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Gourmet in the Garden scheduled for May 1 at AgCenter Botanic Gardens at Burden
(Distributed 03/02/15) BATON ROUGE, La. – Dining with the local flavors of Louisiana among the blooms and under the stars will be featured during Gourmet in the Garden: A Progressive Dinner in the Garden at the LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens at Burden on May 1 from 7 to 10 p.m.
It’s time for homegrown tomatoes
(For Release On Or After 03/27/15) It’s time to plant tomato transplants into the garden, especially in south Louisiana. North Louisiana gardeners may want to wait another couple of weeks to be cautious. Early planted tomatoes produce more and higher-quality tomatoes and benefit from lower pest populations.
Take a look at raised-bed gardens
(For Release On Or After 03/20/15) March is a month when many gardeners begin to plant their spring vegetables. Raised beds can be the solution to a number of challenges when it comes to home vegetable gardens.
Working together key to biotechnology success in Louisiana
(Distributed 03/02/15) BATON ROUGE, La. – Researchers and industry representatives interested in biotechnology in Louisiana met on the LSU campus on Feb. 27 to learn more about how they can work together to strengthen the role of the industry in the state.
Ferns are perfect for shady spots
(For Release On Or After 03/13/15) Almost every landscape has shady areas, and ferns are a great group of plants that are just perfect for shady spots. Early spring is a great time to plant ferns into the landscape. It allows them to settle in and get established before the heat of summer.
Pet friendly gardening
(For Release On Or After 03/06/15) Your landscape is there to be enjoyed by you and your family. It’s the setting for your home and provides a space for outdoor activities. Lawn areas offer a wonderful place for kids to play, and family get-togethers and parties take place on decks and patios. If your family includes pets, your landscape will likely be used by them as well.
Coral Bells – Ornamental Plant of the Week for March 2, 2015
(Distributed 02/27/15) Coral bells (Heuchera) is a plant for shady containers and landscape beds.
Forestry forum scheduled for March 20 in Hammond
(Distributed 02/27/15) BATON ROUGE, La. – The 26th annual Florida Parishes Forestry Forum is scheduled for March 20 at the University Center at Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond.
Covington garden show scheduled for March 20-21
(Distributed 02/27/15) COVINGTON, La. – The 2015 Northshore Garden and Plant Sale will take place March 20-21 at the Covington Fairgrounds.
Economist says 2015 should be good for beef producers
(Distributed 02/27/15) BATON ROUGE, La. – Cattle prices should remain strong for 2015, after a brief dip during the past two months, according to an LSU AgCenter beef cattle economist.
Fisheries meeting set for March 11 in Houma
(Distributed 02/27/15) HOUMA, La. – Louisiana Fisheries Forward 2015, the third annual summit for Louisiana commercial fishermen and the seafood industry, will be held at the Houma-Terrebonne Civic Center, 346 Civic Center Blvd., Houma, on March 11.
Southerners love live oaks
(Distributed 02/17/15) HAMMOND, La. – Have you noticed that Southerners have a love affair with the live oak (Quercus virginiana)? And rightly so! Noted for its strength and longevity, this stately tree was one of the major tree species that survived the wind and flooding of Hurricane Katrina.
Baton Rouge garden show scheduled for March 14-15
(Distributed 02/26/15) BATON ROUGE, La. – The 13th Annual Baton Rouge Spring Garden Show is set for March 14-15 at the John M. Parker Coliseum on Highland Road in Baton Rouge.
Stored rice insect pests featured at meeting
(Distributed 02/26/15) CROWLEY, La. – The LSU AgCenter hosted a workshop on rice mill insect pest management Wednesday (Feb. 25).
Baton Rouge Master Gardeners plant sale set for April 11
(Distributed 02/25/15) BATON ROUGE, La. – The East Baton Rouge Parish Master Gardeners are preparing for their annual spring plant sale that will be at the LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens at Burden from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on April 11.
Louisiana youths named champions at 80th Annual LSU AgCenter Livestock Show
(Distributed 02/24/15) GONZALES, La. – Hundreds of young people from across Louisiana were named state champions during the 80th Annual LSU AgCenter Livestock Show held Feb. 14-21 at the Lamar-Dixon Expo Center in Gonzales.
Divide perennials when dormant
(Audio 02/23/15) This time of year is great for dividing perennials that are not in active growth. Dividing perennials can help them grow and bloom better. If you need to reduce the size of a clump, cut it into two to four sections and plant it where you would like the perennial to grow. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Youths earn Gerry Lane Premier Exhibitor Awards
(Distributed 02/24/15) GONZALES, La. – Six exceptional Louisiana youths were recognized Saturday (Feb. 21) for their knowledge, skills and communication abilities as they were named winners of the Gerry Lane Premier Exhibitor Award at the 80th annual LSU AgCenter Livestock Show at the Lamar Dixon Expo Center here.
Hammond garden show scheduled for March 14
(Distributed 02/24/15) AMITE, La. – The Hammond Spring Garden Day will be held March 14 at the LSU AgCenter Hammond Research Station from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Lake Charles garden show, expo set for March
(Distributed 02/24/15) BATON ROUGE, La. – The 2015 Southwest Louisiana Garden Conference and Expo is scheduled for March 27-28 in Lake Charles.
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4-H, FFA youth, leader honored at LSU AgCenter Livestock Show
(Distributed 02/24/15) GONZALES, La. – The LSU AgCenter honored five Louisiana 4-H and FFA members and one adult leader for their work with youth livestock projects on Feb. 21.
Beef cattle producer field day set for March 7 in Jeanerette
(Distributed 02/24/15) JEANERETTE, La. – The Acadiana Beef Cattle Producers Field Day will be held March 7 at the LSU AgCenter Iberia Research Station from 8:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. Registration starts at 8 a.m.
Ball moss cropping up in Louisiana
(Distributed 02/23/15) BATON ROUGE, La. – Louisianians are probably familiar with Spanish moss, but they may not be aware of ball moss. Like Spanish moss, ball moss is an epiphyte and belongs to family Bromeliaceae, said LSU AgCenter plant pathologist Raj Singh.
Oriental, Star Magnolias – Ornamental Plants of the Week for February 23, 2015
(Distributed 02/20/15) The Oriental magnolia (Magnolia x soulangeana) is one of the most spectacular of the spring-flowering trees because its flowers are so large.
PotashCorp donates $50,000 to LSU AgCenter livestock programs
(Distributed 02/20/15) BATON ROUGE, La. – PotashCorp, of Geismar, Louisiana, donated $50,000 to the LSU AgCenter to support showmanship awards and serve as the corporate title sponsor for the 80th annual LSU AgCenter Livestock Show.
Crawfish catch starting slow but showing promise
(Distributed 02/20/15) ABBEVILLE, La. – When LSU AgCenter and Sea Grant agent Mark Shirley was busy surveying a crawfish pond south of Abbeville recently, he found both good and bad news for connoisseurs of crawfish – cold water, but a healthy supply of very small crawfish.
Louisiana youth gather for livestock show
(Video 02/18/15) Youth from across Louisiana are in Gonzalez for the 80th annual LSU AgCenter Livestock Show. Of course their chickens, cows, lambs, goats and pigs are there, too. The LSU AgCenter correspondent Tobie Blanchard was also at the show and has this story. (Runtime: 01:38)
La. landscapes beginning to awaken
(Distributed 02/20/15) HAMMOND, La. – Landscapes around the state are in various stages of their spring awakening, but it’s still February.
AgCenter taskforce strives to improve water management
(Distributed 02/19/15) BOSSIER CITY, La. – An LSU AgCenter taskforce is identifying ways to help farmers irrigate more efficiently and improve water quality. The group brings together AgCenter extension agents and researchers who are working to fill data gaps and enhance outreach efforts as Louisiana farmers face increasingly complex decisions about water management.
Vermilion Parish team wins state 4-H, FFA livestock judging contest
(Distributed 02/19/15) GONZALES, La. – The Vermilion Parish livestock judging team will advance to the national livestock judging competition in Louisville, Kentucky, this fall after winning first place at the 2015 State 4-H and FFA Livestock Judging Contest held during the LSU AgCenter Livestock Show at the Lamar-Dixon Expo Center in Gonzales.
Avoyelles Parish farmer concentrates on conservation, wins award
(Distributed 02/18/15) SIMMESPORT, La. – Ruben Dauzat, chosen as the Outstanding Master Farmer of the Year for 2014, wants to make the best crop possible each growing season, but he doesn’t forget the long-term goal of conservation of the land and water.
LSU AgCenter partnership with Slovak University of Agriculture brings Slovak students to La.
(Distributed 02/16/15) BATON ROUGE, La – Thirteen students from Slovak University of Agriculture (SUA) visited LSU as part of a partnership between their university and the LSU AgCenter and LSU College of Agriculture.
Learning opportunities, fun times abound at LSU AgCenter Livestock Show
GONZALES, La. – The Lamar Dixon Expo Center is full of activity as the 80th annual LSU AgCenter Livestock Show kicks into high gear. The show runs from Saturday, Feb. 14 to Saturday, Feb. 21, when it will culminate with an awards ceremony.
Retailers prepare for spring, nursery industry doing well
(Distributed 02/16/15) HAMMOND, La. – Retail garden center owners, wholesale nursery growers and commercial landscapers are optimistic about having a good year in 2015.
Fresh produce safety featured at AgCenter workshops
(Distributed 02/16/15) HAMMOND, La. – Fresh produce growers learned about ways to reduce food safety risks on their farms at a series of workshops held around Louisiana by the LSU AgCenter last week (Feb. 10-13).
Rice farmers learn good news about USDA program payments
(Distributed 02/13/15) JENNINGS, La. – Out of the joint meeting of the Louisiana Rice Council and the Louisiana Rice Growers Association on Feb. 10 came good news for Louisiana rice farmers. Farm payments will be sent in November rather than early 2016.
Sparkle White Gaura – Ornamental Plant of the Week for February 16, 2015
(Distributed 02/13/15) A new gaura that has performed well as a perennial in LSU AgCenter landscape trials is Sparkle White. This gaura was a 2014 All-America Selections bedding plant winner.
Crop production advice featured at consultants meeting
(Distributed 02/13/15) MARKSVILLE, La. – More than 30 LSU AgCenter experts joined with industry representatives to provide information and advice to Louisiana agricultural consultants who met at their annual conference on Feb. 11-13.
February care enhances spring, summer roses
(Distributed 01/13/15) HAMMOND, La. – Roses continue to be popular in our residential landscapes, so home gardeners would be well served to increase their knowledge and awareness of recommended management practices for roses. Proper care at the proper time goes a long way to enjoying landscape success.
Make heart health a priority
(Distributed 02/15/15) BATON ROUGE, La. – Americans focus on the heart in February with Valentine’s Day. But this month is also recognized as American Hearth Month.Denise Holston-West, LSU AgCenter nutritionist, said a healthy lifestyle can help prevent or delay heart disease, which is the leading cause of death for men and women in U.S.
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Ag consultants give scholarships to 3 LSU students
(Distributed 02/12/15) MARKSVILLE, La. – The Louisiana Agricultural Consultants Association presented $2,000 scholarships to three LSU College of Agriculture students during the Louisiana Agricultural Technology & Management Conference on Feb. 11.
New free guide to solar power for your home now available
(Distributed 02/12/15) BATON ROUGE, La. – The Louisiana State University AgCenter has released a new guide to help homeowners who are considering adding a solar power system explore various options and learn more about this technology.
Test horses annually for equine infectious anemia
(Distributed 02/11/15) BATON ROUGE, La. – Horse owners should keep in mind that all horses in Louisiana must be tested annually for equine infectious anemia. More than 30 racing quarter horses in California were recently diagnosed with the virus, so it is critical that horse owners follow regulations, said LSU AgCenter equine specialist Neely Walker.
Schneider receives American Phytopathological Society award
(Distributed 02/10/15) BATON ROUGE, La. – LSU AgCenter plant pathologist Raymond Schneider received the American Phytopathological Society’s Southern Division Outstanding Plant Pathologist Award at its annual meeting in Atlanta, Georgia, on Feb. 2.
Salassi receives American Sugar Cane League President’s Award
(Distributed 02/09/15) BATON ROUGE, La. – LSU AgCenter economist Mike Salassi received the American Sugar Cane League President’s Award at its annual meeting in Lafayette on Feb. 3.
