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LSU AgCenter Dairy Store extends hours
(Distributed 09/15/14) BATON ROUGE, La. – The LSU AgCenter Dairy Store is now open from 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. on weekdays. Gary Hay, director of the School of Animal Sciences, said the store extended its hours to better serve its customers.
Program aims to bring fresh, seasonal produce into Louisiana schools
(Distributed 09/15/14) BATON ROUGE, La. – Growing interest in making fresher, more healthful food available in Louisiana communities has led the LSU AgCenter to implement the Louisiana Harvest of the Month pilot program in three Louisiana schools – Dufrocq Elementary School in Baton Rouge, Andrew H. Wilson Charter School in New Orleans and North Bayou Rapides Elementary School in Alexandria.
AgCenter connections could help LSU expand global engagement
(Distributed 09/15/14) BATON ROUGE, La. – The LSU AgCenter's ties with other countries could be instrumental as LSU seeks to increase international involvement and better prepare students for a global workforce, according to LSU Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost Stuart Bell. He was among the featured speakers at the AgCenter's Sept. 9 Global Agriculture Hour, which is a new monthly event that highlights the significance of international activities to Louisiana agriculture.
LSU College of Agriculture students capture, band migrating hummingbirds
(Distributed 09/15/14) BATON ROUGE, La. – Cheers erupted as a remote-controlled door on a cage closed. A small ruby-throated hummingbird was inside at a feeder. Students in the LSU College of Agriculture’s School of Renewable Natural Resources were trapping hummingbirds at a residence in Baton Rouge on Sept. 12 to help with banding them and to gather information about each bird
Open house at LaHouse set for Nov. 1
(Distributed 09/15/14) BATON ROUGE, La. – The LSU AgCenter LaHouse Home and Landscape Resource Center will host its seasonal Saturday open house on Nov. 1 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Group fosters cooperation between farmers, beekeepers
(Distributed 09/12/14) BATON ROUGE, La. – Agricultural producers, beekeepers and pesticide applicators are working together in an effort to minimize the damage chemicals may have on honeybee populations in Louisiana.
LSU board approves new agriculture education, extension department
(Distributed 09/12/14) BATON ROUGE, La. – The LSU Board of Supervisors authorized creation of the Department of Agricultural and Extension Education and Evaluation at its Sept. 12 meeting in Baton Rouge. The new unit will merge the LSU AgCenter’s Organization Development and Evaluation office and the College of Agriculture’s agricultural and extension education program
Homestead Purple Verbena – Ornamental Plant of the Week for September 15, 2014
(Distributed 09/12/14) Of all the perennial verbenas on the market today, the outstanding variety continues to be Homestead Purple. And this Verbena canadensis is truly perennial.
Early soybean harvest looks promising
(Distributed 09/04/14) LAKE ARTHUR, La. – With good moisture and light pest pressure, this year’s Louisiana soybean crop has the potential for another record-breaking year, according to LSU AgCenter soybean specialist Ron Levy.
Beautyberry provides eye appeal in fall landscapes
(Distributed 09/12/14) HAMMOND, La. – American beautyberry is a great Louisiana native shrub that deserves o increased use. Plants have abundant fruit production in the fall, and with their wildlife benefit, they fit well into a woodland garden setting.
National 4-H Week to be held Oct. 5-11
(Distributed 09/11/14) BATON ROUGE, La. – 4-H, the nation’s largest youth organization, will celebrate National 4-H Week Oct. 5-11 by sponsoring in a variety of activities focusing on science, community enhancement and a healthy lifestyle.
Pregnant women asked to participate in nutrition study
(Distributed 09/11/14) BATON ROUGE, La. – Pregnant women between the ages of 18 and 35 may be eligible to participate in the Louisiana Moms and Babies Study (LAMBS), which is examining nutrition and infant growth.
AgCenter provides safety training for migrant workers
(Distributed 09/11/14) BATON ROUGE, La. – Preparing 300 farm workers to do their job safely in two days requires planning and patience, but when those workers don’t speak English, it takes much more.
Researchers work to identify safer, more effective oil dispersants
(Distributed 09/10/14) BATON ROUGE, La. – Four years ago, as nearly 5 million barrels of oil flowed into the Gulf of Mexico after the Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded, desperate cleanup crews applied dispersants to break up the oil that people worried would have profoundly negative effects on coastal wetlands and wildlife.
$4 million fishing, boating facility opens in Delcambre
(Distributed 09/10/14) DELCAMBRE, La. – A new boat dock, fishing pier, boat launch and farmer’s market pavilion, which was dedicated on Sept. 6, was the culmination of a project begun after hurricanes Ike and Rita devastated this coastal town. The dedication was during the first Seafood and Farmer’s Market of the shrimp season, and attendance hit 4,000 people.
Student athletes need good hydration
(Audio News 09/10/14) School is back in session, and student athletes are returning to the playing fields. While temperatures are likely to begin dropping this month, it is still very hot outside. Denise Holston-West, a registered dietitian with the LSU AgCenter, said staying properly hydrated is important for student athletes. (Runtime: 1:20)
(Video 09/15/14) Native Louisiana plants can be excellent choices for landscapes. On this edition of Get It Growing, LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill suggests the American beautyberry as a great native selection. It’s a shrub that produces beautiful berry clusters – great for cut-flower arrangements.
Gaillardia Mesa is fall Louisiana Super Plant
(Audio 9/15/14) A Louisiana Super Plant, gaillardia Mesa is an outstanding bedding plant for fall, but will continue to flower throughout spring and early summer. The series has three flower colors, Mesa Bi-color, Mesa Yellow and Mesa Peach. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Plant ornamental peppers now
(Video 9/15/14) Peppers are great vegetables. But you can also grow ornamental peppers that produce colorful, decorative little fruits. On this edition of Get It Growing, horticulturist Dan Gill explores some different types of ornamental peppers and how to care for them.
