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Smooth cordgrass variety field day scheduled for April 24 in Baton Rouge
(Distributed 03/30/12) A field day for wetland plant producers, agencies and private companies that specify smooth cordgrass in restoration projects throughout Louisiana is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 24 at the LSU AgCenter Burden Center in Baton Rouge.

Workshop to focus on creating healthful home environment
(Radio News 03/30/12) The seven principles of healthy housing can help homeowners live better. Diane Scimeca, LSU AgCenter healthy homes coordinator, says having a healthful home can lower health care costs. Scimeca will present a workshop on creating a healthful home environment. (Runtime: 1:20)

These warm-weather plants do well in shade
babywing begonia

(Distributed 03/30/12) As the peak of the spring bedding plant season arrives, you may want a few warm-season flowers in the shady areas around your landscape. Most of our warm-season flowers prefer full sun or at least more sun than shade. But many great bedding plants will provide desirable flowering and foliage for those shaded areas in your landscape through fall.

Wheat and oat field day set for April 11 at LSU AgCenter Macon Ridge Research Station
(Distributed 03/29/12) LSU AgCenter Macon Ridge Research Station will conduct a wheat and oat field day on April 11 at the station south of Winnsboro, La.

Corn planting gets early start
Corn Planting
(Video News 03/28/12) Louisiana farmers have gotten a good portion of the corn crop planted early. LSU AgCenter correspondent Tobie Blanchard says warm weather created ideal conditions for planting. (Runtime: 1:34)
Workshop on making biodiesel set for April 25 in Baton Rouge
(Distributed 03/26/12) A one-day comprehensive workshop on how to make biodiesel from used vegetable oil will be offered in Baton Rouge on April 25 at the W. A. Callegari Environmental Center, a unit of the LSU AgCenter.
LSU AgCenter faculty member recognized for urban entomology
Gregg Henderson
(Distributed 03/26/12) Gregg Henderson, the Paul K. Adams Professor of Urban Entomology at the LSU AgCenter, recently received the 2012 Recognition Award in Urban Entomology from the Southeastern Branch of the Entomological Society of America.
Value of La. agriculture rises in 2011
(Radio News 03/26/12) Agriculture was worth $10.7 billion to the state’s economy last year according to numbers from the LSU AgCenter’s 2011 Ag Summary. This was up seven percent from 2010 and represents a strong improvement in agricultural production in Louisiana over the past few years, says John Westra, LSU AgCenter economist. (Runtime: 1:50)
Students learn ways to protect La. wetlands
Wetland Education
(Video News 03/23/12) Curious questions and muddy hands were part of a youth wetlands event in Tangipahoa Parish. LSU AgCenter correspondent Tobie Blanchard attended the program where fourth- through seventh-graders learned about the importance of Louisiana’s wetlands. (Runtime: 1:50)
Plant some pretty petunias
(Video 03/19/12) Are you ready for some brilliant colors? Well, you’ve got them with petunias. In this edition of Get It Growing, LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill explains that it’s important to plant those pretty petunias right now.(Runtime: 1:30)
Draping your landscape with Spanish moss
Spanish Moss
(Video 03/26/12) Spring is a time that conjures images of the pinks and purples of azaleas. Well, in this edition of Get It Growing, LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill explains how one misunderstood plant -- that happens to be gray -- can provide a striking enhancement to azaleas and trees in your landscape. (Runtime: 1:29)
Cotton acreage expected to dip this year
(Radio News 03/23/12) The start of cotton planting is still a few weeks away, and acreage is expected to be down. LSU AgCenter cotton specialist John Kruse says the strong prices that hit close to $1 a pound have moderated. (Runtime: 1:10 seconds)
Azalea season is here
Encore azalea
(Distributed 03/23/12) As we enter late March, we are enjoying the blooms of our main traditional southern garden shrub – the azalea. These plants are abundantly planted and represent a large percentage of landscape plants in Louisiana.
LSU, SU AgCenters show appreciation to parish government
Appreciation luncheon
(Distributed 03/23/12) The faculty from both the LSU and SU AgCenters met recently in the East Baton Rouge Metro Council Chambers to give their progress report for the year’s activities along with reports from their clientele.