Homeowners elevate houses for flood protection
(Video 02/05/15) Elevating a home for flood protection is a major task that can be expensive and lead to many anxious moments, but it can also give homeowners a sense of security when the next tropical storm comes ashore. LSU AgCenter correspondent Craig Gautreaux has the story of a historic home that is being raised to protect it from future storms. (Runtime: 01:56)
Students use exciting new body scanning technology
(Video 02/05/15) Students in LSU College of Agriculture’s Textiles, Apparel Design and Merchandising program are getting hands-on experience with technology new to the fashion industry. LSU AgCenter correspondent Tobie Blanchard visited the program and got a look at their body scanner in action. (Runtime: 01:58)
Vitamin water may not be good idea
(Distributed 02/09/15) BATON ROUGE, La. – There can be too much of a good thing when it comes to vitamins. Experts say for those who eat a well-balanced diet and take a multivitamin, drinking vitamin water is not necessary.
Petunia – Ornamental Plant of the Week for February 9, 2015
(Distributed 02/06/15) Petunias are a great flowering bedding plant to add to your landscape prior to the end of winter/beginning of spring.
Meraux Foundation donates $150,000 to LSU AgCenter Livestock Show
(Distributed 02/06/15) VIOLET, La. – The Arlene and Joseph Meraux Charitable Foundation has given $150,000 to the LSU AgCenter Livestock Show — the largest single donation in the show’s 80-year history.
Azaleas may look unhealthy in mid, late winter
(Distributed 02/06/15) HAMMOND, La. – One of the most widely planted landscape shrubs in Louisiana is the azalea. Dwarf, intermediate and the larger-growing Southern Indica varieties are common in our landscapes.
Cookbook author shows ways to bring healthy food to schools
(Distributed 02/06/15) MAURICE, La. – A nationally known cookbook author told Vermilion Parish teachers and school cooks Feb. 3- 4 about easy ways to cook healthy foods, and she later worked with school cooks on ways to make school lunches tastier and healthier.
Mosquito control group endows entomology scholarship
(Distributed 02/05/15) BATON ROUGE, La. – The Louisiana Mosquito Control Association (LMCA) has established an endowed scholarship in the LSU AgCenter Department of Entomology. LMCA is endowing a total of four scholarships across Louisiana, including the one at LSU.
Camellia stroll set for Feb. 22 in Hammond
(Distributed 02/05/15) AMITE, La. – The annual Camellia Garden Stroll at the LSU AgCenter Hammond Research Station will be held on Feb. 22 from 1 to 4 p.m.
Control costs, AgCenter experts tell farmers
(Distributed 02/05/15) DELHI, La. – Louisiana farmers should follow cost-effective production strategies for the 2015 growing season, LSU AgCenter experts said at the annual northeast Louisiana crops forum on Feb. 2.
Control the color of your hydrangeas
(Audio 02/03/15) Hydrangeas are beautiful shrubs that grow well in shady areas in Louisiana. The color of these flowers is determined by the pH of the soil. Treat pink hydrangeas with aluminum sulfate to turn them blue and blue hydrangeas with lime to turn them pink. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Carefully plant bareroot roses
(Audio 02/09/15) Although bareroot plants are not commonly sold these days, bareroot roses are still available. If you buy these roses, plant them into a well-prepared bed as soon as you can. Make sure you plant them properly to ensure healthy growth. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Fertilize fruit trees in February
(Audio 02/09/15) February is a good time to fertilize your fruit trees to make sure they grow vigorously and bloom well. You can use a general-purpose fertilizer or a fruit-tree fertilizer and follow the directions on the package. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Choose cool-season bedding plants carefully
(Audio 02/09/15) Now is still a great time to plant cool-season bedding plants in your landscape. However, not all of these plants will do well in the shade. Where there is little direct sunlight, grow plants such as pansies, violas, foxgloves, columbines, and primroses; they will flourish even without much sun. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Burford holly trees color winter landscapes
(Video 02/05/15) You might have noticed red berries hanging from trees in the landscape at this time of year. The Burford holly is the tree producing these bright bunches of color. On this edition of Get It Growing, LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill talks about care for this beautiful small tree. (Runtime: 01:33)
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Japanese flowering apricot trees provide beautiful flowers
(Video 02/05/15) You’ve seen pictures of beautiful pink cherry blossoms in the National Mall. Even though Japanese cherries don’t grow well in Louisiana, there is a way to create a similar look in your landscape. On this edition of Get It Growing, LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill introduces you to the not-so-well-known Japanese flowering apricot. (Runtime: 01:54)
Belinda’s Dream named Gulf District Rose of the Year
(Distributed 02/05/15) HAMMOND, La. – Belinda’s Dream rose is no stranger to awards. It was the first rose to be named a Texas Superstar selection and was the first rose to receive the prestigious Earth-Kind designation by the Texas AgriLife Extension Service. Earth-Kind roses are selected for their tough constitution, disease resistance, attractive growth habit, low maintenance requirements and attractive flowers.
Sustainable vegetable producer training set for March in Lafayette
(Distributed 02/05/15) LAFAYETTE, La. – The LSU and Southern University AgCenters are joining with the Louisiana Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Professional Development Program to host free, one-day beginning farmer and one-day advanced farmer training sessions for ag professionals interested in sustainable vegetable production on March 3 and 4 at the Ira Nelson Horticulture Center.
Garden shows scheduled around Louisiana
(Distributed 02/05/15) BATON ROUGE, La. – As Louisiana gardeners anticipate warmer days and their first opportunity to get into the garden, the LSU AgCenter has announced the spring lineup of garden shows. The shows will kick off in March and continue into June in Hammond, Baton Rouge, Lake Charles, Alexandria, New Orleans Covington, New Orleans and Thibodaux.
LSU, Southern U. group explores opportunities in Haiti
(Distributed 02/04/15) BATON ROUGE, La. – Carl Motsenbocker and a group from Louisiana State University and Southern University returned from Haiti in January with ideas on how to engage LSU students and the community in developing sustainable agriculture projects in the Caribbean country.
Lawns require late-winter, early-spring care
(For Release On Or After 02/27/15) Although our lawns are still dormant this month, you can begin to plan your strategy to have an attractive, healthy lawn this summer. Because the grass is still dormant, most lawns look relatively bad now, so don’t judge yours too harshly at this point.
Properly prune fruit trees in your landscape
(Audio 02/09/15) Cool winter months are a great time to plant and prune hardy fruit trees in your landscape. Apples, peaches, pears, plums and blueberries should be pruned in a particular way at a particular time of the year. Contact your local extension office for information about pruning fruit trees. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Figs thrive in Louisiana landscapes
(For Release On Or After 02/20/15) Figs are one of the most widely planted fruit trees in home landscapes in Louisiana. With little care, they will produce crops of juicy, sweet figs every July.
Trees benefit from fertilizer
(For Release On Or After 02/13/15) February is an excellent time to fertilize trees. Most trees are just beginning to enter a growth phase – or will within a few weeks. Fertilizing this month provides them with nutrients just when they can use them most effectively.
Try starting plants from seeds
(For Release On Or After 02/06/15) At some point, many gardeners discover seed catalogs offer a much greater selection of annual flowers and vegetables than can be found at the local nursery. To grow those wonderful plants, however, you must be able to grow your own transplants from seed.
Pericallis – Ornamental Plant of the Week for February 2, 2015
(Distributed 01/30/15) Many people may be unfamiliar with pericallis, but the Senetti series features the first repeat-blooming varieties.
There’s a right way to prune trees and shrubs
(Distributed 01/30/15) HAMMOND, La. – Winter and early spring are when many gardeners prune plants, which is the correct time for most plants in the home landscape.
Energycane varieties look promising for north Louisiana
(Distributed 01/30/15) WINNSBORO, La. – LSU AgCenter researchers continue to evaluate energycane varieties planted in north Louisiana as a possible new crop for producers to grow as a biofuel feedstock.
AgCenter forestry forum set for Feb. 24 in Alexandria
(Distributed 01/29/15) ALEXANDRIA, La. –The central Louisiana forestry forum will be held Feb. 24 at the LSU AgCenter Evacuation Shelter next to the LSU-A campus on U.S. Highway 71 south of Alexandria.
Spider mites can infest indoor plants
(Audio 02/02/15) Even indoor plants can become infested with pests such as spider mites. Spider mites can cause plants to look unhealthy and eventually turn tannish or brown. Use a magnifying glass to spot these indoor pests and get rid of them using pesticides. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Coping with cold weather damage to tropical plants
(Audio 02/02/15) Winter freezes can cause significant damage to tropical plants in our landscapes. You can either wait until spring to prune or cut the plant down to the ground now. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Prune roses now to encourage growth
(Audio 02/02/15) To keep everblooming roses vigorously growing, cut them back twice a year. Late winter pruning is done in late January or early February. Wait until March to fertilize, but don't forget to prune now. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Add easy-to-grow Swiss chard to your garden
(Audio 02/02/15) Swiss chard is a vegetable that is very easy to grow. It comes in a variety of colors and can be eaten raw or cooked. Find everything you need at your local nursery or garden center. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Take advantage of cool weather by planting vegetables
(Audio 02/02/15) There are many vegetables that will thrive in the cool February weather in Louisiana. Think about planting some vegetables like beets, carrots, cauliflower, or cabbage in your garden this month. Buy seeds and plant them directly in your garden to yield the best crops. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Dresses help raise awareness for heart disease
(Distributed 01/27/15) BATON ROUGE, La. – In four hours, LSU College of Agriculture Textiles, Apparel Design and Merchandising students turned paper hearts into dresses that were works of art.
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La. leads nation in average soybean yield
(Distributed 01/26/15) OPELOUSAS, La. – Louisiana led the nation for the average soybean yield last year, according to the LSU AgCenter soybean specialist.
Latin American food, agriculture entrepreneurs visit LSU AgCenter
(Distributed 01/26/15) BATON ROUGE, La. – the LSU AgCenter hosted workshops for entrepreneurs from several Latin American food and agriculture companies during their visit to Baton Rouge on Jan. 12-23.
Stored rice insect pest management workshop Feb. 25 in Crowley
(Distributed 01/23/15) CROWLEY, La. – The LSU AgCenter will hold a workshop on stored rice insect pest management on Feb. 25 at the Acadia Parish Extension Office.
Nicotiana – Ornamental Plant of the Week for January 26, 2015
(Distributed 01/23/15) Nicotianas are good alternative cool-season bedding plants for south Louisiana.
Old gardens, plants highlight seminar
(Distributed 01/23/15) WEST MONROE, La. – Northeast Louisiana Master Gardeners continued their record of bringing in national gardening experts as speakers at the 5th Annual Ag Expo Gardening Seminar on Jan. 17.
Sweet alyssum hybrids enhance cool-season containers, landscape beds
(Distributed 01/23/15) HAMMOND, La. – New plants make gardening exciting. About five years ago, a new sweet alyssum variety started appearing in trial gardens and garden centers around the country. These are now well-established in the greenhouse trade and have added a great cool-season-to-warm-season transitional plant to the retail marketplace.
Emerald ash borer headlines forestry forum
(Distributed 01/22/15) WEST MONROE, La. – With the emerald ash borer yet to be detected in the state, experts speaking at the 2015 Ag Expo Forestry Forum at the West Monroe Convention Center on Jan. 16 said it’s time to prepare.
Cover crop benefits, management highlight workshop
(Distributed 01/22/15) WINNSBORO, La. – Cover crops can improve soil health, but it is important to make careful decisions when choosing and growing them. Farmers learned about the benefits of cover crops and how to manage them during a workshop at the LSU AgCenter Macon Ridge Research Station on Jan. 21.
Plant cool-season mahonias
(Audio 01/26/15) Now’s a great time to plant hardy trees and shrubs into your landscape. On this edition of Get It Growing, LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill introduces you to some diverse types of mahonia – shrubs that provide nice ground cover. (Runtime: 01:48)
Plant Pericallis to brighten any area
(Video 01/26/15) If you’re looking for a beautiful cool-season plant, then pericallis be a nice choice. On this edition of Get It Growing, LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill explains how this new container plant will certainly brighten up a patio or window sill. (Runtime: 01:45)
Ag Alley provides fun, education for all
(Distributed 01/22/15) WEST MONROE, La. – LSU AgCenter agents and volunteers from northeast Louisiana provided hands-on experience to deliver agricultural information to school children and adults during the annual Ag Expo at the Ike Hamilton Expo Center on Jan. 14-17.
