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Harvest herbs generously this time of the year
(Audio 07/28/14) Don’t forget about those herbs that were planted at the beginning of the summer. Now is the time to harvest them and either use them in your cooking or freeze them for later use. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Heat-tolerant plants can still add color to the flower bed
(Audio 07/28/14) Gardeners can fill their flower beds with heat-tolerant plants that will last throughout the summer. Listen to learn more about which plants will beat the heat and bring color to their landscape. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Crape myrtles are an easy summer-blooming tree
(Audio 07/28/14) Crape myrtles make two to three flushes of flowers every summer. This makes them popular in the landscape. For the crape myrtle to produce properly, pruning has to be done. Listen to learn more. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Well-groomed flower beds make a great show in your garden
(Audio 07/28/14 ) Because flower beds are so colorful, they really draw people’s attention. By grooming your flower bed you keep it healthy and appealing. Listen to hear more tips on what to do when grooming your flower bed. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Late pruning of hydrangeas can reduce spring blooms
(Audio 07/28/14) Hydrangeas have finished blooming for this season. Pruning them should be now so that you don’t prune off the new buds that the plant has set. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Japanese company looks to AgCenter for remote sensing, rice expertise
(Distributed 07/24/14) BATON ROUGE, La. – Satellites in space may be far away, but two Japanese engineers are developing ways to use them to improve their country's rice crop.
New research shows promise in controlling feral hogs
(Distributed 07/23/14) BATON ROUGE, La. – LSU AgCenter researchers are beginning to look at baits containing sodium nitrite as a way to control the feral hog populations in the state.
Southwest Louisiana rice, soybean farmers get updates
(Distributed 07/23/14) PALMETTO, La. – Rice farmers and crop consultants heard from a wide variety of LSU AgCenter experts at the St. Landry Parish rice and soybean field tour.
Grain sorghum helps control grassy weeds
(Video: 07/23/14) A new grain sorghum variety coupled with a new herbicide will help farmers control grassy weeds in their fields, but an insect could damage this year's sorghum crop. LSU AgCenter correspondent Tobie Blanchard has this report. (Runtime: 1:26 seconds)
Corn and cotton benefit from good weather
(Video: 07/23/14) Louisiana's corn and cotton crops have benefited from good weather and few disease or insect problems during their growing season. LSU AgCenter correspondent Tobie Blanchard has an update. (Runtime: 1:28 seconds)
Honduran students get hands-on experience at research station
(Distributed 07/23/14) ALEXANDRIA, La. – Testing soybean varieties or studying cotton fertility in the heat of the Louisiana summer might not appeal to some LSU students. But three visiting scholars from Honduras have been doing just that at the LSU AgCenter Dean Lee Research and Extension Center in Alexandria, and they say it has been the experience of a lifetime.
Take precautions against equine heat stress
(Distributed 07/23/14) BATON ROUGE, La. – July means hot, humid weather in Louisiana. Horse owners need to take steps to ensure their horses stay cool and comfortable, according to LSU AgCenter equine specialist Neely Walker.
Sugarcane stalks are shorter this season
(Video 07/23/14) Tall stalks of sugarcane are a common sight around south Louisiana in midsummer, but this year stalks are shorter than normal. LSU AgCenter correspondent Tobie Blanchard reports that cool weather we enjoy doesn't have much benefit to sugarcane. (Runtime: 1:43 seconds)
Citrus canker, greening continue to spread in Louisiana
(Distributed 07/08/14) BATON ROUGE, La. – Citrus harvest is still months away, but this year’s crop in Louisiana faces two growing threats – citrus canker and citrus greening.
Black farmers field day informs growers on new technology, research
(Distributed 07/22/14) COLLINSTON, La. – Members of the Morehouse Parish Black Farmers Association and the National Black Growers’ Council, along with others interested in agriculture, braved torrential rains to learn new information at the 13th annual Black Farmers Field Day at Harper Armstrong’s farm on July 18.
Long-grain rice prices expected to fall
(Distributed 07/22/14) BATON ROUGE, La. – Prices for long-grain rice, which makes up 85 percent of Louisiana's rice crop, are projected to drop this year, said LSU AgCenter economist Mike Salassi.
AgCenter launches billboard campaign urging healthy lifestyle
(Distributed 07/21/14) BATON ROUGE, La. – The path to a healthier lifestyle sometimes begins with small steps. But for low-income people whose budgets and food options are often limited, taking those first steps can be difficult.
Sweet potato field day scheduled for August 7 in Chase
(Distributed 07/21/14) CHASE. La. – The LSU AgCenter sweet potato field day will be held August 7 at the Sweet Potato Research Station in Chase, beginning with registration at 7:45 a.m.
Farmers get update on row crops at AgCenter field day
(Distributed 07/18/14) ALEXANDRIA, La. – Louisiana farmers got an update on a variety of research projects at the LSU AgCenter Dean Lee Research and Extension Center's 13th annual row crop field day. The event, held on July 17, attracted about 200 attendees.
Scarlet Sage – Ornamental Plant of the Week for July 21, 2014
(Distributed 07/18/14) Scarlet sage is scientifically known as Salvia coccinea. This is a species of salvia that looks like a perennial but is generally not cold-hardy in Louisiana. It is a re-seeding annual in the majority of the state but can be an “in-ground” perennial in warmer summer locations.
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Landscape irrigation is important in summer
(Distributed 07/18/14) HAMMOND, La. – July is Smart Irrigation Month across the country. It’s a program of the Irrigation Association to inform industry professionals and homeowners about proper irrigation in the landscape.
Louisiana sweet potato acres up, crop looks promising
(Distributed 07/18/14) CHASE, La. – Following several years with decreased acres and growers getting out of the industry, this year looks a lot better for the Louisiana sweet potato industry, said Tara Smith, research coordinator of the LSU AgCenter Sweet Potato Research Station.
AgCenter hosts field day for rice farmers in north Louisiana
(Distributed 07/17/14) RAYVILLE, La. – Rice farmers heard from LSU AgCenter experts on July 17 talking about their research and the 2014 rice crop. Johnny Saichuk, LSU AgCenter rice specialist, said the crop is doing well, but he doubts it will be as good as last year’s.
Leadership camp for military teens set for July 28-30 on LSU campus
(Distributed 07/17/14) BATON ROUGE, La. – LSU AgCenter 4-H Youth Development is hosting a teen leadership camp on the LSU campus July 28-30.
Teachers return to school for gardening class
(Distributed 07/15/14) BATON ROUGE, La. – Teachers interested in starting gardens at their schools this year attended a daylong workshop at the LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens at Burden on July 9 to gain a basic knowledge and the equipment needed for success.
Farmers need to plan for changes in new farm bill
(Distributed 07/17/14) BATON ROUGE, La. – Although signup is months away, agricultural landowners and producers need to begin planning for decisions they will have to make because of the new farm bill, according to LSU AgCenter economist Mike Salassi.
4-H, FFA State Horse Show results released
(Distributed 07/17/14) LAKE CHARLES, La. – Results from the 45th annual Louisiana 4-H and FFA State Horse Show held July 8-12, 2014, have been released.
Rice farmers should watch for rice borers, stinkbugs
(Distributed 07/16/14) BATON ROUGE, La. – Louisiana rice farmers should be on the lookout for Mexican rice borers and stinkbugs, according to LSU AgCenter entomologist Mike Stout.
Sugar field day features new weed, insects
(Distributed 07/16/14) ST. GABRIEL, La. – Louisiana sugarcane farmers are finding a new weed in their fields, LSU AgCenter weed scientist Jim Griffin said at the annual AgCenter sugar field day on July 16.
Northeast growers get crop updates at rolling field day
(Distributed 07/15/14) WINNSBORO, La. – Growers in northeast Louisiana toured fellow growers’ fields and research plots at the LSU AgCenter Macon Ridge Research Station on July 10 to get a better feel for this year’s crop.
Rice farmers in Louisiana use new technology
(Video: 07/10/14) Louisiana’s rice crop is midway through its growing season, but weather has caused delays. LSU AgCenter correspondent Tobie Blanchard has an update on the crop and a look at new technology that can improve the way farmers grow rice. (Runtime: 1:30 seconds)
Growing mushrooms in your garden isn’t a good idea
(Audio: 07/21/14) The mushrooms that grow on you lawns and in your gardens are not to eat. If the mushrooms in your landscape bother you, just gather them up and throw them away. There isn’t much else you can do. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Some flowers need attention in July
(Audio: 07/21/14) Mums, glads, caladiums and coleus may need attention in July. Listen to learn more about how to treat these plants in summer. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Midsummer is a good time to take cuttings from woody shrubs
(Audio: 07/21/14) Semi-hardwood cuttings taken during this time of year will root easily. Listen to learn more about how to properly cut and root cuttings so they produce shrubs for you next season. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Cut and arrange flowers from your flower beds
(Audio: 07/21/14) During summer flowers in your flower beds are ready to pick. Go out one evening and bring some into your home and enjoy the color and fragrance of flowers from your garden. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Basil is a warm-season herb that loves the heat
(Audio: 07/21/14) Basil is one of the few plants that you can plant now and have it survive through the summer heat. Go to your local nursery and get a basil transplant to plant in your garden or in a little pot to use in your cooking. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Blackberries are an easy, rewarding plant
(Audio 07/14/14) Blackberry harvest is over, but in order to have good berries next year, some pruning has to be done. Remove the fruiting vines that produced this year because they will not produce again. Leave the new canes; they will be the ones that produce next year's fruit. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Bark lice don’t harm trees
(Audio 07/14/14) Bark lice are common during midsummer. They create a fine, silvery webbing on the trunks of trees. This webbing is not harmful to the tree and is common in Louisiana. The lice are just eating organic bits off of the tree and cleaning them as they go. The webbing is simply a form of protection. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Plant pumpkin vines now for Halloween
(Audio 07/14/14) To have big healthy pumpkins for Halloween now is the time to plant them. They are heat-tolerant and need a large area to properly grow. It is a fun plant to have in your garden. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Pruning spring-flowering shrubs needs to be done in July
(Audio 07/14/14) In order to not interfere with the buds on your spring-flowering plants, pruning needs to be done now. This will allow enough time for those buds to grow after pruning. If you wait too late, you may cut off some of the buds that will bloom in the spring. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
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Shade sometimes causes lawn grass problems
(Audio 07/14/14) When you have an abundance of shade trees in your landscape, the grass under those shade trees tend to die. There are ways to fix this, such as making a mulch area. Ground covers also make suitable fixes. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Sugarcane aphids attack grain sorghum earlier this year
(Distributed 07/14/14) BATON ROUGE, La. – Sugarcane aphids have launched an earlier, more severe attack on this year's grain sorghum crop in Louisiana. LSU AgCenter entomologist David Kerns said the aphids have been a sugarcane pest in Louisiana since 1999, but last year became a grain sorghum pest for the first time in the United States.
Corn farmers need to scout for Southern rust
(Distributed 07/14/14) WINNSBORO, La. – Corn farmers should be looking for a damaging fungal disease, Southern rust, which has been found recently in Louisiana. “Some years we see it. Some years we don’t,” said Trey Price, plant pathologist at the LSU AgCenter Macon Ridge Research Station.
Farmers voice concerns about EPA water rules
(Distributed 07/11/14) CROWLEY, La. – Farmers voiced concerns about a proposed revision to the Clean Water Act in a meeting on July 9 with representatives of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. More than 130 people turned out for the session with some traveling from north Louisiana and Texas.
Rice acreage goes up in Louisiana, but prices fall
(Distributed 07/11/14) LAKE ARTHUR, La. – Rice prices have fallen because of a big jump in Arkansas rice acreage, an LSU AgCenter agricultural economist said at the Vermilion Parish Rice Field Day on July 8.
AgCenter diagnostic center helps solve plant health problems
(Distributed 07/11/14) BATON ROUGE, La. – When people get sick, they usually call their doctor. Louisiana residents and extension personnel can do the same thing when their plants get sick, thanks to the LSU AgCenter's Plant Diagnostic Center. There, director of the center and "plant doctor" Raj Singh can examine samples and help with just about any plant health problem.
Paniculata hydrangeas have lovely cone-shaped flowers
(Video: 07/21/14) One of the most popular plants for beautiful, rich pastel colors and full flowers is the hydrangea. On this edition of Get It Growing, LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill introduces you to a new type of hydrangea – one with cone-shaped flowers. (Runtime: 1:52)
Texas sage survives the heat in style
(Video: 07/14/14) The summer heat is difficult on plants, so when you find one that’s tough and beautiful and that can last through the entire summer, you’ve found a real winner. On this edition of Get It Growing, LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill introduces you to a plant with unique foliage, beautiful flowers, and the ability to survive the heat. (Runtime: 1:40)
Prospective tenants learn about Food Incubator services
(Distributed 07/09/14) BATON ROUGE, La. – With a number of its tenants now selling products to major stores and distributors, the LSU AgCenter Food Incubator continues to draw interest among people looking to launch their own food enterprises. The incubator provides tenants kitchen space, processing equipment and assistance from AgCenter marketing and food science experts.
Students ‘pick their dinner’ at summer job
(Distributed 07/09/14) BATON ROUGE, La. – A group of north Baton Rouge students recently took advantage of an opportunity to pick their dinner at the LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens at Burden while getting paid in the process, thanks to East Baton Rouge Parish Mayor-President Kip Holden and the LSU AgCenter.
LaHouse offers Lead Certified Renovator Training courses in July
(Distributed 07/07/14) BATON ROUGE, La. — The LSU AgCenter LaHouse Resource Center will offer two Lead Certified Renovator Training courses in July. The course will first be held on July 22 at LaHouse in Baton Rouge and then on July 28 at the National Center for Preservation Technology and Training in Natchitoches.
Mold control, remediation training set for July 29-31 in Natchitoches
(Distributed 07/07/14) BATON ROUGE, La. – The LSU AgCenter LaHouse Resource Center will conduct a mold control and remediation training course July 29-31 at the National Center for Preservation Technology and Training in Natchitoches. It will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. each day.
Rice growth behind schedule
(Audio News 07/07/14) A cold spring delayed rice planting and a wet June stalled growth, causing this year’s crop to be behind schedule. LSU AgCenter rice specialist Johnny Saichuk said drier conditions could improve the crop’s outlook. (Runtime: 1:20)
Bandana Lantana – Ornamental Plant of the Week for July 14, 2014
(Distributed 07/11/14) The Bandana series of lantanas from Syngenta Flowers have been out for a few years now. These are attractive plants and offer new options in lantana selection for commercial and residential landscapes.
Early Bird Gold Rudbeckia – Ornamental Plant of the Week for July 7, 2014
(Distributed 07/03/14) The industry standard in rudbeckia is the Goldsturm variety, which is widely available in Louisiana. Normally, this variety flowers twice during the year. A good bloom occurs in late spring through midsummer, and you can get some fall flowers, too.
Meat prices expected to remain high
(Distributed 07/03/14) BATON ROUGE, La. – Tighter supplies of cattle and hogs combined with improved domestic demand are keeping prices high, said LSU AgCenter economist Ross Pruitt.
There’s still time to plant lantanas
(Distributed 07/11/14) HAMMOND, La. – Lantanas continue to be one of the most popular herbaceous perennials for Louisiana landscapes. Many varieties – some old and some new – offer a multitude of growth forms and flower colors.
Take a look at these crape myrtles
(Distributed 07/03/14) HAMMOND, La. – More varieties and sizes of crape myrtles are available than many people realize. You can choose from well over 100 varieties with more being added each year. Unfortunately, due to demand, only about 10-15 varieties are readily available at garden centers around Louisiana.
E-commerce seminar set for July 24 in Mansura
(Distributed 07/03/14) BATON ROUGE, La. – The LSU AgCenter will host an e-commerce seminar in Mansura from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. July 24. The event, which is sponsored by the Connect My Louisiana initiative, will feature information on 3D printing, building online businesses and social media.
Rotating soybeans with sugarcane can add to bottom line
(Distributed 07/02/14) GRAMERCY, La. – Growing soybeans in rotation with sugarcane is not new to south Louisiana, but doing so at a profit is causing interest to increase with some growers, according to Al Orgeron, LSU AgCenter agent in St. James Parish.