Fall azaleas provide blooms late in the year
(Audio 9/15/14) Fall azaleas have been common in Louisiana for years. Most fall-blooming azaleas produce a nice display in the fall and another display in the spring. Listen to learn which types of azaleas are most popular during this time of year. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
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Store caladiums through the winter
(Audio 9/15/14) Caladiums provide color to flower beds throughout the summer, but they go dormant in the fall. Before the foliage disappears, dig up the tubers and store them through the winter. This will allow you to replant them year after year. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Create a compost pile in early fall
(Audio 9/15/14) Everybody who gardens should have a compost pile. If you have enough space in your yard, create a compost pile before the leaves begin to fall. Listen to hear instructions on how to easily construct a compost bin for your home. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Watch out for azalea lace bugs
(Audio 9/15/14) There are two generations of azalea lace bugs, and the second generation appears in early fall. Azalea lace bugs can be identified by tiny white spots on the upper surface on the leaf and brown spots underneath the leaf. Treat with an insecticide. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Here’s a new insect to watch out for
(Distributed 09/09/14) HAMMOND, La. – Louisiana homeowners should be on the alert for a small insect called chilli thrips that feeds on the young, tender parts of many plants, according to Yan Chen, an entomologist at the LSU AgCenter Hammond Research Station.
Hydration is important for student athletes
(Distributed 09/08/14) BATON ROUGE, La. – School is back in session, and student athletes are returning to the playing fields. While temperatures are likely to begin dropping this month, it is still very hot outside. Denise Holston-West, a registered dietitian with the LSU AgCenter, said staying properly hydrated is important for student athletes.
Mulch controls weeds
(Audio 09/08/14) Mulches are used in flower beds and around shrubs. They bring a great look to your landscape and also enrich the soil. Their most important job, however, is to prevent weeds from growing. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Cassia – Ornamental Plant of the Week for September 8, 2014
(Distributed 09/05/14) Cassia, now more commonly called by the scientific name of Senna, is a great fall-flowering large shrub-like plant for Louisiana.
Outdoor business workshop set for Oct. 16 in Oak Grove, La.
(Distributed 09/05/14) OAK GROVE, La. – Landowners in Louisiana, Arkansas and Mississippi can learn how to earn additional income from their agricultural lands, recreational property or timberland during an outdoor business workshop on Oct. 16
Feral hog control topic of symposium presentations
(Distributed 09/05/14) BATON ROUGE, La. – With annual damage estimates at nearly $1.5 billion nationally, and with a population of over 400,000 in Louisiana, wild hogs drew wide interest at a natural resource symposium on Aug. 29.
Horse owners should check hay for toxic blister beetles
(Distributed 09/05/14) BATON ROUGE, La. – Louisiana horse owners need to inspect alfalfa hay bales for blister beetles, which are tiny, toxic and potentially fatal, said LSU AgCenter equine specialist Neely Walker. As few as 25 ingested beetles can be toxic to an average-sized horse, and poisoned animals can die within 72 hours.
Perennials do well when planted in fall
(Distributed 09/05/14) HAMMOND, La. – Perennials are plants that live for three or more years and often require two or more years from seed to flower. Gardeners are showing renewed interest in non-woody, herbaceous perennials because they often need less maintenance, less water and fewer pesticides than annual bedding plants.
Lawns should be kept well mowed
(Audio 09/08/14) Lawns still need to be mowed often this time of year. Make sure to weed, water and mow regularly so the lawn stays healthy for those cold winter months. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Pruning trees and shrubs may cause less flowering
(Audio 09/08/14) Fall-, winter- and spring-flowering trees and shrubs have already set their flower buds for next year. Pruning these plants now will cause the flowers to be less abundant during blooming seasons. Listen to learn more about when and how to prune. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Prepare gardens now for winter planting
(Audio 09/08/14) A lot of gardening is done during September and October. During this time, summer plants are coming to an end, and it's time to plant those fall vegetables and flowers. Gardens need to be prepared for the new plants to produce abundantly. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Fertilizing for the fall
(Audio 09/08/14) Fall is right around the corner, and fertilization in preparation for fall is important. Fertilizer is important in spring and summer, but not as much in fall and winter. Listen to learn more about how to fertilize for fall. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Master Horseman classes start Sept. 8, 22
(Distributed 09/04/14) BATON ROUGE, La. – The LSU AgCenter is offering Master Horseman classes in three locations across the state starting Sept. 8 and 22, according to Neely Walker, extension equine specialist.
AgCenter researcher discovers new disease of boxwoods
(Distributed 09/04/14) BATON ROUGE, La. – Beginning in the fall of 2011, Raj Singh, the LSU AgCenter’s “plant doctor,” began seeing an increase in the number of calls about damage to boxwoods.
Exhibit on Cooperative Extension Centennial to open Sept. 22 at LSU Hill Memorial Library
(Distributed 09/03/14) BATON ROUGE, La. – An exhibit commemorating 100 years of the Cooperative Extension Service in Louisiana will open at the LSU Hill Memorial Library on Sept. 22.
Lichens aren’t bugs or disease
(Distributed 09/03/14) BATON ROUGE, La. – When people notice lichens on their trees, shrubs and other plants, they become concerned that they have problems. But they shouldn’t worry, said LSU AgCenter plant scientist Raj Singh.
LSU AgCenter Food Incubator gets $25,000 grant
(Distributed 09/13/14) BATON ROUGE, La. – The LSU AgCenter Food Incubator has received a $25,000 grant from the Louisiana Economic Development Business Incubation Support Program. The funds were awarded through the Louisiana Business Incubator Association in August and will be used to purchase faster, more efficient processing equipment.
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Landscape field day set for Oct. 9 in Hammond
(Distributed 09/03/14) HAMMOND, La. – The LSU AgCenter Hammond Research Station will hold its annual landscape horticulture field day for nursery, landscape and garden center professionals on Oct. 9.