Soybean harvest exceeds previous record
(Video 01/21/15) The USDA estimates that U.S. farmers harvested approximately 4 billion bushels of soybeans, exceeding the previous record of nearly 3.4 billion bushels. Farmers in Louisiana, Arkansas and Mississippi heard the latest developments concerning soybeans, and LSU AgCenter correspondent Craig Gautreaux has the story.(Runtime: 02:02)
Control winter garden pests
(Audio 01/26/15) It's much easier to grow vegetables in winter vegetable gardens due to fewer insects and diseases. However, pests such as caterpillars, aphids, snails, and slugs are still a problem for winter gardens. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Plant delicious and nutritious beets
(Audio 01/26/15) Beets are a nutritious root crop that can be grown in gardens. They are delicious and extremely good for you and come in a wide variety of colors. Plant some beet seeds in your gardens today. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Water indoor plants properly
(Audio 01/26/15) Watering indoor plants properly is very important. Make sure the soil surface of indoor plants is about an inch below the rim of the container. Water generously and regularly. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Keep rose bushes healthy through pruning
(Audio 01/26/15) Due to mild winters in Louisiana, your roses may still be blooming when it's time to begin pruning. Don't let this deter you. Prune your roses and keep your bushes free of dead materials so that your roses continue to flourish. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Insulation, leak detection keys to winter energy efficiency
(Distributed 01/20/15) BATON ROUGE, La. – Keeping your house warm during winter can be a challenge if it is poorly insulated or has air leakage points. But there are ways to identify those problems and conserve energy.
LSU students hear about global agriculture ambassador program
(Distributed 01/20/15) BATON ROUGE, La. – When students from Slovak University of Agriculture visit LSU in February, a new group of global agriculture ambassadors from the LSU College of Agriculture will welcome them to campus.
LSU College of Agriculture names airboat for late student
(Distributed 01/20/15) BATON ROUGE, La – With a splash of water and a flash of a grin, Taylor Tycer christened the Research Vessel Eric Fabre. The airboat, which is part of the LSU College of Agriculture’s research fleet, was named in memory of Eric Fabre, an LSU student who was killed in a hit-and-run accident in June 2014.
Tree planting, children’s activities highlight Arbor Day at Burden
(Distributed 01/19/15) BATON ROUGE, La. – Blue skies and crisp temperatures made Saturday, Jan. 17, the perfect day to celebrate Arbor Day at the LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens at Burden. Children and adults alike headed into the Burden Woods to plant trees and explore the scenery along trails.
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Resuming rice exports to Cuba would boost Louisiana economy
(Distributed 01/16/15) LAFAYETTE, La. – Resuming rice exports to Cuba would provide a huge boost to Louisiana rice farmers, according to the chairman of the Louisiana Rice Promotion Board.
AgCenter specialist, agent earn honors
(Distributed 01/16/15) BATON ROUGE, La. – Two LSU AgCenter researchers were honored Thursday (Jan. 15) at the National Conservation Systems Cotton and Rice Conference in Baton Rouge. The event drew 574 people from Arkansas, Mississippi, Texas and Louisiana.
Redbud Tree – Ornamental Plant of the Week for January 19, 2015
(Distributed 01/16/15) Redbuds are one of our more popular early spring-flowering small trees. The most common redbud species is the Eastern redbud – Cercis canadensis – the one we primarily plant in Louisiana.
Retired AgCenter rice specialist honored at reception
(Distributed 01/16/15) CROWLEY, La. – More than 100 friends, farmers and fellow employees turned out on Jan. 13 for a reception for Johnny Saichuk, who retired recently as LSU AgCenter rice specialist.
AgCenter project teaches food safety in Armenia
(Distributed 01/16/15) BATON ROUGE, La. – An LSU AgCenter project that teaches Armenians about food safety could help more producers and processors in the Eurasian country get certifications that will help them expand global trade.
Gardenias need proper care in the landscape
(Distributed 01/16/15) HAMMOND, La. – One of the most widely planted landscape shrubs in Louisiana is the gardenia. Many times from the late fall through winter, you may see gardenias with yellow foliage and “poor-looking” growth. This is more of an “end-of-the-growing-season” look when old leaves are being lost and new foliage is preparing for spring emergence.
AgCenter grower forum set for Feb. 3 in Delhi
(Distributed 01/16/15) BATON ROUGE, La. – The LSU AgCenter will hold a crop production forum for northeast Louisiana farmers on Feb. 3 in Delhi.
Take precautions when hauling horses in cold weather
(Distributed 01/15/15) BATON ROUGE, La. – Most performance horses are accustomed to being transported, but doing so in cold temperatures presents challenges for animals and their owners. The stress that horses experience during hauling can lead to decreased reproductive performance, increased disease and temporary reduction in performance ability, according to LSU AgCenter equine specialist Neely Walker.
AgCenter announces advanced Louisiana Master Gardener program
(Distributed 01/15/15) BATON ROUGE, La. – Louisiana Master Gardeners will have an opportunity to increase their knowledge and expand their service through a new advanced program offered by the LSU AgCenter.
9 named Louisiana Master Farmers
(Distributed 01/14/15) BATON ROUGE, La. – Nine individuals were recognized Tuesday (Jan. 13) for achieving certification under the Louisiana Master Farmer Program at the state convention of the Louisiana Association of Conservation Districts.
Conference features turfgrass specialists
(Distributed 01/14/15) BATON ROUGE, La. – For more than 50 years, the Louisiana Turfgrass Association has organized annual events for professionals in turf-based industries. Nearly 200 attendees ranging from landscapers to golf course and football field managers attended the 2015 conference held Jan. 9 at Tiger Stadium.
Rice prices, new varieties highlighted at meetings
(Distributed 01/13/15) CROWLEY, La. – Rice farmers across southern Louisiana heard the latest recommendations from LSU AgCenter experts for growing the 2015 crop at a series of LSU AgCenter meetings held during the week of Jan. 5.
Annual forum focuses on soybean management
(Distributed 01/13/15) OAK GROVE, La. – New soybean varieties featuring oil with high oleic content are on the horizon, Jim Carroll, a farmer from Brinkley, Arkansas, told growers and industry representatives at the 2015 Tri-State Soybean Forum on Jan. 9.
Fit the gardening glove to the job
(Video 01/14/15) To get the most out of your time in the garden, you should have the proper tools. One simple tool is a pair of gloves. On this edition of Get It Growing, LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill explains the different types of gardening gloves and why it’s important to have the right ones to fit the job. (Runtime 01:45)
Alyssums can add color to winter gardens
(Video 01/14/15) We’re in the middle of winter, but you can still put in some beautiful bedding plants now. On this edition of Get It Growing, LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill introduces you to alyssum—a great bedding plant that can be used in many ways. (Runtime 01:40)
January starts potato season in Louisiana
(Distributed 01/12/15) BATON ROUGE, La. – It’s the season for planting Irish potatoes in Louisiana. “Potatoes are usually planted from mid-January through February,” said LSU AgCenter vegetable expert Kiki Fontenot.
Explore ‘cozy’ technologies at LaHouse open house Jan. 17
(Distributed 01/09/15) BATON ROUGE, La. – If you’re concerned about your energy bill shooting high this winter, explore efficient solutions at the LSU AgCenter LaHouse Home and Landscape Resource Center’s open house from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Jan. 17.
AgCenter plans exchanges, research with Chinese universities
(Distributed 01/08/15) BATON ROUGE, La. – The LSU AgCenter is developing partnerships with five major agriculture universities in China that will allow students and faculty to participate in exchanges and cooperate on research.
Flowering Cherries – Ornamental Plants of the Week for January 12, 2015
(Distributed 01/09/15) Flowering cherry trees can be seen blooming around Louisiana in February and March. In some years, the first flowers appear in late January in the southern part of the state.
Celebrate Arbor Day in La. on Jan. 16
(Distributed 01/09/15) HAMMOND, La. – Now is a great time to plant a tree in Louisiana. We observe Louisiana Arbor Day this year on Friday, Jan. 16.
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La. youth headed for state livestock show Feb. 14-21 in Gonzales
(Distributed 01/08/15) BATON ROUGE, La. – Hundreds of youth from across Louisiana will be gathering in Gonzales next month for the 80th annual LSU AgCenter Livestock Show at the Lamar-Dixon Expo Center.
Sugarcane harvest is winding down
(Video 01/07/15) Louisiana’s sugarcane farmers expected to start their harvest late and finish early, but were surprised to find a crop much better than they expected. LSU AgCenter correspondent Tobie Blanchard has the story. (Runtime: 1:19)
AgCenter to host four fresh produce safety workshops in February
(Distributed 01/06/15) BATON ROUGE, La. – The LSU AgCenter will host four workshops in February to help fresh produce growers understand food safety risks and develop an on-farm food safety plan, according to AgCenter food safety specialist Achyut Adhikari.
Rose workshop set for Feb. 6-7 in Gonzales, La.
(Distributed 01/06/15) BATON ROUGE, La. – The LSU AgCenter in cooperation with the American Rose Society Gulf District will present a midwinter workshop on rose care Feb. 6-7 at the Clarion Inn and Conference Center in Gonzales, Louisiana.
Plant a tree for Arbor Day
(Audio 01/12/15) January is the prime planting season for trees or shrubs in Louisiana. Arbor Day is celebrated here the third Friday of January. If you are considering planting a tree, now is the time to do it. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Add color to your garden with cool-season plants
(Audio 01/12/15) Gardeners can plant cool-season bedding plants through March. Some plants do much better when planted earlier in the season including foxgloves, delphiniums, and columbines. Look for cool-season Louisiana Super Plants in garden centers. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Gardeners can control winter weeds
(Audio 01/12/15) Even though your lawn is dormant in the winter, weeds may still be growing. On a mild day, use a herbicide to get rid of unwanted weeds. Follow label directions. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Provide indoor plants with sufficient light
(Audio 01/12/15) A big challenge of growing plants indoors is giving them the light they need. Light is their food, so they need light to live. Make sure a plant is near a window or clean a window to give it more light. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Gardeners can plant parsley in January
(Audio 01/12/15) Parsley is a useful herb for cooking and is easy to grow. You can find parsley transplants at garden centers now. Plant transplants in sunny beds and let them grow before harvesting. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Peacock Kale – Ornamental Plant of the Week for January 5, 2015
(Distributed 01/02/15) The ornamental or flowering kales typically have feather-type leaves as compared to the rounded leaves of ornamental cabbage. The deeply serrated leaf edges add unique foliage texture to the cool-season landscape.
All-America Selections named for 2015
(Distributed 01/02/15) HAMMOND, La. – Eight vegetables and four flowers have been named All-America Selection (AAS) winners for the 2015 gardening season. Each year, the best of the best in new flowers, bedding plants and vegetables receive this national recognition.
Use proper sprayers for various applications
(Video 01/05/15) Eventually, most gardeners have to apply some type of treatments to control insects, weeds and disease. Some of the chemicals are pre-made and measured; others have to be mixed. On this edition of Get It Growing, LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill explains the importance of using the proper sprayers for various lawn and garden applications.
Holly after holidays
(Video 12/29/14) Holly plants have always been synonymous with the Christmas season — because of their deep green foliage and bright red fruits. But even though Christmas and New Year’s Day have passed, you can still plant these festive trees and shrubs in your landscape. On this edition of Get It Growing, LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill explains some of the best holly plants available at your local nurseries right now.
2014 Louisiana ag year review
(Video) Louisiana farmers have enjoyed high commodity prices coupled with high yields over the past few years, but 2014 was different. LSU AgCenter correspondent Tobie Blanchard looks back over the year in agriculture.
Caring for horses in winter
(Video 12/24/14) While we don't have brutal winters here in Louisiana typically, livestock such as horses do require special care. LSU AgCenter correspondent Craig Gautreaux tells us how to keep horses healthy during the winter.
It’s time for gardening resolutions
(Distributed 12/23/14) HAMMOND, La. – 2014 is winding down, and 2015 is near. When we think of resolutions for the coming year, most of us include losing weight, being more organized or simply an overall "being better." Resolutions are good goals to have.
Plant roses in winter for beautiful blooms
(For Release On Or After 01/30/15) Now is an excellent time to consider adding roses to your landscape. For many gardeners, particularly those just getting into roses, a rose is a rose. But several different categories or types of roses are available, and each type includes numerous varieties.
Take a look at these vines for Louisiana landscapes
(For Release On Or After 01/23/15) No other group of plants can quite duplicate what vines do for us in the landscape. Vines can be used to provide shade, privacy, flowers, ground cover, edible or attractive fruit, fragrance and food for wildlife. It would be hard to imagine a well-planted landscape without vines somewhere. Now is a great time to plant hardy vines.
