooming with cool-season flowers. Consider planting Louisiana Super Plants such as Amazon dianthus, Swan columbine and Camelot foxglove. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Don't neglect holiday plants
(Audio 12/03/12) Plants such as poinsettias and Christmas cactuses brighten our homes during the holidays. Make sure you take care of these plants to get the most out of them. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Picking the perfect Christmas tree
(Audio 12/03/12) When buying a real Christmas tree, make sure you are buying the freshest available. Check the tree's needles and fragrance. Also, consider getting a tree from a choose-and-cut tree farm. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Vegetable gardens stay productive during cool season
(Audio 12/03/12) Vegetable gardeners can remain active through winter. Many wonderful vegetables only grow during this time of the year. Consider planting beets, carrots and cabbage. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Cool season is good time for planting
(Audio 11/26/12) The soil in Louisiana typically stays warm during winter, so you can plant a number of plants this time of year. Tropical plants are the exception; they should be planted during warm weather. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Put away the fertilizer for fall
(Audio 11/26/12) Fall is not the best time to fertilize plants in the landscape. Most plants are going dormant for the winter. Fertilizing them now could hurt them. A few exceptions are cool-season bedding plants, vegetables and Louisiana iris. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Watch for winter pests
(Audio 11/26/12) While gardeners don't see as many insects on plants during winter, they are still out there. Vegetables and cool-season plants can attract pests. Keep an eye out for aphids, caterpillars, snails and slugs.
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Keep gardens neat during winter
(Audio 11/26/12) Make sure your landscape stays attractive during winter. Clean off dead growth from summer plants, mulch beds and add cool-season color. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Louisiana 4-H’ers compete at 2012 National 4 H Poultry and Egg Conference
(Distributed 11/26/12) BATON ROUGE, La. – Two of the 10 Louisiana participants in the national 4 H Poultry and Egg Conference recently (Nov. 14 15) won first and second place in cooking competition.
Seafood marketing program expanding
(Distributed 11/26/12) ABBEVILLE, La. – A seafood promotion and marketing project aimed at developing direct sales from fishermen to customers is being expanded along the Louisiana Gulf Coast.
Fall is tree planting time
(Audio 11/26/12) Fall is the best time to plant hardy trees and shrubs in the landscape. Planted now, trees have time to settle in before the heat of summer. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Tough Cool Wave pansies grow fast
(Video 11/26/12) On occasion, special plants have been developed for their fast growth and low-spreading coverage of the ground. On this edition of Get It Growing, LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill introduces you to one of the newest “wave” plants – it’s called the Cool Wave pansy. (Runtime: 1:29)
20 4-H achievement winners honored at luncheon
(Distributed 11/20/12) BATON ROUGE, La. – Twenty winners of this year’s Louisiana 4-H Educational Awards Trip were honored at an awards luncheon at The Club at Union Square, formerly the LSU Faculty Club, on Nov. 20.
LSU AgCenter Dairy Store provides popular items for holidays
(Distributed 11/21/12) BATON ROUGE, La. – The holidays mean an increase in mail orders for boxed cheese at the LSU AgCenter Dairy Store. The boxes contain two pounds of cheese that sell for $11.50 a box, plus tax and shipping charges.
LSU AgCenter offers high-security lab space for research projects
(Distributed 07/25/12) Recently completed laboratory and animal handling space at the LSU AgCenter Isolation Facility is now available to any researcher who has a need for containment and isolation, said Phil Elzer, assistant vice chancellor for research.
Farmer of the Year nomination deadline Jan. 4
(Distributed 11/20/12) BATON ROUGE, La. – Nominations for the 2013 Louisiana Farmer of the Year award are being accepted now through Jan. 4. Application forms can be obtained at any LSU AgCenter parish extension office or online at www.LSUAgCenter.com/farmeroftheyear.
Thanksgiving meal cost up this year
(Audio News 11/16/12) The cost of a typical Thanksgiving meal is up 13 percent this year. An LSU AgCenter survey shows the 2012 Thanksgiving market basket will average $44.35 for 10 people. (Runtime: 1:50)
Japanese maples make great signature trees
(Distributed 11/21/12) Japanese maples have the potential to be one of the most outstanding small trees for specimen plantings and focal-point use in residential landscapes in the Southeast.
Dianthus gain popularity as cool-season flowers
(Distributed 11/16/12) November is prime time for cool-season bedding plants, and dianthus have been among the plants in this group gaining considerable popularity the past 10 years. Pansies have long been the most popular cool-season bedding plant, but many new dianthus varieties are making this great, under-used cool-season flower better known to home gardeners.
Thanksgiving kicks off poinsettia season
(Distributed 11/16/12) Thanksgiving week is the time when many people begin purchasing plants for the holiday season, and many poinsettias are available in stores and garden centers now, according to LSU AgCenter horticulturist Allen Owings.
Sweet potato farmers harvest good-quality crop
(Distributed 11/16/12) BATON ROUGE, La. – In casseroles and pies, sweet potatoes will share space with the turkey on Thanksgiving. Louisiana farmers harvested a good crop of this Thanksgiving mainstay. LSU AgCenter sweet potato specialist Tara Smith said despite some concerns late in the growing season, farmers brought in a good crop.
Louisiana farmers produce record soybean crop
(Distributed 11/14/12) BATON ROUGE, La. – Louisiana farmers produced a record soybean crop this year, yielding 44 bushels on 1.11 million acres, according to U.S. Department of Agriculture statistics. The previous high was 43 bushels in 2007.
Use fallen leaves as mulch or compost
(Audio 11/19/12) Leaves are valuable in the garden as a mulch or compost. To compost them, you can make a bin out of fencing material and wire and dump your leaves in it. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
For the freshest fruit, plant a fruit tree
(Audio 11/19/12) November through February is the best time to plant hardy fruit trees. Choosing the right tree is critical. You need to plant a variety suited for Louisiana. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Some herbs are great for taste and color
(Video 11/19/12) Herbs are great for seasoning that special dish. But some of them are also known for beautifully colored flowers. On this edition of Get It Growing, LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill introduces you to two of them – Mexican tarragon and pineapple sage. (Runtime: 1:23)
AgMagic brings agriculture to state fair
(Audio News 11/15/12) Along the midway at any typical fair you can find games, rides and various foods sold on a stick. But the State Fair of Louisiana offers something more – an interactive journey through Louisiana agriculture. LSU AgCenter’s AgMagic at the State Fair in Shreveport links the food and fiber products used every day to the farmers, ranchers and foresters who help produce them. LSU AgCenter 4-H Regional Coordinator Karen Martin explains. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Sweet potato quality is high this harvest
(Video News 11/14/12) In casseroles and pies, sweet potatoes will share space with the turkey next Thursday. Louisiana farmers harvested a good crop of this Thanksgiving mainstay. LSU AgCenter correspondent Tobie Blanchard has the story. (Runtime: 1:22)
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Plant paperwhites for holiday flowers
(Audio 11/19/12) Bulbs of paperwhite narcissus are available at garden centers. They are easy to grow this time of the year. You can force the bulbs in containers. The containers should be placed outside in a cool, sunny location until they began to bloom, then you can bring them indoors. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Prepare plants for move indoors
(Audio 11/19/12) Many people move houseplants outside for the summer. Now that it is getting cooler you may want to prepare your plants for a move back indoors. They are used to light outside, so you need to get them ready for lower light conditions. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Plant herbs in fall for best production
(Audio 11/9/12) Many herbs are hardy and grow well during Louisiana's winters. Plant them in a sunny, well-drained area. Keep them handy to the kitchen. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
TransGenRx receives LED R&D tax credit
(Distributed 11/14/12) BATON ROUGE, La. – TransGenRx Inc. (tgrxinc.com), a biopharmaceutical manufacturing company based here, recently received a substantial Louisiana R&D Tax Credit award.
Sweet potatoes add color, nutrients to holiday meals
(Distributed 11/14/12) BATON ROUGE, La. – The holidays are a perfect time to enjoy Louisiana sweet potatoes or yams, as they have come to be known. Louisiana yams are bred to have a soft, moist flesh and to be exceptionally sweet and flavorful.
Keep holiday desserts safe
(Distributed 11/14/12) BATON ROUGE, La. – Pies are traditionally served at holiday feasts. But mishandling them can lead to problems, according to LSU AgCenter nutritionist Beth Reames.
Practice food safety in turkey preparation
(Distributed 11/14/12) BATON ROUGE, La. – For many Americans, Thanksgiving wouldn’t be complete without turkey. To make sure you have enough turkey for the feast and for leftovers too, purchase at least one pound of uncooked turkey per person, says LSU AgCenter nutritionist Beth Reames.
Farmers harvest high quality sweet potatoes
(Audio News 11/14/12) Farmers are wrapping up Louisiana’s sweet potato harvest. The vegetable is especially popular this time of the year. LSU AgCenter sweet potato specialist Tara Smith says despite some concerns late in the growing season, farmers brought in a good crop.
Want to brine a turkey? Here’s how
(Distributed 11/14/12) BATON ROUGE, La. – Brining turkey for holiday meals is becoming more popular. The salt used in brining dissolves protein in the muscle, and the salt and protein reduce moisture loss during cooking, according to LSU AgCenter nutritionist Beth Reames. This makes meat juicy and tender.
Fried turkey’s not necessarily unhealthful
(Distributed 11/14/12) BATON ROUGE, La. – Fried turkey is not as unhealthful as it sounds – if you don't eat the skin of the bird, according to LSU AgCenter nutritionist Beth Reames. In fact, experts recommend not eating the skin no matter how a turkey is prepared.
Thanksgiving dinner costs increase by 13.2 percent
(Distributed 11/13/12) BATON ROUGE, La. – Louisiana cooks shopping for Thanksgiving will find the costs of traditional dinner items up this year. The 2012 Thanksgiving market basket will average $44.35 for 10 people, according to an LSU AgCenter survey.
LSU AgCenter faculty member receives national entomology award
(Distributed 11/13/12) BATON ROUGE, La. – Gregg Henderson, the Paul K. Adams Professor of Urban Entomology at the LSU AgCenter, was named the recipient of the 2012 Recognition Award in Urban Entomology from the Entomological Foundation.
Protect summer-flowering bulbs
(Audio 11/12/12) Summer-flowering bulbs are going dormant this time of the year. This is a good time to trim them back. Mulch over their rhizomes to protect them from the cold. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
High yields mark 2012 sugarcane harvest
(Video News 11/12/12) Sugarcane farmers have welcomed the dry weather in recent weeks. It has allowed them to get a good start to the sugar harvest. LSU AgCenter correspondent Tobie Blanchard has this report. (Runtime: 1:51)
Tips for growing, harvesting broccoli
(Audio 11/12/12) Broccoli is a great cool-season vegetable. If you space your plants too close together, you won't get nice-sized florets. Also harvest the broccoli when the flower buds on the head are the size of a kitchen match. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Grow amaryllis indoors now, outside in spring
(Audio 11/12/12) Amaryllis bulbs are available this time of the year. It is popular to grow them in containers for the holidays. They grown in landscapes in Louisiana, but you must wait until spring to plant them. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Ornamental vegetables can enhance the vegetable garden
(Audio 11/12/12) Gardeners can plant ornamental vegetables that can be grown simply for how beautiful they are. Curley parsley, kale and Swiss chard are a few to consider. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Watch for tea scale on camellias
(Audio 11/12/12) Camellias are relatively easy to grow, providing wonderful flowers through the winter. One problem with camellias is the tea scale insect. It gets on the underside of leaves and can be controlled with a horticulture oils or a systemic insecticide. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Time to plant sweetbay magnolia, latest super plant
(Video 11/11/12) The LSU AgCenter Louisiana Super Plants program highlights tough and beautiful plants that work well in Louisiana landscapes. On this edition of Get It Growing, LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill describes the stately sweetbay magnolia, a Super Plant that thrives in Louisiana landscapes. (Runtime: 1:24)
Research focuses on hemorrhagic disease in deer
(Distributed 11/09/12) BATON ROUGE, La. – An apparent increase in cases of hemorrhagic disease among deer in the Florida parishes of Louisiana has caused concern among hunters and wildlife experts. But that doesn’t mean the disease is on the rise, according to an entomologist with the LSU AgCenter.
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Add color to your fall landscape
(Distributed 11/09/12) HAMMOND, La. – You can include in your landscape many trees and shrubs that will provide significant color in fall and winter year after year.
12 LSU AgCenter extension agents receive national 4-H awards
(Distributed 11/06/12) BATON ROUGE, La. – Twelve LSU AgCenter extension agents received awards from the National Association of Extension 4-H Agents at the organization’s Oct. 21-25 annual meeting in Orlando, Fla.
‘Crape murder’ coming early this year
(Distributed 11/02/12) HAMMOND, La. – A poor horticulture practice in Louisiana and across the South involves one of our most beloved landscape trees. Each year, crape myrtles are pruned improperly. One of the ten commandments of gardening should be “thou shalt not top crape myrtles.”
Supplements may increase cow fertility
(Audio 11/06/12) Cattle producers may benefit from including dry distillers grain, a byproduct of ethanol production, into their cows' diet. LSU AgCenter animal scientist Ryon Walker conducted research on feeding supplements and found fertility in mature cows increases with distillers grain when compared with a liquid supplement.
Louisiana dairy farmers hang on despite high feed, fuel, fertilizer costs
(Distributed 11/02/12) FRANKLINTON, La. – While many agricultural producers have experienced improved conditions over the past few years, dairy farmers still are trying to recover from the hard years, especially 2009, according to LSU AgCenter researcher Mike McCormick, resident coordinator at the Southeast Research Station.