Mold control, remediation course offered Oct. 21-23 in Baton Rouge
(Distributed 09/03/14) BATON ROUGE, La. – The LSU AgCenter LaHouse Resource Center will conduct a mold control and remediation training course on Oct. 21-23 at LaHouse in Baton Rouge. It will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. each day.
Good weather provides for a successful corn harvest
(Video 09/03/14) Louisiana’s corn crop is coming in. Good weather during the growing season has translated into good yields. LSU AgCenter correspondent Tobie Blanchard has this report.
Rain causes rice crop delays
(Video 09/03/14) Louisiana farmers are harvesting their rice crop … when they get a break from the frequent rain. LSU AgCenter correspondent Tobie Blanchard visited a rice field still wet from the previous day’s downpour.
Big Leaf Tibouchina – Ornamental Plant of the Week for September 1, 2014
(Distributed 09/02/14) Princess flowers include several species. One of the lesser known species is glory flower (Tibouchina grandifolia), also known as big leaf tibouchina. It has much larger foliage and larger flowers than the other commonly grown princess flowers.
Looking for tropical plants appropriate for Louisiana
(Distributed 08/29/14) HAMMOND, La. – A research and extension program at the LSU AgCenter Hammond Research Station this year and next year – along with some work the past two years – is the evaluation of tropical and tropical-like landscape plants.
Fall is for planting – make plans now
(For Release On Or After 09/26/14) November through February is the prime season for planting hardy trees, shrubs and ground covers in Louisiana. So now is an excellent time to assess your landscape situation and begin to make plans.
What to do with caladiums
(For Release On Or After 09/19/14) Plantings of caladiums generally begin to look tired and less attractive in late September or early October. When they do, it’s time to decide what you want to do with them.
Mesa gaillardia is outstanding in fall gardens
(For Release On Or After 09/12/14) Each spring and fall LSU AgCenter horticulturists unveil Louisiana Super Plants selections for that season, and gaillardia Mesa series has been named a Louisiana Super Plants selection for fall 2014.
It’s time to start cool-season vegetable gardening
(For Release On Or After 09/05/14) Although September weather is often still hot, vegetable gardeners begin to anticipate the cooler weather to come. It is now that we begin to focus on planting cool-season vegetables that will grow and produce during the fall, winter and spring.
AgCenter to hold agritourism workshop Oct. 30 in Hammond
(Distributed 08/28/14) BATON ROUGE, La. – The LSU AgCenter will offer an agritourism workshop from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Oct. 30 at the Hammond Research Station.
Faul to be inducted into National 4-H Hall of Fame
(Distributed 08/28/14) BATON ROUGE, La. – Terril Faul did not get the opportunity to participate in 4-H as a child. But as an adult he had the opportunity to shape the minds and character of countless 4-H students through a distinguished career as a parish 4-H agent and later as the state leader for Louisiana 4-H.
Rice farmers learn latest on disease
(Distributed 08/27/14) CROWLEY, La. – LSU AgCenter scientists held a field tour at the Rice Research Station here on Aug. 26 to discuss their work on controlling the major diseases that afflict rice. Clayton Hollier, AgCenter plant pathologist, said even varieties with the best resistance can be affected by disease.
AgCenter brings technology to local residents
(Distributed 08/27/14) FRANKLINTON, La. – The four-year Connect My Louisiana broadband Internet initiative of the LSU AgCenter is providing touchscreen computers, 3-D printers and other high-tech equipment to local offices for public use.
Beef cattle field day set for Oct. 16 in Alexandria
(Distributed 08/27/14) ALEXANDRIA, La. – A Beef Cattle and Forage Field Day will be held Oct. 16 at the Dean Lee Research and Extension Center here. Registration starts at 2:30 p.m. at the State Emergency Evacuation Shelter south of the LSU-Alexandria campus along U.S. Highway 71.
High school ag teachers in short supply despite growing demand
(Distributed 08/27/14) BATON ROUGE, La. – Demand for food and fiber is growing faster than ever, but the agriculture workforce responsible for meeting that demand is shrinking.
LSU AgCenter announces bioproducts short courses
(Distributed 08/26/14) ST. GABRIEL, La. – The LSU AgCenter’s Sustainable Bioproducts Initiative (SUBI) will hold two bioproduct short courses in September. Both are free and are open to everyone.
Pecan trees need large yards
(Audio 09/01/14) During this time of year pecan trees are getting ready to drop their nuts. Pecan trees alternately have large crops one year and small crops the next. The brittle wood on pecan trees during those large-crop years becomes very fragile, and branches often fall. The bigger your yard, the safer it is to have a pecan tree. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Rainy weather encourages fungi growth
(Audio 09/01/14) Fungi that live in your lawn help deteriorate the grass clippings. The rainy weather causes the fungi to sprout and create mushrooms. The mushrooms aren’t usually dangerous, but some may be poisonous. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Transplant vegetables now to keep gardens productive
(Audio 09/01/14) Great fall vegetables can still be grown to produce vegetables before the first big freeze of the winter. Transplanting these vegetables now is the easiest and smartest way to get a fall crop. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
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Plant bunching onions now
(Audio 09/01/14) Bunching onions should be planted now so they can grow throughout the winter. You can buy them from your local nursery and plant them within the next few months. Listen to learn more about bunching onions. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Cotton farmers should scout for target spot disease
(Distributed 08/25/14) WINNSBORO, La. – Louisiana cotton farmers need to be on the lookout for target spot, a fungal disease that can quickly defoliate plants. Trey Price, LSU AgCenter plant pathologist at the Macon Ridge Research Station, said target spot is present in all cotton-producing areas of the state, with the most severe cases in Franklin, Madison and Tensas parishes.