Consider the benefits of trees
(For Release On Or After 01/16/15) Arbor Day is celebrated in Louisiana each year on the third Friday in January. This date is set aside to encourage people to plant trees.
Grow a salad this winter
(For Release On Or After 01/09/15) Cool days and chilly nights are just the kind of weather lettuce enjoys. Lettuce is a vegetable that is easy to grow, delicious to eat and so attractive to the eye that any gardener – whether you have a vegetable garden, flower garden or even container garden on a balcony – should include it.
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All-America Selections winners for 2015
(For Release On Or After 01/02/15) All-America Selections is a nonprofit organization that tests newly developed varieties of seed-grown bedding plants and vegetables in garden plots all across the United States.
Find roses at nurseries or online
(Audio 01/05/15) Roses can be purchased in local garden centers, but more varieties are available online or through mail order catalogs. Plant them soon to give them the best start. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Take care of cool-season bedding plants
(Audio 01/05/15) Cool-season bedding plants brighten up the winter landscape. Plants like pansies and violas can be planted now. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
No need to save potted poinsettias
(Audio 01/05/15) The poinsettia is the premier plant for decorating during the holidays. These plants are hard to grow in Louisiana, so it's best to compost these plants after the holidays. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Plant hardy vegetables in January
(Audio 01/05/15) Louisiana vegetable gardens can remain active in January. The vegetables we plant must be able to tolerate the cold. Vegetables that fit in that category include root crops and leafy vegetables. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
New Year’s resolution
(Audio 12/29/14) For your New Year’s resolution, consider trying to grow a new plant. You may also want to resolve to keep better records or keep up with weeding. Encourage friends or family members to try gardening. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Ordering plants from catalogs
(Audio 12/29/14) Many gardening catalogs will arrive this time of the year. Be sure to check out the new plants for next year, but don’t get carried away if you’re not sure what will grow well here. Do some research or reach out to your LSU AgCenter extension office if you have questions about a new variety. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Take care of indoor plants
(Audio 12/29/14) Most gardeners have more indoor plants in the wintertime. Take care of them by placing them next to a window to receive light. Do not place them where warm air from the vents can hit them, and remember to water appropriately. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Plant amaryllis bulbs throughout winter
(Audio 12/29/14) Purchase and plant amaryllis bulbs all through the winter season. First, plant the bulbs in a pot next to a sunny window and allow them to bloom. In April, move the pot outside and plant the bulb into the ground. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Keep Christmas cactuses from year to year
(Audio 12/29/14) Most Christmas cactuses have probably finished blooming by now, but don’t throw them away. Christmas cactuses can become long-lived house plants that will bloom year after year. Move them next to a sunny window or place them on your porch or patio throughout the summer and into fall (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Plant breeder looks for the ‘perfect’ soybean
(Distributed 12/22/14) BOSSIER CITY, La. – The "perfect" soybean would have great disease and herbicide resistance, excellent drought and salt tolerance, be able to withstand insect pests and be high-yielding. And LSU AgCenter plant breeder Blair Buckley is on a quest to find it.
2015 La. rice producer meetings announced
(Distributed 12/22/14) CROWLEY, La. – Louisiana rice farmers will get a chance to hear the latest recommendations by LSU AgCenter experts at a series of meetings in January and February.
Tulips, hyacinth bulbs are ready for planting
(Audio 01/05/15) Spring bulbs are typically planted in the fall. Tulips and hyacinth, however, are refrigerated until winter. Now is the time to get them out of the refrigerator and plant them in the ground. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Norfolk Island Pine – Ornamental Plant of the Week for December 22, 2014
(Distributed 12/19/14) Norfolk Island pines (Araucaria heterophylla) frequently accent our homes during the Christmas season. Make sure you keep them watered while it is on display.
Northeast Louisiana Master Gardeners schedule seminar
(Distributed 12/19/14) BATON ROUGE, La. – Master Gardeners in northeast Louisiana will hold their 5th annual gardening seminar at the West Monroe Convention Center from 7:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. on Jan. 17.
Son and parents now have doctorates in same LSU program
(Distributed 12/19/14) BATON ROUGE, La. – John Gaspard doesn’t think he is following in his parents’ footsteps. Although the path he is taking is similar to theirs. On Friday, Dec. 19, Gaspard, a science teacher at Rougon Elementary School in Point Coupee Parish, received a doctorate from LSU in human resource education and workforce development.
Holiday amaryllis go well in Louisiana landscapes
(Distributed 12/19/14) HAMMOND, La. – Amaryllis is a popular holiday plant. Bulbs are commonly available from November to late December. Forcing them to bloom during winter is not difficult, and the results are beautiful.
Cover crop, soil health workshop set for Jan. 21 in Winnsboro
(Distributed 12/18/14) WINNSBORO, La. – The LSU AgCenter will hold a workshop on cover crops and soil health on Jan. 21 at the Macon Ridge Research Station. Registration and refreshments will begin at 8:30 a.m. at the Tom H. Scott Extension and Education Center, which is at the station. The workshop will start at 9 a.m.
Evergreen color during winter
(Audio 12/22/14) Once the weather gets chilly, the foliage on evergreens may change color. Some foliage may take on a scarlet, gold or bronze pigment but will change back to green in the spring. Listen to learn which evergreen plants provide winter color. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Forestry forum scheduled for Jan. 16 in West Monroe
(Distributed 12/17/14) BATON ROUGE, La. – The annual forestry forum held in conjunction with the AgExpo at the West Monroe Convention Center is scheduled from 8 a.m. to noon on Jan. 16.
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Plant hardy shrubs in December
(Audio 12/22/14) December is a really great time to get hardy shrubs into the ground. Hardy shrubs will not be bothered by the colder temperatures in Louisiana. These include Indian hawthorns, azaleas, camellias and roses. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Harvest bunching onions now
(Audio 12/22/14) Harvest bunching onions in the green stage when they have green tops and white bases. You can dig up the entire bunch, separate out the amount you want, and replant the remainder so they may continue to grow. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Prune damaged tropicals in winter
(Audio 12/22/14) Prune tropical plants that may be damaged from freezing temperatures. Cut back herbaceous tropicals right away, usually 3-5 days after the freeze. Protect woody tropicals throughout the winter and prune them in the spring. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Plant tulip and hyacinth bulbs
(Audio 12/22/14) Plant pre-chilled tulip and hyacinth bulbs in late December or early January. Bulbs should be refrigerated 6-8 weeks before planting them. Make sure to plant the bulbs 5 inches into the ground in a sunny, well-drained location. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
21 LSU AgCenter faculty, staff win 2014 annual awards
(Distributed 12/15/14) BATON ROUGE, La. – Twenty-one members of the LSU AgCenter faculty and staff were recognized for their outstanding effort and career contributions at an awards ceremony held Dec. 15 at the LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens at Burden.
Forage producers discuss nutrition at annual meeting
(Distributed 12/15/14) ALEXANDRIA, La. – Forage producers discussed the benefits of different forage systems and human nutrition at the Louisiana Forage and Grass Council’s annual conference on Dec. 5.
AgCenter collaborates to assess mental health issues in New Orleans
(Distributed 12/15/14) BATON ROUGE, La. – The LSU AgCenter and the Prevention Research Center at Tulane University have been working with local stakeholders to identify behavioral health needs of Orleans Parish residents and are sharing best practices for improving community behavioral health.
La. 4-H’ers attend 2014 National Congress
(Distributed 12/15/14) BATON ROUGE, La. – Thirty-six Louisiana 4-H Club members attended the 93rd annual National 4-H Congress in Atlanta, Nov. 28-Dec. 2. The delegation earned the trip by winning contests at 4-H University, which took place in June 2014.
Southgate Rhododendrons – Ornamental Plant of the Week for December 15, 2014
(Distributed 12/12/14) Although plentiful in the appalachian Mountains, rhododendrons don’t show up much in Louisiana. Our heat and humidity usually lead to poor landscape performance. But a new series of heat-tolerant rhododendrons for the Lower South have been developed in Louisiana by Dr. John Thornton of Franklinton.
Prune crape myrtles the right way
(Distributed 12/12/14) HAMMOND, La. – It’s late fall in Louisiana, and this is the time when people think about pruning plants in the landscape. One of the most commonly pruned plants in Southern landscapes is the crape myrtle. It is also the main plant in Southern landscapes that is pruned incorrectly.
Wetland Exploration Day
(Video 12/15/14) Students at University Laboratory School in Baton Rouge left their classrooms but didn’t travel far to find a little bit of wetland. LSU AgCenter correspondent Tobie Blanchard has the story.
Add late-season color to your landscape
(Video 12/15/14) Just because it’s winter doesn’t mean you have to have a dreary yard. On this edition of Get It Growing, LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill gives you some tips for adding late-season color to your landscape.
Spacing is crucial when planting flower beds
(Video 12/22/14) Now is a good time to get cool-season plants into your flower beds. On this edition of Get It Growing, LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill explains the importance of determining proper placement and spacing before you put them in the ground.
La. Master Farmer University set for Jan. 12, 2015, in West Monroe
(Distributed 12/11/14) BATON ROUGE, La. – Louisiana farmers who want to become Master Farmers can begin the process by attending Phase I training on Jan. 12 at the Ike Hamilton Expo Center in West Monroe.
Louisiana farmer recognized as 2014’s best at national rice conference
(Distributed 12/10/14) LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Fred Zaunbrecher, a rice farmer in Acadia Parish and a member of the Louisiana Rice Research Board, was honored on Dec. 8 as Farmer of the Year at the USA Rice Federation Outlook Conference.
Second-crop rice harvest called ‘outstanding’
(Distributed 12/10/14) CROWLEY, La. – LSU AgCenter rice specialist Johnny Saichuk said this year’s second rice crop in south Louisiana was outstanding.
Tri-State Soybean Forum set for Jan. 9 in Oak Grove, La.
(Distributed 12/10/14) OAK GROVE, La. – The 59th annual Tri-State Soybean Forum has been scheduled for Jan. 9, 2015, at the Thomas Jason Lingo Center in Oak Grove.
Don’t throw away fallen leaves
(Audio 12/15/14) Shade trees dump a lot of leaves on our lawns during this time of year. Instead of putting them out with the trash, use fallen leaves for mulch or compost. If you prefer the look of a particular mulch, place a layer of leaves under a thin layer of the mulch to save money. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Plant winter-flowering camellias
(Audio 12/15/14) Find camellias already in bloom at your local nursery and plant them now. Be sure to plant the camellia at the same depth it was growing in the container. Camellias should be planted in a well-drained location with afternoon shade. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Store chemicals in a safe place
(Audio 12/15/14) Chemicals used in gardening include a wide variety of pesticides and fertilizers. Pesticides may by toxic, so make sure to store them where they are out of reach of children. Store fertilizers in an air-tight container to keep them fresh. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
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Store leftover seeds for next year
(Audio 12/15/14) Few gardeners still grow plants from seeds. When buying packages of seeds, we often do not use them all. Store excess seeds in the refrigerator to plant in your garden next year. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Wetlands program teaches environmental principles
(Distributed 12/09/14) BATON ROUGE, La. – Fourth-grade students at the LSU University Lab School learned about wetlands and their importance in an LSU AgCenter program that gets kids out of the classroom with a hands-on learning experience.
Poinsettia show, sale draws crowd
(Distributed 12/08/14) BATON ROUGE, La. – Scores of visitors prowled through a greenhouse at the LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens on Dec. 5, selecting poinsettias to purchase and voting for their favorites among 18 varieties on display.
LSU apparel design students try fashion’s business side
(Distributed 12/05/14) BATON ROUGE, La. – Rebecca Stephens has always loved dressing in costumes. The LSU College of Agriculture junior felt stifled as a child by regular children’s clothes. Now she is pursuing her passion for costumes by majoring in apparel design.
Chinese Pistache – Ornamental Plant of the Week for December 8, 2014
(Distributed 12/05/14) The Chinese pistache (Pistachio chinensis) is a medium-sized ornamental shade tree known for spectacular orange, red and crimson fall foliage colors. The fall color is great in Louisiana from early November through mid December most years.
Don’t neglect winter landscape, garden projects
(Distributed 12/05/14) HAMMOND, La. – Most of us relax during late fall and winter. Our minds turn more toward the holiday seasons and less toward our landscaping and gardening efforts. Many activities, however, should be included in a “to-do list” of gardening tasks for December, January and February.