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Prevent leaf miners from feeding in your leaves
(Audio: 07/07/14) Leaf miners are tiny insects that feed on the inside of a plant's leaves. Keeping a layer of insecticide on the outside of the leaf prevents insects from burrowing into leaves when they hatch from eggs. There are many different types of insecticides that can be used for this. Listen to learn more. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Using pot feet helps maintain your deck
(Audio: 07/07/14) We like to decorate our outside decks with plants in many different kinds of pots. Using pot feet keeps the area under the pot from rotting and staining. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Heat-tolerant bedding plants beat the heat
(Audio: 07/07/14) If the plants in your flower beds are heat-tolerant, they should be looking pretty good. Watering, however, requires special attention. They'll need water if they begin to wilt between rains. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Vesicular stomatitis cases prompt new livestock rules
(Distributed 07/01/14) BATON ROUGE, La. – Because of the increasing number of confirmed cases of vesicular stomatitis, animal health officials with the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry are requiring additional documentation on horses entering Louisiana from any state that has confirmed cases of the disease, according to LSU AgCenter equine specialist Neely Walker.
Sugar field day scheduled for July 16 in St. Gabriel
(Distributed 07/01/14) ST. GABRIEL, La. – The LSU AgCenter’s 32nd annual sugarcane field day will be held on July 16 at the Sugar Research Station near St. Gabriel, beginning with registration at 8 a.m.
By late June some tomato plants have finished producing
(Audio: 07/07/14) Because we plant tomato plants so early to give them time to grow and bloom in our gardens, by late June most have finished producing for the year. If you have tomato plants that are looking brown and not producing anymore, it’s probably time to pull the and plant something else that will grow throughout the rest of the summer. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Shade trees reduce home cooling costs
(Audio: 07/07/14) Summer is a great time to asses if your home could use a shady tree to help lower cooling costs. The shade that large trees can provide helps keep it cool, but mostly helps keep your home from direct sunlight. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
AgCenter sets rice field days
(Distribute 06/30/14) The LSU AgCenter will hold three field days for rice farmers in July.
AgCenter forms nutrient task force
(Distributed 06/30/14) WINNSBORO, La. – Crop varieties change frequently, which sometimes causes farmers to adjust how they apply fertilizers. To ensure its recommendations are up to date, the LSU AgCenter has formed a task force to study the effectiveness of fertilizers on major row crops and forages grown in Louisiana.
Dean Lee field day set for July 17 in Alexandria
(Distributed 06/30/14) ALEXANDRIA, La. – The LSU AgCenter Dean Lee Research and Extension Center in Alexandria will host a field day on July 17. Attendees will hear about AgCenter scientists' research on various row crops and management of insects, weeds and diseases.
Copper Plant – Ornamental Plant of the Week for June 30, 2014
(Distributed 06/27/14) Copper plants are great foliage plants for the summer and fall landscape. When planted in the spring, these beautiful tropical-looking small shrubs turn into fabulous accent plants in color beds as we get later in the growing season.
(For Release On Or After 07/25/14) Oppressive heat and humidity are part of late summer in Louisiana as much as good food and music are part of our local culture. Despite the heat, garden activities continue for those who can stand it.
Flowers of the sun
(For Release On Or After 07/18/14) If you haven’t paid a lot of attention to sunflowers for your garden lately, you may think only of the gigantic sunflowers that reach for their namesake in the sky – towering to heights of 8 feet or more. And you may think that they only come in yellow.
Summertime means summer vines
(For Release On Or After 07/11/14) Some of the most beautiful flowers of the summer garden are produced by vines. Because vines climb, the flowers are often produced at eye-level or overhead, allowing the gardener the chance to easily smell the fragrance or closely examine the details of the blooms.
Native Stoke’s aster flowers return every year
(Video: 06/29/14) It’s a nice perk to have beautiful flowers that keep blooming year after year at the same time, without having to replant. On this edition of Get It Growing, LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill introduces you to one of those — a native perennial called Stoke’s aster. (Runtime: 1:50 seconds)
Look beyond crape myrtles
(For Release On Or After 07/04/14) For the summer season, no flowering tree or shrub out-blooms the crape myrtle. This small tree packs a powerful punch of color over an amazingly long season. But other summer blooming large shrubs and small trees can do a lot to contribute to the summer display. Here are a few.
Begonias offer incredible variety for shade gardens
(Video: 07/07/14) Begonias are perennial plants that come in dramatically different sizes and shapes. On this edition of Get It Growing, horticulturist Dan Gill explains the ever-expanding selections of begonias and which ones to be wary of in our hot, humid summer climate. (Runtime: 1:45 seconds)
You can reduce and deal with pest problems
(For Release On Or After 05/30/14) A wide variety of pests can damage plants or cause problems in Louisiana landscapes. They include insects, mites, fungi, bacteria, nematodes and a whole host of weeds.
Drones make an apperance at the LSU AgCenter Northeast Research Station field day.
(Video: 06/27/14) A demonstration of a drone highlighted research on display at the LSU AgCenter Northeast Research Station Field Day. LSU AgCenter correspondent Tobie Blanchard attended the field day and has this report. (Runtime: 1:51 seconds)
It’s hummingbird time in the landscape
(Distributed 06/27/14) HAMMOND, La. –Many people think attracting hummingbirds is as easy as hanging a feeder. But that is not always successful because many hummingbirds are not accustomed to using feeders. It can be frustrating to put out a feeder and never see a hummingbird.
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Research station helps farmers achieve record yields
(Distributed 06/27/14) CROWLEY, La. – The threat of rain kept activities indoors at the LSU AgCenter Rice Research Station’s 105th annual field day, but that didn’t dampen enthusiasm for the event Thursday (June 25) with roughly 400 people in attendance.
AgCenter officials urge rice farmers to attend EPA hearing on water use
(Distributed 06/26/14) CROWLEY, La. – An LSU AgCenter official urged the Louisiana Rice Growers Association Board of Directors to make comments at a listening session of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency aimed at receiving input for a proposed set of regulations that would revise the Clean Water Act.
Webworms make an appearance in Louisiana
(Audio 07/01/14) Fall webworms make a strange webbing in the branches of trees and shrubs. They aren’t as destructive as you think; the worms just damage the leaves that are within the webbing. The actual branch isn’t affected. Listen to learn more about what to do concerning webworms in your landscape. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
EPA OKs emergency label for tawny crazy ant insecticide
(Distributed 06/25/14) BATON ROUGE, La. – Louisiana homes and other buildings that are infested with tawny crazy ants now have a remedy as a result of a Section 18 quarantine exemption use label for Termidor SC insecticide
Lawn care becomes more important during summer
(Audio 07/01/14) Between the heat and afternoon rain showers, the grass in your lawn tends to grow a lot faster than normal. Because of this, our lawn chores increase. Your grass will not only need to be cut more often, but depending on how long between rain showers, it may also need to be watered. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Raging summer temperatures complicate gardening
(Audio 07/01/14) It isn’t too late to plant some of those late-summer vegetables and start transplants of others to plant as well. Most gardeners either work early in the morning or in the late afternoon to keep out of the daytime heat. Listen to learn more about how to beat the heat and what to plant in your gardens as late summer approaches. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Fig harvest is early this year
(Audio 07/01/14) Because of the mild winter and early spring, figs trees are a little ahead of time. Birds, weather and summer diseases all have a huge impact on how well your figs trees produce. Listen to learn more about how to help your fig trees during the summer. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Heat-tolerant bedding plants
(Audio 07/01/14) The heat-tolerant plants you selected at the beginning of the summer are in full bloom and looking very healthy now. The plants that aren’t heat-tolerant, however, are probably dying from the heat. You can replace those plants with some that do well to make a beautiful bed for the summer. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Agronomist studies effects of nutrient, irrigation management strategies
(Distributed 06/23/14) BOSSIER CITY, La. – As efficient use of nutrients and water becomes an increasingly hot topic in agriculture, LSU AgCenter agronomist Syam Dodla is examining ways to lower production costs and minimize environmental impact without negatively affecting crop health or yields.
Solar dryer helps Ghana farmers maintain steady food supply
(Distributed 06/06/14) BATON ROUGE, La. – A solar dryer designed by LSU AgCenter food engineer Subramaniam Sathivel is helping farmers in Ghana preserve crops so they can maintain a steadier food supply.
Weeds, nitrogen are topics at field day
(Audio News 06/23/14) Controlling weeds and reducing nitrogen loss are big concerns for farmers. LSU AgCenter researchers addressed both topics at a Northeast Research Station field day in St. Joseph. Participants heard about new herbicide technologies. (Runtime: 1:35)
Gaura adds elegant movement to landscapes
(Video 06/23/14) One unique way of setting your landscape apart is by adding beautiful plants that move with the wind. On this edition of Get It Growing, LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill introduces us to a tough perennial plant full of flowers and graceful in movement. It’s called the Gaura (gar-uh). (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Garden Fest showcases local products
(Distributed 06/23/14) BATON ROUGE, La. – An estimated 2,000 people braved the heat and humidity of a Louisiana June day to attend the third annual Garden Fest at the LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens at Burden on June 21.
Gomphrena/Globe Amaranth – Ornamental Plant of the Week for June 23, 2014
(Distributed 06/20/14) Louisiana gardeners ought to consider adding some of the new gomphrena – or globe amaranth – to their landscapes.
Louisiana 4-H announces new officers, state contest winners
(Distributed 06/20/14) BATON ROUGE, La.--Students participating in 4-H spent a week (June 17-20) on the LSU campus competing in contests, learning about careers and electing officers for the 2014-15 school year.
4-H’ers learn about video production, career opportunities
(Distributed 06/20/14) BATON ROUGE, La. – It's a phrase typically heard on movie sets in Hollywood. But this week "Lights, Camera, Action!" was the title of a 4-H University program that gives young people a chance to expand their digital literacy skills by shooting and editing their own videos.
Perennial salvias provide color now through fall
(Distributed 06/20/14) HAMMOND, La. – Looking for low-maintenance perennials for a practically nonstop flower show from summer through fall? If you are, consider the many species and varieties of perennial salvia.
New herbicides for stubborn weeds topic at AgCenter field day
(Distributed 06/19/14) ST. JOSEPH, La. – Farmers and crop consultants attending a field day on June 17 at the Northeast Research Station learned about new herbicide technologies that will help control stubborn weeds in their soybeans.
Going gluten-free eliminates nutrients
(Audio News: 06/19/14) The gluten-free label is becoming more popular on items in the grocery store. Gluten is a protein found in wheat, barley and rye. People who have the autoimmune disease, celiac disease, experience a toxic immune response when they ingest gluten and should eliminate gluten from their diets, according to LSU AgCenter registered dietician Denise Holston-West. (Runtime: 1:25)
Soaker hoses provide even water flow to your plants
(Audio: 06/23/14) Soaker hoses are the easiest way to thoroughly water your flower beds and gardens during the heat of the summer. They provide that slow leak of water that plants need in order to grow and produce lots of vegetation and flowers. Listen to learn more about why using a soaker hose is a great option. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
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Lichens don't harm plants
(Audio: 06/23/14) Lichens are everywhere in your landscape. They often grow on old trees and concrete statues. Lichens are often a gray color and although they may look like they are harming your plants, they aren't. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Now is the time to prune gardenias
(Audio: 06/23/14) Gardenias sometimes last until the early part of June, but by late June they are ready to be pruned. This encourages them to grow fuller and make a great show next year. The earlier you prune, the more likely the plants are to make beautiful buds in the future. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Mexican tarragon is a heat-tolerant substitute for French tarragon
(Audio: 06/23/14) Tarragon is a popular herb that we use in many culinary dishes. French tarragon is the most popular, but it doesn’t grow in the heat of the summer. The Mexican tarragon is a great substitute for the French tarragon and it tolerates the heat very well. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Preemergence herbicides control weeds
(Audio: 06/23/14) Weed control is a constant problem, especially in Louisiana summertime. Preemergence herbicides are applied to prevent new weeds from growing. Many different types correlate with the plants in your garden. Listen to learn more about how to correctly use preemergence herbicides. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Farmers learn about water efficiency at field day
(Distributed 06/18/14) ST. JOSEPH, La. – As water resources face the risk of declining in both quality and quantity, many farmers want to learn how to be more efficient when they irrigate. LSU AgCenter and National Resource Conservation Service experts offered them some ideas on June 17 at the Northeast Research Station Field Day in St. Joseph.
Biologist works to make rice drought tolerant
(Distributed 06/18/14) BATON ROUGE, La. – Almost all rice grown in Louisiana is irrigated, but drought can still be a threat to crop productivity. By isolating genes that determine drought tolerance and applying them to rice, LSU AgCenter molecular biologist Niranjan Baisakh is developing rice varieties that can survive as long as two weeks without water.
Learn ways to protect property from hurricane damage at LaHouse July 19
(Distributed 06/17/14) BATON ROUGE, La. – The LSU AgCenter will host a Summer Saturday Open House at the LaHouse Home and Landscape Center on July 19 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Going gluten-free can remove nutrients from diet
(Distributed 06/17/14) BATON ROUGE, La – The gluten-free label is becoming more popular on items in the grocery store. Gluten is a protein found in wheat, barley, rye and triticale. People who have the autoimmune disease, celiac disease, experience a toxic immune response when they ingest gluten and should eliminate gluten from their diets, according to LSU AgCenter registered dietician Denise Holston-West.
2 weeks, 100 plants: LSU ag students take to woods for plant identification class
(Distributed 06/06/14) FRANKLINTON, La – With a tall walking stick in hand, Don Reed, an LSU College of Agriculture professor and AgCenter forestry and wildlife specialist, wandered through Bogue Chitto State Park pointing out trees and plants to a group of students.
International visitors hear about alternative energy
(Distributed 06/16/14) ST. GABRIEL, La. – A group of future international leaders visited the LSU AgCenter Audubon Sugar Institute on June 11 to learn more about alternative fuel development in Louisiana.
Jenna Kuttruff named head of LSU Department of Textiles, Apparel Design and Merchandising
(Distributed 06/16/14) BATON ROUGE, La. – The LSU College of Agriculture has named Jenna Tedrick Kuttruff, a 26-year veteran of the textiles, apparel design and merchandising program, as the head of new Department of Textiles, Apparel Design and Merchandising (TAM).
4-H students plan hurricane mitigation for local extension office
(Distributed 06/13/14) ABBEVILLE, La. – A group of 4-H Club members presented the Vermilion Parish Police Jury recently with a proposal for improvements at the local extension office to strengthen it against hurricanes and other major weather events.
Luna Hibiscus – Ornamental Plant of the Week for June 16, 2014
(Distributed 06/13/14) Luna hibiscus comes in four colors and is a hardy hibiscus for Louisiana. It was named a spring 2014 Louisiana Super Plant.
LSU College of Agriculture partnership to offer agriculture concentration at LSUA
(Distributed 06/13/14) ALEXANDRIA, La. – The LSU College of Agriculture is partnering with LSU of Alexandria to offer a concentration in agriculture within the biology degree program at the Alexandria campus.
AgCenter entomologists explore mosquito control effects on bees
(Distributed 06/13/14) BATON ROUGE, La. – The LSU AgCenter is always buzzing with research, and this project is no exception – literally. Entomologists Kristen Healy and Jim Ottea are studying how insecticides used for mosquito control affect honeybees.
Angelonias are tough summertime plants
(Distributed 06/13/14) HAMMOND, La. – Gardeners have long desired flowers that are low-maintenance in their landscape. But they also want these flowers to last spring through fall.
Louisiana growers learning to control resistant weeds
(Distributed 06/13/14) ALEXANDRIA, La. – Glyphosate-resistant Palmer amaranth, first confirmed in Louisiana in 2010, continues to spread south in Louisiana, said LSU AgCenter weed scientist Daniel Stephenson. But Louisiana farmers have learned from their peers in other states that early control can be the answer to preventing widespread distribution of this persistent weed.
Plant heat-tolerant vegetables in June
(Audio 06/02/14) The summer heat starts settling in as June begins. Vegetable gardeners should look for crops that can tolerate hot conditions. Consider vegetables such as okra, sweet potatoes and pumpkins. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
How to harvest your potatoes
(Video 06/02/14) If you planted potatoes earlier this year, the nutritious vegetables may be ready to be dug about now. LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill shares some important tips for harvesting them on this edition of Get It Growing. (Runtime: 1:45 seconds)
Yarrow is a tough perennial with varied colors
(Video 06/16/14) A tough, reliable perennial for the hot summer months is yarrow (Yah-row). LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill explains on this edition of Get It Growing why this multi-colored plant is a great idea for your garden. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
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AgCenter scientist studies ways to help farmers reduce runoff
(Distributed 06/12/14) BOSSIER CITY, La. – Agricultural producers can help ensure precious water resources remain clean by implementing management practices that reduce runoff and pollution, according to LSU AgCenter water quality expert Changyoon Jeong.
New rice herbicides show potential
(Distributed 06/12/14) CROWLEY, La. – Rice farmers learned about LSU AgCenter research being conducted to help them control weeds during the Acadia Parish Rice and Soybean Field Day on June 12. Eric Webster, LSU AgCenter weed scientist, said he is testing nine different experimental herbicides.
