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International students hope to improve food security, agriculture education
(Distributed 10/05/15) BATON ROUGE, La. – Students at LSU have a little over one month of the new academic year under their belts. And for seven international graduate students, it is the beginning of a long process – earning their doctorates, then returning home with hopes of sparking much-needed change in farming practices and policies.
Add Drift roses to your garden
(Audio 10/5/15) Drift roses, a Louisiana Super Plant selection for fall 2013, are nice low-growing and compact plants. They come in a variety of colors and are practically covered in flowers when they bloom. Listen for more information on planting Drift roses in your garden. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Use natural decorations this season
(Audio 10/05/15) If you look around, you can easily find natural decorations that can be used around your house from Thanksgiving to Christmas. Leaves, seed pods and grass plumes are just a few nature-made decorations that can be used this cool season. Listen for more information on using natural decorations. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Leave perennials to bloom next year
(Audio 10/05/15) Perennials are great plants that keep coming back and growing year after year. Although most of these plants are done blooming right now, don't remove them from your garden because they will come back next year. Listen for more information on growing perennials in your garden. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Look out for disease in your lawn
(Audio 10/05/15) Although lawn growth is beginning to slow down, the spread of disease is not. Watch your lawn for signs of brown patch, especially if your grass is St. Augustine. Listen for more information on how to treat brown patch in your lawn. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Plant cool-season vegetables in October
(Audio 10/05/15) October is the time to focus on cool-season vegetables. Cole crops such as broccoli, cauliflower and cabbage can be planted from transplants. Other crops such as radish, carrots, turnip greens and lettuce and be planted directly from seeds. Listen for more information on cool-season vegetables. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Chinese Pistache – Ornamental Plant of the Week for October 5, 2015
(Distributed 10/02/15) The Chinese pistache (Pistachio chinensis) is a medium-sized ornamental shade tree known for spectacular orange, red and crimson fall foliage. Its fall color is great in Louisiana from early November through mid-December in most years.
Fall is great for perennial verbenas, especially the Louisiana Super Plant Homestead Purple
(Distributed 10/02/15) HAMMOND, La – One of the great flowers that continues to be popular in our Louisiana landscapes is perennial verbena.
Safety is priority when sharing food
(Distributed 10/02/15) BATON ROUGE, La. – At the Red Stick Food Swap, cooks and crafters share their wares with fellow swappers. Items must be homemade or homegrown, and if it is a food item, prepared safely.
Producers hear benefits of promoting locally grown foods
(Distributed 10/02/15) LAFAYETTE, La. – Consumers who want locally grown food have expanded the market for selling vegetables and other agricultural products to restaurants and groceries, LSU AgCenter experts advised small producers here Wednesday (Sept. 30).
LSU AgCenter receives $1.25 million grant for project to improve rural health
(Distributed 10/01/15) BATON ROUGE, La. – The LSU AgCenter has been awarded a two-year, $1.25 million grant that will fund research and outreach projects aimed at reducing obesity and chronic diseases in three rural Louisiana parishes – Madison, St. Helena and Tensas.
Swiss chard offers nutrition, colorful ornamentation
(Video 10/12/15) Swiss chard is a cool-season vegetable that can provide colorful ornamentation to a landscape. And as LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill explains on this edition of Get it Growing, Swiss chard doesn’t only look good — every part of the plant also offers tasty nutrition. (Runtime: 01:55)
Cool-season flowers that tolerate heat
(Video 10/05/15) If you plant most cool-season bedding plants too early during this seasonal transition, they could be affected by lingering heat. But on this edition of Get It Growing, LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill describes a handful of cool-season plants that you can plant now because they don’t mind the heat. (Runtime: 01:52)
Cotton farmers disappointed by yield and prices
(Audio 09/30/15) Louisiana cotton farmers have begun picking their crop. What they are finding is disappointing on two fronts --lower yields than last year and low prices. LSU AgCenter correspondent Craig Gautreaux has this report. (Runtime: 01:33)
Red Stick Food Swap emphasizes food safety
(Video 09/30/15) Food safety should always be a priority in any cooks kitchen, but it becomes more important when food is being shared with others. LSU AgCenter correspondent Tobie Blanchard visited the Red Stick Food Swap, a free swap event in Baton Rouge to talk food safety. (Runtime: 01:37)
Louisiana 4-H’ers, leaders learn about hunger, poverty at training event
(Distributed 09/29/15) PORT ALLEN, La. – As a group of 4-H’ers and leaders filled their plates with pasta, vegetables and cake, another group sat on the floor in the back of the room, debating how to divide a single bowl of plain noodles.
Tropical plants need winter shelter
(For Release On 10/30/15) As the weather cools down and nights get nippy over the next few weeks, gardeners need to decide what to do with their outdoor container tropical plants. These beautiful plants, grown for their attractive foliage or beautiful flowers, are commonly placed outside for the summer where they provide a valuable addition to decks, patios and porches. However, these plants will not withstand freezing temperatures and must be brought inside the house for the winter.