Arbor Day activities set for Jan. 17 at LSU AgCenter Botanic Garden
(Distributed 12/04/14) BATON ROUGE, La. – The sixth annual Arbor Day at Burden in the LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens has been scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 17, 2015, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
LSU AgCenter issues call for entries for 2016 Get It Growing calendar
(Distributed 12/04/14) BATON ROUGE, La. – The LSU AgCenter is once again offering photographers an opportunity to contribute to its popular Get It Growing calendar.
New plants featured at landscape conference
(Distributed 12/04/14) BATON ROUGE, La. – New plants are heading for the marketplace to grace home gardens and commercial landscapes.
Grow apple trees in the South
(Audio 12/8/14) Winter is a great time to plant hardy fruit trees in the landscape, such as apples. Choose warm varieties that like mild winters. Remember to plant two apple varieties for cross pollination. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Control weeds this winter
(Audio 12/8/14) Because Louisiana has mild winters, this allows cool-season weeds to grow all through the winter season. Keep flower beds and vegetables gardens well mulched to protect them from weeds. If needed, apply a weed killer to your lawn. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Plant cabbage in December
(Audio 12/8/14) Cabbages won’t be bothered by below-freezing temperatures. Transplants come in multiple varieties according to head size or color and can be found at your local nursery. Plant transplants about two feet apart. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Wind chill factor does not affect plants
(Audio 12/8/14) The wind chill factor really applies to warm-blooded mammals, such as humans. Because plants do not produce any heat, they are not affected by the wind chill factor. When it comes to your garden, only worry about the normal temperature. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Protect tropical plants during freezes
(Audio 12/8/14) Tropical plants do not have the cold hardiness to deal with freezes. Protect them this winter season by bringing them inside your house or garage. If planted outside, cover them with layers of plastic or fabric. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Deadline for nominations to Agriculture Hall of Distinction approaching
(Distributed 12/03/14) BATON ROUGE, La. – The deadline for nominations for induction into the Louisiana Agriculture Hall of Distinction is Monday, Dec. 15. The inductees will be recognized at a reception and dinner at White Oak Plantation in Baton Rouge on March 5, 2015.
Horse owners should watch for symptoms of coronavirus
(Distributed 12/02/14) BATON ROUGE, La. – A horse in Port Allen, Louisiana, has been diagnosed by the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine with equine enteric coronavirus. This highly infectious RNA virus can cause intestinal distress and is more common during the colder months of the year, said LSU AgCenter equine specialist Neely Walker.
Oyster industry meeting set for Dec. 5 in Houma
(Distributed 12/02/14) HOUMA, La. – An oyster industry update for boat captains and deckhands will be held Dec. 5 at the Bayou Terrebonne Waterlife Museum.
New Orleans, Baton Rouge tour highlights 4-H educational awards
(Distributed 12/01/14) BATON ROUGE, La. – Winners of the Louisiana 4-H educational awards look forward each year to the tour of New Orleans and Baton Rouge, said LSU AgCenter youth development instructor Tanya Giroir.
As strong as an oak
(For Release On Or After 12/26/14) The oaks have become a part of American culture more than many other type of tree. Oaks are a symbol of strength and durability. Strong as an oak is a common comparison.
Cold snap good for Louisiana citrus
(Distributed 12/01/14) HOUMA, La. – Citrus fruit are becoming sweeter and juicier with cooler temperatures, according to LSU AgCenter agent Barton Joffrion in Terrebonne Parish.
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Winter’s turning point
(For Release On Or After 12/19/14) As the earth travels around the sun in its orbit, the length of our days and nights varies from season to season. This is because the earth’s axis of rotation is tilted in respect to its plane of orbit around the sun.
Try delicious cool-season vegetables
(For Release On Or After 12/12/14) Winter vegetable gardening is tremendously rewarding. Many of the vegetables we planted earlier in the fall are ready to harvest, and it is important to harvest vegetables at their right stage for best results.
Christmas trees need proper care
(For Release On Or After 12/05/14) When it comes to Christmas trees, there are two basic choices – living or artificial. Although artificial trees have their place, and manufactures are producing some startlingly realistic versions, I’m going to focus on the living types, as you would expect in a gardening column.
ShiShi Gashira Camellia – Ornamental Plant of the Week for December 1, 2014
(Distributed 12/01/14) A superior camellia for the Louisiana landscape, the Louisiana Super Plant ShiShi Gashira variety is the most widely planted camellia in the South. It is frequently referred to as a Camellia sasanqua but actually is a Camellia hiemalis.
Food Modernization Act
(Video 12/8/14) The Food Safety Modernization Act was passed to update food safety regulations with the hope of improving public health. LSU AgCenter correspondent Craig Gautreaux explains how the act will influence both producers and consumers.
Citrus gets sweeter, juicier with cooler weather
(Video 12/1/14) Tomatoes and peppers are being replaced with satsumas and navel oranges at roadside fruit and vegetable stands. Consumers can find Louisiana citrus this time of the year. LSU AgCenter correspondent Tobie Blanchard visited a grower.
Poinsettias provide beautiful Christmas color
(Video 12/8/14) If you thought holly berry or mistletoe were the most popular Christmas plants, you would be wrong. That distinction belongs to the lovely poinsettia. On this edition of Get It Growing, LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill explains how to select good poinsettias and care for them through the season.
Choose a good Christmas tree and keep it healthy
(Video 12/1/14) ’Tis the season for decorating, and one of the top decorations is a traditional Christmas tree. On this edition of Get It Growing, LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill explains how to choose a good Christmas tree and keep it looking nice through the season.
You can find color in fall Louisiana landscapes
(Distributed 11/28/14) HAMMOND, La. – Your landscape can include many trees and shrubs that will provide significant color in fall and winter year after year. Although decidedly less-than-spectacular this far south, early to mid-November until early December are when the leaves of some deciduous trees turn various colors as they get ready to drop.
Farmers get relief from rice diseases in 2014
(Distributed 11/26/14) CROWLEY, La. – Disease in rice was not as big of a problem in 2014 for most growers as in previous years, according to LSU AgCenter plant pathologist Don Groth.
LSU students tie holiday traditions to agriculture
(Distributed 11/26/14) BATON ROUGE, La. – Students decked out in festive “ugly” Christmas sweaters gathered in the lobby of the Renewable Natural Resources building on LSU’s campus on Sunday, Nov. 23. The space was transformed into a cheerful holiday setting, with a tree lighting a dark corner, a digital fireplace roaring on a big screen and stockings hung from an aquarium with care.
AgCenter wheat, oat field guide now available
(Distributed 11/26/14) BATON ROUGE, La. – The LSU AgCenter has released a wheat and oat field guide that can be used to identify weeds, insect pests and diseases that affect those crops.
Louisiana 4-H’ers attend international livestock show
(Distributed 11/25/14) BATON ROUGE, La. – A group of 43 Louisiana 4-H members competed at the North American International Livestock Exposition Nov. 8-21 in Louisville, Kentucky. The students were selected at the State Fair of Louisiana in Shreveport, where they won the LSU AgCenter’s Beef and Sheep Educational Award Trip.
Plant cool-season plants in December
(Audio 12/1/14) Add cool-season bedding plants to your landscape in early December. This will allow the plants to settle in before the intense cold of late December, January and February. Listen to learn which cool-season bedding plants will do well this time of year. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Display holiday plants
(Audio 12/1/14) Use poinsettias to decorate your home for the holidays. Keep poinsettias well watered and locate them close to a window. Another holiday plant is the Christmas cactus, which will bloom year after year. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Store garden equipment through winter
(Audio 12/1/14) Gardening chores typically slow down during this time of year. Make sure to drain the gasoline from power equipment before storing them. Clean and sharpen all your tools, then coat them with oil so they do not rust. Store pesticides in a location where they won’t freeze. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Select a fresh Christmas tree
(Audio 12/1/14) Make sure your Christmas tree is fresh for the holiday season. Shake the tree to look for fallen needles, touch the needles to see if they are still soft, and pick out a tree that has a fresh green look and a nice smell. Consider cutting your own tree on a Louisiana Christmas tree farm. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Plant December vegetables
(Audio 12/1/14) Louisiana’s mild winters allow gardeners to grow vegetables year round. Promptly harvest vegetables to receive the best quality possible. Listen to learn which vegetables to plant in December. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Louisiana 4-H’ers Compete at Poultry and Egg Conference
(Distributed 11/24/14) BATON ROUGE, La. – Louisiana 4-H’ers from across the state brought home awards from the National 4-H Poultry and Egg Conference held in Louisville, Kentucky on November 19-20, said LSU AgCenter poultry specialist Theresia Lavergne.
Poinsettia time is here
(Distributed 11/24/14) HAMMOND, La. – The Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday season means it’s time for poinsettias.
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Cool Wave Pansies – Ornamental Plant of the Week for November 24, 2014
(Distributed 11/21/14) Over the past couple years, companies have released new pansies with trailing growth habits, and fall in Louisiana is the best time to add pansies to the landscape.
Horses need proper feeding in winter
(Distributed 11/21/14) BATON ROUGE, La. – Winter is quickly approaching in Louisiana. In most other parts of the country, that means increased stable time, decreased riding time and significantly different nutrient requirements for our horses, said LSU AgCenter equine specialist Neely Walker.
Louisiana Super Plants – 5 years old with more coming
(Distributed 11/21/14) HAMMOND, La. – It’s hard to believe, but the LSU AgCenter Louisiana Super Plants program is now 5 years old.
Farmers urged to comment on proposed food safety rules
(Distributed 11/21/14) WINNSBORO, La. – The U.S. Food Safety Modernization Act will make sweeping changes to the way food safety is handled in the United States. Congress passed the law in 2010, but the Food and Drug Administration is still writing the rules that will enforce it.
LSU AgCenter Dairy Store gears up for holiday shipments
(Distributed 11/21/14) BATON ROUGE, La. – With the recent seasonal temperatures, it’s truly beginning to feel like the holiday season. And the LSU AgCenter Dairy Store has the items to make it feel that much more special.
Skip the sink when prepping turkey
(Distributed 11/20/14) BATON ROUGE, La. – Giving your Thanksgiving turkey a good rinse before cooking is something many cooks were taught to do, but LSU AgCenter nutritionist and food safety experts say washing poultry or meat can promote cross contamination.
Thanksgiving meal costs up 15 percent
(Distributed 11/20/14) BATON ROUGE, La. – Louisiana consumers may need to pay close attention to sales and promotions on food items needed for Thanksgiving dinner this year.
You can plant a vegetable garden any time
(Distributed 11/20/14) BATON ROUGE, La. – Just about any time of year is a good time to plant vegetable seeds in Louisiana.
Holiday-themed StoryTime at Burden set for Dec. 6 in Baton Rouge
(Distributed 11/19/14) BATON ROUGE, La. – Children between the ages of 3 and 8 can get in the spirit of the holidays and increase their reading skills as they enjoy a book reading and related crafts at the LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens at Burden.
Don’t fertilize most plants in fall
(Audio 11/24/14) Nearly everything in your landscape is going dormant for the winter and no longer needs to be fertilized. This includes your lawn, trees, shrubs and most herbaceous perennials. Only fertilize those plants that will grow during the wintertime. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Treat winter insects
(Audio 11/24/14) Because of Louisiana’s mild winters, expect to see insects throughout the winter season. Common insects found on bedding plants and vegetables in the winter include aphids, caterpillars, snails and slugs. Listen to learn how to treat winter insects. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Grow paperwhite bulbs in containers
(Audio 11/24/14) Gardeners often grow paperwhite bulbs in containers for their first year. Plant the bulbs in potting soil with proper drainage. The bulbs should not be touching each other, and the tops of the bulbs should be exposed at the surface. Place in a shady location until they begin to sprout. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Moving plants inside the home
(Audio 11/24/14) It is almost time to move house plants back inside the house. Before moving them inside, place the plants in a shaded location for a couple of weeks and allow them to adjust to lower light conditions. Check for insects before moving them into your home. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Plant hardy fruit trees in winter
(Audio 11/24/14) Fall and winter are the perfect time to plant hardy fruit trees into your landscape. Planting these trees while they are dormant will lessen the transplant shock. Listen to learn which hardy plants will not be bothered by the cold. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Decade-long project improves characteristics of Brahman cattle
(Distributed 11/19/14) BATON ROUGE, La. – The LSU AgCenter and the American Brahman Breeders Association started the national carcass evaluation project in 2001 as a way to evaluate marbling, tenderness and yield in the Brahman breed.