Researchers look at planting switchgrass for biofuel
(Video News 11/2/12) A grass native to Louisiana’s prairielands could be an alternative source of energy as a biofuel and an alternative crop for farmers’ marginal land. LSU AgCenter correspondent Tobie Blanchard has the story. (Runtime: 1:43)
Sugar yields start off high
(Audio News 11/02/12) Yields are showing that Hurricane Isaac’s winds and rain didn’t have a lasting effect on the state’s sugarcane crop. With dry weather throughout most of October, farmers have had ideal harvesting conditions. Growing conditions were good as well. Farmers have harvested about 30 percent of the crop, and LSU AgCenter sugarcane specialist Kenneth Gravois says what they are getting so far is really promising. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
LSU AgCenter helps improve Internet access in rural areas
(Distributed 10/31/12) BATON ROUGE, La. – The LSU AgCenter is working with residents in certain rural areas of Louisiana who are still experiencing difficulty receiving broadband Internet services.
Cattle ranchers learn basics of marsh burning
(Distributed 10/31/12) GRAND LAKE, La. – Cattle owners and ranch managers in Cameron Parish learned the basics of smoke management in prescribed burns used to control coastal marsh vegetation. Niels De Hoop, LSU AgCenter forestry specialist, said prescribed burning is a tool used by foresters, sugarcane farmers, and in marshland for cattle at a meeting here on Oct. 30.
Swtichgrass shows promise as biofuel
(Audio News 10/31/12) Michael Blazier’s timber work is taking him into research on biofuels. The LSU AgCenter forester is working with switchgrass planted around trees. The plant is showing promise as a biofuel that can grow on marginal land with few resources. (Runtime: 1:35)
Rice board approves funding 17 research projects for $1.3 million
(Distributed 10/31/12) CROWLEY, La. – The Louisiana Rice Research Board met Oct. 29 to decide how funds from checkoff money should be spent on research projects to benefit fellow farmers. The board approved $1.3 million in funding for 17 projects, after hearing several hours of presentations from LSU AgCenter scientists.
New Orleans 4-H’ers design robot to clean up ‘oil spill’
(Distributed 10/16/12) NEW ORLEANS – Orleans Parish 4-H club members at Success Preparatory Academy in New Orleans took time away from regular school activities on Oct. 10 to build robots as part of the National Youth Science Day Ecobot Challenge.
Plant in November for color through cool seaon
(Audio 11/05/12) Wherever you live in Louisiana, you can plant cool-season bedding plants that will bloom through fall, winter and spring. Some cool-season bedding plants to consider include pansies, violas and dianthus. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Gardeners can plant spring bulbs in November
(Audio 11/05/12) November is a great month to plant spring bulbs in your landscape. By this month the soil temperature has had a chance to cool. Check your nursery for bulbs. But remember, tulips and hyacinths need to chill before planting later in the winter. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Chrysanthemums are indispensable flowers for fall
(Audio 11/05/12) Chrysanthemums are beautiful part of the fall landscape. They are great planted into the landscape or used in containers. Choose plants with plenty of unopened blooms so you will have longer-lasting flowers. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Two Super Plants do well in shady areas
(Audio 11/05/12) Most cool-season bedding plants enjoy growing in full sun to part shade. If you have a shady area, consider planting Camelot foxglove and Swan columbine. Both are Louisiana Super Plants. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Grow your own lettuce for the freshest salads
(Audio 11/05/12) Lettuce is best fresh from the garden. You can grow it in your garden by direct-seeding or by planting transplants. Listen to learn more about growing lettuce. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Sorbet violas, beautiful new Super Plant
(Video 11/5/12) The LSU AgCenter Louisiana Super Plants program highlights tough and beautiful plants that work well in Louisiana landscapes. On this edition of Get It Growing, LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill highlights the tough and beautiful Sorbet viola. (Runtime: 1:50)
Food Day event teaches students about nutrition, food security
(Audio News 10/26/12) Students at Glasgow Middle School in Baton Rouge learned about the importance of healthful eating and food security during the school's Food Day celebration. LSU AgCenter horticulturist Kiki Fontenot was in the first booth students came to, handing out the tools to help them start a salad. (Runtime: 1:10)
Amaryllis do double duty indoors and out
(For Release On Or After 11/30/12) BATON ROUGE, La. – Few flowering bulbs can surpass the stately beauty of the amaryllis. Typically blooming in April, this popular bulb is a star performer in the spring garden. Dormant bulbs are readily available now, and with proper care, they can become a long-lasting part of your landscape.
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Safe gardening is healthful gardening
(For Release On Or After 11/23/12) BATON ROUGE, La. – Gardening is a well-documented and beneficial form of exercise. It contributes to a healthy lifestyle, and I am always impressed when I meet gardeners in their 70s, 80s and even 90s who are still actively gardening.
La. winter is great for growing parsley
(For Release On Or After 11/16/12) BATON ROUGE, La. – Fall is an outstanding time to plant many of the hardy culinary herbs. And one of the most popular is parsley.
Scientists study potential value of switchgrass in Louisiana
(Distributed 10/30/12) ARCHIBALD, La. – Michael Blazier is familiar with growing trees. As an LSU AgCenter forestry researcher, he has been involved in many timber-related projects that have helped determine the most efficient methods for producing quality lumber. Now, he is working on growing switchgrass, a fast-growing native plant that shows promise as a biofuel feedstock.
Native tree named Louisiana Super Plant
(For Release On Or After 11/09/12) BATON ROUGE, La. – Fall – November through early December – is the best time to plant hardy trees in Louisiana. Are you are thinking about adding shade trees, small spring or summer flowering trees or trees for screening? If you are, this is time of the year to head out to local nurseries and purchase trees to plant in your landscape.
Move tender container plants inside for winter
(For Release On Or After 11/02/12) BATON ROUGE, La. – Louisiana gardeners often use containers of tender tropical plants on decks, patios and porches and in courtyards to provide color and beauty through the summer. These plants thrive in outdoor conditions. But because they cannot withstand freezing temperatures, they must be protected during winter. Generally, this means bringing them indoors.
Evergreen sweetbay magnolia gets La. Super Plant distinction
(Audio 10/29/12) Gardeners looking to plant an evergreen tree should consider the evergreen sweetbay magnolia. The tree is native to the state and is a Louisiana Super Plant selection for fall 2012. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Prepare to harvest fall tomatoes
(Audio 10/29/12) Louisiana gardeners can grow a crop of fall tomatoes. It's too late to plant them this season if you didn't do that already, but those who did grow a crop should harvest their tomatoes before a frost. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Yellowing leaves should not cause concern
(Audio 10/29/12) Gardeners may notice yellow leaves on their evergreens. Sometimes this can indicate a problem, but this time of the year it is likely old leaves dying and then falling off the plant. This is natural part of the plant's lifecycle. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Cool-season vegetables can tolerate cold
(Audio 10/29/12) Gardeners can keep their vegetable gardens active during winter by planting cool-season vegetables in late October or early November. Listen to hear which vegetables can tolerate the cold. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
AT&T gives $25,000 to new building at 4-H camp
(Distributed 10/26/12) POLLOCK, La. – A donation by AT&T will help fund the first phase of construction of a multipurpose center at the LSU AgCenter 4-H Camp Grant Walker. Sonia Perez, AT&T president for Louisiana operations, presented a $25,000 check to Paul Coreil, LSU AgCenter vice chancellor for extension, on Oct. 25.
Sorbet violas, Cool Wave pansies make ideal cool-season plants
(Distributed 10/25/12) HAMMOND, LA. – The ideal planting time for cool-season bedding plants in Louisiana runs from late September through early December. Some of our common cool-season flowers prefer the earlier planting dates and some prefer the later planting dates.
LSU AgCenter scientist sees fish as more than a meal
(Distributed 10/23/12) BATON ROUGE, La. — Scientists at the LSU AgCenter Aquaculture Research Station have been known for genetic research on farm-raised fish, but that research is evolving into genetics in the biomedical arena.
Classes use nutrition lesson to teach Web skills
(Distributed 10/25/12) BATON ROUGE, La. – The LSU AgCenter is helping individuals get comfortable using the Internet while also teaching them about nutrition guidelines.
Don't leave leaves on lawns
(Audio 10/25/12) In November leaves start falling from deciduous trees. Don't leave thick layers of leaves on your lawn or ground covers. You can pick up fallen leaves with a bag attachment on a mower and use the leaves for mulch. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Students learn nutrition, gardening at Food Day
(Distributed 10/25/12) BATON ROUGE, La. – Students at Glasgow Middle School streamed out of their gymnasium with hands full of fruit, vegetables, seeds and sandwiches. The sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders were participating in the school’s Food Day program.
Make your own fall colors
(Video 10/29/12) Fall means some nice colors on trees and plants in Louisiana. If you’re one who complains there’s not enough color, you can do something about it. On this edition of Get It Growing, LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill shows you some plants that can make your landscape burst with those warm fall shades of orange, red and gold. (Runtime: 1:33)
Researchers studying new poultry bedding material
(Audio News 10/19/12) LSU AgCenter researchers are using the poultry demonstration houses at the Hill Farm Research Station to test a new type of poultry bedding product made of recycled cardboard. LSU AgCenter animal scientist Bill Owens says the makers of the product claim it does a better job of absorbing ammonia than conventional litter. (Runtime: 1:20)
Here’s a look at new landscape plants for 2013
(Distributed 10/19/12) Each fall, trial gardens, such as those located at the LSU AgCenter Hammond Research Station, compile results from entries and name the best-performing of the new plants for the next year.
Mixed timber provides promising results
(Audio News 10/18/12) Timber is highest grossing agricultural commodity in Louisiana, but that doesn’t stop forestry researchers at the LSU AgCenter Hill Farm Research Station from looking at new ways to increase its value. Michael Blazier is studying pine trees mixed with hardwood trees such as red oak. (Runtime: 1:10)
Sorbet viola is reliable cool-season bedding plant
(Audio 10/22/12) Gardeners transitioning their bedding plants may want to plant the hardy Louisiana Super Plant Sorbet viola. It is considered the best viola out there. Look for Louisiana Super Plant displays at garden centers. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
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Shade trees need shaping up after summer storms
(Audio 10/22/12) Shade trees may need some care after a long summer. Trees that were affected by Hurricane Isaac may need pruning. Call a licensed arborist to help tackle this task. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Storms slowed cotton harvest
(Video News 10/22/12) Louisiana’s cotton harvest has had some delays. Cotton must be dry when picked, and rain has come just frequently enough to keep farmers out of the fields. LSU AgCenter correspondent Tobie Blanchard has the details. (Runtime: 1:25)
Oil sprays can control scale insects
(Audio 10/22/12) Scales are common insects are a wide variety of ornamental plants. They don't move much on plants and protect themselves under a waxy coating, so you may not notice them. Scales can be controlled with horticulture oils. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Wildflowers on display in fall
(Audio 10/22/12) If you look around this time of the year you may notice native wildflowers coming into bloom. You can find a variety of flowers. If you find some you like, plant your own wildflower meadow. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Ribbon cut for school garden at Burden
(Distibuted 10/17/19/12) BATON ROUGE, La. — The LSU AgCenter held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new Model School and Children’s Garden at Burden on Oct. 16.
Louisiana lawns can survive without winterizers
(Audio 10/22/12) Winterizers are advertised this time of the year, but they are optional here in Louisiana. If you do winterize, chose one with low nitrogen. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
‘Black Diamond’ is unique new crape myrtle
(Video 10/15/12) Crape myrtles grow well in Louisiana. Now is a great time to plant them and other hardy trees. On this edition of Get It Growing, LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill introduces you to a strikingly attractive new crape myrtle called Black Diamond. (Runtime: 1:39)
Conversation Piece azalea newest Super Plant
(Video 10/22/12) The LSU AgCenter Louisiana Super Plants program highlights tough and beautiful plants that work well in Louisiana landscapes. On this edition of Get It Growing, LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill highlights the Conversation Piece azalea, a beautiful blooming machine. (Runtime: 1:47)
Louisiana Food Access Summit set for Nov. 7 in Baton Rouge
(Distributed 10/17/12) BATON ROUGE, La. – Several Louisiana organizations concerned with food production and distribution have planned a Food Access Summit Nov. 7 at the Pennington Biomedical Research Center. The purpose is to promote communication among these various groups.
Landscape field day features variety
(Distributed 10/17/12) HAMMOND, La. – Plants, shrubs, diseases and plant growth regulators were among the topics presented at the landscape field day held at the LSU AgCenter Hammond Research Station on Oct. 11.
Mold remediation, lead certified renovator training scheduled in Baton Rouge
(Distributed 10/16/12) BATON ROUGE, La. – The LSU AgCenter LaHouse Resource Center will offer two training courses for housing professionals seeking a Mold Remediation Contractor license, lead renovator certification by EPA and Louisiana Residential Contractors continuing education units and who are interested in unbiased, building science-based information and insights.
Time to plant spring-flowering bulbs
(Audio10/15/12) Spring-flowering bulbs are available at nurseries this time of the year. October until early December is a good time to plant most bulbs. Tulips and hyacinth need to be refrigerated and planted early next year. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Super Plant Sorbet viola is outstanding cool-season bedding plant
(Audio10/15/12) In October, gardeners can start transitioning their flower beds to cool-season plants. Look at nurseries or garden centers for the Louisiana Super Plant Sorbet viola.
AgCenter program improves athletic fields
(Video News 10/15/12) A poorly maintained football field could be as dangerous as a 300-pound defensive tackle. The LSU AgCenter established the Field of Excellence program to improve high school football fields. LSU AgCenter correspondent Tobie Blanchard has the story. (Runtime: 1:42)
LSU AgCenter offers free plant health clinic at Lowe’s in Baton Rouge
(Distributed 10/15/12) BATON ROUGE, La. – If you have questions about sick plants or garden pests and can’t find the answer, then come ask the LSU AgCenter “plant doctor” for a free diagnosis at the Lowe’s Garden Center at Siegen Marketplace in Baton Rouge on Saturday, Oct. 27.
