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Hemline fashion show promotes design, merchandising
fashion show

(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)

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)

Cuban Gold Duranta (Golden Dewdrop) – Ornamental Plant of the Week for June 2, 2014
copper plant and duranta

(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
Steve Linscombe

(Distributed 05/30/14) CROWLEY, La. – The challenge of providing viable varieties of rice for Louisiana growers is one of the main missions of the LSU AgCenter Rice Research Station. “Variety development is an ongoing endeavor that started over 100 years ago,” said Steve Linscombe, station director.

Pentas provide landscape color now through fall
Starcluster pentas
(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
Robert Romaire
(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.
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
Esbeih and Richardson
(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
holding drone
(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
Dan Fromme in cotton field
(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.
Aphrodite Althea (Rose of Sharon) – Ornamental Plant of the Week for May 26, 2014
alphrodite althea
(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.