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Farmers learn about new varieties, sugarcane research

(Video News 07/31/13) Sugarcane farmers gathered at the LSU AgCenter Sugar Research Station to learn about research that can help their crop. AgCenter correspondent Tobie Blanchard was at the Sugarcane Field Day and has this report. (Runtime: 1:39)

Contagious citrus disease causes lesions on plant parts
(Audio 07/31/13) LSU AgCenter county agents and Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry personnel are ready to respond to a potential outbreak of the disease citrus canker. Citrus canker affects all varieties of citrus, and there are no measures that can prevent it. Raj Singh, LSU AgCenter plant scientist, said the disease can infect all young parts of the plant. Anyone with a citrus tree needs to be aware of the symptoms. (Runtime: 1:55)

County agents, others get update on citrus disease
Citrus meeting

(Distributed 07/31/13) HAMMOND, La. – The LSU AgCenter held a training meeting on July 29 for county agents and Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry personnel outlining the proper steps homeowners with citrus should take if they believe their trees are infected with citrus canker disease.

Insulation leads questions at LaHouse open house
Herb Sumrall at LaHouse

(Distributed 07/29/13) BATON ROUGE, La. – Home insulation was one of the hot topics of conversation during an open house at the LSU AgCenter LaHouse Home and Landscape Resource Center on July 27.

Ornamental sweet potato – plant of the week, July 29, 2013
ornamental sweet potatoes
(Distributed 07/26/13) Ornamental sweet potatoes are popular warm-season annuals for adding foliage color to the summer landscape. The original varieties include plants with leaves that are chartreuse-lime green (Marguerite), blackish purple (Blackie, Black Beauty, Ace of Spades) and tricolored (Pink Frost).
Precision technology highlights sugarcane field day
Jimmy Flanagan
(Distributed 07/26/13) NEW IBERIA, La. – Sugarcane farmers attending the Iberia, St. Mary and Vermillion parishes field day got to see how an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), commonly known as a drone, is currently being used to help growers be more efficient in crop production.
International tourism workshop set for Aug. 13 in Vicksburg
(Distributed 07/26/13) VICKSBURG, Miss. – A tourism workshop on Aug. 13 will be aimed at attracting international tourists to local communities.
Fungicide-resistant soybean disease found in La.
(Distributed 07/26/13) PALMETTO, La. – An LSU AgCenter plant pathologist warned farmers at the St. Landry Parish rice and soybean field day on July 25 that fungicide-resistant disease has been found in soybeans in some areas of the state.
Mushrooms are nuisance in landscapes
(Audio 07/26/13) During Louisiana's humid summer, it is not unusual to see mushrooms in the landscape. Mushrooms are mainly a nuisance. Some types of mushrooms can be poisonous, so consider gathering and disposing of them if you have children or pets. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Technology brings precision to the farm
High Clearance Sprayer
(Distributed 07/26/13) ST. JOSEPH, La. – Because cars can now “talk” and phones can play movies, it’s only natural that farm equipment would communicate with satellites to make farmers money.
Demand for AgCenter food incubator keeps growing
(Distributed 07/26/13)BATON ROUGE, La. – The LSU AgCenter Food Incubator has turned out to be more popular than expected when it was first established in December 2012. Already, 19 clients are taking advantage of the incubator’s services, even though the processing kitchen facilities in Ingram Hall on campus won’t be open until Aug. 1.
Use best practices in maintaining your landscape
(Distributed 07/26/13) HAMMOND, La. – One of the programs at the LSU AgCenter, “Louisiana Yards and Neighborhoods,” was developed several years ago to inform home gardeners about sustainable landscaping and home horticulture practices.
LSU AgCenter specialist expects bumper corn crop
(Audio News 07/24/13) Louisiana has about 700,000 acres of corn, a significant increase over recent years. LSU AgCenter corn specialist Ronnie Levy says despite a cold spring, growers were able to get their crop in. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Summer care helps chrysanthemums bloom in fall
(Audio 07/25/13) Chrysanthemums are the queen of the fall flower garden, but summer is a good time to cut them back. If you wait too long to do this, it may interfere with their blooming. (Runtime: 60 seconds)