LSU AgCenter poinsettia open house set for Dec. 5 in Baton Rouge
(Distributed 11//18/14) BATON ROUGE, La. – The LSU AgCenter will host a poinsettia show and sale from 8 a.m. to noon on Dec. 5 at the LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens at 4560 Essen Lane near the junction of I-10 in Baton Rouge.
Weight gain doesn’t have to come with the holidays
(Distributed 11/18/14) BATON ROUGE, La. – As the sun was setting on Nov. 17 and temperatures were beginning their steady decline on their way to freezing, Anna McEvers set out from the warm confines of a coffee shop with a group of runners. The Varsity Sports running club meets regularly throughout the week in different locations to train together and motivate each other.
Prescribed burns save sugarcane industry $120 million
(Distributed 11/18/14) BATON ROUGE, La. – Sugarcane is one of Louisiana’s most valuable agricultural commodities, contributing about $771 million to the economy in 2013. However, the state’s sugar industry would be about $120 million less profitable without the use of one age-old tool – fire – according to LSU AgCenter researchers.
Use combination container plants for patios and porches
(Video 11/24/14) Growing multiple plants in large containers continues to be popular for patios and porches. On this edition of Get It Growing, LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill explains how to select – or create – combination container plants that will survive and provide beauty for several seasons.
Cool-season shade plants offer nice colors
(Video 11/17/14) Most cool-season bedding plants like full sun. But on this edition of Get It Growing, LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill points out some beautiful shade-loving plants that work great during the cooler months of fall.
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(Video 11/12/14) Sugarcane producers are a month into their harvest, and the early returns have been encouraging. LSU AgCenter correspondent Craig Gautreaux explains why this year’s crop may set a record.
(Video 11/12/14) Pecan producers and processing facilities are bustling, getting their crop ready for the holidays. LSU AgCenter correspondent Craig Gautreaux gives an update on how Louisiana’s pecan crop has fared this year.
Student rodeo helps preserve LSU’s agricultural roots
BATON ROUGE, La. – A certain dress code comes to mind at the mention of a rodeo: cowboy hats, blue jeans and western boots. But by the time Block and Bridle rodeo contestants were fastening newly-won buckles to their belts on Friday, Nov. 14, goats were wearing clothes, too. It’s called the goat dress — one of several nontraditional events that took place alongside bull riding and barrel racing at the 77th annual student rodeo sponsored by the LSU College of Agriculture’s Block and Bridle Club.
Nuttall Oak – Ornamental Plant of the Week for November 17, 2014
(Distributed 11/14/14) This is a great time to add new trees to our landscapes. Oak trees are very popular in Louisiana landscapes, and we are familiar with the popular Southern live oak. Deciduous oaks – those that lose foliage in winter – common in Louisiana are water oak, shumard oak, southern red oak and willow oak. The one, however, with the best potential for landscape use is the nuttall oak.
Cool down horses after exercise in winter
(Distributed 11/14/14) BATON ROUGE, La. – As cool November temperatures arrive in Louisiana, horse owners need to make preparations to keep their horses healthy through the winter.
Animal disease expert finds international calling
(Distributed 11/14/14) BATON ROUGE, La. – When bovine brucellosis was eradicated in the United States, it was a triumph for animal and veterinary scientists nationwide. LSU AgCenter scientist Phil Elzer was one of the researchers who had worked for years to create a vaccine for the bacterial disease, which devastates livestock and wildlife.
Fruit, vegetable growers hear about practices, products
(Distributed 11/14/14) BATON ROUGE, La. – Proper record keeping is essential for vegetable producers to verify their compliance with new Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) and Good Handling Practices (GHPs), LSU AgCenter food safety specialist Achyut Adhikari told a recent meeting of Louisiana fruit and vegetable growers.
AgCenter names top bedding plants for 2015
(Distributed 11/14/14) HAMMOND, La. – Since the debut of a landscape horticulture research and extension program at the LSU AgCenter Hammond Research Station eight years ago, we have continued to expand the gardens supporting research. One of the largest efforts each year is evaluating new annual warm-season bedding plants and perennial flowers in the sun garden and shade garden.
Plants can be protected from frost, freeze damage
(Distributed 11/13/14) BATON ROUGE, La. – Early freezing temperatures this year are causing concern among Louisiana homeowners and gardeners.
AgCenter receives USDA grant for farm-to-school conference
(Distributed 11/13/14) BATON ROUGE, La. – A conference to address a statewide farm-to-school initiative has recently been funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture Farm to School Grant Program.
Pasture preparation starts now, experts say
(Distributed 11/12/14) OPELOUSAS, La. -- It’s not too early to start preparing spring pastures by attacking weeds and addressing fertility issues, LSU AgCenter experts advised Thursday (Nov. 6) at a beef cattle producer program.
Louisiana pecan industry still catching up from 2011 drought
(Distributed 11/12/14) SHREVEPORT, La. – As the weather cools off and the holidays get closer, “we buy pecans” signs are cropping up at gas stations and small stores along Louisiana highways. Pecan harvest started about three weeks ago and will run through late December.
Use falling leaves for mulch
(Audio 11/17/14) Do not waste leaves that fall from shade trees this time of year. Save money by putting down two inches of leaves, and then putting your favorite mulch on top of the leaves. Create a compost bin to store leaves through the winter. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Plant fall herbs
(Audio 11/17/14) A wide variety of herbs are cold-hardy and may be planted during this time of the year. Herbs planted in the fall will be far more productive than herbs planted in the spring. Listen to learn which herbs enjoy being planted in fall and winter. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
When to harvest broccoli
(Audio 11/17/14) Do not harvest broccoli according to the size of the head. Instead, look at the flower buds in the head. When the largest flower buds are the size of a kitchen match, it is time to harvest the broccoli. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Grow amaryllis bulbs in containers
(Audio 11/17/14) Amaryllis bulbs are easy to grow inside, but are also beautiful garden plants. Grow the bulbs in containers on a sunny window sill and water regularly. Around April, you may move the plant into a sunny location in your garden. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Plant ornamental vegetables in your garden
(Audio 11/17/14) Ornamental cabbage and ornamental kale can brighten your garden during fall and winter. These vegetable plants will produce a variety of colorful leaves in the heart of the plant. Buy young plants from your local nursery and fertilize generously. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Dairy Store ice cream rich in flavor, LSU tradition
(Distributed 11/12/14) BATON ROUGE, La. – There are probably few places in the world where purple and gold ice cream is a perfectly normal thing. LSU, of course, is one of them. Tiger Bite, which is made of golden vanilla ice cream and blueberries, is just one of about 30 flavors of ice cream made by students at the LSU AgCenter Dairy Store on the LSU campus.
Progress continues on hybrid rice breeding
(Distributed 11/11/14) CROWLEY, La. – Hybrid development at the Rice Research Station continues to make progress under hybrid rice breeders Jim Oard and Weike Li.
Willow Oak – Ornamental Plant of the Week for November 10, 2014
(Distributed 11/07/14) Oaks are one of our most popular landscape trees. Almost everyone is familiar with the Southern live oak, but we have an abundance of other oak trees – largely deciduous – that are recommended for Louisiana. The willow oak (Quercus phellos) has been named a Louisiana Super Plant.
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Bed preparation key to long-term landscape success
(Distributed 11/07/14) HAMMOND, La. – Whether renovating an existing landscape or starting from scratch, we need to remember that soil pH and proper bed preparation will be essential in assuring top performance of our ornamental plants.
Louisiana nursery, landscape conference set for Dec. 3 in Baton Rouge
(Distributed 11/06/14) BATON ROUGE, La. – A plant materials conference for Louisiana nursery, landscape and garden center professionals has been set for Dec. 3 at the LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens at Burden in Baton Rouge.
Master Gardeners hold regional meeting in Baton Rouge
(Distributed 11/06/14) BATON ROUGE, La. – Sharing our Southern Roots was the theme of the regional Master Gardener meeting Oct. 21-24 in Baton Rouge.
Regents approve plant research excellence center
(Distributed 11/06/14) BATON ROUGE, La. – An interdisciplinary and inter-institutional program to develop novel plant traits and new varieties will provide opportunities for scientists to meet future needs in crop production, said Rogers Leonard, LSU AgCenter associate vice chancellor and program leader for plant and soil sciences.
Treat tea scale on camellias
(Audio 11/10/14) Camellias come from the tea family. The leading insect pest of camellias is known as the tea scale. Symptoms include a white fuzzy material on the back of the leaf and yellow blotches on the upper surface of the leaf. Listen to learn how to treat the tea scale. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Colorful cool-season bedding plants
(Audio 11/10/14) Louisiana gardeners tend to focus on spring flower beds, but cool-season bedding plants can be just as colorful throughout the winter. Replace warm-season bedding plants with cool-season plants such as pansies, violas, and snapdragons. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Replace warm-season shade plants
(Audio 11/10/14) Warm-season shade plants in flower beds should be replaced with cool-season plants during this time of the year. When choosing bedding plants for fall, be aware of the amount of sunlight the area will receive. Listen to learn which shade plants will do best in a full shade, partial shade or no-shade location. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Plant spring bulbs in the fall
(Audio 11/10/14) Now is the time to purchase and plant spring bulbs. In order to have blooming bulbs in the spring, they have to have the winter growing season to do well. Make sure to plant bulbs in a sunny, well-drained location. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Grow fresh lettuce
(Audio 11/10/14) Homegrown lettuce is easy to grow. The quality of lettuce you receive from your own vegetable garden is superior to lettuce found in any supermarket. Harvest lettuce by simply taking the largest leaves off each plant or by cutting the entire plant. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
AgCenter promotes innovation in Louisiana’s shrinking dairy industry
(Distributed 11/04/14) FRANKLINTON, La. – On 832 acres that stretch over softly sloped hills, black and white dairy cows graze in the sunshine and rest in the shade beneath huge trees. Picturesque as it sounds, this isn’t a painting or a postcard.
LaHouse open house focuses on indoor air quality, home safety
(Distributed 11/04/14) BATON ROUGE, La – Louis Fournet was thinking of moving. He suffers from allergies and has a hard time finding relief in Louisiana’s humid climate. A visit to the LSU AgCenter LaHouse Home and Landscape Resource Center’s seasonal open house may have changed his mind.
You can grow spring bulbs in containers
(For Release On Or After 11/28/14) A variety of spring-flowering bulbs can be grown in containers for indoor display. Two bulbs, paperwhites and amaryllis, do not need much special treatment and are very easy to grow in pots.
Fall is for planting trees, shrubs and more
(For Release On Or After 11/21/14) I wish more gardeners understood that fall is a primary planting season in Louisiana. For years horticulturists have tried to get the word out that November through February is the ideal time to plant hardy trees, shrubs, vines and ground covers in the landscape.
It’s time to plant cool-season bedding plants
(For Release On Or After 11/14/14) November is a great time to remove summer bedding plants and add cool-season bedding plants to your flower beds.
Fall provides color in the landscape
(For Release On Or After 11/07/14) Many plants seem to save up all summer for the spectacular display of flowers, fruit and foliage showing up in our gardens now. If you want to punch up the color level in your garden from October through December, here are some trees, shrubs and perennials you might consider including in your landscape.
Louisiana sugarcane growers enjoy good harvest weather
(Distributed 11/03/14) ARNAUDVILLE, La – Louisiana sugarcane farmers in the midst of the 2014 harvest are benefitting from good weather that has made conditions easier to get their crop out of the fields, according to LSU AgCenter experts.
Laurel wilt confirmed in Louisiana sassafras trees
(Distributed 11/03/14) BATON ROUGE, La. – Laurel wilt, a devastating disease of a number of Louisiana trees in the Lauraceae family, has recently been confirmed in sassafras trees in Union Parish.
Camelot Foxglove – Ornamental Plant of the Week for November 3, 2014
(Distributed 11/03/14) The Camelot series foxglove (Digitalis) is seed-propagated and includes four colors – Camelot Cream, Camelot White, Camelot Rose and Camelot Lavender.
Japanese maples make good small specimen trees
(Distributed 11/03/14) HAMMOND, La. – Japanese maples have the potential to be one of the most outstanding small trees for specimen plantings and focal-point use in residential landscapes in the Southeast. And fall and winter are the best time of the year to add Japanese maples to the landscape.