Tree roots need to be properly cared for
(Audio 09/01/14) Tree roots can be a lot shallower than you think. Shallow roots call for special care because certain tasks around the tree, like sidewalk construction or digging, can easily harm the roots. Listen to learn more about how to prevent root damage. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Food Incubator tenant Hanley graduates to co-packer
(Distributed 08/25/14) BATON ROUGE, La. – LSU AgCenter Food Incubator tenant Richard Hanley of Hanley’s Foods has upgraded to a co-packer in Louisiana that will manufacture his Sensation salad dressing. Hanley, who has been with the incubator since its opening in July 2013, will now be able to produce 650 gallons a day, which will help meet increasing demand for his product.
AgCenter sets corn maze for Sept. 27-28, Oct. Saturdays at Burden
(Distributed 08/25/14) BATON ROUGE, La. – The LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens at Burden will roll out the fall welcome mat with a corn maze and pumpkin patch festival Sept. 27-28 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. in conjunction with the LSU Rural Life Museum’s Harvest Days.
Weed control advice featured at pasture field day
(Distributed 08/25/14) CADE, La. – This has been a good year for weeds to flourish, but that also means killing the unwanted plants in pastures has been easier than usual, said LSU AgCenter weed scientist Ron Strahan.
Keep trees, branches off roofs
(Distributed 08/22/14) BATON ROUGE, La. – Most homeowners are aware that dead limbs and branches, as well as weak trees themselves, pose a threat to roofs during hurricanes and other storms. But even low-hanging branches can cause problems.
Celebration Pennisetum – Ornamental Plant of the Week for August 25, 2014
(Distributed 08/22/14) The Celebration series of purple fountain grass includes the well-known red-foliaged variety Fireworks and the lesser-know green and white variegated form called Sky Rocket, along with the white, green and pink variegated Cherry Sparkler.
Body scanner takes quick, accurate fashion measurements
(Distributed 08/22/14) BATON ROUGE, La. – Casey Stannard stepped behind a curtain into a device that at first glance looks like a mix between an airport body scanner and a voting booth. Stannard, an assistant professor in the LSU College of Agriculture’s Textiles, Apparel Design and Merchandising Department, volunteered to have her measurements taken in the department’s new state-of-the-art 3-D and 4-D Size Stream body scanner.
Here’s what’s new for summer flowers
(Distributed 08/22/14) HAMMOND, La. – Since the debut of a landscape horticulture research and extension program at the LSU AgCenter Hammond Research Station eight years ago, we’ve continually expanded the gardens that support research. One of the largest programs evaluates new annual warm-season bedding plants and perennial flowers in the sun garden and shade garden.
LSU AgCenter class teaching beekeeping basics
(Video 08/20/14) Bees are an important part of the ecosystem, pollinating plants and making honey. A new LSU AgCenter program is helping potential beekeepers learn the business of bees. LSU AgCenter correspondent Tobie Blanchard visited one of the training sessions.
New sweet potato varieties on display at field day
(Video News 08/21/14) Louisiana sweet potato farmers will begin harvesting their crop in about a month. Acres are up, and growers have more viable options when planting varieties. LSU AgCenter correspondent Tobie Blanchard has this report.
Porterweed adds beauty and wildlife
(Video: 08/25/14) Porterweed is a summer plant that is not too well known. But as horticulturist Dan Gill explains on this edition of Get It Growing, porterweed can enhance your landscape in multiple ways. (Runtime: 1:45 seconds)
(Video: 09/01/14) Tropical cannas produce beautiful flowers in some of the hottest conditions. On this edition of Get It Growing, LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill explains how to promote better blooming on these plants and how to control persistent insect problems. (Runtime: 1:39 seconds)
Leaf spot looks bad but doesn’t harm crape myrtles
(Distributed 08/20/14) BATON ROUGE, La. – Cooler temperatures and abundant rainfall this spring and summer have led to a major increase of Cercospora leaf spot disease on crape myrtle trees in Louisiana.
Moving firewood can distribute destructive ash borer
(Distributed 08/20/14) BATON ROUGE, LA. – LSU AgCenter entomologists are advising Louisiana residents to avoid moving firewood in an effort to slow the movement of the emerald ash borer.
New equipment enhances fertilizer research
(Distributed 08/20/14) CROWLEY, La. – An LSU AgCenter scientist now has the capability for year-round testing of fertilizer and fertilizer additives on different soils.
AgCenter offers Lead Certified Renovator training Sept. 16 in Baton Rouge
(Distributed 08/20/14) BATON ROUGE, La. – As part of its Healthy Homes educational initiative, the LSU AgCenter LaHouse Resource Center in Baton Rouge will host a daylong Lead Certified Renovator Training course on Sept. 16 beginning at 8:30 a.m.
Aryana receives international dairy research award
(Distributed 08/18/14) BATON ROUGE, La. – Kayanush Aryana, an LSU AgCenter researcher and professor of dairy foods technology in the LSU College of Agriculture, received the International Dairy Foods Association Award in Dairy Food Processing at the American Dairy Science Association annual meeting in Kansas City, Missouri, in July.
Aspiring beekeepers get basic training
(Distributed 08/19/14) DERIDDER, La. – A group of novice and would-be beekeepers suited up in protective gear to check hive boxes at Richard Hebert’s bee yard here. The group is part of the first basic beekeeper training class offered by the LSU AgCenter. Keith Hawkins, the Beauregard Parish county agent, organized the class, which met in July and August.
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Researchers look for biological controls for aflatoxin
(Distributed 08/19/14) BATON ROUGE, La. – Of all the issues farmers must contend with, aflatoxin-contaminated grain can be one of the most costly at harvest. Several strains of Aspergillus fungi produce aflatoxins, which are complex, harmful pathogens that attack several crops, including field corn. LSU AgCenter researchers are working to develop biological controls for these aflatoxin-producing fungi.
AgCenter program strives to improve West Carroll Parish health
(Distributed 08/18/14) OAK GROVE, La. – With a 35 percent prevalence of obesity, Louisiana is the heaviest state in the nation. The side effects of that statistic are serious: many residents also suffer from diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and other health problems.