Consider new cool-season flowers this fall
(Distributed 10/12/12) HAMMOND, La. – A few cool fronts have already moved across the state, and we soon will have cooler temperatures that will favor the establishment and growth of cool-season flowers.
Schowalter named Fellow in national ecological society
(Distributed 10/12/12) BATON ROUGE, La. – LSU AgCenter entomologist Tim Schowalter has been selected to be among the first group of Fellows named by the Ecological Society of America, the world’s largest professional organization for ecologists and environmental scientists.
Weather delays cotton harvest
(Audio 10/12/12) Rain slowed the state’s cotton harvest. Cotton needs ample time to dry out before farmers can pick it, and it seems once the cotton dries out, rain falls again. LSU AgCenter cotton specialist John Kruse says even with frequent rain, the weather hasn’t been too hard on the crop. (Runtime: 1:15)
St. James Parish youngsters learn where food really comes from
(Distributed 10/04/12) GRAMERCY, La – Over 500 students from kindergarten through second grade attended the St. James Parish Ag Day on Oct. 3 to learn where their favorite t food comes from, according to LSU AgCenter county agent Kenneth Guidry.
La. man inducted into National 4-H Hall of Fame
(Distributed 10/11/12) BATON ROUGE, La. – A Louisiana man will be posthumously inducted in the National 4-H Hall of Fame on Oct. 12 in Chevy Chase, Md. Leroy Robbins, from East Baton Rouge Parish, is one of 16 inductees.
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Fall classes for Master Farmer program Oct. 29, Nov. 15
(Distributed 10/11/12) RAYNE, La. – Classes for the first phase of the Louisiana Master Farmer Program will be held this fall.
Scientists give advice at AgCenter field day on increasing profits
(Distributed 10/10/12) HOMER, La. – LSU AgCenter scientists gave advice on how to make more money to forest land owners, cattle producers and poultry producers gathered for the Hill Farm Research Station field day Oct. 9.
Researchers study demographic changes in Gulf Region
(Distributed 10/10/12) LSU AgCenter researchers are looking at eight key racial and ethnic groups in the Gulf of Mexico region to document their ties to the oil and gas industry and to examine the experiences of each group.
Biodiesel workshop set for Nov. 7 in Baton Rouge
(Distributed 10/10/12) The LSU AgCenter will conduct a one-day comprehensive workshop on how to make your own biodiesel fuel from used vegetable oil on Wednesday, Nov. 7, at the W.A. Callegari Environmental Center in Baton Rouge.
Store caladium tubers for fresh foliage next year
(Audio 10/15/12) Caladiums are a great bedding plant for shady areas. Gardeners can dig caladium tubers this time of the year and store them for next year. Listen to learn how. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Alter hydrangea color with soil additivies
(Audio 10/15/12) Hydrangeas are popular shrubs for shady areas. They are deciduous, dropping their leaves in winter. You can change the color of your hydrangeas by adding aluminum sulfate or lime to your soil in October and again in the spring. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Conversation Piece azalea named La. Super Plant
(Audio 10/15/12) Gardeners can have beautiful blooming azaleas in fall. The Encore azaleas will bloom over multiple seasons. The Robin Hill azalea, Conversation Piece, has been designated a Louisiana Super Plant and will bloom in spring and fall. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Robin Hill azaleas include new Louisiana Super Plant
(Distributed 10/05/12) The most popular and widely sold variety of Robin Hill azalea in Louisiana is Conversation Piece. It has been named our first LSU AgCenter Louisiana Super Plant for this fall.
Fall means garden mums
(Distributed 09/14/12) With fall approaching and football season getting into full swing, garden mums become one of the popular plants available for home landscapes. These plants are also known as chrysanthemums, and some folks in north Louisiana and other parts of the state refer to this popular plant as “pinks.”
Plant cole crops now
(Video 10/8/12) You can find cool-season vegetables at your local nurseries. Now is the time to get them planted. On this edition of Get It Growing, LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill provides some tips for planting cole crops like cabbage and broccoli. (Runtime: 1:44)
Persimmons ripen in fall
(Audio 10/08/12) Persimmons start changing color in September, but they become ripe in October. Some will be ripe while the fruit is crisp, others must be soft before they can be eaten. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Plant sweet peas now for spring blooms
(Audio 10/01/12) Sweet peas are a cool-season annual vine that can be planted in the fall. They bloom in March and April and have a wonderful fragrance and beautiful colors. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
LSU AgCenter program improving high school athletic fields
(Audio News 10/04/12) Having healthy turf on a football field is about more than just good looks. It also helps the athletes play stronger and safer. Weeds or holes in the field can trip players. Compacted ground can lead to injuries. The LSU AgCenter is working with high school coaches through their Field of Excellence program to improve their playing surface. (Runtime: 145)
Find fall decoration outdoors
(Audio 10/01/12) Find decoration inspiration in nature. Seed pods, acorns and pine cones can all be used to decorate your home. Look around outside to find what could make your inside more beautiful. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Field day focuses on plants for biofuels, biochemicals
(Distributed 10/03/12) SCHRIEVER, La. – New crops for new uses was the focus of a field day at the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service Sugarcane Research Unit on Oct. 2.
Fields of ‘excellence’ prove safer for young athletes
(Distributed 10/03/12) WINNSBORO, La. – A poorly maintained football field could be as dangerous as a 300-pound defensive tackle. Having healthy turf on a high school field helps the athletes play stronger and safer.
Award-winning viola is perfect for fall planting
(For Release On Or After 10/26/12) The Sorbet series violas are the best-flowering violas in LSU AgCenter trials. As a result, they are a fall 2012 Louisiana Super Plants selection. These vigorous plants produce inch-wide, bright flowers that cover the plant from late fall through spring.
Worrisome weeds require regular attention
(For Release On Or After 10/19/12) There are many reasons why we shouldn’t let weeds grow in our landscapes. Weeds, particularly in flowerbeds, shrub plantings and ground covers, cause landscapes to look unattractive and neglected.
Conversation Piece azalea named Louisiana Super Plant
(For Release On Or After 10/12/12) Conversation Piece azalea (Rhododendron ‘Conversation Piece’) is the first Louisiana Super Plants selection to be promoted for the fall 2012 season.
Chrysanthemums bring brilliant color to fall gardens
(For Release On Or After 10/05/12) It seems that everywhere you look in October you see chrysanthemums blooming. Widely available and relatively inexpensive, they are almost indispensable for providing quick color in the fall landscape.
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LSU AgCenter hosts 2nd annual polo match fundraiser
(Distributed 10/03/12) FOLSOM, La. – Heavy rains prevented play of the polo match at the second annual Clover Cup on Sept. 30, which was a fundraiser for LSU AgCenter equine programs. But the festivities continued with a party, hat contest and a presentation on the sport.
LSU AgCenter distributes salvinia weevils for releases across state
(Audio News 10/3/12) Dearl Sanders calls himself a bug chauffeur. The LSU AgCenter scientist is trying to move as many salvinia weevils as he can. He was near Houma working with crews from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries to harvest and distribute weevils to combat the invasive aquatic plant giant salvinia which is clogging waterways across the state.(Runtime: 2:00)
Weevils distributed to fight giant salvinia
(Video News 10/03/12) LSU AgCenter scientists have had success using weevils to control an invasive plant. LSU AgCenter correspondent Tobie Blanchard was at a pond in Terrebonne Parish where the weevils are being grown to fight giant salvinia. (Runtime: 2:00)
Prepare tropical plants for move indoors
(Audio 10/08/12) Tropical plants that spent the summer outdoors need to get ready for winter. Light conditions are lower indoors so prepare them by moving them to a shady location for a month or so before taking them inside. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Save seeds from warm-season annuals
(Audio 10/08/12) Many of the annual flowers that are grown during the summer set viable seeds. Gardeners can collect these seeds, store them during the winter, and then plant them out next year. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
It's time to plant cool-season herbs
(Audio 10/08/12) Many herbs can be planted in Louisiana in the fall. A few herb plants will generally provide all that you need. Consider planting dill, fennel, thyme and oregano. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Plant now for spring strawberries
(Audio 10/08/12) Spring is strawberry season in Louisiana. But if you want those berries next year, you need to plant them soon in a well-drained, sunny location. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Fungicides can control brown patch
(Audio 10/01/12) Brown patch is a fungal disease that is common on Louisiana lawns, particularly St. Augustine. Brown patch likes mild and moist conditions. A lawn fungicide can control this disease. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Vegetable garden is ready for fall
(Audio 10/01/12) In October, the vegetable garden transitions to cool-season vegetables. This month gardeners can plant cole crops such as cabbage and broccoli. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
LSU AgCenter releases more weevils to fight aquatic weed
(Distributed 10/02/12) HOUMA, La. – Dearl Sanders calls himself a bug chauffeur. The LSU AgCenter scientist is trying to move as many salvinia weevils as he can to combat the invasive aquatic plant giant salvinia, which is clogging waterways across Louisiana.
Get roses ready for fall blooming
(Audio 10/01/12) Fall is a big blooming period for Louisiana roses. Keep your rose bushes in good shape to get a grand floral display this month. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Crape myrtle seed pods
(Video 10/01/12) You may be wondering what to do with those round green balls you see on your crape myrtles. Those are seed pods that form after blooms fade away. On this edition of Get It Growing, LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill answers some common questions about crape myrtle seed pods. (Runtime: 1:43)
Louisiana 4-H, UnitedHealthcare announce partnership to promote healthful living
(Distributed 10/02/12) The LSU AgCenter’s 4-H Youth Development department recently joined nine other states in a partnership with UnitedHealthcare to help fight childhood obesity.
Fall is for planting shrubs
(Distributed 09/28/12) Shrubs make up the main background plants for most home landscapes. Many home gardeners plant shrubs during spring because that is when most of us think about gardening and that is when garden centers have the best availability. But, fall is the best time to add shrubs to the landscape.
Brucellosis researcher works in national, international arenas
(Distributed 09/24/12) An LSU AgCenter researcher is in the forefront of a worldwide effort to protect domestic livestock from the threat of brucellosis. He is continuing a program that has focused on researching the Brucella bacteria for more than 30 years.
Plan ahead for healthful meals
(Audio News 09/21/12) Family schedules may be a bit more hectic with youngsters in school. LSU AgCenter nutritionist Beth Reames says after-school activities can get in the way of preparing and serving a healthful dinner. She suggests planning meals for the week. (Runtime: 1:05)
LSU AgCenter preparing Louisiana for high-speed Internet
(Distributed 09/20/12) Residents in 18 Louisiana parishes where broadband is underused or unavailable are learning the value of broadband, high-speed internet access with help from the LSU AgCenter.
Citrus suffers from Isaac's hit
(Video News 09/20/12) Louisiana’s main citrus-growing areas were hit hard by Hurricane Isaac. The crop suffered significant damage from the storm’s rain, wind and floodwater. LSU AgCenter correspondent Tobie Blanchard visited a grower in Plaquemines Parish. (Runtime: 1:35)
Soybeans yields, prices are high
(Video News 09/21/12) Farmers in Louisiana are seeing high prices and high yields with the 2012 soybean harvest. LSU AgCenter correspondent Tobie Blanchard has the story. (Runtime: 1:29)
Hurricane recovery: Japanese magnolias blooming early
(Video 09/24/12) You may have noticed Japanese magnolia trees uncharacteristically blooming now. That’s very likely a result of Hurricane Isaac. On this edition of Get It Growing, LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill tells you what to expect from these trees and what you should or should not do. (Runtime: 1:42)
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Not too late to join 4-H
(Distributed 09/20/12) BATON ROUGE, La. – Even though school has already started, students wishing to participate in 4-H can still join a club, according to Mark Tassin, 4-H youth and family development department head at the LSU AgCenter.
Plant petunias now through mid-October
(Distributed 09/20/12) Petunias are one of the most popular flowers in Louisiana. They can be planted in fall for cool-season color or planted in late winter or early spring for warm-season color. As with almost all bedding plants these days, you can find a wide assortment of petunias at local garden centers.
La. pecan crop sees 15 percent loss statewide from Isaac
(Distributed 09/20/12) Louisiana pecan crop estimates for 2012 ranged from 13 million to 13.5 million pounds before Hurricane Isaac struck, according to industry experts.
Storytelling to be featured at Windrush Gardens Oct. 13
(Distributed 09/19/12) The Windrush Gardens at Burden will host Storybook Time on Saturday, Oct. 13 for children ages three to eight.
Plant or divide iris while dormant
(Audio 09/24/12) Louisiana iris are wonderful perennials. They produce beautiful flowers in spring, but can be divided and planted in early fall. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Keep tree roots safe during construction
(Audio 09/24/12) The majority of a tree's root system is located in the upper 12 inches of the soil. The roots extend beyond the tree's branches, making them vulnerable to damage. An arborist should examine trees before construction takes place around them. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Shade trees help keep it cool
(Audio 09/24/12) During summer, shade trees are like outdoor air conditioning - providing a little relief from the heat. Well-placed shade trees in your landscape also can keep your home cooler. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Growing garlic takes patience
(Audio 09/24/12) Garlic is popular in Louisiana cuisine and is easy to grow, but it does take a long time. Garlic that is planted in fall will be ready for harvest in late May or early June. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Evaluate summer bedding plants
(Audio 09/24/12) Only reliable bedding plants can survive a Louisiana summer. This is good time to evaluate your beds, and if you see plants still doing well consider planting them again next year. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Soybean yields near record levels
(Audio News 09/18/12) Farmers have harvested most of the soybeans in north Louisiana, and the yields have been outstanding, according to LSU AgCenter soybean specialist Ronnie Levy.
Halfway through harvest, soybean yields are high
(Distributed 09/18/12) BATON ROUGE, La. – Farmers have harvested most of the soybeans in north Louisiana, and the yields have been outstanding, according to LSU AgCenter soybean specialist Ronnie Levy.
