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Fall is for planting shrubs
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(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)

Soybeans yields, prices are high
Soybean Harvest

(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)

Citrus suffers from Isaac's hit
Citrus Damage
(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)
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
Explorer White petunias
(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.
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.
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.
Hurricane recovery: Japanese magnolias blooming early
Japanese Magnolia
(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)
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)