Mosquitoes are a nuisance in the garden
(Audio 08/25/14) Mosquitoes are abundant the summer and can be a nuisance when you garden in early morning or late afternoon and evening. Make sure to take proper precautions such as wearing long clothing and using repellant. Listen to learn more about how to prevent getting bitten by mosquitoes. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Pruning gingers and cannas
(Audio 08/25/14) Gingers and cannas both can be pruned around this time of the year. Each stalk or shoot only produces one group of flowers, so once the stalk has bloomed, you can prune it down to the ground. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Lawns should not be fertilized after August
(Audio 08/25/14) Depending on how your lawn is growing determines if it needs to be fertilized. If you fertilized your lawn earlier in the summer and the grass looks to be growing properly, then you don’t need to fertilize again before winter. Listen to learn more about fertilizing your lawn. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Prune roses during late summer
(Audio 08/25/14) Roses need to be pruned twice a year so they can produce flowers properly. The timing of pruning is crucial because it comes right before the plants produce flower buds. Pruning allows roses to grow properly and provide you with beautiful flowers. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Grass clippings are valuable organic matter
(Audio 08/25/14) Summer showers and heat cause grass to grow rapidly, which in turn calls for your lawn to be cut more often. Grass clippings from mowing your lawn should be properly used. Listen to learn more about how to use those clippings. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Firebush – Ornamental Plant of the Week for August 18, 2014
(Distributed 08/15/14) Firebush, also called firecracker plant, goes by the scientific name Hamelia patens.
AgCenter sets two cattle field days for Acadiana
(Distributed 08/15/14) LAFAYETTE, La. – The LSU AgCenter has scheduled two field days for Acadiana area cattle producers.
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)
AgCenter research gardens feature new trees, shrubs
(Distributed 08/15/14) HAMMOND, La. – Since the debut of a landscape horticulture research and extension program at the LSU AgCenter Hammond Research Station eight years ago, gardens supporting the research continue to expand.
Entomologist tries to stay ahead of insect resistance to Bt corn
(Distributed 08/15/14) BATON ROUGE, La. – Fall armyworms and corn borers have long been a concern for Louisiana corn growers. While farmers in the U.S. have planted transgenic Bt corn varieties since the 1990s to biologically control pests, staying ahead of their ability to develop resistance is a constant battle.
New mosquito virus present in Louisiana
(Distributed 08/15/14) BATON ROUGE, LA. – It has been about 12 years since West Nile virus, the mosquito-borne disease was, first identified in Louisiana, but this year the chikungunya fever has made its presence known.
Researchers study extent of feral hog damage in Louisiana
(Distributed 08/15/14) BATON ROUGE, La. – LSU AgCenter researchers are in the process of conducting two surveys of landowners in Louisiana in an effort to put a dollar figure on the amount of damage being done by feral hogs.
Researchers focus on stink bugs, other soybean insect pests
(Distributed 08/14/14) BATON ROUGE, La. – LSU AgCenter entomologist Jeff Davis is working with redbanded stink bugs to see which soybean varieties have resistance to what has become the crop’s worst insect pest.
LSU AgCenter, College of Ag plan exchanges in Slovakia, Czech Republic
(Distributed 08/14/14) BATON ROUGE, La. – A new exchange program will allow students and faculty from the LSU College of Agriculture and two universities in Slovakia and the Czech Republic to learn about agriculture in each other’s countries. The cooperation is the result of a recent trip by a delegation of five from the LSU AgCenter and the college to these two countries.
Planting palms should be done in summer
(Audio: 08/18/14) Palms are tropical, so they should be planted during summer. Palms can’t handle freezing temperatures and sometimes die from cold. If you have palms in your landscape that look dead, last winter’s frost probably killed them, and now is the time to replant. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
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)
New sweet potato variety gains acreage
(Audio 08/13/14) Louisiana farmers planted more than 9,000 acres of sweet potatoes, up from last year’s 7,000. Most of the acres are in the variety Beauregard. But LSU AgCenter sweet potato breeder Don LaBonte said a new variety, Orleans, is gaining popularity. He said it looks and tastes like Beauregard, but has one advantage. (Runtime: 1:35)
Two Louisiana 4-H shooting sports teams win first place at national meet
(Distributed 08/13/14) BATON ROUGE, La. – The members of two Louisiana 4-H shooting sports teams will have plenty to talk about when asked what they did during their summer vacations. The Louisiana 4-H shotgun and recurve archery teams won first place at the National 4-H Shooting Sports Invitational Tournament in Grand Island, Nebraska. It was the first time a Louisiana 4-H shotgun or recurve archery team had won the tournament.
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LSU AgCenter hosts camp for Navy kids
(Distributed 08/13/14) BATON ROUGE, La. – 4-H’ers from Naval bases in New Jersey and Florida spent almost two weeks in south Louisiana as part of the 4-H Navy Military Partnership Specialty Camp.
Scientists look to molecular markers to speed wheat breeding
(Distributed 08/13/14) BATON ROUGE, La. – Many wheat varieties developed by seed companies aren’t suited for Louisiana because the warm, humid Gulf South conditions encourage disease development. But LSU AgCenter wheat breeder Steve Harrison and his team are working to ensure that Southern farmers have varieties well-adapted to this region.