LSU AgCenter releases 2013 Get It Growing calendar
(Distributed 09/14/12) The LSU AgCenter is releasing its 2013 Get It Growing Lawn and Garden Calendar – the annual publication that offers a mixture of beautiful garden photos and advice targeted specifically to Louisiana gardeners. Among the 32-page, full-colr calendar’s features are monthly gardening tips from LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill, as well as information on Louisiana Super Plants, gardening terms, how to control snails and slugs, and more.
LSU AgCenter releases 2013 Get It Growing calendar
(Distributed 09/14/12) The LSU AgCenter is releasing its 2013 Get It Growing Lawn and Garden Calendar – the annual publication that offers a mixture of beautiful garden photos and advice targeted specifically to Louisiana gardeners. Among the 32-page, full-colr calendar’s features are monthly gardening tips from LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill, as well as information on Louisiana Super Plants, gardening terms, how to control snails and slugs, and more.
High school teachers learn money management basics at ‘boot camp’
(Distributed 09/14/12) Teachers, bankers and other community leaders met at the East Baton Rouge Parish School District Development Center in Baton Rouge on Sept. 12 for the 2012 Financial Education Boot Camp.
Landscape horticulture field day set for Oct. 11 at Hammond
(Distributed 09/14/12) The LSU AgCenter Hammond Research Station will hold its annual landscape horticulture field day for nursery, landscape and garden center professionals on Oct. 11.
Caladium tubers can be saved from year to year
(Audio 09/17/12) Caladiums begin to slow down in late September or early October. Caladiums make tubers, and they can be dug up and saved for planting next year. Don't wait until the foliage falls off to remove them from your landscape. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Turn waste into compost
(Audio 09/17/12) It's always a good time to start a compost pile. Our landscapes generate a lot of organic waste. Instead of bagging leaves and grass and putting them out with the trash, turn them into compost. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Isaac injures La. citrus crop
(Audio 09/13/12) Ben Becnel has survived his share of storms, but the Plaquemines Parish citrus grower says no hurricane he has lived through caused more damage to his crop than Isaac. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Programs aim to curb childhood obesity rates
(Radio News 09/11/12) More than 30 percent of children in Louisiana are obese. The LSU AgCenter is working to combat this problem with programs like Smart Bodies, which is presented in schools and focuses on healthful eating and exercise, says program director Denise Holston-West. (Runtime: 1:10)
Louisiana has role in renewable energy
(Distributed 09/13/12) Louisiana has the infrastructure and expertise to participate successfully in the emerging process of turning biomass – plant material – into energy, according to experts who spoke at the Louisiana Biofuels and Bioprocessing Summit Sept. 11-12 in Baton Rouge.
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Watch for azalea lace bugs
(Audio 09/17/12) A common insect on azaleas is the azalea lace bug. These live on the underside of the leaf and will cause white speck on the top of the leaf. You can control them with horticulture oil spray or certain insecticides. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Officials warn of contact with swine at livestock shows
(Distributed 09/10/12) Health officials are advising people who show pigs that a new swine flu virus can be spread by direct contact wit infected animals.
Isaac’s yield, economic losses low for most La. commodities
(Distributed 09/07/12) Louisiana’s individual agricultural commodities escaped major damage from Hurricane Isaac, according to analyses from the LSU AgCenter.
Plant perennial flowers now through fall
(Distributed 09/07/12) Perennials are plants that live for three or more years and often require two or more years from seed to flower. Gardeners are showing renewed interest in herbaceous perennials because they often need less maintenance, less water and fewer pesticides than annual bedding plants.
Create 'wash and wear' home with flood-hardy materials
(Radio News 09/07/12) Homeowners looking to restore their flood-damaged houses should consider flood-hardy materials that can withstand potential future flooding. (Runtime: 1:10)
Enjoy native wildflowers in your yard
(For Release On Or After 09/28/12) Roadsides and meadows come alive with colors of native wildflowers in September, October and November. Gardeners – who sometimes struggle to create beautiful displays of flowers in their landscapes – often marvel at the way nature seems to achieve such beauty without effort.
Create bird habitats in your yard
(For Release On Or After 09/21/12) Birds can contribute wonderful things to the enjoyment of a landscape, such as movement, color, sounds and even pest control. Gardeners almost universally welcome the presence of birds. They can even go so far as to design and plant landscapes that are particularly attractive to birds.
Don’t neglect late-summer gardening
(For Release On Or After 09/14/12) For gardeners tired of the heat and longing for cooler weather, September can provide welcome relief. Cool fronts often begin to make their way this far south in September. But days in the 90s are not uncommon this month, and after a long, hot summer, these last scorching days are especially hard to bear for gardeners and their landscapes.
Hurricane recovery: flower beds
(Video 9/17/12) Hurricane Isaac left tree branches and leaves strewn across yards. It also damaged summer bedding plants. On this edition of Get It Growing, LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill gives you some advice on how to evaluate and straighten up those parts of your landscape. (Runtime: 1:29)
Make sure your new roof is wind resistant
(Distributed 09/06/12) Damage from Hurricane Isaac may have you out shopping for a new roof. LSU AgCenter housing specialist Claudette Reichel says you should make your investment last with roofing that will both protect your home and withstand storms.
Wind-resistant roof stands up to storms
(Radio News 09/06/12) Homes and businesses may have experienced roof damage from Hurricane Isaac. Claudette Reichel, LSU AgCenter housing specialist, says if replacing a roof, invest in one that will hold up to the next storm. (Runtime: 1:20)
Fight mold by cleaning, drying flooded areas
(Radio News 09/06/12) After a flood, mold colonies can start to grow within two to three days. LSU AgCenter housing specialist Claudette Reichel says the solution to mold is cleaning and drying. (Runtime: 1:15)
Take steps to prevent, remove mold from flooded homes
(Distributed 09/06/12) After a flood, mold colonies can start to grow within two to three days. The key to preventing mold is to act fast and get things clean and dry, according to LSU AgCenter housing specialist Claudette Reichel.
Follow these steps to restore your flooded home
(Distributed 09/05/12) Now that Hurricane Isaac has passed, restoration is on the mind of many residents of south Louisiana. There are some considerations to take before tackling the job, according to LSU AgCenter housing specialist Claudette Reichel.
Hurricane recovery: straightening shrubs, trees
(Video 9/10/12) When hiring arborists to clean up tree damage from Hurricane Isaac, be sure to ask for proof of licensing and insurance. The Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry website has a list of licensed arborists in every parish. On this edition of Get It Growing, LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill explains how you can straighten small trees and shrubs yourself. (Runtime: 1:34)
Deal with hurricane-damaged trees properly
(For Release On Or After 09/07/12) Much of the work dealing with trees after a hurricane should be done by professionals who have the equipment and training to do the job safely. Most people do not have the equipment or expertise to safely remove large trees or fallen trunks. That means hiring an arborist.
Cannas are easy to grow, offer diverse choices
(Video 09/03/12) Tropical plants offer the opportunity for growing low-maintenance plants with a nice look. On this segment of Get It Growing, LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill explains why cannas are a great tropical selection that produce beautiful flowers and a nice diversity of interesting leaves – that can last through fall. (Runtime: 1:54)
Licensed arborist can handle damaged trees
(Audio 09/10/12) If you are considering hiring a professional to deal with wind-damaged trees in your landscape, be sure to get a licensed arborist. LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill explains how to find one. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Still time to plant palms
(Video 8/27/12) It’s still hot, but some plants like it that way. Tropicals, like palm plants, love the muggy, humid conditions. On this edition of Get It Growing, LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill advises doing research for the type of palms that suit your needs and then getting those plants in the ground very soon. (Runtime: 1:52)
Economist assessing Isaac's damage
(Video News 09/05/12) Isaac’s damage to Louisiana agriculture wasn’t as bad as feared. LSU AgCenter correspondent Tobie Blanchard says statewide losses are low, according to an early estimate, and good weather could keep damage at a minimum. (Runtime: 1:44)
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LSU AgCenter has information for before and after the storm
(Distributed 08/27/12) With Tropical Storm Isaac making its approach, now is the time to visit the LSU AgCenter website at LSU AgCenter.com to determine what information is available to help in these critical hours.
Prevent further damage to your flooded home, health
(Distributed 08/31/12) If your home flooded after Hurricane Isaac there are several things you need to know in order to protect your home and your health.
Avoid mold hazards in your flooded home
(Distributed 08/31/12) In the aftermath of Hurricane Isaac some flood-damaged home will require special attention to avoid or correct a mold population explosion, according to LSU AgCenter housing specialist Claudette Reichel.
Repairing, replacing your storm-damaged roof
(Distributed 09/04/12) After a severe storm, the most common wind damage is to roofing, which often results in water leakage that can lead to interior water damage and the potential for mold damage, according to LSU AgCenter housing specialist Claudette Reichel.
Flooding from Hurricane Isaac will increase mosquito population
(Distributed 09/04/12) Floodwater left behind by Hurricane Isaac is providing the nearly perfect environment needed to increase the mosquito population, which could also increase the cases of West Nile virus.
Farmers’ eyes on Isaac as potential record-setting crops come under threat
(Distributed 08/27/12) Hurricane Isaac could wreck what was shaping up to be an excellent year for Louisiana agriculture. The storm threatens corn, cotton, sugarcane and soybeans.
Sugarcane gets hit, but sweet potatoes and rice dodge major storm damage
(Distributed 08/31/12) The extent of damage to many of Louisiana’s crops depends on what happens over the next few weeks, say LSU AgCenter specialists.
Agriculture losses from Isaac depend on September weather
(Distributed 09/01/12) LSU AgCenter specialists are in the process of collecting information about the damage to agricultural commodities across the state as a result of Hurricane Isaac. But to a large extent, the actual dollar losses will depend on weather conditions over the next few weeks.
Storm water can cause problems for crawfish
(Distributed 09/01/12) Hurricane Isaac has dropped a significant amount of rain this past week in some parishes. Although it may be tempting to hold this water as a means of flooding crawfish ponds early and for free, this is the wrong thing to do, according to LSU AgCenter aquaculture specialist Greg Lutz.
Storm damage minimal on wildlife
(Distributed 09/04/12) Wildlife across the state seemed to have weathered Hurricane Isaac with no large-scale fish kills or animal drownings, according to preliminary reports from LSU AgCenter specialists.
Discard flood-damaged food crops
(Audio 09/10/12) Hurricane Isaac may have damaged food crops in our landscapes. Any fruits, vegetables or herbs that were flooded should be discarded. Fruits and nuts may have been blown to the ground, and many will not ripen once off the tree. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
David Constant named head of Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering
(Distributed 09/05/12) David Constant has been named head of the Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering, a joint position shared between the LSU AgCenter and the LSU College of Engineering.
Wind-damaged trees may need professional help
(Audio 09/10/12) Trees in your landscape may have sustained damage from high winds during Hurricane Isaac. Consider hiring an arborist to help you care for these trees. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Late summer weather can bring mushrooms, slime mold
(Audio 09/17/12) Wet and hot weather can cause mushrooms and slime mold to pop up in our yards. These are a nuisance, but they won't hurt the lawn. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Thick mulch layer keeps weeds away
(Audio 09/17/12) Mulches have many benefits. They keep weeds under control, moderate soil temperatures and conserve soil moisture. A thick layer is necessary for it to do its job. If your mulch has decayed during summer, add new mulch to your beds. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Pack a nutritous and safe lunch
(Radio News 09/05/12) Packing a lunch for school can be nutritious and economical. LSU AgCenter nutritionist Beth Reames says parents should look to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s MyPlate when deciding what to put in a lunch bag. It should include a lean protein, fruits and vegetables and a serving from the grain group. (Runtime: 1:05)
LSU AgCenter offers video on in-house pasteurization of broiler litter
(Distributed 09/04/12) Poultry growers in Louisiana can learn proper techniques for in-house pasteurization of broiler litter by watching a 6-minute video on the LSU AgCenter website or YouTube.
First estimate of Isaac's damage to La. agriculture at $92 million
(Audio 09/04/12) Hurricane Isaac caused $92 million in damage to Louisiana agriculture based on early estimates of yield losses from LSU AgCenter economist Kurt Guidry. (Runtime: 1:30)
September is busy month in vegetable garden
(Audio 09/03/12) September is a big month in the vegetable garden. Gardeners can begin planting cool-season vegetables and still plant warm-season ones, such as tomato and eggplant transplants. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Brighten fall landscapes with azaleas
(Audio 09/10/12) Azaleas are common in Louisiana during spring, but fall-blooming azaleas are gaining popularity. Most notable among fall azaleas are Encore and Robin Hill. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
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Prep beds before planting
(Audio 09/10/12) A flower or vegetable garden bed needs proper preparation before putting in new plants. Add organic matter and fertilizer to make sure the next crop is successful. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
You can plant roses in late summer, fall
(Distributed 08/31/12) You may not think of late summer and fall as a time for rose gardening. Sometimes, however, roses will actually establish better when planted in fall than when planted in late winter through early spring.
Fertilizing not necessary for many plants in September
(Audio 09/03/12) September is late in the growing season for many plants, so any fertilizing must be done judiciously. Plants need to slow down and get ready for winter. Fertilizing now will stimulate the plant and could cause damage later in winter. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Healthy crop could cause breaks on pecan trees
(Audio 09/03/12) If we have a good pecan crop, we could have problems with breaking limbs. Pecan trees have brittle wood and the weight of the pecans on the branches could cause them to snap. For this reason, never locate pecan trees close to buildings. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Prune with caution in fall
(Audio 09/03/12) We need to be cautious when pruning this time of the year. Spring-flowering trees and shrubs have already set their flower buds, and pruning could reduce their floral display. Also, don't wait too late to prune. The plants need time to harden off before winter. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Use sod to establish lawn
(Audio 09/03/12) It's not too late to establish a lawn in September. You also can repair lawn damage. To get the best results, use sod. Make sure the area is graded, and water it regularly. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Blueberry grant provides needed information
(Distributed 08/24/12) The LSU AgCenter and several other universities have used funds from a three-year U.S. Department of Agriculture grant to develop a website for people interested or involved in blueberry production.