Evergreens shed yellow leaves
(Audio 11/3/14) As we move into early winter, you may notice that your evergreen shrubs have leaves that are turning yellow and are falling off of the plant. A whole generation of leaves may die at one time and be shed. Evergreens will continue to shed leaves into the spring. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
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Trim back perennials
(Audio 11/3/14) Perennials come back every year and provide color in our gardens. Perennials may turn brown and looked tired during this time of the year. Feel free to cut back the plants that have new growth around the bottom. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Remove fallen leaves from lawns
(Audio 11/3/14) Deciduous trees will begin to drop most of their leaves in November. A heavy coating of leaves on your lawn is not healthy for your grass. Remove leaves from your lawn and use them to mulch your flower beds. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Purchase garden chrysanthemums
(Audio 11/3/14) Cooler weather will cause your chrysanthemums to last longer. Make sure to buy domed-shaped mums, or garden mums, that have a lot of unopened buds. Garden mums will live in your garden and bloom for years to come. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
(Audio 11/3/14) Although the cold weather is moving in, you can still plant vegetables in your garden during November. Focus on leafy greens, root crops, and onions. Listen to learn which vegetables will do well during the winter. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Rabbiteye blueberries are Louisiana Super Plants
(Video 11/10/14) The Louisiana Super Plants program highlights plants shown to be reliable through research. On this edition of Get It Growing, LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill introduces you to rabbiteye blueberries. These deciduous plants turn beautiful orange during the fall and produce delicious fruit in the spring and early summer.
Fall mums come in three types
(Video 11/3/14) Fall brings the diverse colors of chrysanthemums or mums into full display. But did you know there are three different types of mums? On this edition of Get It Growing, LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill explains the differences – so you can pick the ones that work best for you.
Sweet Potato Harvest
(Video 10/29/14) Sweet potatoes are a holiday staple, and Louisiana sweet potato producers are busy with their harvest. LSU AgCenter correspondent Craig Gautreaux explains how this year’s weather is contributing to a successful harvest.
Beef Cattle Research
(Video 10/19/14) Beef cattle producers learned about research that can benefit them at an LSU AgCenter cattle and forage field day. LSU AgCenter correspondent Tobie Blanchard reports on two studies, one that aims to improve water quality and another that can affect cattle reproduction.
Hands-on experience critical to LSU’s undergraduate dairy program
(Distributed 10/29/14) BATON ROUGE, La. – At 7 a.m., many LSU students are probably still in bed. Others are trekking from far-away commuter parking lots to their early morning classes. But animal science junior Morgan Richard’s Thursdays begin quite differently – with 20 hungry calves mooing at her.
Volunteers celebrate 100 years of extension service
(Distributed 10/29/14) BATON ROUGE, La. – Louisiana Volunteers for Family and Community members used their 2014 Mini College fall training program on the LSU campus as an opportunity to celebrate the 100 years of the Cooperative Extension Service on October 15-16.
Family Fall Fest highlights solutions to rural health problems
(Distributed 10/28/14) OAK GROVE, La. – West Carroll Parish is made up of quiet little Southern towns — the kinds that cannot be located on maps, that exist unknown to the outside world in a region where change occurs almost as slowly as the pace of life. These are places that seem charming to some and backwards to others.
Weather helps sweet potato producers complete a good harvest
(Distributed 10/28/14) CHASE, La. – Sweet potatoes are a staple of many holiday meals, and Louisiana sweet potato producers are nearing the completion of a successful harvest, according to an expert with the LSU AgCenter.
AgMagic exhibit takes guests through Louisiana agriculture journey at State Fair
(Distributed 10/27/14) SHREVEPORT, La. – Thanks to the LSU AgCenter’s AgMagic, Doyline students Jamaria Clark and Jordan Fuller went on a magical tour harvesting cotton during the 2014 State Fair of Louisiana on Oct. 23.
Faculty from Czech university visit AgCenter
(Distributed 10/27/14) BATON ROUGE, La. – Faculty from one of the LSU AgCenter’s newest international partners, Mendel University in the Czech Republic, visited Baton Rouge Oct. 20-24.
AgCenter calendar encourages Louisianians to ‘Get It Growing’ In 2015
(Distributed 10/27/14) BATON ROUGE, La. – Louisiana gardeners and others have a chance to “Get It Growing” next year with the publication of the 2015 calendar from the LSU AgCenter.
Sorbet Violas – Ornamental Plants of the Week for October 27, 2014
(Distributed 10/27/14) Want to add color to your fall, winter and early spring garden? Plant some colorful Sorbet series violas.
Louisiana soybean yield reported as one of the best
(Distributed 10/24/14) VILLE PLATTE, La. – Most Louisiana farmers harvesting this year’s soybean crop are reporting one of their best years, according to the LSU AgCenter soybean specialist.
Dianthus shine as cool-season flowers
(Distributed 10/24/14) HAMMOND, La. – November is prime time for cool-season bedding plants, and dianthus have been among the plants in this group gaining considerable popularity the past 10 years.
Cocktails in the Garden set for Nov. 14 in Baton Rouge
(Distributed 10/23/14) BATON ROUGE, La. – The LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens at Burden will present Cocktails in the Garden, an evening of entertainment and dancing, from 7:30-10:30 p.m. on Nov. 14.
4-H character campaign termed success
(Distributed 10/22/14)BATON ROUGE, La. – “Welcome to 4-H Camp. Unpack a positive attitude, and you will see the endless possibilities.”
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Cattle reproduction, water quality featured at field day
(Distributed 10/22/14) ALEXANDRIA, La. – Injectable trace minerals may improve reproductive rates in cattle. This was one of several research projects cattle producers heard about at the LSU AgCenter beef cattle and forage field day on Oct. 16 at the Dean Lee Research and Extension Center.
Rabbiteye blueberries native to Louisiana
(Audio 10/27/14) Various types of blueberries can be found in the United States, but the rabbiteye blueberry is most common in Louisiana. These blueberries have been named a Louisiana Super Plant for 2014. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Look for fall wildflowers
(Audio 10/27/14) During the month of October, Louisiana provides a beautiful fall wildflower season. Look for narrow-leaf sunflowers, asters and goldenrods along the roadsides. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
(Audio 10/27/14) Help lawns get through the winter by fertilizing. Some lawns with low potassium content in the soil may need to be winterized more than others. Check the potassium level of your fertilizer and use appropriately. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Plant cool-season bedding plants
(Audio 10/27/14) Add fall color to the landscape with cool-season bedding plants. Prepare the bed properly by turning the soil and adding compost and fertilizer. Prepare a color scheme when picking out plants for each bed. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Nominations for the Louisiana Agriculture Hall of Distinction being accepted
(Distributed 10/21/14) BATON ROUGE, La. – Nominations for induction into the Louisiana Agriculture Hall of Distinction are being accepted now through Dec. 15. Inductees will be recognized at a banquet at White Oak Plantation in Baton Rouge on March 5, 2015.
LSU nutrition and food science team takes home prestigious DuPont Knowledge Award
(Distributed 10/21/14) BATON ROUGE, La. – An LSU College of Agriculture nutrition and food science team placed first in the national DuPont Knowledge Award, winning $10,000 for a new food product the team developed.
Field day serves landscape professionals
(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
(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
(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
(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
(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.
(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)
(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.
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It’s a great time to plant tasty 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.
Protect horses from rain rot skin disease
(Distributed 10/14/14) BATON ROUGE, La. – Horse owners should take precautions against rain rot, a skin disease that can flourish in Louisiana’s wet and humid weather, according to LSU AgCenter equine specialist Neely Walker.
Youngsters learn the sweet side of science at Super Science Saturday
(Distributed 10/14/14) BATON ROUGE, La. – Sodium alginate in LSU purple and gold attracted youngsters to the LSU Food Science Club’s booth at Super Science Saturday on Saturday, Oct. 11, at the LSU Pete Maravich Assembly Center.
AgCenter to host timber tax workshops
(Distributed 10/14/14) BATON ROUGE, La. – The LSU AgCenter will host two timber tax workshops to provide those in the industry with the latest information.
AgCenter to host meetings on food safety regulations
(Distributed 10/14/14) BATON ROUGE, La. – The LSU AgCenter will hold four meetings in November to inform agricultural producers about proposed Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) rules. The meetings will be conducted by AgCenter extension food safety specialist Achyut Adhikari, pecan specialist Charlie Graham and horticulture specialist Kiki Fontenot.
Invasive species menaces farmers
(Distributed 10/14/14) BATON ROUGE, La. – For the past two years, LSU AgCenter scientists have monitored the movement of the kudzu bug since it was discovered in northeast Louisiana.
Mesa gaillardia blooms throughout the year
(Video 10/13/14) The Louisiana Super Plants program recommends beautiful plants shown to be reliable through research. On this edition of Get It Growing, LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill introduces you to a 2014 fall Super Plant called Mesa gaillardia. It’s a perennial plant that blooms in beautiful colors from the cool season through the summer – and it attracts butterflies.
Encore Azalea – Ornamental Plant of the Week for October 13, 2014
(Distributed 10/10/14) Looking for some of the best of the multi-seasonal flowering azaleas? Look no further than the Encore azaleas – the “azalea that knows no season.”
LSU food science student in exchange with Honduran university
(Distributed 10/10/14) BATON ROUGE, La. – With roots in Central America and a good grasp of the Spanish language, Maria Moore felt comfortable being one of the first students from LSU to do an exchange with Zamorano Pan-American Agricultural School in Tegucigalpa, Honduras.
Rabbiteye blueberry named Louisiana Super Plant
(Distributed 10/10/14) HAMMOND, La. – The LSU AgCenter’s Louisiana Super Plant program is now on its fifth year of educating, promoting, recommending and marketing truly great landscape plants that have performed well in test gardens at the Hammond Research Station and elsewhere around the state. Plant selections are announced each spring and fall.
Improvements come with forage lab move
(Distributed 10/10/14) BATON ROUGE, La. – Beginning on October 15, all forages tested by the LSU AgCenter will have results coming from new, high-tech equipment on the LSU campus in Baton Rouge.
Plant backyard persimmon trees
(Audio 10/3/14) Home gardeners have great success with backyard persimmons. Fall is a great time to plant the trees, which can be found at your local nursery. Be aware that there are two distinctive types of persimmons, astringent and non-astringent. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Move container plants inside
(Audio 10/3/14) It is almost time to move tropical container plants inside for the winter. Move the plants into a very shady area for a couple weeks. Once they are used to the lower light conditions, move them inside of the home sometime during late October. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Louisiana Super Plant Mesa gaillardia
(Audio 10/3/14) The Mesa gaillardia has been named a Louisiana Super Plant for fall 2014. The plant will bloom through the fall season, take a break in winter, and continue to bloom throughout spring and summer. Mesa gaillardia is available in three colors. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
(Audio 10/3/14) Many herbs provide a bountiful harvest in the month of October. Choose herbs that you really intend to use such as herbs that you commonly cook or garnish with. Listen to learn which herbs are best to plant during fall. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Plant strawberries in October
(Audio 10/3/14) Plant young strawberry plants now for a spring harvest. Prepare beds in a sunny, well-drained location and place plants about a 12 inches apart. Consider covering the beds with netting to protect the berries from birds. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
AgCenter, Slovakia partnership could help solve shared problems
(Distributed 10/08/14) BATON ROUGE, La. – While the United States and Slovakia are different in many ways, the two countries’ agriculture industries share similar challenges.
LSU College of Agriculture, AgCenter award 13 undergrad research grants
(Distributed 10/07/14) BATON ROUGE, La. – Thirteen LSU students were awarded undergraduate research grants with funding coming from the LSU College of Agriculture and the LSU AgCenter.
AgCenter contributes to national disaster campaign
(Distributed 10/07/14) BATON ROUGE, La. – LSU AgCenter housing specialist Claudette Reichel recently appeared in a national disaster campaign that includes a region-specific publication and three disaster-recovery videos for the US Department of Housing and Urban Development.
AgCenter returns research station land to Ouachita Parish
(Distributed 10/06/14) CALHOUN, La. – The LSU AgCenter is returning 329 acres of land that housed the former Calhoun Research Station to the Ouachita Parish Police Jury. The AgCenter will retain a 57-acre forest stand for research, according to Dale Frederick, director of AgCenter Facilities Planning.
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Cow replacement suggestions featured at field day
(Distributed 10/06/14) ABBEVILLE, La. – Cattle owners considering an increase in their herds should be mindful of paying too much for heifers, LSU AgCenter beef cattle experts advised Thursday (Oct. 2).
