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LSU AgCenter Communications produces news releases for print, radio and television media and produces a special gardening service called Get It Growing, which also includes news releases for print, radio and television. All of the press releases are archived together by year, month and then by Headline News, Radio, TV and Get It Growing.

For more information on our news services, please contact  Linda Benedict, associate director of Communications, at (225) 578-2263 or 2937 or via e-mail.


Field day caters to landscape professionals
Raj Singh

(Distributed 10/17/14) HAMMOND, La. – Landscape professionals who attended the landscape horticulture industry field day on Oct. 9 got a two-for-one deal. In addition to the LSU AgCenter’s annual field day, where the latest research is presented, the Southeast Louisiana Nursery Association Trade Show was an added attraction this year.

Sweetbay Magnolia, Ornamental Plant of the Week for October 20, 2014
Sweetbay magnolia

(Distributed 10/17/14) Louisiana gardeners are always looking for attractive trees for the landscape. The sweetbay magnolia (Magnolia virginiana) is an excellent native tree that is not nearly as well known as it should be.

Mid-October, November are time for planting pansies, violas
Cool Wave pansies

(Distributed 10/17/14) HAMMOND, La. – The ideal planting time for cool-season bedding plants in Louisiana runs from late September through early December. Some of our common cool-season flowers prefer the earlier planting dates, and some do better with the later planting dates.

Farmers face complex decisions with new farm bill
Mike Salassi

(Distributed 10/16/14) CROWLEY, La. – Farmers soon will have to make several choices that will stand for the life of the new farm bill, which will expire in 2018.

Louisiana 4-H designates Bullying Prevention Week
(Distributed 10/16/14) BATON ROUGE, La. – Members of Louisiana 4-H Clubs are recognizing the week of Oct. 26 as Bullying Prevention Week. 4-H’ers voted for bullying prevention as the theme of their yearly statewide service-learning project at 4-H University this summer.
Rockets to the rescue
Rockets
(Video 10/15/14) While 4-H is widely known for its agricultural roots, the youth organization is making a concerted effort in science and engineering. LSU AgCenter correspondent Craig Gautreaux explains how one group of 4-H’ers is building rockets to help solve a problem.
Cotton Harvest
Cotton Harvest
(Video 10/15/14) Louisiana farmers have another excellent cotton crop this year, but low prices persist and continue to keep acreage down. LSU AgCenter correspondent Craig Gautreaux has the story.
Plant spring-flowering bulbs in fall
(Audio 10/20/14) Spring-flowering balls can be planted in October, November and early December. Generally, these bulbs will only bloom for one spring then will be discarded. Bulbs to plant now include narcissus, daffodils, crocus and scillas. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Replace warm-season bedding plants
(Audio 10/20/14) Louisiana’s mild winters allow a year-round blooming season. Replace warm-season bedding plants with cool-season bedding plants in October. Listen to learn which plants are cool-season bedding plants appropriate for Louisiana. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Avoid pruning hydrangeas in fall
(Audio 10/20/14) Hydrangeas have already set their flower buds for next year. Do not cut hydrangeas back until they have finished flowering. Apply aluminum sulfate to turn pink hydrangeas blue, and scatter lime around the plant to turn blue flowers pink. (Runtime 60 seconds)
Dig up caladium tubers
(Audio 10/20/14) Caladiums provide color in shady areas throughout the summe, but have come to the end of their season. Dig up tubers to store them over the winter and replant them next year. Listen to learn the proper method for digging up and storing caladium tubers. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Wisteria vines are late bloomers
(Audio 10/20/14) Wisteria vines are common in the Louisiana landscape. The vine grows rapidly, but can take years to bloom. Severing the roots will slow the growth of the plant and may cause it to bloom. (Runtime 60 seconds)
Fall Colors
Fall Colors
(Video 10/27/14) Fall means some nice colors on trees and plants in Louisiana. If you’re one who complains there’s not enough color, you can do something about it. On this edition of Get It Growing, LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill shows you some plants that can make your landscape burst with those warm fall shades of orange, red and gold.
It’s a great time to plant tasty chives
Chives
(Video: 10/20/14) Now is a great time to plant cool-season herbs. On this edition of Get It Growing, LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill introduces you to chives – an herb with beautiful flowers and tasty foliage.