Coastal residents see flood threat on AgCenter maps
(Distributed 06/12/14) DELCAMBRE, La. – Louisiana coastal residents were able to see the elevation and flooding threat for their property and residences at the Delcambre Seafood and Farmer’s Market on June 7 at a booth staffed by the LSU AgCenter and Louisiana Sea Grant.
Crape myrtle suckers create 'bushes'
(Audio 06/09/14) Crape myrtle trees create shoots at the base of the trunk called suckers. If they are allowed to grow, they make the tree look more like a bush. There is a proper way to prune these plants so that this doesn’t occur. Listen to learn more. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Cotton acreage up slightly in 2014
(Video 05/28/14) This year’s cotton acres are up slightly from last year’s historical low. LSU AgCenter correspondent Tobie Blanchard explains why cotton acreage has been trending downward across the Southeast. (Runtime: 1:45 seconds)
Cheyene Spirit coneflowers offer diverse colors
(Video 06/09/14) The coneflower, named for its cone-shaped head, has been a popular flower in Louisiana gardens for many years. It has typically come in only one color. But as LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill points out on this edition of Get It Growing, this tough plant has recently been bred to offer an incredible diversity of flower colors. (Runtime: 1:50 seconds)
Master Farmer training set for June 23 in Crowley
(Distributed 06/12/14) CROWLEY, La. – The Louisiana Master Farmer Program will offer Phase I training June 23 at the Rice Research Station.
Open house showcases new plants
(Distributed 06/12/14) HAMMOND, La. – Horticulture enthusiasts and landscape contractors alike attended the Second Annual Margie Jenkins Azalea Garden Horticulture Lecture Series and Industry Open House at the LSU AgCenter Hammond Research Station on June 5.
Most petunias can’t handle Louisiana heat
(Audio 06/16/14) Petunias make great spring bedding plants, but the heat of the summer causes them to do poorly. There are, however, heat-tolerant petunias available. Listen to learn more about petunias that can take the summer heat. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Summer heat affects roses
(Audio 06/16/14) Roses become less productive during the heat of summer. They don't need more fertilizer, however. Listen to learn more about how to care for your roses in the summer heat. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Bacteria and fungi can cause zinnia problems
(Audio 06/16/14) Zinnias make great additions to your flower beds, but summer rainstorms can cause bacterial and fungal diseases. Some zinnias, however, are more tolerant to the bacteria and fungi. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Aquatic gardens are still popular
(Audio 06/16/14) Aquatic gardens are easy to put into your landscape and provide a different look to your gardens. Aquatic plants are easy to add into a water garden and are easy to take care of. Listen to learn more. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Soluble fertilizers are widely available
(Audio 06/16/14) There are four main categories of fertilizers. One type is soluble fertilizer, which acts differently than other types. Listen to learn more about using soluble fertilizers with your plants. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
SU official has been with Cooperative Extension 50 of its 100 years
(Distributed 06/11/14) BATON ROUGE, La. – Nationwide and in Louisiana, the Cooperative Extension Service is celebrating its 100th anniversary, having been founded in 1914 with the passage of the Smith-Lever Act. For half of those years, a Louisianian, Leodrey Williams, has worked in extension, serving in a variety of capacities at both Southern University and in national leadership positions.
Wildlife campers learn how to identify plants
(Video 06/11/14) LSU College of Agriculture students were spending the first part of their summer in the woods. The students were part of a wildlife habitat field study class and learning about plant identification. LSU AgCenter correspondent Tobie Blanchard tagged along for a trek through the forest. (Runtime: 1:40 seconds)
Louisiana wheat crop beats cold winter
(Video 06/11/14) Louisiana farmers are harvesting the state’s wheat crop. LSU AgCenter correspondent Tobie Blanchard reports that despite winter freezes during the growing season, wheat yields are promising. (Runtime: 1:22 seconds)
Economist studies potential benefits of ‘smart’ irrigation
(Distributed 06/10/14) BOSSIER CITY, La. – Smart irrigation technologies could help agricultural producers lower costs and use water more efficiently, according to LSU AgCenter economist Naveen Adusumilli.
AgCenter prepares growers for coming regulations
(Distributed 06/06/14) NEW ORLEANS – When most urban dwellers see the word GAP, it’s highly unlikely that anything related to food comes to mind. But urban fruit and vegetable growers understand that Good Agricultural Practices are now a part of their lives.
AgCenter plans agreement with Thailand
(Distributed 06/09/14) BATON ROUGE, La. – Members of the LSU AgCenter’s International Programs office recently hosted a delegation from Chulalongkorn University in Thailand as a future partner in research through an agreement between the two organizations and the LSU Baton Rouge campus.
Heat has major effects on gardeners
(Audio 06/09/14) Summer brings high temperature and high humidity in Louisiana. Gardeners need to be aware of ways to prevent getting dehydrated. While taking care of your landscape, be sure to take the proper precautions so you don’t get overheated. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
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How you prune roses depends on type
(Audio 06/09/14) Roses are divided into two groups -- repeat-flowering and once-blooming. They bloom at different times of the year, so you have to prune them at different times. Listen to learn more on how and when to prune your roses. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Landscape hurricane preparation is essential
(Audio 06/09/14) Hurricanes affect all Gulf States, and preparations need to be made. Summer months bring storms with high winds and rains that can affect your house and landscape. Your yard should be carefully evaluated to make sure trees and objects that could be blown away are taken care of properly. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Bark lice are harmless to trees
(Audio 06/09/14) The ghostlike webs you see on trees during this time of the year come from a tiny insect called bark lice. They are completely harmless to your trees, and there is no reason to be concerned. Listen to learn more about bark lice. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Louisiana youth head for 4-H University June 17-20
(Distributed 06/06/14) BATON ROUGE, La. – More than 1,500 Louisiana 4-H members are expected to participate in 4-H University, set for June 17-20 on LSU's Baton Rouge campus. This annual event gives 4-H'ers between the ages of 13 and 19 a chance to compete in contests, win prizes and explore careers.
Frostproof Gardenia – Ornamental Plant of the Week for June 9, 2014
(Distributed 06/06/14) Frost Proof gardenia is a great plant for home gardens and deserves more consideration.
New AgCenter studies focus on crape myrtles
(Distributed 06/06/14) HAMMOND, La. – New varieties of crape myrtles are currently available in abundance. Developers have introduced new varieties over the past few years with an emphasis on smaller growth habits, dark foliage colors, earlier bloom and more.
Farmers learn about new rice technology at field day
(Distributed 06/05/14) FENTON, La. –Developing a new variety of rice sometimes requires eliminating a good breeding line that once showed promise but isn’t quite good enough. That’s the scenario Steve Linscombe, LSU AgCenter rice breeder, described at the Southwest Rice Field Day held on June 5.
AgCenter joins EPA watershed task force
(Distributed 06/05/14) BATON ROUGE, La. – Nitrogen and phosphorus can help farmers improve yields, but when these nutrients make their way into streams and rivers, they can also contribute to a low-oxygen, or hypoxic, zone in the Gulf of Mexico. To help reduce this type of pollution, the LSU AgCenter and 11 other land-grant universities recently joined the Environmental Protection Agency’s Mississippi River/Gulf of Mexico Watershed Task Force.
Horse owners must prepare for storm possibilities
(Distributed 06/04/14) BATON ROUGE, La. – Horse owners should prepare for tropical weather instead of waiting until the last minute just before a storm, advised LSU AgCenter equine specialist Neely Walker.
Control crawfish in the lawn properly
(Distributed 06/04/14) BATON ROUGE, La. – It’s not every day that Louisiana residents are looking for ways to get rid of crawfish in the lawn. But it does happen, and there are effective ways to get the job done.
Hemline fashion show promotes design, merchandising
(Video 05/28/14) Hemline, an LSU student organization promoting fashion design and merchandising, hosted its annual runway show, sending an array of garments down the catwalk. LSU AgCenter correspondent Tobie Blanchard attended the show and has this report. (Runtime: 1:45 seconds)
Grow your own sweet, juicy pineapple
(For Release On Or After 06/27/14) Growing a pineapple plant and getting it to produce a pineapple for you is a fun gardening project. Now is a great time to begin, and as you will see, it’s really not all that difficult.
Sometimes you must deal with caterpillars
(For Release On Or After 06/20/14) Caterpillars of various types are common pests in vegetable gardens, flower beds, trees, shrubs and even lawns all through the summer. Fall webworms infest a wide variety of fruit and nut trees as well as ornamental trees and shrubs.
Crape myrtles remain a Louisiana favorite
(For Release On Or After 06/13/14) Although native to the Far East, crape myrtles are almost indispensable in the Southern landscape. Their vibrantly colored flowers in shades of pink, purple, red and white from May to September virtually define the summer season here.
Harvest home-grown vegetables properly
(For Release On Or After 06/06/14) June is the peak month for harvesting early-summer vegetables. One reason people grow their own vegetables is for the outstanding quality of freshly harvested produce. Harvesting at the right stage, however, is essential to getting the best quality vegetables from your garden.
Cuban Gold Duranta (Golden Dewdrop) – Ornamental Plant of the Week for June 2, 2014
(Distributed 05/30/14) You can find many durantas (golden dewdrop, blue sky flower) around, but the Cuban Gold variety continues to receive extensive use and attention around the Southeast.
Researchers provide new varieties to sustain Louisiana rice industry
(Distributed 05/30/14) CROWLEY, La. – The challenge of providing viable varieties of rice for Louisiana growers is one of the main missions of the LSU AgCenter Rice Research Station. “Variety development is an ongoing endeavor that started over 100 years ago,” said Steve Linscombe, station director.
Pentas provide landscape color now through fall
(Distributed 05/30/14) HAMMOND, La. – Looking for some great summer color for your landscape beds from now through the first killing frost this fall? Of course! Who isn’t? Butterfly series pentas will give you that – and maybe even more.
Poetry winners announced
(Distributed 05/30/14) BATON ROUGE, La. – The winners of the first Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority and 4-H Youth Wetlands Program poetry contest were recently announced. Students wrote and entered more than 400 poems focusing on the theme “Louisiana’s Coast: What Does It Mean to You?”
AgCenter has flood recovery information available
(Distributed 05/30/14) BATON ROUGE, La. – Recent rains have caused flooding in many areas of Louisiana. To help people with flood recovery, the LSU AgCenter has numerous fact sheets available online or in hard copy form at local parish extension offices.
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Dry fall, cold winter shortened crawfish season
(Distributed 05/29/14) BATON ROUGE, La. – When fall weather is dry, and winter is as cold and as long as it was this year, the combination spells problems for the crawfish industry.
Horticulturist suggests gardeners consider composting
(Audio 06/02/14) Composting is easy to do and everyone with a yard can have a small compost pile. Easy items to compost include grass clippings, leaves, sticks and other yard waste. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Gardeners can harvest garlic, onions
(Audio 06/02/14) Many home vegetable gardeners plant members of the onion family such as bunching onions, shallots, leeks and garlic. These plants should be ready to harvest in June. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Lawns need attention during summer
(Audio 06/02/14) Mowing your lawn frequently with sharp blades is the best way to keep your lawn healthy during summer months. LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill recommends mowing every five to seven days. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Pests threaten tomatoes
(Audio 06/02/14) Vine-ripened tomatoes are a summer favorite. But longer a tomato sits on the vine the more susceptible it is to disease, pests and birds. Make sure pests don't get your tomatoes before you do. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
AgCenter hosts three rice field days in June
(Distributed 05/29/14) CROWLEY, La. – Rice farmers can learn about research projects being conducted to help them produce better crops more efficiently at three upcoming field days in June hosted by the LSU AgCenter, including the Rice Research Station’s annual Field Day on the morning of June 25.
AgCenter to collaborate with Honduran forestry university
(Distributed 05/27/14) BATON ROUGE, La. – The Universidad de Ciencias Forestales, a forestry university in Honduras, is looking to the LSU AgCenter for guidance as it revamps its academic and research programs.
Crop production field day set for June 17 in St. Joseph
(Distributed 05/27/14) ST. JOSEPH, La. – The LSU AgCenter Northeast Research Station has scheduled a pest management and crop production field day for June 17 at the research station in St. Joseph.
Rice farmers need to watch for weevils with warmer weather
(Distributed 05/23/14) MAMOU, La. – Rice farmers should be prepared to deal with their worst insect pest, the rice water weevil, according to Mike Stout, LSU AgCenter entomologist, speaking at the Evangeline Parish Rice Tour on May 22.
Louisiana cotton acreage up, prices still low
(Distributed 05/23/14) ALEXANDRIA, La. – Nearly all of this year's cotton has been planted in Louisiana. While the outlook for the crop is good, cotton prices remain low.
Field day highlights changes, opportunities
(Distributed 05/23/14) BATON ROUGE, La. –More than 100 interested growers and members of the Louisiana Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association learned about current LSU AgCenter research, upcoming guidelines and regulations, and where they can market their produce at the association’s spring field day on May 21 at the LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens at Burden.
Aphrodite Althea (Rose of Sharon) – Ornamental Plant of the Week for May 26, 2014
(Distributed 05/23/14) Althea goes by the scientific name of Hibiscus syriacus. When most gardeners view the plants, they are reminded of the hibiscus family, to which this popular, Southern heritage plant belongs. These plants are also referred to as rose of Sharon.
New roses need less care
(Distributed 05/23/14) HAMMOND, La. – Although roses continue to be one of the leading ornamental plants for commercial and residential landscapes, many home gardeners still have the perception that roses are high-maintenance and disease-susceptible. If they select the correct varieties, however, roses can be great garden performers with minimum care.
AgCenter offers hurricane preparation resources
(Distributed 05/23/14) BATON ROUGE, La. – As hurricane season approaches, people can turn to the LSU AgCenter website (www.LSUAgCenter.com) for information on how to prepare for storm damage and recovery.
AgCenters show appreciation to mayor, council
(Distributed 05/22/14) BATON ROUGE, La. – LSU and Southern University AgCenters showed appreciation to the East Baton Rouge Parish mayor-president and Metro Council at their annual program review luncheon on May 14.
Researcher to work with smart irrigation technologies
(Distributed 05//22/14) BOSSIER CITY, La. – Stacia Davis has been hired as an assistant professor of irrigation engineering at the LSU AgCenter Red River Research Station in Bossier City. She is part of a recently formed team that helps Louisiana producers manage irrigation systems and maintain good water quality.
Master Gardener appreciation day held at Hammond Research Station
(Distributed 05/21/14) HAMMOND, La. – More than 180 Louisiana Master Gardeners braved showers and cloudy skies to attend their annual appreciation day at the LSU AgCenter Hammond Research Station on May 9.
Luna hibiscus is perfect for Lousiana weather
(Video 05/19/14) Typical hibiscus plants survive well in normal Louisiana winter weather, but these tropicals don’t fare well in frozen conditions. On this edition of Get It Growing, LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill introduces you to a new hibiscus that can survive the cold. The Luna hibiscus is a Louisiana Super Plant selection for 2014. (Runtime: 1:57 seconds)
Groundbreaking ceremony held at 4-H Camp Grant Walker
(Distributed 05/21/14) POLLOCK, La. – LSU AgCenter officials held a groundbreaking ceremony on May 20 for the new multipurpose pavilion at 4-H Camp Grant Walker. The project is expected to be completed by early 2015.
AgCenter researchers developing synthetic grafts
(Distributed 05/21/14) BATON ROUGE, La. – An LSU AgCenter researcher is working with a group of LSU students to identify the best materials to use for constructing scaffolds, or synthetic grafts, for use in human bone and musculoskeletal tissue repair.
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Blackspot can harm roses
(Audio 05/25/14) Landscape roses are a new type of rose that many Louisiana gardeners have moved to. Older types of roses are more susceptible to a disease called blackspot. Blackspot cannot be controlled by spraying occasionally; roses have to be sprayed every 7-10 days. Listen to learn more about how to control blackspot. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Beef prices are continuously rising in Louisiana
(Video 05/15/14) Shoppers may have noticed they are paying much higher meat prices. LSU AgCenter correspondent Craig Gautreaux explains that consumers shouldn’t expect relief any time soon. (Runtime: 1:42 seconds)
Timing for termite swarm does not disappoint
(Distributed 05/20/14) BATON ROUGE, La. – Each year around Mother’s Day, Formosan subterranean termites begin swarming in many areas of south Louisiana and in some central and one northern parish.
Severe weather doesn’t always mean disaster with corn
(Distributed 05/20/14) WINNSBORO, La. – Corn has seen abundant growth in the past several weeks, but with the increasing temperatures, the number and severity of thunderstorms could cause some damage, according to LSU AgCenter scientists.