Trees and Trails program takes learning outdoors
(Distributed 10/06/14) BATON ROUGE, La. – In a game called habitat scramble, third-graders visiting the LSU AgCenter’s Trees and Trails at Burden Museum and Gardens learned what happens when an animal’s habitat is destroyed.
Brown leaf tips signal underlying causes
(Video 10/6/14) Have you noticed brown spots at the end of some of your plant leaves? On this edition of Get It Growing, horticulturist Dan Gill explains what those brown leaf tips might be indicating and what you can do to solve those issues.
USDA secretary Vilsack announces funding for Louisiana biofuels facility
(Distributed 10/03/14) BATON ROUGE, La. – A biofuels company will receive a $91 million loan guarantee to build a processing plant in Alexandria, U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced Friday (Oct. 3) in Baton Rouge.
2014 Louisiana rice crop better than expected
(Distributed 10/03/14) CROWLEY, La. – The 2014 Louisiana rice crop is better than we expected “but not as good as last year,” said Johnny Saichuk, LSU AgCenter rice specialist.
AgCenter, Farm Service Agency to host farm bill meetings
(Distributed 10/03/14) BATON ROUGE, La. – The LSU AgCenter and U.S. Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency will host 13 educational meetings in October and November to help Louisiana farmers prepare for changes in the new farm bill. The meetings will be conducted by Louisiana FSA personnel along with AgCenter economists Mike Salassi, Kurt Guidry and Michael Deliberto.
Ornamental Peppers – Ornamental Plants of the Week for October 6, 2014
(Distributed 10/03/14) Fall is the time of the year for ornamental peppers. These are a unique, specialty plant for home landscapes.
Fall-blooming azaleas include Robin Hill, Encore
(Distributed 10/03/14) HAMMOND, La. – It’s getting to the time of year when multiseason-blooming azaleas will begin their fall floral displays. Popular fall-flowering azaleas include the Robin Hill and Encore types.
Eubanks receives leadership award at Tuskegee
(Distributed 10/03/14) BATON ROUGE, La. – Gina E. Eubanks, an administrator with the LSU AgCenter and the Southern University Agricultural Research and Extension Center, received the Leadership Award at the Booker T. Washington Economic Summit at Tuskegee University, in Alabama.
Trees and Trails
(Video 10/3/14) An urban forest in the heart of Baton Rouge is helping students understand the natural world around them. LSU AgCenter correspondent Tobie Blanchard toured Trees and Trails with a group of third-graders and has this report.
(Video 10/3/14) Cooler weather means fatter and tastier oysters for cooking seafood gumbos or oyster dressing. A researcher with the LSU AgCenter and Louisiana Sea Grant is working on getting oysters to maintain their size and flavor all year round. LSU AgCenter correspondent Craig Gautreaux has the story.
Sweet sorghum production guide released
(Distributed 10/02/14) BATON ROUGE, La. – Sweet sorghum is not currently grown as a commercial crop in Louisiana, but in the future, producers may consider growing it for use as a biofuel feedstock.
Plant sweet peas during fall
(Audio 10/6/14) Sweet peas are a vining, cool-season annual. Plant the seeds in October so they can develop properly before spring. Find a sunny, well-drained location near a fence or trellis. The flowers will begin to appear in March. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Natural decorations for fall
(Audio 10/6/14) Louisiana residents love to decorate their porches for fall. Use natural decorations such as pumpkins, gourds, ornamental peppers and corn. Keep an eye out for seed pods, dried flower heads and plumes that may also be used for fall decorating. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
(Audio 10/6/14) Enjoy the mild weather while working in your vegetable garden. Vegetables you should plant in October include broccoli, Brussels sprouts, and cabbage. Listen to learn which root crops and transplants will do well this time of year. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Treat brown patch disease
(Audio 10/6/14) One of the most common diseases found in the fall is a fungal disease called brown patch. The disease will start in a small area and then rapidly get worse. Contact your local nursery for treatment and make two applications. Do not apply nitrogen-containing fertilizer. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Fall rose care
(Audio 10/6/14) Roses bloom heavily during this time of year. If the roses have faded and become unattractive, deadhead them by trimming the old flowers off. Make the pruning cut just above the fifth leaflet. This will encourage more flowers to form. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Kazakhstan food industry professionals visit AgCenter
(Distributed 09/30/14) BATON ROUGE, La. – A group of about 20 food industry professionals from Kazakhstan visited the LSU AgCenter’s Food Incubator and Aquaculture Research Station on Sept. 30.
Halloween in the garden
(For Release On Or After 10/31/14) The ghouls and goblins will be out tonight, and the candles in the jack-o'-lanterns will be burning brightly. The Halloween season has put me in mind to look at scary traditions and relate them to some common gardening ideas and misconceptions.
Tropical plants need winter shelter
(For Release On Or After 10/24/14) As the weather cools down and nights get nippy over the next few weeks, gardeners need to decide what to do with their container-grown outdoor tropical plants.
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Try rabbiteye blueberries
(For Release On Or After 10/17/14) Blueberries are one of the easiest-to-grow fruiting plants for home landscapes, and research indicates that they have all kinds of health benefits. Here in Louisiana we plant the native rabbiteye blueberry, Vaccinium ashei. A number of rabbiteye blueberry varieties are available, and all are Louisiana Super Plant selections for fall 2014.
Use color in the landscape
(For Release On Or After 10/10/14) October is a transitional month in Louisiana flower gardens. Many warm-season annuals finish up this month, and gardeners’ thoughts begin to turn to cool-season bedding plants for fall, winter and spring color.
Shift gears for fall lawn care
(For Release On Or After 10/03/14) As the days shorten and temperatures gradually become cooler, it’s apparent that summer is finally ending. Lawn care definitely begins to change this time of year.
Antiginon – an easy vine to manage
(Video 9/29/14) Some vines can grow out of control, taking over everything. On this edition of Get It Growing, LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill introduces you to the Rose of the Montana or antiginon – a beautiful flowering vine that attracts wildlife and is easy to manage.
Mesa Gaillardia – Ornamental Plant of the Week for September 29, 2014
(Distributed 09/29/14) Mesa gaillardia has been named a Louisiana Super Plant for this fall. Also called blanket flowers, it is a native perennial that can be grown as an annual or a short-lived perennial in Louisiana.
Louisiana agriculture officials ask FAA for new rules for drones
(Distributed 09/26/14) BATON ROUGE, La. – The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is in the process of changing rules and regulations regarding the use of unmanned aerial systems (UAS), which are also known as unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) or drones. These changes are of concern to the agricultural interests in Louisiana, including the LSU AgCenter, because the agriculture community has embraced this new technology and found many valuable uses for it.
Celosia, ornamental peppers dress up fall gardens
(Distributed 09/26/14) HAMMOND, La. – As we enter fall, many home gardeners consider adding new plants to dress up the landscape. Two great plants for fall are celosia, which some of us also call cockscomb, and ornamental peppers.
Early sweet potato harvest signals good year
(Distributed 09/26/14) EVERGREEN, La. – The Louisiana sweet potato harvest has gotten underway, and early indications are this year’s crop will be good for growers.
Tropical hibiscus can survive mild winters
(Audio 9/29/14) The tropical hibiscus can survive a mild winter in Louisiana if it is well mulched and covered. Make sure the shrub is planted in a sunny location. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Help sustain the Monarch butterfly
(Audio 9/29/14) The Monarch Butterfly migrates from Southern Canada through Louisiana and into Mexico. Plant nectar plants such as lantana and zinnias for them to feed on as they move through. Also plant milkweed to encourage new generations of the butterfly. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
There is still time to repair your lawn
(Audio 9/29/14) If you need to repair your lawn, try to lay sod within the next few weeks. When repairing a lawn you should remove the dead grass completely, rake the soil to loosen it, and then lay sod that fits perfectly into the area. Listen to learn how to plant a new lawn. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Water plants thoroughly during dry weather
(Audio 9/29/14) Don’t let the cooler weather fool you; October is one of the driest months. Remember to water plants thoroughly and occasionally as needed. Pay careful attention to anything that’s been newly planted. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Houseplants clean the air inside your home
(Audio 9/29/14) NASA discovered that houseplants have the ability to remove a wide variety of toxins from the air. Indoor plants that can keep the air inside your home pure include the spider plant, the peace lily, and the Chinese evergreen. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Brahman influence good for Louisiana cattle producers
(Distributed 09/24/14) BATON ROUGE, La. – The traditional stereotype for cattle with high Brahman influence has been that the meat is too tough. But with improved genetics, that seems to be changing.
Field day features cattle management, weed control
(Distributed 09/23/14) MANGHAM, La. – Cattle producers drove as far as 100 miles to get the latest research-based information that included pharmaceutical best management practices, buying and retaining replacement heifers and pasture weed control at the second annual northeast Louisiana beef and forage field day at the Goldmine Plantation.
Basics of planting cole crops
(Video 9/22/14) Cole crops like cabbage and cauliflower are great vegetables to grow during the fall. On this edition of Get It Growing, horticulturist Dan Gill explains the proper way to get them into the ground so they produce well for you.
Garden Mums – Ornamental Plant of the Week for September 22, 2014
(Distributed 09/19/14) Garden mums are among the most-popular landscape plants in the fall. These plants are also known as chrysanthemums, and some folks in north Louisiana and other parts of the state refer to them as “pinks.”
Mesa gaillardia named Louisiana Super Plant
(Distributed 09/19/14) HAMMOND, La. – Fall is starting, and this time of year is great for gardening and planting. Some outstanding plants you can add to your landscape for this fall and future years are Louisiana Super Plants.
Local apparel designers mark 10,000 dresses
(Distributed 09/19/14) NEW ORLEANS – Jolie Bensen Hamilton and Sarah Elizabeth Dewey teamed up four years ago to start their own wholesale apparel design company, Jolie and Elizabeth. Yesterday evening (Sept. 18) the two marked the occasion of manufacturing their 10,000th dress, each one designed and made in New Orleans.
Louisiana 4-H Club enrollment surpasses 46,000
(Distributed 09/18/14) BATON ROUGE, La. – Enrollment in Louisiana 4-H Clubs continues to grow, with a total of 46,232 youth participating in state 4-H Clubs this year. Club membership included more than 45,100 students last year and 42,960 in 2012.
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AgCenter scientists search for lower-sodium foods
(Distributed 09/17/14) BATON ROUGE, La. – Changing people’s perceptions of how foods taste – or even how foods feel in the mouth – can help direct them to more healthful food choices, said Witoon Prinyawiwatkul, a researcher in the LSU AgCenter School of Nutrition and Food Sciences.
(Video 09/17/14 )Soybean harvest is underway in Louisiana. Rain has slowed the harvest, but farmers are seeing outstanding yields for the third year in a row. LSU AgCenter correspondent Tobie Blanchard has this report.
Plant garlic for Louisiana cooking
(Audio 9/22/14) Garlic is indispensable to the Louisiana vegetable garden because it brings a lot of flavor to food. Types of garlic that may be planted now include Italian garlic, creole garlic, and elephant garlic. This garlic will be harvested next May. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Divide perennial plants
(Audio 9/22/14) Divide, or separate, plants to create more copies and to control the size of the plant. This should be done when the plant is most dormant. Plants that are dormant during this time of the year include Louisiana irises, daylilies, Easter lilies, and calla lilies. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Wait to plant shade trees in the landscape
(Audio 9/22/14) Although it is still too hot to plant shade trees, evaluate your home and decide if you would like to plant some later. Shade trees next to the home can really help with utility bills. Take this time to think about where you would like the tree and what size the tree needs to be. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Evaluate bedding plants in late September
(Audio 9/22/14) Take notes on how well each bedding plant performed throughout the summer. Keep track of which plants survived the heat, rain, insects, and diseases. Your notes will help when deciding which plants to plant next spring and summer. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Repot plants that have become pot-bound
(Audio 9/22/14) After a long summer, potted plants may become pot-bound and begin to stress. Check to see if the roots have completely filled the container. If so, repot the plant in a container about 4 inches larger than the previous pot. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Prevent salmonella by properly handling food
(Distributed 09/16/14) BATON ROUGE, La. – Most cases of foodborne illness can be prevented if foods are carefully cooked and stored. Still, it is relatively easy to spread bacteria like salmonella that can cause food poisoning.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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$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)
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.
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.
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)
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)
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)
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)
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.
(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.
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
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.
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.
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)
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)
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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)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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)
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)
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)
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.
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)
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.
(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)
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)
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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)
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)
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.
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.
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.
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