Consider bald cypress for your landscape
(Distributed 08/24/12) Louisiana’s state tree is the bald cypress. Its scientific name is Taxodium distichum. Bald cypress is one of our most distinguished native trees and is widely found in Louisiana landscapes.
Cargill donates to AgCenter alligator research
(Distributed 8/24/12) Representatives from the Cargill-U.S. Aquaculture division presented the LSU AgCenter with a $47,306 check on Aug. 22 to help finance alligator research at the Aquaculture Research Station in Baton Rouge.
Biofuels field day set for Oct. 2
(Radio News 08/23/12) The LSU AgCenter’s research on energy cane and sweet sorghum will be on display at a biofuels field day Oct. 2 at the U.S. Department of Agriculture-Agricultural Research Station Sugarcane Research Farm near Houma. LSU AgCenter crop specialist John Kruse said these crops will be displayed under different production scenerios. (Runtime: 1:05)
Burden plans family fun Sept. through Oct.
(Distributed 08/23/12) The LSU AgCenter and Burden Horticulture Society will kick off the annual Corn Maze at Burden Center Sept. 22-23 from 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. in conjunction with the Rural Life Museum’s Harvest Days, according to Jeff Kuehny, resident director at the center.
Not all fungi damage lawns
(Audio 08/27/12) Fungal diseases are common problems that can attack and damage our grass. Slime mold and mushrooms are fungi, but are not detrimental to our lawns. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Pick summer bulbs that fit your landscape needs
(Audio 05/21/12) Gardeners use a variety of summer bulbs in their landscapes. Most of the bulbs that are native to tropical areas do well in Louisiana's summer heat. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Shallots, green onions are not the same thing
(Audio 08/27/12) Louisiana gardeners tend to call both shallots and green onions, green onions. They are different plants. Shallots produce large bulbs and green onions never make large bulbs, but rather multiply. They can be planted using sets this time of the year. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Keep grass clippings out of trash
(Audio 08/27/12) We have several options when it comes to grass clippings, and throwing them away should never be one of them. They can be recycled back into the lawns if you mow regularly or bagged and used as mulch. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Gingers, cannas made need pruning
(Audio 08/27/12) Gingers and cannas are popular tropical plants in Louisiana landscapes. They perform well through summer and may need pruning late in the season. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Protect houseplants from insect pests
(Audio 08/27/12) Plants inside homes are not protected from insects. There are no naturally occurring predators indoors, and temperatures are mild, so pest problems can spread rapidly. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Sweet potato growers have good crop, new varieties
(Video News 08/22/12) Louisiana’s sweet potato crop has had favorable growing conditions, and farmers are hoping for a good harvest. Also two new sweet varieties could give growers options for next year’s crop. LSU AgCenter correspondent Tobie Blanchard has this report. (Runtime: 1:38)
Fountains create illusions of coolness
(Video 8/20/12) Plants certainly make a garden special, but non-living items can help with overall effect. On this segment of Get It Growing, LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill explains how you can use fountains to create illusions of coolness, even during the intense summer heat. (Runtime: 1:48)
New sweet potato varieties rival Beauregard
(Radio News 08/21/12) Sweet potato growers will have new options when planting. The LSU AgCenter is releasing two varieties that will rival the long-time grower and consumer favorite, Beauregard. LSU AgCenter sweet potato breeder Don LaBonte explains. (Runtime: 1:25)
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Favorable growing conditions could lead to good sweet potato crop
(Radio News 08/21/12) Louisiana’s sweet potato harvest is still a few months away. LSU AgCenter sweet potato specialist Tara Smith says the state has fewer acres this year than in recent years, but what’s in the field looks good. (Runtime: 1:15)
Midwest drought affecting Louisiana cattle producers
(Distributed 08/21/12) The drought choking the Midwest is hundreds of miles away, but it is having direct effects on the Louisiana cattle market.
Hill Farm field day to feature beef, forestry tours Oct. 9
(Distributed 08/21/12) LSU AgCenter faculty will present information ranging from beef cattle management to pruning timber at the 2012 Hill Farm Field Day on Tues., Oct. 9, near Homer.
Good management keeps landscapes healthy
(Distributed 08/17/12) The LSU AgCenter has been promoting research-based best management practices in the home landscape for several years to inform residents on how to manage their lawns, gardens and landscapes to minimize non-point pollution, weeds, diseases and insect pests.
Good nutrition helps school success
(Distributed 08/20/12) Success in school starts with good nutrition at home, says LSU AgCenter nutritionist Beth Reames. And that means a healthful breakfast, lunch and after-school snacks.
New varieties highlight LSU AgCenter sweet potato field day
(Distributed 08/17/12) CHASE, La. – Two new sweet potato varieties – Orleans and 07-146 – were featured at the LSU AgCenter Sweet Potato Research Station field day Aug. 16.
Breakfast can help students succeed in school
(Audio 08/20/12) Breakfast is your body’s morning refueling stop, says LSU AgCenter nutritionist Beth Reames. The morning meal also helps students succeed in school. As youngsters return to the classroom, Reames says, parents need to make sure they start off with a healthful breakfast. (Runtime: 1:05)
It’s time to plant late-summer vegetables
(For Release On Or After 08/03/12) There is something particularly satisfying about putting quality, nutritious food on the table as a direct result of your gardening efforts. This month is a transitional time in the vegetable garden.
Control landscape weeds
(For Release On Or After 08/31/12) If you maintain a landscape, you deal with weeds. At this point in our long, hot summer, I’m sure you have devoted considerable effort to keeping your landscape from being taken over by various weeds in beds and lawns and by vines growing up trees and on fences.
It’s your last chance to prune, fertilize many plants
(For Release On Or After 08/17/12) August is a month when gardeners should think about two important aspects of landscape maintenance – fertilizing and pruning. This month is the latest we fertilize lawns, hardy shrubs and ground covers in the landscape.
Container plants enhance outdoor landscapes
(For Release On Or After 08/24/12) Growing plants in outdoor containers is popular for a variety of reasons. In-ground beds are not always available where you would like to grow plants – as in the case of paved courtyards, decks, apartment balconies and patios.
Freshen up ‘tired’ flower beds
(For Release On Or After 08/10/12) Forlorn flower beds past their prime and overrun with weeds are an all-too-familiar sight in late summer landscapes. Our long growing season and abundance of insect and disease problems generally make it unreasonable to expect all bedding plants to hold up from the beginning of summer in early May until its end.
Consumer food prices predicted to rise with commodity prices
(Audio 08/17/12) Drought is lowering the yield potential for the nation’s corn and soybean harvests. Stocks of corn were already low, and LSU AgCenter economist Kurt Guidry says the outlook for a dismal harvest is driving up prices. (Runtime: 150)
LSU AgCenter offers quicker route to Master Farmer status
(Distributed 08/17/12) CROWLEY, La. – LSU AgCenter county agents met Aug. 16 to learn about changes in the Louisiana Master Farmer Program that will expedite the process for farmers to become certified. A farm conservation plan may now be developed through the LSU AgCenter.
Successful ponds require good management
(Distributed 08/15/12) For many people, just the act of fishing can provide relief from the stresses of everyday life. But catching fish can put food on the table, and for some, this is the best part of owning a recreational pond.
4-H team wins first place with seafood medley in cooking contest
(Distributed 08/15/12) Four Pointe Coupee Parish 4-H members won a $1,000 scholarship to divide among them at the Second Annual Great American Seafood Cook Off 4-H Edition in New Orleans on Aug. 12, according to Quincy Cheek, the contest superintendent and associate extension agent in Rapides and Grant parishes.
LSU AgCenter agent to administer $1 million obesity award
(Distributed 08/15/12) Cynthia Cockerham, the LSU AgCenter area 4-H agent in LaSalle Parish, was recently awarded an obesity grant from the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation to fund the Live Liv3ely LaSalle project.
Palms can thrive in La. landscapes
(Audio 08/20/12) We are lucky in Louisiana to grow palms in our landscape. Palms are easy to care for. They need fertilizer in spring, some grooming from time to time and not much else. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Prepare roses for fall blooming
(Audio 08/20/12) August is a good time to get roses ready for fall blooming. Gardener should prune their roses back. Roses also should be fertilized and watered regularly. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Put away fertilizer after August
(Audio 08/20/12) We fertilize lawns to make them a deep green and encourage growth. August is the last month to apply fertilizer. We need lawns to slow down in fall to make them hardy as they head into winter. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
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Use ajuga sparingly
(Audio 08/20/12) Ajuga can make a nice ground cover. It has beautiful leaves, and certain types make lovely flowers, but ajuga can be prone to fungal issues. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Add plants to aquatic features
(Audio 08/20/12) Aquatic features can add a cooling effect to our landscapes. You can add plants to your garden this time of the year. Also consider adding fish if you don't already have some. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Crazy ants can take over yards
(Radio News 08/14/12) Beware of the Rasberry crazy ant, says LSU AgCenter entomologist Dennis Ring. This invasive ant is found in some areas of Louisiana and can be a serious nuisance. (Runtime: 1:25)
LSU AgCenter’s Datnoff recognized for international service
(Distributed 08/14/12) Lawrence Datnoff, head of the Department of Plant Pathology and Crop Physiology in the LSU AgCenter, recently received the International Service Award from the American Phytopathological Society.
JCP launches campaign to raise money for 4-H
(Distributed 08/13/12) The jcpenney company, also known as JCP, has launched a campaign in Louisiana and across the country to raise money for 4-H and Boys and Girls Clubs of America, according to Dwight Landreneau, associate vice chancellor of the LSU AgCenter, which oversees Louisiana 4-H.
La. corn farmers have great season
(Video News 08/13/12) With about half of the state’s corn crop harvested, growers are happy with the results. LSU AgCenter correspondent Tobie Blanchard spoke with a corn specialist about the season. (Runtime: 1:32)
Choosing Plants for the Shade
(Video 8/13/12) It seems there’s no escape outside from the hot temperatures – except for the shade. So on this edition of Get It Growing, LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill suggests doing some work in your shade garden. He offers some tips for properly selecting and growing shade plants. (Runtime 1:26)
Energy cane, sweet sorghum field day set for Oct. 2 at Houma
(Distributed 08/13/12) The LSU AgCenter has announced a field day featuring energy cane and sweet sorghum on Oct. 2 at the U.S. Department of Agriculture-Agricultural Research Station Sugarcane Research Farm near Houma, La.
Mosquito repellents offer various levels of protection
(Distributed 08/10/12) The best way to avoid mosquito bites and the threat that comes with them is to avoid infested areas, wear protective clothing and use insect repellent, according to LSU AgCenter entomologist Dennis Ring. But he said not all repellents offer the same amount of protection.
Crape myrtles come in different colors and sizes
(Video 08/6/12) Crape myrtles are blooming colorfully across Louisiana right now. If you want to add them to your yard, it’s a good time to view the different colors available at your local nursery. But it’s also important to do your own research on crape myrtles for your landscape – as LSU horticulturist Dan Gill explains on this edition of Get It Growing. (Runtime - 1:36)
You can plant sunflowers now
(Distributed 08/10/12) Sunflowers are among the easiest flowers to grow, and they thrive in the heat of our summers. It may be towards the end of summer, but you can still plant sunflowers and enjoy them during fall.
Louisiana has outstanding corn harvest
(Radio News 08/10/12) Louisiana corn growers couldn’t ask for a much better year. Weather conditions have been ideal for growing corn with timely rains and temperatures that haven’t been too high. Farmers have harvested about half of their crop, and John Kruse, LSU AgCenter’s corn specialist, says yields have been outstanding.(Runtime: 1:30)
Rice harvest a mixed bag for Louisiana farmers
(Distributed 08/10/12) Classifying the 2012 rice harvest in south Louisiana as good, bad or mediocre is proving to be a difficult challenge. “Some people are thrilled to death, and some are wondering what happened,” said Barrett Courville, LSU AgCenter county agent in Acadia and Jefferson Davis parishes.
Yields mixed for rice harvest
(Video News 08/10/12) Rice farmers were able to get in their fields early this year to begin the harvest. Disease problems have caused a drop in yields in some areas, but in other fields the harvest looks good. LSU AgCenter correspondent Tobie Blanchard has this report. (Runtime: 1:32)
Heirloom tomatoes thought to taste better
(Distributed 08/09/12) The fascination with heirloom tomatoes has some backyard growers willing to give up the qualities that brought improvement to hybrid varieties in exchange for old fashioned flavor. People tend to associate heirloom tomatoes with the ones their grandparents grew when they were young, and they believe the flavor is just better, said Kiki Fontenot, LSU AgCenter horticulturist.
Pears ripen best off the tree
(Audio 08/13/12) Pears are one of the easier homegrown fruit trees that we plant in our landscapes. If you have pears, learn the proper way to harvest and ripen them. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Plant milkweed to attract butterflies
(Audio 08/13/12) Butterfly weed or milkweed is very attractive to many butterflies. The monarch butterfly only lay its eggs on species of milkweed. If you have aphids on your plants, don't spray them because you might kill monarch butterfly eggs or caterpillars. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Potbound plants need bigger containers
(Audio 08/13/12) By the end of summer potted plants may have outgrown their containers. When this happens plants become "potbound" and may not thrive. Replant these plants into bigger containers. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
West Nile cases up; entomologist offers protection advice
(Radio News 08/08/12) Two deaths have been reported from West Nile virus in Louisiana this year, and the number of cases are up across the state. LSU AgCenter entomologist Dennis Ring says this corresponds with an increase in the mosquito population. (Runtime: 1:25)
LSU AgCenter names Elzer assistant vice chancellor for research
(Distributed 08/07/12) Phil Elzer has been named assistant vice chancellor of the LSU AgCenter and assistant director of the Louisiana Agricultural Experiment Station.