Crape myrtle aphids create problems
(Audio 05/26/14) Crape myrtles are one of Louisiana’s most popular trees. Crape myrtle aphids leave honeydew on the leaves and branches, which then leads to a black mold growth. Listen to find out how to stop aphids from making an appearance in your garden. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Few leafy greens produce well in summer
(Audio 05/26/14) Traditional greens that Louisianans like to eat don’t produce well during summer. Some leafy greens can be good substitutes. Listen to find out more about these summer leafy greens. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Clean pots make the best presentation on your patio
(Audio 05/26/14) Different types of pots need to be cleaned in different ways. The best time to do this is in between plantings. Clean pots will make your plants look better. Listen to learn more. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Spanish moss is a huge part of southern Louisiana
(Audio 05/26/14) Spanish moss is not a parasite and does not harm your trees. It creates its own photosynthesis, and it gets the water that it needs from rainfall. The Spanish moss is only using the tree to hang on to. Removing it, however, can be quite a task. Listen to learn more. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
AgMagic held for first time in New Orleans area
(Distributed 05/19/14) NEW ORLEANS – For the first time ever, the LSU AgCenter brought AgMagic to the New Orleans area to help children learn about the importance of agriculture.
Local officials should plan for disasters
(Distributed 05/16/14) LAKE CHARLES, La. – An LSU AgCenter financial expert conducted a financial resilience seminar May 13 to help local governments plan for disasters.
Butterfly Pentas – Ornamental Plant of the Week for May 16, 2014
(Distributed 05/16/14) May is the month to plant pentas. Butterfly pentas are great butterfly gardening plants.
Storm prep session set for June 7 in Delcambre
(Distributed 05/16/14) DELCAMBRE, La. – The latest practices and technology to help coastal residents stormproof their homes will be demonstrated by LSU AgCenter experts at the Delcambre Seafood and Farmers Market on June 7.
LSU AgCenter, Nicholls State collaborate on gar fish
(Distributed 05/16/14) BATON ROUGE, La. – Researchers from the LSU AgCenter and students from Nicholls State University recently collected alligator gar at the LSU AgCenter Aquaculture Research Station in Baton Rouge in an effort to improve the fish populations in areas where they are no longer found.
Washington Parish Dairy Day to be held at Duncan farm
(Distributed 05/16/14) FRANKLINTON, La. – The Washington Parish Dairy Advisory Council and the LSU AgCenter will hold the 55th Annual Washington Parish Dairy Day June 4 at the Duncan Acres Dairy Farm near Hackley, Louisiana.
Tropical hibiscus adds to summer, fall landscapes
(Distributed 05/16/14) HAMMOND, La. – Louisiana is ideally located to be able to grow many plants that are adapted to more tropical and semi-tropical climates. This is especially true south of Interstate 10. Even those of us who cannot use tropical plants as perennials can still select among many plants for colorful foliage and tropical flowers.
Horse owners advised to guard against mosquitoes
(Distributed 05/16/14) BATON ROUGE, La. – The LSU AgCenter equine specialist is advising horse owners to protect their animals against diseases spread by mosquitoes that are becoming more active with the warmer weather.
Runway show features student designers
(Distributed 05/16/14) BATON ROUGE, La – Contrasts were evident at Hemline@LSU’s Catalyst Fashion Show May 14 at Lyceum Ballroom.
Ag workforce faces shortage of trained scientists
(Distributed 05/15/14) BATON ROUGE, La. – Demand for food and fiber is booming as world population grows at an exponential rate. Ironically, the United States – the No. 1 exporter of agriculture products – is facing critical shortages of agriculture workers.
Leaf miners make an apperance in Louisiana gardens
(Video 05/26/14) If you’ve noticed funny trailing patterns on leaves of your vegetables, it could mean you have a pest called the leaf miner. On this edition of Get It Growing, LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill explains what can be done to stop this destructive little fly. (Runtime: 1:57 seconds)
Louisiana 4-H’ers to visit Capitol, meet legislators
(Distributed 05/15/14) BATON ROUGE, La. – About 1,600 4-H’ers from parishes across Louisiana are expected to participate in the annual 4-H Day at the Capitol on May 28. The students will have a chance to visit their senators and representatives, learn about the legislative process and tour the State Capitol.
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Four LSU College of Agriculture students receive University Medals
(Distributed 05/15/14) BATON ROUGE, La – Four graduating seniors in the LSU College of Agriculture earned LSU’s top undergraduate academic honor, the University Medal. The students received their medals at a ceremony honoring the university’s 53 medalists at the LSU Union Theater on May 15.
Watering is crucial to new plant survival
(Audio 05/19/14) Newly planted trees and shrubs are more prone to drought stress during the summer. You have to pay close attention to watering them regularly. Different types of plants need certain amounts of watering. Listen to learn more about watering your newly planted plants. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
LSU AgCenter experts recognized at state meeting
(Distributed 05/14/14) VIDALIA, La. – Louisiana Extension Association of Family and Consumer Sciences members presented awards and introduced the 2014-2015 officers during their annual meeting in Vidalia on May 7-9.
Cool-season plants begin to look tired during early summer
(Audio 05/19/14) Your cool-season plants that provided you with bright colors during the spring are beginning to look faded and tired during the early summer. These plants can’t handle the high temperatures that summer brings. It is time to throw those plants into your compost pile and visit your local nursery to get warm-season plants that will suit your landscape and last through summer. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Irish potatoes need to be harvested at the end of May
(Audio 05/19/14) Even though your potato plants have been in your garden for a long time, they aren’t usually ready until the end of May. You can harvest some now if you want little early potatoes, but if you want those big potatoes, leave them in the ground until the plant starts to look yellow. Listen to learn more. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Hydrangeas and gardenias are a huge part of early summer living
(Audio 05/19/15) May is the month when hydrangeas and gardenias come into bloom. They are both suited for shady areas and bring a beautiful color to your landscape. Many varieties of each plant allow you to be creative with your flowers. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Wild blackberries make a tasty snack
(Audio 05/19/15) Wild blackberries are one of the easiest fruit crops to grow. This time of the year, however, is not an ideal time to plant them. But if you are looking for some, now is the time to harvest. Visit your local nursery to see if they have any plants already growing. Those plants will provide berries for you next spring when they are in production. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Louisiana 4-H inducts 12 into Hall of Fame
(Distributed 05/13/14) MANSURA, La. – A dozen individuals were honored on May 10 for their work with youth as the newest inductees into the Louisiana 4-H Hall of Fame.
Sugar byproducts hold promise in tissue engineering
(Distributed 05/12/14) ST. GABRIEL, La. – By using byproducts of the sugar industry, an LSU engineering science graduate student is working to provide biodegradable scaffolds for use in tissue engineering.
Louisiana rice planting off to good start
(Distributed 05/12/14) CROWLEY, La. – Warm weather has perked up the 2014 Louisiana rice crop after a cold, wet spring that delayed planting for many farmers.
Sunflowers – Ornamental Plant of the Week for May 12, 2014
(Distributed 05/08/14) Sunflowers are among the easiest flowers to grow, and they thrive in the heat of our summers.
Extension documentary ‘Agents of Change’ to air May 21 on LPB
(Distributed 05/09/14) BATON ROUGE, La. – The television documentary “Agents of Change: The Story of Louisiana Cooperative Extension” will be broadcast on Louisiana Public Broadcasting (LPB) and its statewide PBS affiliates on May 21 at 8:30 p.m. The LSU AgCenter produced the 30-minute historical program.
Tackle lawn weeds before heat sets in
(Audio 05/12/14) Lawn weeds can be a big problem in yards. For those with a fair amount of weeds, it is best to spray the entire lawn. Treat lawns soon, because many lawn herbicides cannot be used once it gets hot. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Luna hibiscus named Louisiana Super Plant
(Distributed 05/09/14) HAMMOND, La. – Hibiscus is a large family of plants. It includes okra, cotton, tropical hibiscus, althea (rose of Sharon), rose mallow and many more. Among this large group, several have ornamental potential in the landscape.
Buckeye rot can be common on tomatoes
(Audio 05/12/14) Tomatoes are popular homegrown vegetables. Disease and insects are common on tomatoes. The disease buckeye rot is active this time of the year. Remove infected tomatoes and spray plants with a fungicide. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Summer spent outdoors can revive houseplants
(Audio 05/12/14) Moving houseplants outdoors for the summer can rejuvenate them. Light conditions are low inside, so move them to a shady spot first, gradually putting them in more light. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Lunar hibiscus is spring Super Plant
(Audio 05/12/14) The Lunar hibiscus is a Louisiana Super Plant selection for spring 2014. This hibiscus comes in four colors and produces large flowers. The Lunar hibiscus can be planted in sunny areas and are tolerant of poor drainage. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Water sod properly for best lawn
(Audio 05/12/14) Laying sod is a great way to create a lawn or repair damage to an existing lawn. Watering new sod properly will ensure that the grass takes root and a nice lawn is established. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Managing hogs, deer hot topics at field day
(Distributed 05/07/14) CLINTON, La. – A new research project designed to control feral hogs was discussed at the LSU AgCenter wildlife field day at the Bob R. Jones-Idlewild Research Station near Clinton on May 3.
Sociologist examines Louisiana ethnic groups
(Audio 05/07/14) Louisiana’s ethnic make-up has shifted over the years, not only in terms of who lives in Louisiana,but also in how individuals identify themselves. LSU AgCenter sociologist Mark Schafer has been studying eight of Louisiana’s ethnic or racial groups. (Runtime: 1:20)
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Louisiana nursery business up after cold winter
(Distributed 05/07/14) BATON ROUGE, La. – After an unusually cold winter that damaged landscapes across Louisiana, the state's nursery industry is booming as home gardeners and nursery owners replace plants.
Dairymen, students honored at LSU
(Distributed 05/07/14) BATON ROUGE, La – Dairymen and students were recognized for their contribution to Louisiana’s dairy industry and the LSU College of Agriculture’s dairy science program at the LSU Dairy Science Club and Dairy Alumni Banquet on May 3 at the Lod Cook Alumni Center.
Vote for your favorite flower now through September
(Distributed 05/07/14) BATON ROUGE, La. – Voting is open from now until the end of September for garden enthusiasts to vote for their favorite flower at the All-America Selections Display Garden at the LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens at Burden.
Vines, if weaved properly, will add a full look to the landscape
(Audio 04/28/14) Spring is a great time to add vines to your landscape. With vines, though, you have to train them to grow on a fence or wire. You want to be sure to unwrap and weave them to get full vine growth. Listen to learn more about how to properly place your vines. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Picha named director of International Programs
(Distributed 05/07/14) BATON ROUGE, La. – David Picha, professor of horticulture in the School of Plant, Environmental and Soil Sciences, has been named director of LSU AgCenter International Programs. In his new role, Picha plans to broaden the footprint of the AgCenter's international activities by expanding program efforts and engaging more faculty, staff and students.
Irises put on show in April
(Audio 04/28/14) Louisiana irises bring a wonderful texture to your landscape. The big, attractive flowers make them a spectacular plant. They do, however, require some care. Listen to learn more about how to properly care for you iris plants. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Spring is good time to plant roses in bloom
(Audio 04/28/14) Roses are readily available this time of the year. Now is good time to plant them because they are in bloom and you can see exactly what color rose you are purchasing. Whatever kind you get, be sure to plant them in a well-prepared bed. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Researchers study plant materials for chemicals, fuel
(Distributed 05/06/14) ST. GABRIEL, La. – Researchers at the LSU AgCenter Audubon Sugar Institute are studying ways to make syrup from energycane and sweet sorghum bagasse to be used as feedstock for the generation of green biofuels and chemicals.
Lead Certified Renovator Training set for May 29 at LaHouse in Baton Rouge
(Distributed 05/06/14) BATON ROUGE, La. – A Lead Certified Renovator Training course will be held at the LSU AgCenter LaHouse Resource Center on the LSU campus on May 29 from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Solid sodding is the most efficient way to lay lawns
(Audio 05/05/14) The best way to plant lawns is by using sod. There are several different types of grass for you to choose from, but you want to make sure you pick the right one for your area. Now is the time to lay sod for best results. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Herbs make a wonderful addition to your garden
(Audio 5/5/14) A herb garden is wonderful to have when cooking. Herbs planted in early fall should be growing profusely now and are ready to be harvested. Harvest them generously before the temperature gets too hot. You can add basil to your herb garden now. It can handle the heat. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
May vegetables love high temperatures
(Audio 5/5/14) As we move into May, the temperature starts to rise. It may be too late to put in certain vegetables such as tomatoes and bell peppers, but there are plenty of heat-tolerant vegetables you can plant this month. Listen to learn more. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
E-commerce seminar set for June 2 in Oak Grove
(Distributed 05/05/14) BATON ROUGE, La. – The LSU AgCenter will host an e-commerce seminar in Oak Grove, La., from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on June 2. The event, which is sponsored by the Connect My Louisiana initiative, will feature information on 3D printing, building online businesses and social media.
Garden Fest scheduled for June 21 at Burden
(Distributed 05/05/14) BATON ROUGE, La. – Food, music and hayride tours will be featured at the annual Garden Fest at LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens at Burden on June 21.
Nursery, landscape industry open house scheduled at Hammond Research Station for June 5
(Distributed 05/05/14) HAMMOND, La. – The LSU AgCenter Hammond Research Station will host an open house for nursery, landscape, retail garden center and related industry professionals from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on June 5.
Field day teaches youth about importance of agriculture
(Distributed 05/05/14) CHASE, La. – Nearly 200 students from 12 parishes in northeast Louisiana watched drones fly, saw soybeans and sweet potatoes planted, and learned about soils, crops and careers in agriculture. It was all part of the LSU AgCenter’s first youth field day at the AgCenter Sweet Potato Research Station on April 29.
Area students get close to animals at Farm Day
(Distributed 05/02/14) BATON ROUGE, La. – Before attending Farm Day on April 28-29 at the LSU AgCenter campus dairy, some area youngsters had only seen a cow on television or in a book.
Vinca – Ornamental Plant of the Week for May 5, 2014
(Distributed 05/02/14) Vinca is the most popular, most sold and most planted warm-season bedding plant in Louisiana. We sometimes call this plant periwinkle.
Food, ambiance delight gourmets in the garden
(Distributed 05/02/14) BATON ROUGE, La. – With food provided by 18 local chefs and drink from four Louisiana beverage companies, more than 350 individuals enjoyed perfect weather at Gourmet in the Garden in the LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens at Burden on April 25.
Tight cattle market benefiting Louisiana producers
(Distributed 05/02/14) HOMER, La. – Cattle producers are benefitting from a market that could continue for the next two to three years, according to LSU AgCenter livestock economist Ross Pruitt who spoke at the northwest beef and forage field day held April 29 at the LSU AgCenter Hill Farm Research Station.
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Early summer brings landscape chores
(Distributed 05/02/14) HAMMOND, La. – May is here, and summer vacations and the end of the school year are approaching. But there is still much that can be done to improve your landscape plantings for summer.
Goat, sheep producers learn management practices at field day
(Distributed 05/02/14) BATON ROUGE, La. – Goat and sheep producers gathered at the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine on April 26 for a small ruminant field day.
Eggplants thrive in the summer months
(Audio 5/5/14) Eggplants grow well in warm conditions. They come in all shapes and sizes. The key to getting a good eggplant is harvesting it at the right time. Listen to learn more about when to pick your eggplants.(Runtime: 60 seconds)
Caladiums are outstanding plants for your landscape
(Audio 5/5/14) Caladiums mostly do well in shady areas, but there are some types that can tolerate some sun. Planting caladiums isn't hard. It just has to be done correctly. Listen to learn more about planting caladiums. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Children discover Louisiana agriculture at AgMagic
(Distributed 05/01/14) BATON ROUGE, La. – It's not often that sheep, cows and chickens can be found in the middle of a busy city. But at the LSU AgCenter's annual AgMagic, those animals and much more are within reach of thousands of kids, offering a journey through agriculture and the ways it touches people's lives.
Soybean farmers get a late start in planting
(Video 04/30/14) With a cool and wet spring, farmers were slow getting in their fields. LSU AgCenter correspondent Tobie Blanchard reports that soybeans are finally going into the ground. (Runtime: 1:55 seconds)
Look for AgCenter ‘Super Plants’ to brighten your landscape
(Distributed 05/01/14) BATON ROUGE, La. – Gardeners looking to brighten their landscapes can turn to the LSU AgCenter's Louisiana Super Plants program to learn about "university tested and industry approved" plants.