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)
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)
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)
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)
Ferns are the best plants to grow in shady areas
(Audio: 08/18/14) In the heat of the summer, it’s nice to work in the shade. Ferns are best grown in shade, so tending to them is easy to do in the heat of the summer. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Harvest pears early so they can ripen off the tree
(Audio: 08/18/14) Pears are ready to be picked around this time of the year, but they aren’t quite ready to be eaten yet. The best method to ripening the pears is to wrap them in newspaper and let them sit for at least a week. Listen to learn more about what signs to look for when the pears are ready to be picked. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Louisiana irises do most of their growing in the winter
(Audio: 08/18/14) Because most irises grow mainly in the winter, now is the time to transplant them to different parts of your landscape. Clumps of irises can become very large and need to be spread apart. Make sure to transplant them carefully and you’ll have beautiful arrangements of irises in your landscape. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Butterfly weeds provide food and nesting grounds for monarch butterflies
(Audio: 08/18/14) Butterfly weeds are grown in many Louisiana gardens. All butterflies come to feed on the nectar of the weeds, but the monarch butterflies lay their eggs on these plants. Monarch populations have fallen over the past couple of years, and by planting these plants, the butterflies will have a safe place to lay their eggs. (Runtime: 60 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)
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)
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)
Conerly named Louisiana FFA executive secretary
(Distributed 07/29/14) BATON ROUGE, La. – Kathy Conerly has been named executive secretary of Louisiana FFA. In her new position, she hopes to expand programs and use FFA to promote agriculture to Louisiana's next generation. Conerly succeeds Ronald Mayeux, who passed away in April and was the executive secretary for seven years. FFA is affiliated with both the LSU AgCenter and the LSU College of Agriculture.
Marsh Maneuvers teach about coastal preservation
(Video: 8/06/14) A coastal camp has been showing students the value of Louisiana’s marshland for a quarter of a century. During Marsh Maneuvers, 4-H’ers get into the marsh to learn how to preserve it. LSU AgCenter correspondent Tobie Blanchard has the story. (Runtime: 2:05 seconds)
American Seafood Cook-off brings excitement to 4-H'ers
(Video: 08/06/14) 4-H’er are used to entering cooking competitions, but the Great American Seafood Cook-off is a grand stage for 4-H’ers trying out their culinary skills. LSU AgCenter correspondent Tobie Blanchard was there. (Runtime: 1:55 seconds)
SET Camp for military kids set for Sept. 5-7 in Pollock
(Distributed 08/11/14) BATON ROUGE, La. – LSU AgCenter 4-H Youth Development is offering a SET (Science, Engineering and Technology) Camp for military kids on September 5-7, 2014, at the Grant Walker 4-H Educational Center in Pollock, Louisiana.
Military youth complete teen leadership camp on LSU campus
(Distributed 08/11/14) BATON ROUGE, La. – A group of youth from Louisiana and neighboring states recently completed Teen Leadership Camp on the LSU campus.
Pawpaw – Ornamental Plant of the Week for August 8, 2014
(Distributed 08/08/14) The pawpaw is a popular native fruit tree that’s sometimes hard to find at garden centers.
Care now will improve fall roses
(Distributed 08/08/14) HAMMOND, La. – Late summer is the time to begin preparing for spectacular fall blooms on your roses. Roses need proper disease management and fertilization in August through early September for best fall performance.
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Sweet potato research featured at AgCenter field day
(Distributed 08/08/14) CHASE, La. – Sweet potato farmers got updates on varieties, diseases, weeds and other topics at a field day on Aug. 7 at the LSU AgCenter Sweet Potato Research Station. The event attracted about 140 participants from Louisiana and seven other states.
AgCenter economist sees little effect from Russian ag embargo
(Distributed 08/07/14) BATON ROUGE, La. – Russia’s announced one-year ban on most food imports from the West should have minimal effects on Louisiana agriculture, according to an LSU AgCenter economist. The embargo covers all imports of meat, fish, fruit, vegetables, milk and milk products from the U.S. Canada, all 28 EU countries plus Norway, and Australia
Black root rot suspected in Louisiana soybeans
(Distributed 08/07/14) BATON ROUGE, La. – Soybean growers in Louisiana are seeing soybean damage this year that LSU AgCenter scientists believe has been in cotton for many years.
Rice planting has many factors to overcome this year in Louisiana
(Video 04/16/14) Rice planting is behind schedule in Louisiana because of the cold and damp spring. LSU AgCenter correspondent Tobie Blanchard talked with a farmer in Vermilion Parish where weather and birds are affecting his crop. (Runtime: 1:30)
AgCenter hosts international fellows groups
(Distributed 08/07/14) BATON ROUGE, La. – Agriculture representatives from three countries spent time in Louisiana this summer to learn about the different areas of American agriculture, according to Susan Karimiha, LSU AgCenter International Programs coordinator.
Louisiana team places second in national 4-H seafood cook-off
(Distributed 08/07/14) NEW ORLEANS, La. – A team of young chefs from Vermilion Parish earned second place in the Great American Seafood Cook-Off 4-H Edition on Sunday, Aug. 3.
Governor Jindal, LSU administrators open new AgCenter animal, food sciences laboratories
(Distributed 08/06/14) BATON ROUGE, La. – The new home of LSU AgCenter food, animal and veterinary science faculty and students officially opened on Aug. 6. The state-of-the-art, $14 million Animal and Food Sciences Laboratories Building is a centralized research and teaching facility that provides the space and technologies needed to advance these disciplines.
Rain gauges help determine how much to water the landscape
(Audio: 08/11/14) The heat of the summer causes landscapes to dry out. Even though there is an abundance of rainstorms, certain areas get little water. Rain gauges are the easiest tool gardeners use to know how much their plants need to be watered. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Introducing color into your landscape
(Audio: 08/11/14) There are many ways to introduce color into the landscape, but the coleus is a plant that carries its color in the foliage. Coleus comes in many color variations that will bring a beautiful look to the landscape. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Mulching is important around younger trees
(Audio: 08/11/14) Mulching around the younger trees in the landscape is important for their growth. Listen to learn more about how to properly mulch a young tree. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Repotting potted plants gives them room to grow
(Audio: 08/11/14) The end of summer means it’s time to repot those potted plants you planted earlier in the year. It’s likely they have become root-bound and need more room to grow. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
4-H'ers participate in seafood cook-off
(Audio News 08/06/14) 4-H chefs from four states gathered in New Orleans for the Great American Seafood Cook-off 4-H edition. Teams from Louisiana, Arkansas, Oklahoma and Texas each had an hour to prepare a dish using U.S. seafood. At competition time, Louisiana’s team, made up of 4-H’ers from Vermilion Parish, was ready to prepare their dish, seafood triathlon. (Runtime: 2:00)
New school year kicks off 4-H year
(Distributed 08/06/14) BATON ROUGE, La. – As students prepare to board school buses and head back to the classroom, Louisiana 4-H is gearing up for a new year of projects and events that offer one-of-a-kind experiences for young people.