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Plant ferns in shady areas
(Audio 08/13/12) If you have shady areas in your landscape, consider planting ferns. You can add them during summer. Also, you can evaluate existing ferns and do some grooming this time of the year. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Divide La. iris while they are dormant
(Audio 08/13/12) Louisiana iris are native to our state and popular in local landscapes. These plants are dormant now, making it a good time to dig them up and divide them if their clump is overgrown. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Insect pest gaining in south Louisiana
(Distributed 08/09/12) The Florida wax scale has become an increasing problem on ornamental plants in south Louisiana, said LSU AgCenter entomologist Tim Schowalter. Although it infests a wide range of host plants, including shrubs, trees and several non-woody plants, Florida wax scale is a particular problem on ornamental hollies.
Biofuels, bioprocessing summit set for Sept. 11-12 in Baton Rouge
(Distributed 08/03/12) A conference featuring opportunities in biofuels and bioprocessing in Louisiana has been scheduled for Sept. 11-12 in Baton Rouge.
Rice yields vary in south La.
(Radio News 08/07/12) Louisiana’s rice harvest started early this year, but rain has slowed it down. About 20 percent of the crop has been harvested in the southern part of the state, and yields have been mixed. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Researcher looks at armyworm resistance in Bt corn
(Distributed 08/07/12) Farmers can plant Bt corn to get protection from an important pest of corn, the fall armyworm. But LSU AgCenter entomologist Fangneng Huang said populations of the pest in some areas have developed resistance to one type of Bt corn.
Cassias provide fall flower color
(Distributed 08/03/12) One of the popular fall-flowering plants offered at many retail garden centers in south Louisiana during late summer and early fall are cassias. Sometimes these plants are now called sennas.
Ponds provide recreational opportunities, increase property values
(Distributed 08/06/12) Many people enjoy living near a body of water. For this reason, there has been an increase in the number of recreational ponds built in Louisiana over the past 10 years, according to Greg Lutz, an aquaculture scientist with the LSU AgCenter.
Teen leadership camp supports military youth
(Distributed 08/03/12) Twenty teens from military families across the state participated in an “Operation: Military Kids” camp on leadership July 25-27, sponsored by the LSU AgCenter’s 4-H Youth Development program.
Young Ag Producers Program Announces New Participants
(Distributed 08/03/12) A new group of the state’s youth began the LSU AgCenter’s Louisiana Young Ag Producers Program last week (July 23-27) while another class completed its year-long journey. Known as LaYAPP, the program is a one-year, intensive classroom and hands-on, mentor-based experience that introduces high school juniors and seniors to the options available to them in the areas of food and fiber production.
Farmer tests AgCenter rice growing recommendations
(Radio News 08/03/12) The LSU AgCenter’s rice verification program takes AgCenter recommendations and applies them to a farmer’s field under the supervision of LSU AgCenter rice specialist Johnny Saichuk. St. Landry Parish rice farmer Anthony Plattsmier is participating in the program this year. (Runtime: 1:15)
Plants' water needs are high during hot, dry periods
(Audio 08/06/12) Watering plants is important during dry summer periods. Check container plants often and walk your landscape looking for signs of drought stress. Irrigate deeply and thoroughly a few times a week rather than a little daily. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Researchers develop wheat to grow in ‘wet’ southern climate
(Distributed 08/02/12) Wheat growers have a saying that “wheat doesn’t like wet feet.” With winters often damp and dreary, Louisiana is not conducive for growing this crop, which has its origins in dry climates. But LSU AgCenter wheat breeder Steve Harrison has developed lines that can tolerate local conditions and allow farmers to grow wheat profitably.
Watering is critical for young trees
(Audio 08/06/12) Young trees need proper care. A good way to water a tree is to put holes on the bottom of a plastic bucket, fill it with water a few times a week and set it by the tree. Also keep grass away from young trees. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Eggplants, bell peppers will produce fall crop
(Audio 08/06/12) Gardeners can plant transplants of eggplants and bell peppers for a fall crop. If you still have plants from the spring, maintain them and they can produce again when the weather cools down. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Grow coleus for colorful foliage
(Audio 08/06/12) Gardeners grow coleus for their beautiful foliage. These plants can produce flowers, but they should be pinched off. It's not too late to plant coleus, and you find varieties that grow well in sunny or shady locations. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
New invasive species could hurt soybean crop
(Distributed 08/01/12) LSU AgCenter scientists and Louisiana soybean growers are on the lookout for a tiny new pest that can cause considerable damage to the crop.
Insects are more abundant this summer
(Audio 07/30/12) A mild winter and early spring have led to pest problems. Many insects showed up early and in larger numbers. Look for signs of insect damage in your yard. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Financial Education Boot Camps provide training, free resources for teachers
(Distributed 08/01/12) A Financial Education Boot Camp to train teachers to teach financial skills to high school students will be Sept. 12 in Baton Rouge and Sept. 14 in Alexandria, according to Jeanette Tucker, LSU AgCenter family economist and one of the organizers.
Oils can control mites, flies
(Audio 08/06/12) Spider mites and white flies often appear in larger numbers during late summer. These pests can damage a variety of plants but can be controlled with oil sprays. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
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Corn growers need to get after weeds early
(Distributed 07/31/12) Louisiana corn farmers need to be proactive in their approach to weed control, advises Daniel Stephenson, LSU AgCenter weed scientist. It starts four to six weeks before planting with a burndown of weeds. The end result removes weeds that will compete with corn for moisture and nutrition and eliminates habitat for damaging insects such as cutworms.
Anaplasmosis vaccine gains additional approvals
(Distributed 07/27/12) Missouri and Kentucky have joined the list of states approved by the the U.S. Department of Agriculture for sales of an anaplasmosis vaccine marketed by University Products LLC of Baton Rouge, La.
Autumn fern is evergreen with copper color
(Video 04/16/12) Ferns can dot landscapes with a lush-looking appeal. Some types are evergreen, and some types are not. One unique evergreen fern garners attention not only because of its green display, but also thanks to some bonus color. On this edition of Get It Growing, LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill introduces you to the autumn fern. (Runtime: 1:31)
Purchase fig trees but wait until fall to plant
(Video 07/29/12) Figs are a popular fruit in Louisiana, and now is the time to purchase fig trees. On this edition of Get It Growing, LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill explains the best time to plant fig trees and what you can expect from them during the early years.(Runtime: 1:33)
LSU AgCenter receives Walton Grant
(Distributed 07/31/12) The LSU AgCenter’s work to showcase the nature-based tourism assets of rural Louisiana has paid off in the form of a $235,313 grant from the Walton Family Foundation.
New gomphrena varieties offer more landscape options
(Distributed 07/27/12) A tough plant that will keep blooming through summer and into fall, gomphrena likes really high temperatures. Sometimes called globe amaranth, legend has it that the original planting was at the gates of Hades.
Chinch bugs are common lawn problem
(Audio 07/30/12) Chinch bugs are leading insect pests that attack our lawns. A sign of injury is a brown section of the lawn where the grass is straw-like and grass blades are rolled up. Chinch bugs tend to be worse later in the summer. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Plant tomatoes for fall crop
(Audio 07/30/12) It is popular to plant tomatoes in spring, but gardeners can get a fall crop as well. Buy different types of tomatoes such as heat-tolerant and standard varieties for the best chance of success. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Rural tourism group to meet Aug. 7-9 in Natchez, Miss.
(Distributed 07/23/12) The Miss-Lou Rural Tourism Association will hold a summit Aug. 7-9 at the Visitors’ Center in Natchez, Miss., according to Dora Ann Hatch, LSU AgCenter agritourism coordinator. The meeting is open to anyone involved in rural tourism in Louisiana or Mississippi.
Vegetable gardeners have options in August
(Audio 07/30/12) Gardeners can plant a wide variety of vegetables in August. Even though it is still really hot, we can plant cool-season vegetables alongside ones that prefer warmer conditions. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Prune overgrown plants in late summer
(Audio 07/30/12) By late summer many plants have gone through a long growing season. Pruning these plants can help revive them. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Crop research helping farmers overcome challenges
(Video News 07/27/12) LSU AgCenter researchers are looking for ways to enhance crop production and increase profits for farmers. LSU AgCenter correspondent Craig Gautreaux reports that there are some challenges facing growers but there are also opportunities. (Runtime 1:49)
Sugarcane crop in good shape
(Video News 07/27/12) Louisiana’s sugarcane crop is in good shape, and growers should expect this year’s crop to exceed last year’s. LSU AgCenter correspondent Craig Gautreaux cautions growers to be on the lookout for a new disease that could cause problems and potentially reduce yields. (Runtime 1:45)
Documentary on agricultural research to air Aug. 2, 7 p.m., on LPB
(Distributed 07/24/12) “Louisiana’s Frontline: 125 Years of Agricultural Research,” a 60-minute documentary, will be broadcast on Louisiana Public Broadcasting (LPB) and its statewide PBS affiliates Aug. 2 at 7 p.m.
Sugarcane crop looks good at 50th St. Martin Parish field day
(Distributed 07/24/12) PARKS, La. – Farmers were in good spirits for the 50th Annual Sugarcane Field Day in St. Martin Parish on July 20. The crop looks lush and green with rains that have moistened the ground well for the upcoming planting season. In fact, so much rain fell that the field day was limited to an indoor event.
Demonstration fields teach farmers how to improve yields
(Distributed 07/23/12) Demonstration projects across the state are showing farmers how corn and soybeans varieties perform in their area, and how different farming practices could benefit their operations.
4-H, FFA State Horse Show results released
(Distributed 07/23/12) WEST MONROE, La. – Results from the 43rd annual Louisiana 4-H and FFA State Horse Show held July 10-14 have been released.
Soybean rust on the move in Louisiana
(Distributed 07/23/12) The LSU AgCenter has found soybean rust in both Avoyelles and Rapides parishes. The incidence and severity are two percent in Avoyelles Parish and three percent in Rapides Parish.
Pigweed epidemic calls for strategic weed control in Louisiana soybeans, cotton
(Distributed 07/20/12) ALEXANDRIA, La. – A herbicide-resistant weed in soybeans and cotton has caused what an LSU AgCenter weed scientist calls an epidemic in Louisiana. “This is the year of the pigweed,” Daniel Stephenson told farmers gathered for the field day on July 19 at the LSU AgCenter Dean Lee Research and Extension Station.
Louisiana offers abundant hibiscus options
(Distributed 07/20/12) An abundance of hibiscus varieties do well in Louisiana.
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Diseases, weeds highlight sugarcane field day
(Distributed 07/18/12) ST. GABRIEL, La. – Rust diseases and bermudagrass control highlighted the presentations at the 30th annual sugarcane field day at the LSU AgCenter Sugar Research Station July 18.
Sweet potato field day set for August 16
(Distributed 07/1/8/12) The LSU AgCenter will hold a field day August 16 at the Sweet Potato Research Station in Chase, La., beginning with registration at 7:45 a.m.
Scientists try optical sensors to determine nitrogen rates in corn
(Distributed 07/17/12) LSU AgCenter scientists are looking at new technology for determining nitrogen rates in corn involving an optical sensor reading approach based upon vegetative data.
Soybean podworm starts to show up in Louisiana fields
(Distributed 07/16/12) An uncommon pest showing up in Louisiana soybean fields is not yet much of a problem for farmers but is causing concern for LSU AgCenter entomologists. It’s the soybean podworm, the same pest that’s called the corn earworm in corn fields or bollworm in cotton fields.
Children's programs awarded grants
(Radio News 07/13/12) The Louisiana’s Children’s Trust Fund is funding four LSU AgCenter grants that will set up programs to help youngster feel safer, eat more healthfully and allow parents to develop good parenting skills. Becky White with the LSU AgCenter says the first grant was awarded $15,000. (Runtime: 1:30)
Heavy rain slows rice harvest in south Louisiana
(Distributed 07/13/12) OAK GROVE, La. – Unusually heavy rains in south Louisiana are delaying this year’s rice harvest, LSU AgCenter experts said July 12 at the Northeast Rice and Soybean Field Day.
Pruning Encore azaleas
(Video 07/16/12) Encore azaleas are the only azaleas that flower in the spring, fall and summer. But don’t expect the Encore to display the full-scale blooms now that you see during the spring. It is normal to see some brown flowers mixed with sporadic color during the summer. On this edition of Get It Growing, LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill describes the importance of properly pruning azaleas at the right time to ensure the best blooms later. (Runtime: 1:35)
Gaura is a graceful native perennial
(Video 07/23/12) If you’re looking for plants that will grow well in your landscape, native plants can be a good choice. The gaura is a tough, native wildflower. On this edition of Get It Growing, LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill explains why this graceful, low-maintenance perennial might work well in your flower beds. (Runtime: 1:33)
It's difficult to rid lawns of mushrooms
(Audio 07/23/12) Lawn mushrooms can be a nuisance, and there isn't much you can do to get rid of them. You can gather them up and throw them away if they bother you. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Gardening chores for July
(Audio 07/23/12) Even though it is hot outside, gardeners can stay busy this month tending to chrysanthemums, gladiolas, caladiums and coleus. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Wheat, oat breeding programs releasing new varieties
(Radio News 07/12/12) The LSU AgCenter’s wheat and oat breeding programs will release several varieties this year, according to LSU AgCenter wheat breeder Steve Harrison. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Cuttings create new plants
(Audio 07/23/12) This is a good time of the year to take cuttings from woody shrubs. Try taking cuttings from azaleas, camellias and hollies. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Bring flowers indoors with cuttings
(Audio 07/23/12) Most people plant flowers to enjoy the plants out in their landscapes. But cutting flowers and bringing them indoors is another way to enjoy them. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Basil grows beautifully during summer
(Audio 07/23/12) Basil is a great herb to grow during summer. It is used widely in many cuisines. You can find different varieties of basil. Choose the type you like and plant it into a sunny location. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
West Nile virus increase corresponds to heavy rains
(Distributed 07/13/12) Recent rains have provided the environment needed to increase mosquito populations, which also increases the likelihood of more cases of West Nile virus, according to LSU AgCenter entomologist Tim Schowalter.