Tutti Fruitti Pink buddleia is compact Super Plant
(Video 05/05/14) Louisiana Super Plants are selected by the LSU AgCenter for their outstanding beauty and performance in Louisiana landscapes. The latest spring selection is the Tutti Fruitti Pink buddleia – a perennial butterfly bush that comes back year after year. On this edition of Get It Growing, LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill explains why the beautiful Tutti Fruitti Pink is an innovative selection for your landscape. (Runtime: 1:50 seconds)
Add colorful drought-tolerant plants to your landscape
(Video (05/12/14) Summer will be here before you know it, and you can prepare for the heat now by planting beautiful drought-tolerant plants in sunny spots of your landscape. On this edition of Get It Growing, LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill suggests some plants that are tough in hot, drought-like conditions and superb at producing beautiful flowers. (Runtime: 1:47 seconds)
Visiting scholars from Honduras gain practical experience
(Distributed 04/30/14) BATON ROUGE, La. – After a semester studying and working with LSU AgCenter faculty, nine visiting scholars from Zamorano Pan American Agricultural School in Honduras are returning home with some valuable practical experience under their belts.
Open house provides ideas for current, future homeowners
(Distributed 04/29/14) BATON ROUGE, La. – Those in the process of building a new home or making improvements to an existing one received valuable information from staff of the LSU AgCenter LaHouse Home and Landscape Resource Center at a recent open house.
Girl Scouts participate in 4-H Youth Wetlands program
(Distributed 04/24/14) ROBERT, La. – Whether petting an alligator, planting native wetland plants or sampling macronvertebrates, Girl Scouts visiting Shell’s Robert Training & Conference Center got an up-close lesson on the diversity of animals and plant life found in Louisiana wetlands as part of the LSU AgCenter’s 4-H Youth Wetlands Week.
Food Incubator helps tenants market products
(Distributed 04/29/14) BATON ROUGE, La. – For food entrepreneurs, getting products off store shelves is just as important as getting them there in the first place. Marketing is often key to accomplishing that, but many people starting small food businesses are unsure of how to tackle that task.
Marigolds vs. nematodes
(For Release On Or After 05/16/14) You may sometimes read or hear information about planting certain plants around other types of plants to prevent insect problems. This is commonly called companion planting.
Try ornamental sweet potatoes
(For Release On Or After 05/23/14) We are generally interested in something to eat when we grow vegetables. In some cases, however, certain vegetable varieties have been bred and selected for their ornamental characteristics rather than food quality.
Louisiana wheat crop doing well despite cold, wet winter
(Distributed 04/28/14) WINNSBORO, La. – Recent high winds could cause lodging problems for the state’s 175,000 acres of wheat, but otherwise the crop is doing well after coming through a cold, wet early spring, according to LSU AgCenter wheat specialist Josh Lofton.
How about a hardy hibiscus?
(For Release On Or After 05/09/14) Yes, some hibiscuses are hardy in Louisiana. One of them, the Luna series hibiscus, has been named a Louisiana Super Plant selection for spring 2014.
You can survive gardening with allergies
(For Release On Or After 05/02/14) Many gardeners suffer from pollen allergies and are prone to sneezing, runny noses, watering eyes and sinus pressure headaches while working outside when pollen counts are high.
Building green cities workshop scheduled for May
(Distributed 04/24/14) BATON ROUGE, La. – The Building Green Cities Baton Rouge organization has scheduled a day-long workshop on May 12 to discuss water issues in the parish.
Crape myrtle aphids cause fungus to grow on trees
(Audio 04/28/14) Crape myrtles are one of the most widely planted trees here in Louisiana. They are mostly disease free, but they do get this one pest called crape myrtle aphids. These little bugs don't really harm the tree; they mostly just cause a type of black fungus to grow all over the tree. Listen to learn more. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
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Easter liles can be used in your gardens after Easter
(Audio 04/28/14) Easter lilies can be used after the Easter weekend. You can plant them in a semi-shady area, and they will bloom around April every year. They bring a beautiful look to your landscape. Listen to learn more about how to care for your leftover Easter lilies. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Easter lilies can be used in your garden
(Video 04/21/14) While Easter has passed, the smells of Easter lilies may still fill your home. When these plants start fading, you don’t have to throw them away. On this edition of Get It Growing, LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill explains how Easter lilies can be planted in the landscape and grow very well with the proper care. (Runtime: 1:50 seconds)
The kauai torenia provides an array of colors for your summer gardens
(Video 04/21/14) Louisiana Super Plants are plants proven to grow well in Louisiana landscapes. The latest edition for this spring is the Kauai (Kuh-why) torenia (Tuh-wren-ee-uh), a beautifully flowered, low-growing plant that comes in multiple colors. On this edition of Get It Growing, LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill explains how to take care of this newest member of the Super Plant family. (Runtime: 1:50 seconds)
Cleome – Ornamental Plant of the Week for April 28, 2014
(Distributed 04/25/14) Senorita Rosalita cleome and its new cousin, Senorita Blanca, are great plants for flowers from late spring through frost. Also known as spider flower because the projecting stamens of the flowers give these plants a spidery look, this plant can take summer's heat and is drought-tolerant.
Schuster named development director for agriculture
(Distributed 04/23/14) BATON ROUGE, La. – Dinah Schuster has been named senior director of development for agriculture at LSU. In this newly created LSU Foundation position, she will develop a comprehensive fundraising plan for the LSU AgCenter and College of Agriculture.
Food scientist helps turn home recipes into marketable products
(Distributed 04/22/14) BATON ROUGE, La. – Transforming home kitchen recipes into products that can be sold in stores involves more science than some people may realize. Fortunately for LSU AgCenter Food Incubator tenants, food scientist Luis Espinoza is on hand to help them do everything from keeping better records to making a product all natural.
4-H’ers participate in Commodity Ambassador contests
(Distributed 04/17/14) BATON ROUGE, La. – 4-H’ers from across the state competed in the state 4-H Commodity Ambassador contests on April 15 on the LSU campus in Baton Rouge. In all, 116 4-H’ers competed in the Chicken, Egg, Seafood, Sugar and Turkey Ambassador contests.
Coreopsis – Ornamental Plant of the Week for April 21, 2014
(Distributed 04/17/14) Many coreopsis are available for our Louisiana landscapes. Coreopsis, sometimes called tickseed, are herbaceous perennial flowers. We sometimes treat these as annuals and sometimes as perennials. The larger-flowered varieties are usually most popular with home gardeners.
Tutti Fruitti buddleia named Louisiana Super Plant
(Distributed 04/17/14) HAMMOND, La. – Buddleia, known by most home gardeners as butterfly bush, is becoming an increasingly popular plant in the home landscape. Mostly because this perennial is highly favored by butterflies as a nectar plant.
LSU College of Agriculture Poultry Judging Team wins competition
(Distributed 04/17/14) BATON ROUGE, La. — The LSU College of Agriculture’s Poultry Judging Team swept the competition at the USPOULTRY National Poultry Judging Contest April 2-4 on the LSU campus. LSU’s team competed against nine other universities.
Students represent the future of agriculture in D.C.
(Distributed 04/17/14) BATON ROUGE, La. – Two LSU College of Agriculture students were among the nearly 100 college students from across the country who celebrated National Ag Day (March 25) with agriculture and political leaders in Washington, D.C.
Vitex offers summer color in a small-growing tree
(Distributed 04/25/14) HAMMOND, La. – We all crave color in our landscapes. Beds full of annual and perennial flowering plants are often the primary source of landscape color, but they require a lot of work to keep them looking nice.
Learn to lower utility bills, repair costs at LaHouse Open House April 26
(Distributed 04/17/14) BATON ROUGE, La. – The LSU AgCenter LaHouse Home and Landscape Resource Center will host its Spring Saturday Open House from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on April 26. Attendees can learn how to lower utility bills and repair costs by keeping homes cool, dry and termite-protected through the spring and summer.
Panamanian official visits LSU, seeks stronger ties with business, agriculture
(Distributed 04/16/14) BATON ROUGE, La. – Panama's relationship with Louisiana could be key to economic and educational development in the Central American country, according to Mario Jaramillo, Panamanian ambassador to the United States.
Soda consumption is down in the U.S.
(Audio News 04/16/14) Americans are consuming less soda. Soda consumption has been declining over the past few years and is at the lowest it’s been since the mid-1990s. Denise Holston-West, a registered dietician with the LSU AgCenter, said efforts from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s MyPlate and First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move campaign are starting to pay off.
Houseplants will enjoy a move outdoors
(Audio 04/21/14) All plants are better suited for outside. You can move houseplants outside for the summer to help rejuvenate them. The move into light should be gradual. Listen to learn more. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Soda consumption declines in U.S.
(Distributed 04/16/14) BATON ROUGE, La. – Americans are consuming less soda. Soda consumption has been declining over the past few years and is at the lowest it’s been since the mid-1990s.
Tips for dealing with spring-flowering bulbs
(Audio 04/21/14) Gardeners use a wide variety of spring bulbs in our landscapes. After these bulbs finish flowering, you should trim off seed pods, but don't cut back foliage too soon. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
State 4-H, FFA horse show headed for Lake Charles
(Distributed 04/15/14) BATON ROUGE, La. – The LSU AgCenter has announced that after eight years in West Monroe, the 4-H and FFA State Horse Show and Contest will be held July 8-12, 2014, at the Burton Complex in Lake Charles.
Wildlife field day to be held May 3
(Distributed 04/15/14) CLINTON, La. – The LSU AgCenter Bob R. Jones-Idlewild Research Station near Clinton will hold a wildlife field day on May 3.
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Students in Food FUNdamentals use natural dyes for Easter eggs
(Distributed 04/11/14) BATON ROUGE, La. – Bags of lavender tea, cranberries and red onion skins simmered together to make a natural red dye. Students in Judy Myhand’s Food FUNdamentals class in the LSU College of Agriculture were preparing to dye eggs using items found around the kitchen to make the dyes.
Farmers must contend with another herbicide-resistant weed
(Distributed 04/14/14) ALEXANDRIA, La. – LSU AgCenter weed scientists confirmed that farmers will now have to contend with another herbicide-resistant weed, Italian ryegrass.
It’s time to control fire ants
(Distributed 04/14/14) BATON ROUGE, La. – Warmer weather brings many things to our landscapes – including fire ants.
Begonia – Ornamental Plant of the Week for April 14, 2014
(Distributed 04/11/14) Dragon Wing and BabyWing begonias, along with many other series and varieties of begonias, can and should be considered for the warm-season, shady landscape. Dragon Wing and BabyWing have some of the best genetics available.
Caladiums perform well in shady areas
(Audio 4/14/14) Caladiums are great plants for shady areas. They are reliable and provide nice color in your landscape. Gardeners can plant caladiums this time of the year. Hear more to learn how to plant them. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Gardens transition to warm-season plants in April
(Audio 4/14/14) The weather is starting to warm up across the state, and that means gardeners can starting planting warm-season bedding plants. These plants will bloom throughout the summer. Choose plants that will work best in your location with colors that harmonize with their surroundings. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
The new buddleia brings beauty to your garden
(Audio 4/21/14) The new buddleia, Flutterby Petite Tutti Fruitti Pink, is a Louisiana Super Plant. This new form of buddleia has an amazing compact growth habit. It also has a great fragrance and attracts butterflies. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Pay close attention to your container plants during the summer
(Audio 4/21/14) Louisiana gardeners use lots of containers in their landscapes. During the summer these plants grow very rapidly. Because of this you need to pay close attention to know when to fertilize. Listen to learn more about which fertilizers to use. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Deadheading keeps your plants looking fresh and attractive
(Audio 4/21/14) Deadheading refers to the removal of faded flowers that are past their time. This grooming process keeps the plant looking fresh and attractive. Listen to learn more about how and when to deadhead your plants. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Lawns start to grow faster during summertime
(Audio 4/14/14) As we move into late spring and early summer, your lawn will start to grow a lot faster. You will have to mow more often, so be sure your lawn doesn't get overgrown before you decide to mow. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
It’s time to take care of azaleas
(Distributed 04/11/14) HAMMOND, La. – Azalea blooms were outstanding this spring, even though the flowers were about two to three weeks later than normal and the cold weather this winter limited the early bloom. In the end, however, many plants bloomed in unison beginning in mid-March. Flowers are continuing now, and bloom on some varieties will stretch through May.
Landscape open house set for May 2 at Hammond Research Station
(Distributed 04/11/14) HAMMOND, La. – The LSU AgCenter Hammond Research Station will hold an open house from 9 a.m. to noon on May 2.
Urban gardening project starts in New Orleans
(Distributed 04/10/14) NEW ORLEANS – Residents in the Crescent Region interested in urban gardening are invited to a ribbon-cutting ceremony at a new LSU AgCenter vegetable plot next door to the New Orleans Convention Center on the corner of Tchoupitoulas and Henderson St. on April 23 at 11 a.m.
Warm weather brings pests to your garden
(Audio 04/14/14) As the weather warms up, all kinds of pests show up in our landscapes. Weeds and insects become more active and attack your plants. Make sure to keep an eye on your gardens to catch any pests or diseases that are affecting your plants. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Summer is the time to plant your lawn
(Audio: 04/14/14) Lawn grasses love to grow in the heat. April through summer is a great time to plant and refurbish your lawns. Sod is a great way to plant your lawn and have it look gorgeous if done properly. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Cold weather slows crawfish growth, hurts catch
(Video 04/02/14) Crawfish is part of Louisiana’s culture, and the crawfish boil is a springtime tradition, but LSU AgCenter correspondent Tobie Blanchard reports that this Cajun crustacean may be hard to come by this season. (Runtime: 1:25 seconds)
Louisiana soybean acreage expected to increase in 2014
(Distributed 04/09/14) BATON ROUGE, La. – In a trend mirroring much of the Midsouth region, Louisiana farmers are expected to plant more soybeans than they did last year, according to LSU AgCenter soybean specialist Ronnie Levy. He expects growers to plant 1.3 million acres as compared to 1.1 million acres in 2013.
Don’t be alarmed by the loud bugs
(Distributed 04/08/14) BATON ROUGE, La – People can expect to hear loud noises outside throughout eastern Louisiana because this is the year for the adult emergence of three species of Magicicada, commonly called 13-year cicadas.
Bioprocessing pilot plant offers opportunity
(Distributed 04/08/14) ST. GABRIEL, La. – Through the work of LSU AgCenter's Sustainable Bioproducts Initiative (SUBI), biofuels and other products could offer unique, economically beneficial opportunities for Louisiana's agriculture industry.
Flooded fields cause concern for Louisiana farmers
(Distributed 04/08/14) WINNSBORO, La. – Recent heavy rains – as much as 6 to 8 inches – in corn-producing areas of Louisiana have flooded fields that already have been planted.
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Lantana montevidensis add a beautiful color to your landscape
(Video 04/14/14) Lantanas have beautiful flowers that can nicely color a landscape. On this edition of Get It Growing, LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill introduces you to a tough Lantana that produces beautiful white and lavender flowers. (Runtime: 1:40 seconds)
Little Ruby Alternanthera – Ornamental Plant of the Week for April 7, 2014
(Distributed 04/04/14) Little Ruby alternanthera was named a LSU AgCenter Louisiana Super Plant in 2013. It is one of the newer varieties of alternanthera – also known as joseph’s coat.
Kauai torenia named Louisiana Super Plant for spring 2014
(Distributed 04/04/14) HAMMOND, La. – In the continuing program of identifying Louisiana Super Plants, the LSU AgCenter has identified the Kauai series torenia as a Louisiana Super Plant for spring 2014. These are improved from some of the older seeded varieties and have been proven great in landscape trials the last three years at the LSU AgCenter.
Scientist searches for controls for weeds in rice
(Distributed 04/04/14) CROWLEY, La. – LSU AgCenter weed scientist Eric Webster continued his work in 2013 on dormant hybrids and red rice outcrossing by starting a new project using several different herbicides to eliminate undesired plants in a field.
USA Rice Leadership class visits Louisiana
(Distributed 04/04/14) CROWLEY, La. – The 2014-16 USA Rice Leadership class visited the south Louisiana rice-growing region on April 3, including the LSU AgCenter Rice Research Station.
International scientists spend time in AgCenter labs
(Distributed 04/04/14) BATON ROUGE, La. – Increasing international cooperation in research has been the goal of the LSU AgCenter for many years, and during the past three years scientists from around the world have been able to conduct research in labs here through the Norman E. Borlaug International Agricultural Science and Technology Fellowship Program.
Autumn ferns bring a special something to the flower bed
(Video 04/07/14) 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: 1:40 seconds)
Clark elected fellow in American Phytopathological Society
(Distributed 04/02/14) BATON ROUGE, La. – Chris Clark, LSU AgCenter plant pathologist, has been elected a fellow of the American Phytopathological Society in recognition of his contributions to managing major sweet potato diseases.