Bell pepper and eggplant plants that last
(Audio: 08/11/14) Eggplants and bell pepper plants, if in good condition, can produce again in the fall. Pay close attention to how the plants looks to determine whether it can last until at least late September early October. If so, then they will produce another healthy batch of vegetables for you to enjoy in the fall. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Oklahoma team wins national 4-H seafood cook-off competition
(Distributed 08/05/14) NEW ORLEANS, La. – A team of young chefs from Oklahoma captured top honors in the Great American Seafood Cook-Off 4-H Edition on Sunday, Aug. 3.
Agent returns to work with sweet potatoes
(Distributed 08/04/14) BATON ROUGE, La. – After 35 years of work with sweet potato growers in northeast Louisiana, former LSU AgCenter agent Myrl Sistrunk has decided to come out of a two-year retirement.
Nine from LSU AgCenter win awards at international conference
(Distributed 08/04/14) BATON ROUGE, La. – Nine faculty and staff from the LSU AgCenter Communications and Information Technology departments received awards at the 2014 International Association for Communication Excellence (ACE) annual conference in Portland, Ore, in June.
It’s time to look out for chinch bugs
(Audio 08/04/14) Chinch bug populations build up over the summer. The damage will start in one particular area of your lawn, often along concrete and can spread rapidly. If your grass seems straw-like and brown, use an insecticide that controls lawn insects. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Trim back overgrown bedding plants
(Audio 08/04/14) Because Louisiana has a long growing season, bedding plants can become tall and leggy by August. Now is the perfect time to trim back bedding plants that are overgrown and unattractive. Listen to learn which plants should be trimmed. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Pests are a problem in late summer
(Audio 08/04/14) Pests in our landscape include insects, diseases and weeds. In late summer, we see a rise in these problems; this is usually because of an increase in rain. Your local LSU AgCenter office and county agent can help you identify and treat the problem. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
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Gardeners can plant a fall crop of tomatoes
(Audio 08/04/14) Louisiana’s long growing season allows us to plant a second crop of tomatoes this time of year. Plant tomatoes a little deeper in the soil to keep them cool. Listen to learn when to plant your transplants. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Cercospora on crape myrtles not a major problem
(Video: 08/11/14) Crape myrtles are grown throughout Louisiana because they are reliable and beautiful, but you may have noticed the appearance of black spots and some yellow, orange and red leaves on your trees. As horticulturist Dan Gill explains on this edition of Get It Growing, it’s not a sign of an early fall, but a disease. (Runtime: 1:45 seconds)
Lichens are harmless
(Video: 08/18/14) If you’ve noticed a crusty grey or green growth on the branches of your plants, there’s no need to be alarmed. On this edition of Get It Growing, LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill explains that these are lichens (lie-kins) and they are harmless. (Runtime: 1:45 seconds)
Vegetables we can grow in August
(Audio 08/04/14) Although it is brutally hot in August, you can plant all kinds of vegetables during this month. This includes a mix of both cool-season and warm-season vegetables. Listen to learn which vegetables to grow this month. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
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)
Delta Jazz crape myrtle – Ornamental Plant of the Week for August 4, 2014
(Distributed 08/01/14) The burgundy-foliaged crape myrtle Delta Jazz would make a great landscape addition.
Crape myrtle bark scale continues to spread
(Distributed 08/01/14) BATON ROUGE, La. – A new invasive scale insect continues to infest crape myrtles in Texas, Louisiana and other south-central states.
Marsh Maneuver teaches value of coast
(Audio News 08/01/14) Marsh Maneuvers, a week-long camp for 4-H’ers started 25 years ago, before there were iPhones or Facebook. Today students attending Marsh Maneuvers can unplug from the wired world and connect to the coast. The camp, which started in Vermilion Bay and now takes place at Rockefeller Wildlife Refuge in Cameron Parish, teaches high school students about the value of Louisiana’s coastline. (Runtime 2:00)
Marigolds, zinnias offer fall flower color
(Distributed 08/01/14) HAMMOND, La. – Marigolds and zinnias for fall flowers? Yes! Zinnias and marigolds are two excellent examples of warm-season bedding plants to try from August through the first killing frost.
AgCenter herb garden groundbreaking set for Aug. 28 in Baton Rouge
(Distributed 08/01/14) BATON ROUGE, La. The LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens at Burden will break ground on August 28 at 7 p.m. on the first phase of construction of the new teaching and demonstration herb garden.
Farmers express concern about proposed EPA water rules
(Distributed 07/31/14) WINNSBORO, La. – Farmers are worried their operations may come under increased federal scrutiny as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Army Corps of Engineers seek to clarify which waters are subject to Clean Water Act regulations.
Animal and Food Sciences Laboratories Building dedication Aug. 6
(Distributed 07/30/14) BATON ROUGE, La. – The LSU AgCenter will host a dedication ceremony for its new Animal and Food Sciences Laboratories Building at 12:30 p.m. on Aug. 6. Gov. Bobby Jindal and East Baton Rouge Mayor-President Kip Holden will attend the dedication, along with LSU and AgCenter officials.
Keep horses cool when hauling this summer
(Distributed 07/29/14) BATON ROUGE, La. – Summer abounds with horse shows, competitions, sales and trail rides. However, hauling horses in Louisiana’s hot, humid summers can put them at risk for dehydration, heatstroke and exhaustion.