New ornamental plants evaluated at research station
(Distributed 07/12/12) The LSU AgCenter works actively to evaluate new ornamental plants for the landscape industry in Louisiana. This includes plants that may even eventually make their way into home gardens around the state. Much of this work is done at the AgCenter Hammond Research Station.
Disease control in wheat starts at seed selection
(Distributed 07/12/12) While wheat diseases were minimal this past year, they can become problematic under certain conditions. Fortunately for farmers there are options available when diseases strike, according to Boyd Padgett, LSU AgCenter plant pathologist.
Louisiana Fruit and Vegetable Growers hold first meeting
(Distributed 07/12/12) Produce growers in Louisiana recently met and formed Louisiana Fruit and Vegetable Growers to help members increase their knowledge of producing fruit and vegetable crops.
Plant pumpkins now for Halloween
(Audio 07/16/12) Pumpkins are very heat-tolerant, and pumpkin seeds can be planted this time of the year. It they're planted now, you'll have pumpkins ready for Halloween. You'll need a lot of space to grow them. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Prune shrubs before flower buds set
(Audio 07/16/12) A number of spring-flowering shrubs need to be pruned by mid-July. These plants set their flower buds in late summer, so pruning too late can remove their flowers. Prune only if needed. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
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Garden Fest offers education, food, fun
(Video News 07/13/12) Gardening enthusiasts didn’t have to get their hands dirty at the LSU AgCenter’s Garden Fest at Burden Center. LSU AgCenter correspondent Tobie Blanchard attended the event, which included field tours, taste testing and a plant sale. (Runtime: 1:55)
Blast outbreak on rice is worst seen in years
(Video News 07/11/12) The Louisiana rice crop is maturing early this year thanks to a mild winter and spring. But these weather conditions also may have helped a rice disease thrive. LSU AgCenter correspondent Tobie Blanchard has this report. (Runtime: 1:40)
Enright named Oklahoma State distinguished alumnus
(Distributed 07/11/12) Fred Enright, LSU AgCenter professor emeritus, has been selected to receive a Distinguished Alumni Award from the Oklahoma State University Center for Veterinary Health Sciences.
Blackberries are easy to grow
(Audio 07/16/12) Louisiana gardeners can grow a wide variety of fruit in their home garden. One easy fruit to grow is blackberries. They do require pruning. Be sure to prune only canes that produced blackberries this year and leave the other canes alone. They will produce next year's crop. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Bark lice won't harm trees
(Audio 07/16/12) It's not unusual to see patches of webbing in trees during summer. This webbing is created by psocids or bark lice. They are harmless to trees. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Options for shady lawns
(Audio 07/16/12) Having a shady yard can be a big plus in Louisiana's climate, but it can cause problems with lawns. You can mulch over areas of your lawn killed off by lack of sunlight or plant ground covers. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Hot, dry weather may cause disease outbreak in rice
(Distributed 07/11/12) LAKE ARTHUR, La. – If hot, dry weather continues, rice farmers should expect an outbreak of bacterial panicle blight. Don Groth, LSU AgCenter plant pathologist, told farmers gathered at the Vermilion Rice and Soybean Field Tour on July 5 that fungicides are not effective against bacterial panicle blight because it is caused by bacteria.
Redbanded stink bug numbers rise in Louisiana soybean fields
(Distributed 07/11/12) For the past several years, stink bug numbers have been fairly low in Louisiana soybeans, but this year they are much higher. The main culprit, the redbanded stink bug, if left unchecked, can cause damage so extensive that farmers may lose an entire field of beans, said LSU AgCenter entomologist Jeff Davis.
New disease reaches Louisiana sugarcane
(Distributed 07/09/12) A sugarcane disease new to Louisiana has been identified in two Louisiana fields. The disease, orange rust, was first identified in the United States in 2007 in Florida, said LSU AgCenter plant pathologist Jeff Hoy.
Mild conditions help La. rice crop
(Radio News 07/09/12) Louisiana’s rice crop is maturing ahead of schedule. Growers were able to take advantage of mild conditions and plant early. The disease blast has caused problems this year, but LSU AgCenter rice specialist Johnny Saichuk says farmers haven’t had too many other issues. (Runtime: 1:10)
Blast outbreak infects rice crop
(Audio 07/06/12) Rice farmers always have to contend with diseases, but the disease rice blast typically isn’t a big problem for them. This year is different, and farmers are seeing an unusual amount of blast in their fields. LSU AgCenter rice breeder and rice station director Steve Linscombe explains. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
The right plants can enhance shady areas
(Distributed 07/06/12) Gardening in the shade can and should be just as enjoyable and successful as gardening in the sun. When the proper plants are selected for shady areas, the results can be beautiful and enduring.
Jackson Parish horticulture, animal production field day scheduled for July 21
(Distributed 07/05/12) The LSU AgCenter Jackson Parish field day will be held on July 21 at the Fannin Farm Store in Jonesboro. Registration will be from 8:30-9 a.m., with the program beginning at 9 a.m.
Improved production featured at fruit, vegetable field day
(Distributed 07/05/12) BATON ROUGE, La – Producers from as far away as Bossier City attended the fruit and vegetable producers’ field day at the LSU AgCenter Burden Research Center on July 2.
Shade trees can reduce cooling costs
(Audio 07/09/12) If you'd like to reduce your cooling costs in your home, consider planting shade trees. Shade trees are best planted to the south, southwest or west of the home. Decide what you want now, but plant in the fall. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Garden Fest at Burden Center attracts gardening enthusiasts
(Radio News 07/02/12) Picture-perfect triangles of watermelon entice Adam and Andrew Manuel. The brothers were trying different varieties with names like Sangria, Tiger Gold and Dessert King, and Adam’s preference wasn’t the obvious choice. The Manuels were attending the Garden Fest at LSU AgCenter’s Burden Center with their grandmother. (Runtime: 1:55)
Garden Fest at Burden Center provides family fun
(Distributed 07/03/12) Whether you are young or old, the recent Garden Fest at the LSU AgCenter Burden Center provided something to tickle your fancy, according to Burden Center resident coordinator Jeff Kuehny.
Removing faded flowers has benefits
(For Release On Or After 07/27/12) Deadheading is an important but often neglected gardening technique. It refers to pruning off old, faded flowers from a plant as it blooms. It is most often done to annuals and perennials, but it is also useful with some summer-flowering trees and shrubs.
La. gardeners enjoy taste of tropics
(For Release On Or After 07/20/12) If you regularly read national gardening magazines and get a variety of gardening catalogs, you may have noticed that tropical-look landscaping is a trend that is gaining attention across the country these days.
Organic insecticide can control leaf miners
(Audio 07/09/12) Leaf miners are tiny insects that feed on the inside of a plant's leaf. They can feed on a number of plants and are difficult to control. Try spinosad before the insects burrow into the leaves. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
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Pot feet protect wooden decks
(Audio 07/09/12) Decks are a great place for outdoor gatherings, and container plants help liven them up. Water from plants can stain or rot the wood of a deck, so be sure to boost potted plants with pot feet, bricks or stones. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
It’s a hot time in vegetable garden
(For Release On Or After 07/13/12) When it comes to vegetable gardening in Louisiana, gardeners should take advantage of our year-round growing season. Yes, even in the torrid depths of summer you can plant delicious, heat-tolerant vegetables to keep your garden productive.
Summer bedding plants need water
(Audio 07/09/12) The intense heat takes its toll on our landscape. We can use heat-tolerant plants that can withstand the summer temperatures. Remember, these plants demand a lot of water. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Summer is a good time to start kids gardening
(For Release On Or After 07/06/12) By midsummer, many adults are thinking of ways to provide something for children to do until school begins. Why not start a gardening project? You can introduce your youngsters to the joys of gardening and at the same time exercise their bodies and brains.
Pre-emergence herbicides keep weeds away
(Audio 07/09/12) Herbicides come in two basic categories, post-emergence or pre-emergence herbicides. Pre-emergence herbicides are applied before weeds occur. Spray it on a clean bed to keep weeds from developing. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
New farm bill strips protections for Southern farmers
(Video News 07/02/12) Lawmakers are shaping farm policy, but a new farm bill could decrease protection for Louisiana growers. LSU AgCenter correspondent Tobie Blanchard has the story. (Runtime: 1:34)
Sugarcane field day scheduled for July 18
(Distributed 07/03/12) The LSU AgCenter’s 30th Annual Sugarcane Field Day will be held July 18 at the Sugar Research Station near St. Gabriel, beginning with registration at 8:30 a.m.
Master Farmer Program fine-tuned so more ag producers can get certified
(Distributed 06/28012) CROWLEY, La. – The Louisiana Master Farmer Program is being fine-tuned with changes to enable more agricultural producers to achieve certification with completion of the program’s three phases.
Farm field day set for July 10 in St. Landry Parish
(Distributed 07/03/12) PALMETTO, La. – The LSU AgCenter will hold a rice and soybean producer field tour on July 10 at a local farm.
Early planting aids corn, cotton crops
(Video News 06/29/12) The outlook is optimistic for Louisiana’s corn and cotton crops. LSU AgCenter correspondent Tobie Blanchard says early planting has been beneficial to crop growth. (Runtime: 1:40)
Good start to state's cotton crop
(Radio News 07/02/12) Louisiana’s cotton crop is off to a good start. Farmers were able to plant early, and June rains helped growth, says LSU AgCenter cotton specialist John Kruse. (Runtime: 1:10)
Latest rice information presented at field day on June 28
(Distributed 06/29/12) CROWLEY – The tell-tale signs of diseased rice could be seen from the road at the LSU AgCenter Rice Research Station Field Day held Thursday (June 28), with several plots showing sterile panicles that will produce little or no grain.
Tomato plants finish production
(Audio 07/02/12) Tomato production is likely slowing down in vegetable gardens around the state. Tomato plants don't produce well during the hottest time of the year. Pull out plants that are done, but remember you can plant tomato transplants later this month for fall production. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Web worms infestations are common this year
(Audio 07/02/12) Web worms are showing up in trees and shrubs. These caterpillars form webbing on the ends of branches and eat the foliage. They don't kill the branch, and they can be removed easily. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Keep lawn healthy with regular mowing
(Audio 07/02/12) Mowing is a big chore during summer months. It needs to be done regularly to keep the lawn healthy. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
It's fig time in La.
(Audio 07/02/12) Figs are ripe and ready to pick in July. If you have problem with birds pecking at your fruit, try netting around the tree. Water the tree regularly during dry weather and watch out for diseases. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Plant vegetables that can take heat in July
(Audio 07/02/12) Summer temperatures are soaring, but work can still be done in the vegetable garden. Try to work early in the morning or late in the evening. Plant vegetables such as okra, cucumbers and southern peas this month. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Milkweed great for attracting monarch butterflies
(video 06/25/2012) Some plants are not only showy, but they also attract beautiful wildlife. That aptly describes the milkweed plant, which invites Monarch butterflies to nest on its leaves. On this edition of Get It Growing, LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill describes a particular milkweed that grows well here but is native to Mexico. (Runtime 1:36)
Limelight hydrangeas bloom in full sun
(Video 07/09/12) Hydrangeas usually require shade to grow well. But a newer version called Limelight hydrangea – which grows taller and provides more blooms than traditional hydrangeas – can grow in full sunlight. On this edition of Get It Growing, LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill places this lesser-known hydrangea in the limelight. (Runtime: 1:35)
Irrigate wisely this summer
(Distributed 06/28/12) July is Smart Irrigation Month across the country. This is an effort of the Irrigation Association to educate industry professionals and homeowners on proper irrigation in the landscape. In order for an irrigation system to be effective, it needs to be designed right, installed right and water right. What does all this mean?
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Tropical hibiscus thrives in summer heat
(Video 07/02/12) It’s not a good idea to plant most trees and shrubs during the summer. Tropical plants like the strikingly beautiful hibiscus are an exception. On this edition of Get It Growing, LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill explains the versatile uses of the hibiscus and gives tips on caring for this colorful plant. (Runtime: 1:41)
Researcher begins soil quality study in wheat-soybean double crop system
(Distributed 06/26/12) Theo Udeigwe, LSU AgCenter agronomist, is in his first year of studying the effects of different wheat residue and stubble management techniques on soil quality and soybean yield in a wheat-soybean double crop system.
Corn outlook is optimistic
(Radio News 06/26/12) The outlook is optimistic for Louisiana’s corn crop. The mild winter allowed for early planting, which has benefited the crop, says LSU AgCenter corn specialist John Kruse. (Runtime: 1:15)
La. 4-H’ers complete successful summer session
(Distributed 06/25/12) BATON ROUGE, La. – Members of 4-H clubs from across Louisiana were named state contest winners on June 21 at the closing session of the LSU AgCenter’s 4-H University.
It’s time to enjoy hot dogs
(Distributed 06/25/12) July 4 is the biggest hot dog holiday of the year, with Americans downing an estimated 155 million wieners. Although Americans enjoy hot dogs all year long, we eat an estimated seven billion between Memorial Day and Labor Day.
Recent E.coli outbreak calls attention to food safety rules
(Distributed 06/25/12) The recent outbreak of foodborne illness in several southern states, including the death of a young girl in New Orleans, calls attention to the need for individuals to follow food safety practices, says LSU AgCenter nutritionist Beth Reames.