AgCenter brings AgMagic to N.O. area May 14-17
(Distributed 04/02/14) NEW ORLEANS – The LSU AgCenter will present AgMagic on the River, an interactive, visually stimulating learning experience, at Docville Farm in Violet on May 14-17.
29 new La. Master Farmers recognized
(Distributed 01/10/14) LAFAYETTE, La. – The 2014 graduates of the Louisiana Master Farmer Program were recognized at the 68th Annual Meeting of the Louisiana Soil and Water Conservation Districts recently (Jan. 9).
AgCenter joins mental health, substance abuse project
(Distributed 04/01/14) NEW ORLEANS – The LSU AgCenter in partnership with the Prevention Research Center at Tulane University will work with local stakeholders to identify behavioral health needs of Orleans Parish residents and share best practices for improving community behavioral health.
Shrimpers, crabbers learn to save money, work safer at meeting
(Distributed 04/01/14) DELCAMBRE, La. – The LSU AgCenter and Louisiana Sea Grant held a series of meetings March 25-26 for crabbers and shrimpers with experts to advise them how to save money, to work safer and to comply with state and federal regulations.
AgMagic at Parker Coliseum April 28-May 4
(Distributed 03/31/14) BATON ROUGE, La. – Although agriculture is a vital $11.8 billion industry in Louisiana, many children do not realize the role it plays in their daily lives.
Choose bedding plants carefully
(Audio 04/07/14) You can choose among many types of warm-season bedding plants to bring color to your garden. Even shady areas where some plants won’t grow have particular plants that do well there. Listen to learn more about the different types of plants to grow in your flower beds. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
The best time to fertilize your lawn is early April
(Audio 04/07/14) Early April is an outstanding time to fertilize your lawn. You can use any type of lawn fertilizer you find available, but if you have concerns with your lawn, make sure you find a fertilizer that targets those problems. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Early April is the time to harvest mild-weather herbs
(Audio 04/07/14) Some herbs do better when the weather is hotter, but most frequently used herbs grow better when the weather is milder. Because they are producing abundantly right now, harvest them and freeze some so that you have herbs to use in your dishes through the summer season. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Proper support for tomatoes leads to less disease
(Audio 04/07/14) Letting tomato plants lie on the ground in Louisiana is inviting disease problems. Supporting these plants will help prevent disease and will increase fruit production. This can be done with stakes or growing the plants in cages. Listen to learn more. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Planting varieties of tomatoes
(Audio 04/07/14) Warmer temperatures allow gardeners to start transplanting tomatoes. When choosing which types of tomatoes you want to plant, make sure that you have more than one variety. Consult your local nursery to help with choosing different varieties. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Cold weather slows crawfish growth
(Audio 03/31/14) The cold winter didn’t kill crawfish, but it has significantly slowed their growth. LSU AgCenter crawfish specialist Greg Lutz says the crawfish in the pond are about the same size they were in December, and he doesn’t expect them to do much catching up. (Runtime: 1:22)
Weyerhaeuser donates $20,000 for Trees & Trails pavilion
(Distributed 03/31/14) BATON ROUGE, La. – The LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens at Burden has received a $20,000 donation from Weyerhaeuser through its Giving Fund for construction of a pavilion that will expand the Trees & Trails educational program.
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Sugar byproducts show promise in plastics
(Distributed 03/28/14) ST. GABRIEL, La. – Louisiana sugar producers may one day have a stake in the U.S. plastics industr, with the help of LSU AgCenter researchers.
Cat Whiskers – Ornamental Plant of the Week for March 31, 2014
(Distributed 03/28/14) Most folks do not know about cat whiskers (Orthosiphon stamineus).
New buddleia named Louisiana Super Plant
(For Release On Or After 04/25/14) Buddleia Flutterby Petite Tutti Frutti Pink is a Louisiana Super Plants selection for spring 2014. I know the variety name is a mouthful, but it is well worth remembering and looking for at your local nurseries.
Fresh herbs – easy to grow and delicious
(For Release On Or After 04/18/14) Many Louisiana gardeners have discovered how easy and rewarding growing herbs can be. Especially popular are the culinary herbs used to flavor foods. The trend for gardeners to plant and grow herbs continues to gain in popularity. Indeed, planting herbs is fairly common these days, particularly among gardeners like me who enjoy cooking.
Kauai torenia selected as Louisiana Super Plant
(For Release On Or After 04/11/14) Spring is here, and it’s time to plant warm-season bedding plants into our flower gardens. These plants will provide color for us through the coming summer. An outstanding choice is Kauai series torenia (Torenia fournieri), a Louisiana Super Plant selection for spring 2014.
Grass doesn’t always grow under trees
(For Release On Or After 04/04/14) It’s amazing how many times I’ve gotten questions about growing grass in shady areas. This is a common issue as shade trees in a landscape grow larger over time. Eventually, the shade they create may not allow grass to grow well in the most shaded areas. When dealing with this sort of situation, you have several options.
Early April is the time to plant warm-season bedding plants
(Audio 04/01/14) The bedding plants that you see in bloom now were planted last fall. If you are looking to plant bedding plants to last through the summer, you want to focus on warm-season plants. Check your local nursery for the correct season's bedding plants. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
The Kauai torenia, a Lousiana Super Plant
(Audio 04/01/14) The Kauai torenia is one of Louisiana's Super Plants. It is a beautiful little bushy plant that cover itself with flowers from the time you plant in the spring to late fall. It is simply a great choice for your flower beds. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Youth Wetlands week set for April 21-25
(Distributed 03/28/14) BATON ROUGE, La. – Louisiana’s wetlands are places to work, visit and enjoy. They are also places to learn. During the week of April 21-25, the LSU AgCenter’s Youth Wetlands program will be recognizing these diverse environments statewide through a variety of classroom lessons and wetlands activities.
Research gardens growing in Hammond
(Distributed 03/28/14) HAMMOND, La. – Since the debut of a landscape horticulture research and extension program at the LSU AgCenter Hammond Research Station seven years ago, gardens supporting the research at the station continue to expand.
Researcher studies 8 ethnic groups along Gulf Coast
(Distributed 03/25/14) BATON ROUGE, La. – Appreciating the cultural diversity of Louisiana in the Gulf of Mexico region could aid in understanding how the oil industry has affected society, says sociologist Mark Schafer.He is studying how various demographic groups in the region have changed over the years.
Sapsuckers aren't harmful to trees
(Audio 04/01/14) The yellow-bellied sapsucker is a bird that does exactly as its name implies. These little birds actually feed on the sap that trees bleed out during this time of the year. Listen to learn more. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Planting your April vegetables
(Audio 04/01/14) Some of the summer's most popular fruits and vegetables produce best if they are planted around this time. Early planting helps with preventing insect and disease problems. Listen to hear more about which types of vegetables can be planted now. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Pruning shrubs after they flower
(Audio 04/01/14) Louisiana has a wide variety of shrubs that bloom during the springtime. The best time to prune these shrubs is after they finish flowering. Pruning at another time would interfere with the reproduction process because of the time that these plants produce next year's flowers. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Guest lecturer says nutrient deficiencies exist in most societies
(Distributed 03/27/14) BATON ROUGE, La. – Only three billion of the seven billion people in the world are well-nourished, according to Lindsay Allen, director of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agriculture Research Service Western Human Nutrition Research Center. She said this is a problem in both wealthy and poor countries.
Louisiana sugar bulletin available online
(Distributed 03/26/14) BATON ROUGE, La. – The LSU AgCenter and the Louisiana State University Library recently completed digitizing approximately 20,000 pages of the “Sugar Bulletin,” the monthly publication of the American Sugar Cane League.
AgCenter researcher studying arsenic in rice
(Distributed 03/26/14) CROWLEY, La. – Dustin Harrell, LSU AgCenter agronomist at the Rice Research Station near Crowley, is participating in a multi-state study on arsenic in rice to determine if levels of the element are higher in different varieties and to see if varied flooding methods affect arsenic content
La. agriculture economy reaches record in 2013
(Audio News 03/26/14) For the second year in a row, the value of agriculture to Louisiana's economy reached a record high. LSU AgCenter economist John Westra said the state's agriculture culture was $11.8 billion in 2013.
Cold, wet weather delays corn planting
(Video 03/19/14) The cold, wet winter is hampering spring planting. LSU AgCenter correspondent Tobie Blanchard reports that corn planting is behind schedule and fewer acres than expected may be planted if the state doesn’t soon see warmer, drier weather. (Runtime 1:20 seconds)
Getting rid of buck moths in your trees
(Audio 03/24/14) The stinging buck moth caterpillar can pose a hazard to people and pests. If you see them in your trees, you can get a pest service to come and spray them before they make their way down. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
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Sago palms, beautiful but dangerous plants
(Video 03/1714) Sago (Say-go) palms grow well in Louisiana. But they are particularly dangerous to dogs this time of year. LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill explains that danger and what you can do about it, as well as some other Sago plant care tips, on this edition of Get It Growing. (Runtime 1:39 seconds)
Inspecting trees can save money
(Audio 03/17/14) It is a wise to hire an arborist to inspect trees on property you are planning to purchase. The trees may need care that could create costs in the future. (Runtime 60 seconds)
Wheat crop survives winter freezes
(Video 03/19/14) The cold winter hasn’t done much damage to the state’s wheat crop. LSU AgCenter correspondent Tobie Blanchard reports that the crop is in good shape heading into spring. (Runtime: 1:20 seconds)
Louisiana ag economy grows to new record high of $11.8 billion in 2013
(Distributed 03/24/14) BATON ROUGE, La. – For the second year in a row, Louisiana farmers had record-breaking values for many of their commodities, which led to a new high value of $11.8 billion for the agriculture sector of the Louisiana economy in 2013 – up 3.8 percent from 2012.
Experts search for cold-tolerant weevils
(Distributed 03/21/14) BATON ROUGE, La. – Unusually cold temperatures in north Louisiana parishes are expected to have killed 90 percent of the salvinia weevils used to combat the invasive aquatic plant giant salvinia, which is clogging waterways across Louisiana, according to LSU AgCenter weed scientist Dearl Sanders.
Bandana Lantana – Ornamental Plant of the Week for March 24, 2014
(Distributed 03/21/14) A Louisiana Super Plant to consider for this spring is the Bandana lantana.
All-America Selections names 2014 winners
(Distributed 03/21/14) HAMMOND, La. – Six bedding plants have been named national All-America Selection winners for the 2014 gardening season. They include Serenita Pink angelonia, Florific Sweet Orange New Guinea impatiens, Sparkle White gaura, NuMex Easter ornamental pepper, Akila Daisy White osteospermum and African Sunset petunia.
Dow gives AgCenter $10,000 for Children’s Garden Outdoor Classroom
(Distributed 03/21/14) BATON ROUGE, La. – The LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens at Burden has received a $10,000 grant from Dow Chemical through its DowGives program for construction of a Children’s Garden Outdoor Classroom to serve as a teaching shelter, sound barrier and protection from the sun.
Cold, wet weather delays corn planting
(Distributed 03/19/14) WINNSBORO, La. – About one percent of Louisiana’s corn crop is in the ground. This is unusual for mid-March when farmers typically have much of the crop planted.
Researcher studies food safety in greenhouse tomato production
(Distributed 03/20/14) BATON ROUGE, La. – Commercial greenhouse vegetable production is becoming increasingly popular in Louisiana. While there are benefits to local production, even small-scale growers must learn how to prevent and manage diseases.
Markets, weather hot topics at forestry meeting
(Distributed 03/19/14) HAMMOND, La. – For nearly a decade, those involved in the forest industry have suffered considerable losses, but experts say the current trends seem to be brighter with more interest in wood products.
Prime time to plant Japanese magnolias
(Video 03/10/14) Japanese magnolias are beautiful spring-flowering trees, and now is a good time to plant them. With a variety of flower colors and styles, they are a striking sight in Louisiana landscapes. On this edition of Get It Growing, LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill explains where to plant your Japanese magnolia and how to take care of it. (Runtime 1:38 seconds)
Marketing, operations information featured at seafood meeting
(Distributed 03/19/14) HOUMA, La. -- The LSU AgCenter and Louisiana Sea Grant held a seafood summit March 12 and 13 to provide information to help coastal residents who make their living from the seafood industry.
Corn planting is behind schedule
(Audio News 03/19/14) Less than one percent of Louisiana’s corn crop is in the ground. This is unusual for mid-March when farmers typically have much of the crop planted. Cold and wet weather has kept farmers out of their fields. (Runtime: 1:20 seconds)
Deadheading brings freshness to the flower bed
(Audio 03/24/14) Deadheading your flowers prevents them from making seeds and encourages them to continue to produce blooms. It's just not necessarily to make the flower bed look pretty. Different types of flowers should be deadheaded more often than others. Listen to learn more. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Buying the best tomato for your garden
(Video 03/31/14) It’s a great idea to get tomatoes into your garden during this time. On this edition of Get It Growing, LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill explains the many types of tomatoes you can choose for your early planting. (Runtime: 1:55 seconds)
Wheat rebounding from cold, wet winter
(Audio 03/17/14) A stiff north wind whipped through a wet wheat field. LSU AgCenter wheat specialist Josh Lofton says the field on the AgCenter’s Macon Ridge Research Station is thriving despite a damp and cold winter. (Runtime: 1:15)
Replanting your spring bulb plants
(Video 03/24/14) Flowering bulbs are a natural part of spring. You might wonder: “Will my potted tulips or daffodils keep growing, or can I replant them?" On this edition of Get It Growing, LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill answers those questions and talks about the general care of these beautiful plants. (Runtime: 1:40 seconds)
Controlling thrips in rose bushes
(Audio 03/24/14) Thrips are very tiny insects that invade the flower buds of our roses. They usually are a problem on spring and early summer flowers. Controlling them can be difficult, but there are a few insecticides you can use. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
The proper time to replace tropicals
(Audio 03/24/14) March is still too early to replace the tropicals that were killed by the winter freezes. They like to be replanted when the weather is nice, warm and settled. Trimming them back, however, can be done around this time. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
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Baton Rouge to host regional Master Gardeners in fall
(Distributed 03/17/14) BATON ROUGE, La. – More than 500 gardeners from throughout the Southeast are expected in Baton Rouge for the Southern Region Master Gardener Conference Oct. 21-24.
New farm bill provides price loss coverage for rice farmers
CROWLEY, La. – Rice farmers across Louisiana learned how the new farm bill will affect their operations in a series of meetings held by the LSU AgCenter and the USA Rice Federation. Large crowds showed up for the meetings held in Abbeville, Kinder, Crowley, Alexandria and Rayville.
Wait until April to fertilize lawns
(Audio 03/10/14) Lawns start to wake up in March. Home gardeners may be anxious to fertilize their lawns during this phase, but doing so can be detrimental to the grass. Wait until April to fertilize. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Louisiana Iris – Ornamental Plant of the Week for March 17
(Distributed 03/14/14) Blooming from late March to early May, the Louisiana iris is a floral ambassador that has carried our state’s name all over the world.
Renowned nutrition researcher to speak at annual Patrick Lecture
(Distributed 03/14/14) BATON ROUGE, La – A distinguished researcher and educator will talk on improving the quality of diets across the globe on March 26 as part of an annual endowed lecture series on the LSU campus.
Research identifies better-performing roses for Louisiana
(Distributed 03/14/14) HAMMOND, La. – Gardeners who have shied away from growing roses because of the fungicides and care needed to grow them can take heart in a recently completed research project conducted by the LSU AgCenter and the American Rose Society at the Gardens of the American Rose Center in Shreveport.
La. 4-H receives healthful grant for second year
(Distributed 03/14/14) POLLOCK, La. – The Louisiana 4-H program has again received the $30,000 Eat4-Health grant through National 4-H and United Healthcare.
Central La. garden expo set for April 11-12
(Distributed 03/14/14) ALEXANDRIA, La. – The 2014 Central Louisiana Garden Expo will be held at the State Evacuation Shelter in Alexandria on April 11-12.
Different types of fertilizers and how to choose them
(Audio 03/17/14) There are many different types of fertilizers. All plants need the same essential elements, so all of your plants can be fertilized with the same general fertilizer. The type of area where a plant is located indicates the type of fertilizer to use. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Proactive spraying will show best results in plants
(Audio 3/17/14) Spraying fruit trees has to be done preventively. It must be done long before the problems with pests show up. Different fruit trees need to be sprayed at different times. Listen to learn more. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Controlling brown patch in your lawn
(Audio 03/17/14) Brown patch is a common fungus that attacks lawns. This happens when the weather is cool and moist. Controlling brown patch will help ensure healthy grass for your lawn. Listen to learn more. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Now is the time for flower bed preparation
(Audio 03/17/14) March and April are the months that people plant their plants. Now is the time to prepare the area where you will plant. This corresponds to how well the plants will do. Listen to learn more about the process of preparing beds. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
New Orleans garden show to celebrate 35 years
(Distributed 03/13/14) NEW ORLEANS, La. – The 2014 New Orleans Spring Garden Show will be held at the City Park Botanical Garden April 5-6 from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. each day.