New sugarcane variety featured at field day
(Distributed 07/29/14) ST. MARTINVILLE, La. – With planting season around the corner, sugarcane farmers learned about new varieties and an automated planting machine demonstrated at the St. Martin, Lafayette and St. Landry parishes sugarcane field day held July 25.
It’s time for mosquito protection
(Distributed 07/29/14) BATON ROUGE, LA. – With more than 60 species of mosquitoes in Louisiana and mild temperatures most of the year anytime is a good time to be bitten, said LSU AgCenter entomologist Kristen Healey. But right now is an especially important time to be on the lookout for these pesky predators.
New variety could help grain sorghum growers
(Audio 07/28/14) A new non-genetically modified grain sorghum variety contains a trait that will allow farmers to control johnsongrass in their sorghum fields. Weed scientist Daniel Stephenson said this is a first. Grasses are hard to control in sorghum because they are so closely related to the crop.
Marsh Maneuvers camp teaches 4-H’ers about coast for 25 years
(Distributed 07/28/14) AVERY ISLAND, La. – The Marsh Maneuvers 4-H summer camp is in its 25th year of teaching students about the ecology, anthropology, geology and hydrology of coastal Louisiana. For four weeks, 4-H students from different parishes attend a five-day camp at Rockefeller Wildlife Refuge to learn about the coastal environment and its precarious future.
Prune roses in late summer
(For Release On Or After 08/29/14) Late summer is time to think about pruning roses. Roses respond best to regular pruning each year.
You can grow bromeliads from ‘pups’
(For Release On Or After 08/22/14) Bromeliads are a wonderful group of tropical or semi-tropical plants that are widely popular container plants. Because they are easy to grow, colorful and stay in bloom for a long time, they are commonly used by florists as gift plants.
Getting to the root keeps plants healthy
(For Release On Or After 08/15/14) I once saw a refrigerator magnet that said, “When Momma ain’t happy, ain’t nobody happy.” Substitute “root” for “Momma,” and you will have an essential message when it comes to plants.
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Good-looking landscape is a matter of control
(For Release On Or After 08/08/14) Right about now is a good time to look over your landscape and evaluate how things are growing. Our long growing season, combined with adequate soil fertility and water, can produce abundant and even rampant growth in landscape plantings.
It’s not too late for summer flowers
(For Release On Or After 08/01/14) If you want to boost the color in your landscape now, don’t let the heat stop you. Nurseries have excellent selections of colorful bedding plants that will thrive in whatever heat summer throws at them.
Harrell to replace Saichuk as state rice specialist
(Distributed 07/28/14) CROWLEY, La. – Dustin Harrell, LSU AgCenter agronomist, has been selected to become the next Louisiana rice extension specialist. He will start the new job in January with the retirement of the existing rice specialist, Johnny Saichuk.
Corn, cotton crops look promising
(Audio News 07/28/14) Despite a late start to Louisiana’s corn crop, harvest could begin in a couple of weeks. LSU AgCenter corn and cotton specialist Dan Fromme said he is anticipating excellent yields. The state has approximately 450,000 acres of corn – 250,000 fewer acres than last year. (Runtime: 1:20)
International visit begins to pay dividends
(Distributed 07/25/14) BATON ROUGE, La. – When a group of LSU and LSU AgCenter professors visited Brazil universities last spring, it was more of a fact-finding mission. But recent developments have proven the trip was well worth the effort, according to Lawrence Datnoff, head of the AgCenter Department of Plant Pathology and Crop Physiology.
Sugarcane crop is short, behind schedule
(Audio News: 07/25/14) While residents of Louisiana enjoyed the cool spring and a relatively mild summer so far, it hasn't been the best situation for the state’s sugarcane crop. LSU AgCenter sugarcane specialist Kenneth Gravois said the crop is short for this time of the year. (Runtime: 1:30)
Profusion zinnias, beautiful, disease resistant flowers
(Video: 08/04/14) Zinnias (pronounced Zen-Yuhs) are beautiful flowers for Louisiana landscapes. But some of the typical varieties are prone to disease. On this edition of Get It Growing, horticulturist Dan Gill explains how hybrid zinnias are both disease resistant and beautiful. (Runtime: 1:48)
Sun Coleus – Ornamental Plant of the Week for July 28, 2014
(Distributed 07/25/14) It’s not too late in the warm season to add coleus to the Louisiana landscape.
Why crape myrtles aren’t flowering well
(Distributed 07/25/14) HAMMOND, La. What’s the most popular summer-blooming tree in Louisiana? Crape myrtles. Pretty easy question. Louisianians plant many crape myrtles in their landscapes every year. The lovely, long-lasting blooms make them attractive.
Fight disease in bell peppers
(Video: 07/28/14) Many people have peppers in their garden, and they’re now producing, but high moisture can lead to disease problems. On this edition of Get It Growing, LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill explains how to take care of these pepper problems. (Runtime: 1:53 seconds)
4-H board learns about nutrition
(Distributed 07/24/14) BATON ROUGE, La. – Members of the Louisiana 4-H Food and Fitness Board from throughout the state held their summer meeting in Baton Rouge July 15-17, where they were able to get some hands-on experience and career information from food industry representatives, said LSU AgCenter 4-H regional coordinator Lanette Hebert.
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.
LSU College of Agriculture offers first dual enrollment class to high schools
(Distributed 07/24/14) BATON ROUGE, La. – Two high school agricultural science teachers spent a week at LSU preparing to teach a college-level course. Kelly Becnel and Danielle Newsom will teach Renewable Natural Resources 1001, which is the first course to be offered as part of the LSU College of Agriculture’s dual enrollment program.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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)
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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)
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.
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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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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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)
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.
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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)
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)
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.
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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)
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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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.
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.
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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.
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)
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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)
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.
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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.
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.
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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)
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.
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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.
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.
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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.
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)
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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.
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
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