Farm bill could remove protections for La. farmers
(Radio News 06/25/12) The Senate passed its version of the farm bill, and it includes only one commodity subsidy program. The crop insurance program in the Senate’s version of the bill offers agriculture risk coverage. This protects farmers who may have crop failures, but lacks adequate support for growers of certain crops that are important to Louisiana’s economy. (Runtime: 1:35)
Coreopsis add color to the summer landscape
(Distributed 06/22/12) Many coreopsis are available for our landscapes in Louisiana. Coreopsis, sometimes called tickseed, are herbaceous perennial flowers. Sometimes we treat these as annuals in Louisiana, and sometimes we treat them as perennials.
Row crop, beef field day set for July 19 in Alexandria
(Distributed 06/22/12) ALEXANDRIA, La. – The LSU AgCenter Dean Lee Research and Extension field day on July 19 will feature presentations on biofuels, cotton, corn, soybeans and cattle.
White-tailed deer, feral hogs to be discussed at wildlife field day
(Distributed 03/05/12) The LSU AgCenter’s Bob R. Jones-Idlewild Research Station near Clinton will hold a wildlife field day on March 17.
Agricultural land rents increase with commodity prices
(Distributed 04/12/12) High commodity prices benefit farmers, but they could be driving up rents farmers pay for land. Farmers in some areas of Louisiana are seeing land rents increase dramatically, according to Kurt Guidry, LSU AgCenter economist, and this could hurt their bottom line and affect production decisions.
LSU AgCenter hosts rice, soybean field day July 12 in West Carroll Parish
(Distributed 06/21/12) OAK GROVE, La. – The LSU AgCenter will hold a midseason field day for northeast Louisiana rice and soybean farmers on July 12 in West Carroll Parish.
Incentives offered farmers to become Master Rice Growers
CROWLEY, La. – Representatives of the Kellogg Co., Louisiana Rice Mill and the LSU AgCenter unveiled on July 18 the Master Rice Grower Program, which provides incentives to qualified farmers for following sustainable production practices.
Row crop research featured at field day
(Distributed 06/19/12) ST. JOSEPH, La. – More than 170 farmers and agriculture industry representatives heard about the latest research on corn, soybeans and cotton at the annual field day held June 14 at the LSU AgCenter Northeast Research Station.
Compost/mulch mixture reduces highway runoff
(Audio 06/19/12) A layer of compost/mulch mixture has been found to reduce sediment runoff from highway construction zones. LSU AgCenter correspondent Craig Gautreaux reports on the findings of a recent study by an AgCenter soil scientist. (Runtime 1:25)
Quality beef involves genetic component
(Audio 06/19/12) Beef producers need to look at the genetics of their herd in order to produce better quality animals, according to an animal scientist with the LSU AgCenter. (Runtime 1:00)
Fig trees need water for fruit to ripen
(Audio 06/25/12) Louisiana figs will soon begin to ripen. It is important to make sure fig trees are receiving a sufficient amount of water. To prevent birds from feeding on your figs, purchase bird netting from your local nursery. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Handle snail and slug damage in your landscape
(Audio 06/25/12) Frequent summer rainfall makes the weather humid and damp. Snails and slugs love this type of weather, and they are likely to come out and feed on your plants. Deal with snails and slugs by setting out beer traps or using iron phosphate baits. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Pre-emergence herbicide helps prevent weed development
(Audio 06/25/12) Gardeners should practice weed control in Louisiana beds during the summer. Regardless of how you weed, chances are the weeds will grow back. Try using mulch as a defense against weeds, and you also may want to apply a pre-emergence herbicide to prevent weeds from developing. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Plant insect-free profusion zinnias
(Audio 06/25/12) Louisiana gardeners welcome flowering plants that are able to withstand the intense heat of summer. Profusion zinnias are a hybrid group of zinnias that are insect-free. They grow very well during the summer. Hear more about growing zinnias in your landscape. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
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Summer heat keeps tomatoes from pollinating
(Audio 06/25/12) If you have tomatoes planted in your vegetable garden, by this time of the year you should be harvesting many fresh red tomatoes. You may notice some of the flowers that the plant produces will begin to fall off due to high temperatures and lack of pollination. If you want to harvest tomatoes well into the summer, be sure to plant heat-tolerant varieties. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Velupillai to retire as international programs leader, Zapata named interim
(Distributed 06/18/12) Hector Zapata, professor in the Department of Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness, has been named interim associate vice chancellor for International Programs, a joint appointment between the LSU AgCenter and LSU A&M. He replaces Lakshman Velupillai, who will retire from that post on June 30.
Hibiscus plants offer brillant foilage
(Video 06/18/2012) Flowers are not the only game in town when it comes to summer color. On this edition of Get It Growing, LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill introduces you to some special hibiscus plants that display beautiful purple – and even pink – foliage. (Runtime 1:29)
Soybeans featured at Red River field day
(Distributed 06/14/12) BOSSIER CITY, La. – An LSU AgCenter soybean breeder is going back to the wild to find ways of increasing soybean yields.
Genetics important in raising quality beef
(Video 06/18/2012) Raising cattle in the subtropical climate of Louisiana can present some challenges. LSU AgCenter corrrespondent Craig Gautreaux reports on research undertaken by the AgCenter that beef producers can use to imporve the quality of their herd. (Runtime 1:48)
Reducing highway runoff and erosion
(Video 6/18/12) Runoff from road construction contributes to the impairment of water bodies across the country. LSU AgCenter correspondent Craig Gautreaux reports that may be a simple fix to this recurring problem. (Runtime 1:46)
Rice farmers get advice at Acadia Parish field day
(Distributed 06/14/12) CROWLEY, La. – Farmers midway through their rice-growing season heard advice Wednesday (June 13) from LSU AgCenter experts at the Acadia Parish field day on precautions to be considered to protect this year’s crop.
Here’s why crape myrtles may not bloom
(Distributed 06/14/12) You may sometimes see crape myrtles not blooming well. “Why?” you might ask. Here are some factors to consider:
Newly planted trees require supplemental watering
(Audio 06/18/12) Many people plant trees during the winter season and into spring. When the temperatures rise, these trees are going to need supplemental watering. Here are some tips for watering newly planted trees. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Mexican tarragon grows well during summer
(Audio 06/18/12) While French tarragon will not grow properly through Louisiana’s hot summers, Mexican tarragon could serve as a substitute. This relative of marigolds has a rich flavor and grows beautifully in full sun. Learn more about planting Mexican tarragon in your herb garden. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Plant pentas to brighten flower bed
(Audio 06/18/12) Just about everyone loves a colorful flower bed in the summer. Pentas are wonderful, reliable plants that come in a variety of beautiful colors and sizes. Hear more about planting pentas in your flower bed. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Remove cypress knees that pop up in your lawn
(Audio 06/18/12) Most baldcypress trees that are planted in the landscape don’t usually produce knees. If your cypress does produce knees, this can be a nuisance when they come up in the lawn. While cypress knees in a flower bed appear picturesque, it is beneficial to eliminate the ones that appear in your lawn. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Choose heat-tolerant petunia varieties
(Audio 06/18/12) Petunias produce beautifully while the weather is relatively mild in the spring. It is not unusual for these spring-planted petunias to begin to languish during the intense heat of summer. If you are planning to plant petunias for the summer, be sure to choose heat-tolerant varieties. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Quality, value discussed at beef field day
(Distributed 06/11/12) Producing the highest quality beef in order to improve return on investment was the primary topic of the LSU AgCenter Beef Field Day held at the Central Research Station in Baton Rouge on June 9.
New disease infects Louisiana impatiens
(Distributed 06/11/12) Downy mildew was recently found on impatiens in the south Baton Rouge area.
New coneflower selections offer variety
(Distributed 06/08/12) One of the most popular non-woody perennials in Louisiana is the purple coneflower. The scientific name of this plant is Echinacea purpurea. It is native to an area from the Midwest into the southeastern United States.
Big, black grasshoppers arrive, but cause little trouble
(Distributed 06/07/12) The big, black eastern lubber grasshopper has started making its appearance in southern Louisiana. But its frightful look should be no cause for alarm, said Tim Schowalter, LSU AgCenter entomologist and head of the Department of Entomology.
Be careful while gardening in summer heat
(Audio 06/11/12) Louisiana gardeners who spend long periods of time outside in their gardens should take precautions to protect themselves from summer’s heat. Hear more about drinking plenty of fluids, gardening in the shade and other helpful tips. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Waste wood can control erosion in highway construction
(Distributed 06/06/12) Applying a combination of wood mulch and compost on highway construction sites can significantly reduce the amount of rain runoff and accompanying erosion, according to research from the LSU AgCenter.
New pest could cost blueberry growers
(Distributed 06/06/12) Louisiana blueberry growers have a new pest to watch for that has the potential of reducing their yield by up to 30 percent.
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Rice Diseases highlight field day presentations
Rice farmers should be vigilant for disease, specifically leaf blast, that is worse than in previous years, LSU AgCenter experts advised during field days in Evangeline and Jefferson Davis parishes.
LSU AgCenter agents honored
(Distributed 06/05/12) The Louisiana County Agents Association recently honored LSU AgCenter county agents Keith Fontenot and Terrence Marshall with the organization’s Distinguished Service Award.
New equipment, efficiency featured at forage field day
(Distributed 06/05/12) FRANKLINTON, La. – Producers from as far away as Texas and Mississippi learned about the newest hay equipment and improved summer forages at the forage field day May 31 at the LSU AgCenter Southeast Research Station.
School garden designed to help fight disease
(Distributed 05/17/12) East Feliciana 4-H clubs hope their school-community garden project will help decrease the incidence of diabetes and high blood pressure in elementary and junior high students in the parish.
Control population of caterpillars in landscape
(Audio 06/11/12) Caterpillars are a major pest on plants such as vegetables, ornamentals and fruit trees. Gardeners should keep an eye out for caterpillar damage and take action for controlling infestation if necessary. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Trees are susceptible to lightning strikes
(Audio 06/11/12) Trees are an irreplaceable aspect of landscapes, but their tall heights make them vulnerable to lightning strikes. A lightning strike does not always cause a tree to die, but homeowners should be aware of how to handle a dying tree. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Boost container plants on wooden decks
(Audio 06/11/12) Many gardeners have outdoor container plants. Be careful when growing container plants on wooden decks because it could cause staining or rotting of the wood. To prevent this from happening, boost container plants by placing them on top of bricks or pot feet. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Pruning gardenias encourages new growth for next season
(Audio 06/11/12) Gardenias are popular in Louisiana gardens and are known for their amazing fragrance. When gardenias finish their blooming season in June, it is time for gardeners to begin pruning if necessary. Here are some reasons why you may want to consider pruning your gardenias. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Showy coral honeysuckle attracts hummingbirds
(Video 06/11/12) The coral honeysuckle is one of the showiest vining honeysuckles you can find. It’s tough and attracts both hummingbirds and butterflies. On this edition of Get It Growing, LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill explains some uses for this climbing vine with bright flowers. (Runtime: 1:29)
Red yucca is a great low-maintenance succulent
(Video 06/04/12) Red yucca is not really a yucca, and it’s not really colored red. But it is a beautiful, low-maintenance succulent without the dangerous dagger-like leaves of a true yucca plant. LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill introduces you to this heat-tolerant plant, which also attracts butterflies. (Runtime: 1:27)
LSU AgCenter, LA Cattlemen’s Foundation sign lease agreement
(Distributed 06/01/12) The LSU AgCenter and the Louisiana Cattlemen’s Foundation finalized a limited lease and use agreement on May 24 that allows the foundation to rent LSU AgCenter property at the Dean Lee Research Station in Alexandria to manage their cattle.
Take care of your roses during summer
(Distributed 06/01/12) Spring bloom on roses is just about completed. Roses in most home landscapes have their best bloom performance at first flowering in the spring (mid-April) and at the fall bloom in October.
2 nuisance caterpillars are out in greater numbers this year
(Distributed 06/01/12) Two nuisance caterpillars are out in greater numbers than usual this year in Louisiana. One is a dangerous stinging caterpillar, and the other can wreak havoc in small fruit and ornamental trees.
Acadia Parish farm field day set for June 13
(Distributed 06/01/12) CROWLEY, La. – The LSU AgCenter will hold a field day June 13 for Acadia Parish farmers.
Garden Fest scheduled for June 30 at Burden Center in Baton Rouge
(Distributed 06/01/12) Garden and research plot tours, food sampling and music will be featured at a morning-long Garden Fest at Burden Center on June 30 at the LSU AgCenter Burden Center in Baton Rouge.
Crop production field day set for June 14 in St. Joseph
(Distributed 05/03/12) The LSU AgCenter Northeast Research Station has scheduled a pest management and crop production field day for June 14 at the research station in St. Joseph.
Lichens grow more vigorously on struggling plants
(Audio 06/04/12) Lichens are a crusty, grayish growth found on tree branches, statues and fences. Gardeners are often concerned that this growth is damaging the plant. Learn more about lichen growth in your landscape. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Slime mold can benefit lawns
(Audio 06/04/12) Lawns often have many issues that are sometimes difficult to treat. Slime mold is an unattractive fungus-like organism that lives in lawns throughout the year and decays organic matter. Hear how slime mold can actually benefit your lawn rather than cause damage. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Control suckers in your landscape
(Audio 06/04/12) A sucker is an undesirable, vigorous shoot originating at the base of a plant. When dealing with suckers, it is important to prune them properly to prevent a stub from sprouting again and producing more suckers than before. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Prepare your landscape for hurricane season
(Audio 06/04/12) Hurricane season begins in June. High winds from these storms can cause damage to landscapes, and gardeners should be aware of this and prepare their landscapes accordingly. Hear about how you can properly prepare your yard for hurricane season. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
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