Small-ruminant field day set for April 26 at LSU
(Distributed 03/13/14) BATON ROUGE, La. – A field day for people who raise sheep and goats is scheduled for April 26 at the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine on Skip Bertman Dr.
New food safety rules still being developed
BATON ROUGE, La. – Although Congress passed the Food Safety Modernization Act in 2010, the Food and Drug Administration is still in the process of developing rules to enforce the law. The rules seek to enhance safety regulations by requiring more documentation and shifting the focus to prevention rather than response.
Wheat, oat field day set for April 16 at Macon Ridge Research Station
(Distributed 03/12/14) WINNSBORO, La. – LSU AgCenter experts will conduct a wheat and oat field day on April 16 at the Macon Ridge Research Station just south of Winnsboro, La.
Lead Certified Renovator Training at LaHouse March 27
(Distributed 03/12/14) BATON ROUGE, La. – A Lead Certified Renovator Training will be held at the LSU AgCenter LaHouse Resource Center on the LSU campus on March 27 from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Mold Control and Remediation Training at LaHouse March 19-21
(Distributed 03/12/14) BATON ROUGE, La. – A training session on mold control and remediation will be held at the LSU AgCenter LaHouse Resource Center on the LSU campus March 19-21 from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. each day.
Cattle experts give advice at Iberia Station field day
(Distributed 03/11/14) JEANERETTE, La. – More than 150 people attended the 2014 Beef Cattle Producers Annual Spring Field Day held at the LSU AgCenter Iberia Research Station on March 8.
Mayhaw – Ornamental Plant of the Week for March 10, 2014
(Distributed 03/07/14) Mayhaws are one of the most widely known of the native fruit tree species found in Louisiana.
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Sustainability assures growth in Louisiana’s forestry industry
(Distributed 03/07/14) SHREVEPORT, La. – The director of the Louisiana Forestry Association said companies using Louisiana wood products to make biofuels want to know how they can make sure feedstocks are obtained from sustainable sources.
Dividing perennials provides beautiful variety
(Audio 03/10/14) Perennials are plants that last year after year. They provide a colorful variation in your gardens. Dividing these perennials and spreading them out can make your landscape diverse in texture. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Positive effects of mulching
(Audio 03/10/4) Mulches are extremely useful and valuable. Decaying mulch will make soil richer and more fertile. Listen to learn more about how mulch has a positive effect on your gardens. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
AgCenter soil scientist reviews SoilWeb app
(Distributed 03/07/14) WINNSBORO, La. – To help farmers sort through the hundreds of apps available to aid with agricultural production, an LSU AgCenter soil scientist has begun posting online reviews.
Spring brings pests to landscapes
(Distributed 03/07/14) HAMMOND, La. – Spring is near. We have many wonderful plants coming into flower and foliage this time of year, but our landscapes also have diseases, insects and weeds that need to be monitored and dealt with when appropriate.
Baton Rouge Garden Show set for Mar. 29-30
(Distributed 03/07/14) BATON ROUGE, La. – The 12th annual Baton Rouge Spring Garden Show is set for March 29-30 at the John M. Parker Coliseum on Highland Road in Baton Rouge.
Properly transplant plants for best results
(Audio 03/10/14) Vegetable transplants that are purchased from greenhouses are not accustomed to the real world. Make sure to properly care for these plants so that they grow to be as healthy as possible. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
West Monroe plant sale set for April 5
(Distributed 03/06/14) WEST MONROE, La. – The Northeast Louisiana Master Gardeners will hold their sixth annual plant sale at the West Monroe Farmers Market from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on April 5.
Louisiana producers should prepare for possible aphid attack on sorghum
(Distributed 03/06/14) WINNSBORO, La. – There’s a new pest infiltrating Louisiana sorghum crops, and producers should be on the lookout, according to LSU AgCenter scientists.
Whooping cranes in White Lake
(Video 03/05/14) Rare and endangered birds are making a comeback in Louisiana with the help of the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries and the LSU AgCenter. AgCenter correspondent Tobie Blanchard has this report on the effort to bring back the whooping crane.(Runtime: 2:20 seconds)
March is the time to fertilize shrubs
(Audio 03/10/14) March is a great time to fertilize the shrubs in your landscape. Some shrubs may not need the extra fertilizer. Testing the soil in your landscape can be very helpful to know how to fertilize. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Winter wheat progressing with little cold damage
(Distributed 03/05/14) BATON ROUGE, La. – Over the past few weeks, the winter wheat crop has gone through the gamut of late winter and early spring conditions, said LSU AgCenter wheat specialist Josh Lofton.
Whooping cranes return to White Lake
(Audio News 03/05/14) Sara Zimorski and Carrie Salyers suit up in white costumes with crane head gloves to interact with an experimental flock of whooping cranes in White Lake Wetland Conservation Area near Gueydan. Both are biologists with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries and are working with the flock to reestablish a population of whooping cranes in Louisiana. (Runtime: 2:10)
Osteospermum - Ornamental Plant of the Week for March 3, 2014
(Distributed 02/28/14) Osteospermums are becoming more popular as cool-season-to-warm-season transition bedding plants in the landscape. These plants are commonly referred to as African daisy.
Planning the summer flower garden
(For Release On Or After 03/28/14) As we move into April, we can enjoy the peak blooming season of our cool-season annuals. But it’s not too early to begin to plan our summer gardens. If you have empty flower beds, you may even begin to plant summer flowers in late March in south Louisiana or early to mid-April in north Louisiana.
Notice our beautiful spring wildflowers
(For Release On Or After 03/21/14) Mention blooming wildflowers, and most people think of country meadows and drives along rural roads. Wildflowers, however, are to be found everywhere, including cities and suburbs as well as in the country.
Don’t miss educational opportunities
(For Release On Or After 03/14/14) Gardening is no different from any other human endeavor. Whether you want to repair your own car or cook a fancy meal, you must understand the information and techniques that have to be learned and done properly.
Stop ‘crape murder’
(For Release On Or After 03/07/14) The term “crape murder” has been coined to describe the cutting back of crape myrtle trees. Although perhaps a little overly dramatic, it is in use by horticulturists across the Southeast wherever crape myrtles are a popular and common tree.
‘Yards and neighborhoods’ provides basic landscape information
(Distributed 02/28/14) HAMMOND, La. – One of the programs the LSU AgCenter offers is “Louisiana Yards and Neighborhoods.” It was developed several years ago as an educational program to teach home gardeners about sustainable landscaping and home horticulture practices.
Rice growers get word on preparing for season
(Distributed 02/28/14) ST. MARTINVILLE, La. – St. Martin Parish rice and soybeans producers heard preseason advice Wednesday (Feb. 26) from LSU AgCenter experts about preparing for this year’s crops.
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Forestry future looks good in Louisiana
(Distributed 02/28/14) ALEXANDRIA, La. – The future for wood products in Louisiana is bright, thanks to Europe, a beetle in Canada and an increase in U.S. housing construction, LSU AgCenter experts said Tuesday (Feb. 25) at the Central Louisiana Forestry Forum.
24 graduate from AgCenter leadership program
(Distributed 02/28/14) BATON ROUGE, La. – The 13th class of the LSU AgCenter’s Agricultural Leadership Development program completed its two-year course of study with graduation February 22 at Nottoway Plantation in White Castle as AgCenter administrators recognized 24 leaders in agriculture production and ag-related industries from around the state.
Beef field day set for March 8 in Jeanerette
(Distributed 02/28/14) JEANERETTE, La. – The Acadiana Beef Cattle Producers field day will be held March 8 at the Iberia Research Station.
Control your weeds
(Audio 03/03/14) Cool-season weeds are active in lawns, flower beds and vegetable gardens this time of the year. You don't want to allow these weeds to flower and set seeds. Get rid of them as best you can to keep them under control. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Long life of perennials
(Audio 03/03/14) Perennials are grown for their beautiful foliage or flowers and can live for many years in our landscapes. This gives them an advantage over annuals. Look for perennials growing in gallon containers at nurseries. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Sucessful way to weed prevention
(Audio 03/03/14) 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)
Correct time to plant flower beds
(Audio 03/03/14) You may see plants like dianthus and pansies blooming in flower beds and consider planting some this time of year. The best of those were planted in fall or winter. Beds planted with these flowers this month will never achieve the look of earlier planted beds. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Gourmet in the Garden scheduled at Burden
(Distributed 02/25/14) BATON ROUGE, La. – Dining and music among the blooms and under the stars will be featured during Gourmet in the Garden: A Progressive Dinner in the Gardens at the LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens at Burden on April 25, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
Brush With Burden exhibition to feature local artists
(Distributed 02/25/14) BATON ROUGE, La. – The fourth annual Brush With Burden art exhibition will be held at the LSU AgCenter’s Botanic Garden at Burden from March 23-30.
Two AgCenter rice scientists honored at national meeting
(Distributed 02/24/14) NEW ORLEANS, La. – Two LSU AgCenter scientists were honored at the 2014 Rice Technical Working Group’s 35th meeting held Feb. 18-21. Johnny Saichuk received the Distinguished Rice Research and Education Award, and Mike Stout was one of seven entomologists from rice-growing states to be recognized with the Distinguished Rice Research and Education Team Award.
Families learn to eat healthy, exercise more at weekend 4-H camp
(Distributed 02/24/14) POLLOCK, La. – Families learned about healthy eating and the importance of exercise at the Louisiana 4-H Food and Fitness Camp held at 4-H Camp Grant Walker Feb. 22-23.
EPA OKs label for rice fungicide
(Distributed 02/24/14) CROWLEY, La. – LSU AgCenter plant pathologist Don Groth said a federal label for the fungicide Sercadis has been granted for the upcoming growing season.
Now is the time to trim or add ground cover
(Video 03/03/14) Now is a good time to begin getting your yard into better shape. On this edition of Get It Growing, LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill explains how late February is a great time to trim ground cover or add some of these plants to your landscape. (Runtime: 1:50 seconds)
Chinese evergreens offer colorful variations
(Video 02/24/14) The traditional Chinese evergreen is a tough houseplant that has always come in one color – green. On this edition of Get It Growing, LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill explains how recent developments with this plant now include striking variations from the original color and style of the plant. (Runtime: 1:50 seconds)
Myths persist about saltwater purges, tail curl for cooking crawfish
(Distributed 02/24/14) CROWLEY, La. – With crawfish season underway, south Louisiana residents look forward to dining on a regional delicacy, either in a backyard setting or a restaurant.
Farm bill forces farmers to make safety net decision
(Video News 02/21/14) Louisiana farmers were relieved to finally see passage of a farm bill. LSU AgCenter correspondent Tobie Blanchard talks with an ag economist about what the bill means for local producers. (Runtime: 1:31)
Supertunia -- Ornamental Plant of the Week for February 24, 2014
(Distributed 02/21/14) With an ever-increasing number of color combinations now spread over 33 available varieties, the Supertunia petunias from Proven Winners continue to impress in container and landscape trials across the Southeast.
Flowering trees add to February, March landscapes
(Distributed 02/21/14) HAMMOND, La. – Flowering trees add considerable color and beauty to our landscapes during late winter and early spring. Many of the trees that flower at this time of year can be considered low-maintenance compared to the amount of pleasure we get from them.
Farm bill forces farmers to make decisions
(Audio 02/21/14) Earlier this month the president signed a new farm bill. Farmers have been operating without a farm bill for two years. LSU AgCenter economist Kurt Guidry says the $1 trillion bill eliminates the direct payment program in which farmers could enroll every year to receive payments based on the their historical program payment acres, rates and yields. (Runtime: 1:25)
Researcher works to make sugarcane resistant to brown rust disease
(Distributed 02/20/14) BATON ROUGE, La. – Brown rust fungus poses a serious threat to Louisiana's nearly $1 billion sugarcane industry. Thanks to funding from the American Sugar Cane League, LSU AgCenter molecular biologist Niranjan Baisakh is studying DNA markers in sugarcane associated with resistance to the fungus. He hopes to help sugarcane breeders develop varieties that block the fungus at the molecular level.
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ARK-LA-TEX forestry forum scheduled for March 6
(Distributed 02/20/14) SHREVEPORT, La., – The LSU AgCenter will hold its 30th Annual ARK-LA-TEX forestry forum on March 6 at the Holiday Inn Financial Plaza in Shreveport.
Beauregard Parish garden show scheduled for March 1
(Distributed 02/20/14) BATON ROUGE, La. – Beauregard Parish Master Gardeners will hold a spring garden festival and plant sale at the Beauregard Parish Fairground Exhibit Hall and Demonstration Garden from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m on March 1.
Artificial reefs could stem coastal land loss
(Distributed 02/20/14) BATON ROUGE, La. – Louisiana’s issues with coastal land loss are well-documented. Scientists estimate that since 1930 as much as 25 square miles of land per year have been lost in the Mississippi River delta area.
Burnett named new administrator in LSU College of Agriculture
(Distributed 02/20/14) BATON ROUGE, La. – Mike Burnett has been named executive associate dean of the LSU College of Agriculture. In this new role, Burnett hopes to help the college's 10 departments and schools meet needs that will allow improved funding and recruitment, particularly in graduate programs.
Tanger named new AgCenter forestry economist
(Distributed 02/19/14) BATON ROUGE, La. – Shaun Tanger has been named the new forestry economist with the LSU AgCenter. Based in Baton Rouge, Tanger coordinates the outreach programs of five regional forestry specialists and helps provide the industry with the information necessary for continued growth and development.
Louisiana youths named champions at 79th Annual LSU AgCenter Livestock Show
(Distributed 02/19/14) GONZALES, La. – Hundreds of young people from across Louisiana were named state champions during the 79th Annual LSU AgCenter Livestock Show held Feb.8-15 at the Lamar-Dixon Expo Center in Gonzales.
Does fertilizer go bad over time?
(Audio 02/24/14) Fertilizer does not go bad over time. Proper care and storage leads to fertilizer being just as nutritious as when the bag was first opened. Listen to learn more. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Best time to plant caladiums
(Audio 02/24/14) Caladium bulbs can be planted before spring starts. Bulbs can be bought and planted in potting soil flats where proper care can be given to them so that they stay warm and moist. This will help give bright colors to the flowers when planting them in the ground at the beginning of spring. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
East Baton Rouge Master Gardeners plant sale set for April 12
(Distributed 02/18/14) BATON ROUGE, La. – East Baton Rouge Parish Master Gardeners will have a plant sale at the LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens at Burden from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sat., April 12.
Gardens need organic matter
(Audio 02/17/14) Gardeners may be unsure about what exactly organic matter is. Essentially it is material derived from plants or plant parts, such as grass clipping or wood chips. Letting this material decay will give you compost. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Federal food safety law poses problems for agricultural producers
(Distributed 01/27/14) BATON ROUGE, La. – The U.S. Food Safety Modernization Act is the first major overhaul of American food safety laws in decades. It strives to make the food supply safer, but growers and manufacturers could face a number of challenges.
Trim ground covers in late winter
(Audio 02/24/14) Late February is a good time to cut back ground covers. Do this before new growth occurs in the spring. This helps rejuvenate the plant and controls height. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Plant gladiolas in late February
(Audio 02/24/14) Louisiana gardeners can start planting gladiolas in late February and can plant them into March. Gladiolas need to bloom while the weather is still mild. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Right amount of light helps plants thrive
(Audio 02/24/14) To grow plants successfully, provide them with adequate light. Light is food for plants. Some plants need full sun, others part shade. Listen to learn more about these terms. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
AgCenter announces 14 field days for 2014
(Distributed 02/17/14) BATON ROUGE, La. – The LSU AgCenter has scheduled 14 field days at off-campus research stations during 2014.
Youths earn Gerry Lane Premier Exhibitor Awards
(Distributed 02/17/14) GONZALES, La. – Six exceptional Louisiana youths were recognized Saturday (Feb. 15) for their knowledge, skills and communication abilities as they were named winners of the Gerry Lane Premier Exhibitor Award at the 79th annual LSU AgCenter Livestock Show at the Lamar Dixon Expo Center here.
4-H, FFA youth, leader honored for livestock work
(Distributed 02/17/14) BATON ROUGE, La. – The LSU AgCenter honored five Louisiana 4-H and FFA students and one adult leader Saturday, Feb. 15, for their work with youth livestock projects.
4-H'er with Down syndrome finds purpose through livestock program
(Audio 02/17/14) Affectionately known as "John John" by his family, friends and fans, John Sonnier, a 4-H’er from St. Mary Parish, was prepping to show his pigs at the LSU AgCenter’s State Livestock Show. Sonnier has Down syndrome, and his sister, Brittany Durham, says showing livestock has given him a real purpose. (Runtime: 1:55)
Forestry forum scheduled for March 14 in Hammond
(Distributed 02/14/14) BATON ROUGE, La. – The 25th annual Florida Parishes forestry forum is scheduled for Friday, March 14, at the University Center at Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond.
Dianthus – Ornamental Plant of the Week for February 17, 2014
(Distributed 02/14/14) Some of the best dianthus for Louisiana are the Amazon series. These are extremely prolific flower producers and can be planted in September through early November or in February through March.
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Special needs student succeeds at livestock show
(Video 02/14/14) For one week a year, youngsters and their animals gather for the LSU AgCenter Livestock Show. The show attracts students from all walks of life. LSU AgCenter correspondent Tobie Blanchard visited with a 4-H’er with Down syndrome who shines during his moment in the show ring. (Runtime: 1:57)
New bait could benefit La. crab, shrimp industries
(Video News 02/10/14) A new gelatin- like bait using shrimp waste could improve the way blue crabs are caught and add value to Louisiana’s shrimp processing industry. LSU AgCenter correspondent Tobie Blanchard has this report. (Runtime: 1:46)
Forum brings together producers, processors, distributors
(Distributed 02/14/14) NEW ORLEANS –People involved in providing agricultural products to the New Orleans area joined in a leadership forum to discuss ways to improve the current system in New Orleans on Feb. 11.
Students take fashion designs to the runway
(Distributed 02/14/14) BATON ROUGE, La. – Rachel Detloff’s purple ombre gown is going from the classroom to the runway. Detloff is one of a group of senior level students and former students from the LSU College of Agriculture’s Department of Textiles, Apparel Design and Merchandising showing pieces during a runway show on Feb. 15.
Louisiana palm trees suffer from cold weather
(Distributed 02/14/14) HAMMOND, La. – Palm trees have become increasingly popular in Louisiana home landscapes recently, and this resurgence mainly can be attributed to the lack of severely cold weather over the past 30 years.
Youngster with Down syndrome finds pride showing livestock
(Distributed 02/14/14) GONZALES, La. – Affectionately known as “John John” by his family, friends and fans, John Sonnier, a 4-H’er from St. Mary Parish was prepping to show his pigs at the LSU AgCenter’s state livestock show. He stopped occasionally to visit with people passing by and to show off his dance moves.
Agritourism business grows in Louisiana
(Distributed 02/12/14) LAKE CHARLES, La. – Louisiana birds and wildlife habitat considered commonplace by local residents are considered exotic and fascinating by many out-of-state visitors looking for the different and unusual, according to speakers at an agritourism workshop on Feb. 11.
LSU AgCenter prepares for garden shows across the state
(Distributed 02/10/14) BATON ROUGE, La. – Louisiana gardeners can work in their yards almost every day of the year, but spring is prime time for gardening.
Divide perennials while they are dormant
(Audio 02/17/14) Gardeners can divide dormant perennials in February. Perennials may need to be divided if the clump has gotten too big or if you want plants in other areas. It is best to do this before the flowers wake up and begin growing. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Young trees need fertilizer
(Audio 02/17/14) Trees can benefit from the extra nutrients fertilizers provide. Young trees especially need fertilizer. You can use tree spikes or granular fertilizer to fertilize your trees. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Spring-flowering bulbs can withstand cold
(Audio 02/17/14) Spring-flowering bulbs are growing in gardens, but most won't bloom until March. Despite the extreme cold Louisiana has had this winter, there is no need to protect the plant parts. The flowers can be damaged if a hard freeze occurs in March. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Transplant trees in winter
(Audio 02/17/14) Trees sometimes pop up in places they don't belong or are in areas that don't work. Gardeners who want to transplant a tree should do it in winter. Listen to learn how. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Invasive species, crop residue highlight farmer meeting
(Distributed 02/12/14) DELHI, La. – Invasive species and residue management highlighted a recent (Feb. 6) LSU AgCenter agriculture producer meeting.
New crops on horizon for north Louisiana, Mississippi producers
(Distributed 02/07/14) BATON ROUGE, La. – Farmers growing crops in Louisiana and Mississippi may soon have two new crops to add to their portfolios. Researchers with the LSU AgCenter, Mississippi State University Cooperative Extension Service and the United States Department of Agriculture are working together to bring sugarcane and sweet sorghum north – way north – of Interstate 10.
Precision ag can improve farm efficiency
(Distributed 02/11/14) ALEXANDRIA, La. – Farmers can improve the efficiency of their fertilizer applications with a combination of soil electro-conductivity, soil sampling and crop-yield monitors, according to two LSU AgCenter agents who conducted a workshop on precision ag technology.
Plant hardy shrubs to bring back the green
(Video 02/17/14) If most of your yard is brown with plants destroyed by freeze damage, then now's the time to tip the balance back to shades of living green. On this edition of Get It Growing, LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill explains how you can liven your landscape by planting hardy shrubs. (Runtime: 1:31)
Cool-season plants offer color now through May
(Video 02/10/14) Landscapes with ugly, dead, freeze-damaged plants don't have to look that way. On this edition of Get It Growing, LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill explains what beautiful plants you can find at the nursery right now -- plants that will provide continuous color from now through May. (Runtime: 1:50)
Cold delays La. strawberry crop
(Video News 02/07/14) Freezing temperatures that persisted through much of January set back the state’s strawberry crop. LSU AgCenter correspondent Tobie Blanchard visited Ponchatoula, where most of the strawberries are grown. (Runtime: 1:38)
Blue crab bait could improve crab, shrimp industries
(Distributed 02/11/14) BATON ROUGE, La. – A new gelatin-like bait using shrimp waste could improve the way blue crabs are caught along the coast of Louisiana and add value to the state’s shrimp processing industry.
Pericallis – Ornamental Plant of the Week for February 10. 2014
(Distributed 02/10/14) Many people may be unfamiliar with pericallis, but the Senetti series contains the first repeat-blooming varieties.
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LaSalle Parish gets $1 million for fitness project
(Distributed 02/07/14) BATON ROUGE, La. – Eighteen months after receiving a $1 million matching grant to fight obesity, residents of LaSalle Parish are seeing what new ideas and infrastructure can do to improve health.
LSU AgCenter researcher develops blue crab bait
(Audio News 02/06/14) Blue crabs caught along the coast of Louisiana are lured into traps using Atlantic-caught menhaden. But menhaden is expensive to ship, must be kept frozen and is becoming harder to get as bait. So LSU AgCenter researcher Julie Anderson is developing an alternative bait. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Rose time is approaching
(Distributed 02/07/14) HAMMOND, La. – Roses are one of our most popular ornamental plants. And home gardeners should learn about and be aware of recommended management practices for roses.
Forestry Forum set for Feb. 25 in Alexandria
(Distributed 02/06/14) ALEXANDRIA, La. – The LSU AgCenter will hold its annual Central Louisiana Forestry Forum on Feb. 25 at the State Evacuation Shelter at the Dean Lee Research and Extension Station adjacent to the LSU-Alexandria campus.
AgCenter researchers work to improve sugarcane production
(Distributed 02/06/14) LAFAYETTE, La. – LSU AgCenter researchers detailed their projects recently at the annual meeting of the Louisiana Division of the American Society of Sugar Cane Technologists. The conference, Feb. 3-5, was held in conjunction with the American Sugar Cane League.
Freeze delays state's strawberry crop
(Audio News 02/03/14) A winter storm that blanketed most of Louisiana in snow and ice, shutting down roads, schools and businesses, took a toll on the state’s strawberry crop. As temperatures rose following the freeze, Ponchatoula strawberry farmer Eric Morrow pulled back the row covers that protect his crop to survey the damage. (Runtime: 1:30)
Crab trap rodeo set for Terrebonne coast Feb. 15
(Distributed 02/05/14) BATON ROUGE, La. – The LSU AgCenter is helping organize a derelict crab trap rodeo off the coast of Terrebonne Parish. The roundup will take place Saturday, Feb, 15, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Toby Voisin’s oyster dock at the end of Highway 315 in Dularge.
Soil additive can change hydrangea color
(Audio 02/10/14) Hydrangea color is dependent on the acidity of the soil. Gardeners can change the color of their hydrangeas by adding aluminum sulfate or lime around the hydrangea plant. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Gardeners can plant bare-root roses in February
(Audio 02/10/14) Not many plants are sold with bare roots. Gardeners can still find bare-root roses in nurseries. They are more perishable than container-grown roses and should be planted this month while they are still dormant. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Fertilize fruit tree to keep it productive
(Audio 02/10/14) To keep your fruit tree healthy and productive, fertilize it. You can have your soil tested to choose the best fertilizer for your soil or use a general purpose fertilizer. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Cool-season color for shady areas
(Audio 02/10/14) Gardeners looking to add cool-season color to shady areas have several options. Plants like forget-me-nots and foxgloves can tolerate mostly shade with just a few hours of sun. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Prune hardy fruit trees in February
(Audio 02/10/14) February is a good time to prune hardy fruit trees. The way the tree is pruned depends on the type of fruit tree it is. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Freeze effects to state's agriculture are minimal
(Distributed 01/31/14) BATON ROUGE, La. – A winter storm that blanketed most of Louisiana in snow and ice, shutting down schools and businesses, didn’t cause much damage to the state’s agriculture. Kurt Guidry, an LSU AgCenter economist, conducted a survey of major commodities.
Feral hog problem continues with few options for control
(Distributed 02/03/14) BATON ROUGE, La. – The growing feral hog population is causing millions of dollars of damage to agriculture across the southeastern United States. Because they are intelligent, difficult to control and have an appetite for just about anything, the hogs can quickly wipe out fields of crops along with farmers' investments.
4-H’ers learn ways to teach healthy living to their peers
(Distributed 02/03/14) BATON ROUGE, La. – A Louisiana 4-H group attended the first 4-H National Youth Healthy Living Summit recently to learn how to spread the message about living safer and healthier.
Arbor Day brings throngs to Botanic Gardens at Burden
(Distributed 01/30/14) BATON ROUGE, La. – More than 700 visitors enjoyed balmy temperatures and bright skies at the Arbor Day celebration at the LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens at Burden on Jan. 18.
Fringe Trees – Ornamental plant of the week for February 3, 2014
(Distributed 01/30/14) The American fringe tree (Chionanthus virginicus) produces clusters of flowers with long, narrow, greenish-white petals that are produced in masses all along the branches.
Echinacea named perennial of the year
(Distributed 01/30/14) HAMMOND, La. – The National Garden Bureau has selected echinacea, commonly known as coneflower, as its 2014 perennial of the year because of the vast assortment of flower colors and shapes available to today’s gardener. It’s also an American staple.
Prune roses in early February
(For Release On Or After 02/07/14) Early February is an excellent time to cut back roses growing in your landscape. Hybrid tea and grandiflora roses, in particular, should be pruned around this time every year. Otherwise, these roses tend to become leggy, less vigorous and unattractive and do not bloom as well.
Garden with termites in mind
(For Release On Or After 02/28/14) The next several months are a popular time for adding new beds of shrubs, ground covers and flowers to the landscape or reworking and replanting existing beds. When dealing with beds that are right next to your house, this work can affect your home’s termite protection.
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Yellow leaves are not always a problem
(For Release On Or After 02/21/14) Yellow leaves have been showing up on a wide variety of evergreen shrubs since the past fall, and this has caused many Louisiana gardeners some concern. Although the condition may look alarming, in most cases the yellowing leaves do not indicate a problem.
Protect trees during construction
(For Release On Or After 02/14/14) Homeowners whose new houses were constructed on lots with existing trees are often dismayed to find the trees declining in health or dying a few years after construction. This tragedy can be avoided if existing trees are properly protected during construction around them.
Winter Honeysuckle – Ornamental Plant of the Week for January 27, 2014
(Distributed 01/27/14) Winter honeysuckle (Lonicera fragrantissima) is a great plant for late-winter interest in the landscape. It is problem-free and produces small winter flowers and naturally cascading branches in February.
Adding resistant starch to diet could aid weight loss
(Distributed 01/27/14) BATON ROUGE, La. – Fiber is an essential part of any healthy diet, and it may be the key to success for people looking to lose weight. A fermentable fiber known as resistant starch, which is found in peas, beans, lentils and some grain products, could help lower body fat, according to Michael Keenan, an associate professor in the LSU AgCenter's School of Nutrition and Food Sciences.
Aphid causes problems for Louisiana grain sorghum
(Distributed 01/27/14) OPELOUSAS, La. – LSU AgCenter experts urged farmers who experienced harvest problems caused by the white sugarcane aphid in grain sorghum to report their difficulties to state agriculture officials to help obtain approval for a pesticide to control the insect.
Urban leadership forum set for New Orleans Feb. 11
(Distributed 01/27/14) BATON ROUGE, La. – Producers, processors and distributors who provide agricultural products to the New Orleans area are invited to a leadership forum to discuss ways to improve the current system.
LaBonte receives national sweet potato award
*Distributed 01/27/14) NEW ORLEANS La. – Don LaBonte, a sweet potato breeder and director of the LSU AgCenter School of Plant, Environmental and Soil Sciences, was presented the 2014 Distinguished Service Award by the U.S. Sweet Potato Council on Jan. 21 at its annual convention.
Ground covers thrive in shady areas
(Audio 01/27/14) Ground covers are low-growing, evergreen plants that work nicely in shady areas of lawns where grass won't grow. They can also lower the maintenance of lawns. Ground covers are hardy and can be planted this time of the year. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Research, technology featured at national sweet potato meeting
(Distributed 01/27/14) NEW ORLEANS, La. – The latest in Louisiana sweet potato research was highlighted recently as more than 375 producers, processors and industry representatives met at the 2014 U.S. Sweet Potato Council Convention.
Prepare beds for spring planting
(Audio 01/27/14) Even with all the cold weather we've had, gardeners can still find mild days to do bed preparation. This is very helpful for vegetable gardens. Listen to learn how to do proper bed preparation. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Get roses planted before warm weather arrives
(Audio 01/27/14) Late January and early February is a good time to plant roses. Gardeners can find roses at local nurseries. The earlier you get them in, the more time they have to establish before the warm weather arrives. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Houseplants need plenty of light
(Audio 01/27/14) Most people have a few plants growing indoors. To keep houseplants healthy and happy, they must get the right amount of light. Keep them by a clean window and pull back curtains or blinds to get the maximum amount of light. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Freezes hurt tropical plants
(Audio 01/27/14) Louisiana has seen some really cold weather this winter. Many tropical plants have been damaged by the freezes. Gardeners can cut back herbaceous tropical plants like cannas, but should wait until spring to cut back woody tropical plants like hibiscus or angel trumpets. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Smartphones can aid with weight loss
(Video 01/27/14) Your smartphone can help you get healthy. Calorie-counting apps are making people more aware of the nutrition content of their food. Nutritionists also are using smartphone technology to help clients. LSU AgCenter correspondent Tobie Blanchard has this report. (Runtime: 1:57)
Don't 'murder' your crape myrtles
(Distributed 01/27/14) HAMMOND, La. – We are midwinter in Louisiana, and this is the time when people think about pruning crape myrtles. Unfortunately, these are one of the most abused trees in Louisiana’s residential and commercial landscapes.
TV, radio host featured at gardening seminar
(Distributed 01/23/14) WEST MONROE, La. – Gardening expert Melinda Myers, who also is a TV and radio host, author and columnist, was the featured speaker at this year’s annual Master Gardener’s seminar in West Monroe.
Simple ways to reduce heating costs
(Video News 1/23/14) Louisiana is having a cold winter and along with staying comfortable, home heating costs can be a concern. LSU AgCenter correspondent Tobie Blanchard talks with a housing specialist about ways to make a home more efficient. (Runtime: 1:554)
Lobularia – Ornamental Plant of the Week for January 6, 2014
(Distributed 01/03/14) Snow Princess lobularia is a unique breakthrough in the genus for heat tolerance and extended-season performance.
AgAlley shows where food, clothes come from
(Distributed 01/22/14) WEST MONROE, La. – LSU AgCenter agents from northeast Louisiana conducted AgAlley on Jan. 15-18 to provide agricultural information to school children during the annual AgExpo.
Water indoor plants properly
(Video 02/03/14) It sounds simple, but watering your indoor plants properly is an important part of keeping them healthy. On this edition of Get It Growing, LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill explains the proper way to quench your plant's thirst. (Runtime: 1:42)
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