Choose plants for cool-season color
(For Release On 10/23/15) The seasons are changing, and we are entering a transitional period in the flower garden when warm-season bedding plants begin to fade and cool-season bedding plants are planted to provide fall, winter and spring color.
Grow delicious fall vegetables
(For Release On 10/16/15) Cooler mornings in October make it a joy to get out and work in the home vegetable garden. A number of delicious and nutritious vegetables will thrive in the coming cool season. Indeed, some of our favorite vegetables can only be grown in October through April in Louisiana.
Garden success comes from proper plant selection
(For Release On 10/09/15) We are entering the prime planting season for hardy trees, shrubs, ground covers and perennials in Louisiana, which runs through early March. That makes this a great time for planning landscaping projects.
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Homestead Purple verbena is a Louisiana Super Plant
(For Release On 10/02/15) Louisiana gardeners have long been familiar with verbenas. These generally low-growing plants produce clusters of showy flowers in a wide variety of colors. Homestead Purple verbena is considered one of the very best, and it has been selected as a Louisiana Super Plant for fall 2015.
Botanic Gardens at Burden receives donations for new welcome center
(Distributed 09/28/15) BATON ROUGE, La. – The Burden Horticulture Society and the East Baton Rouge Master Gardener Association have each made a donation to the LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens at Burden for a new welcome center.
Body conditioning, forage quality lead topics at beef field day
(Distributed 09/25/15) MANGHAM, La. – Current and future cattle producers attending the Northeast Beef and Forage field day at Goldmine Plantation on Sept. 17 heard the latest information on how to improve profits in their industry.
Homestead Purple Verbena – Ornamental Plant of the Week for September 28, 2015
Of all the perennial verbenas on the market today, the outstanding variety continues to be Homestead Purple.
Integrating digital science with plant breeding can help meet world food demand
(Distributed 09/25/15) BATON ROUGE, La. – Researchers should be integrating information science with applied plant breeding to serve a growing world population, a leading plant geneticist said during a plant biology symposium Thursday (Sept. 24).
Durantas shine in late-season landscapes
(Distributed 09/25/15) HAMMOND, La. – Golden dewdrops is a common name for durantas, also known as sky flowers
Help boost monarch butterfly population
(Audio 09/28/15) There has been growing concern over the decreasing number of monarch butterflies over the past few years. We can do our part to help by planting nectar plants to provide nourishment for these butterflies on their long journey to Mexico. Listen for more information on helping the monarch butterfly population. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Look out for dry weather this fall
(Audio 09/28/15) Although it's difficult to predict rainfall, it's reasonable to assume that October will be a relatively dry month. With this in mind, pay special attention to watering anything that has been newly-planted. Listen for more information on keeping plants healthy and watered in October. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Plant or repair your lawn now
(Audio 09/28/15) If you need to plant or repair your lawn, you should do that within the next few weeks. Don't forget to cut away dead areas when repairing and properly grade the soil when planting. Listen for more information on repairing and planting lawns. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Get cleaner air through indoor plants
(Audio 09/28/15) According to NASA, indoor houseplants can help clean the air circulating in your house. Plants such as indoor ivy, spider plants, and peace lilies are some of the most effective agents in cleaning household air. Listen for more information on adding houseplants to improve your air. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Field day gives youth a look at agriculture
(Distributed 09/25/15) CHASE, La. – More than 200 students from 12 parishes in northeast Louisiana watched sweet potatoes being planted and heard about beef and forage production, and careers in agriculture. It was all part of the LSU AgCenter second annual Northeast Region youth field day at the AgCenter Sweet Potato Research Station on Sept. 23.
Louisiana’s first female 4-H director to be inducted into National 4-H Hall of Fame
(Distributed 09/24/15) BATON ROUGE, La. – If you had asked teenager Norma Roberts to consider a career in 4-H, she might have laughed. She was a 4-H member in Eunice, but because she wasn’t interested in livestock, Roberts dropped out.
Chinese dairy professionals visit LSU AgCenter for training
(Distributed 09/23/15) BATON ROUGE, La. – Six Chinese dairy industry professionals are visiting the LSU AgCenter as part of a two-week (Sept. 12 to 26) U.S. Department of Agriculture training program.
Help your tropical hibiscuses flourish
(Audio 09/28/15) Tropical hibiscuses are beautiful summer-flowering shrubs that come with a couple problems. This tropical plant is vulnerable to cold weather and bud drop. Listen for information on how to ensure that your tropical hibiscuses flourish this year. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
LSU AgCenter sets bioenergy conference for Oct. 21
(Distributed 09/21/15) BATON ROUGE, La. – The LSU AgCenter will hold a conference on bioenergy and bioproducts on Oct. 21 to help Louisiana producers and residents become more acquainted with the bioenergy industry.
LSU class helps preschool plant learning gardens
(Distributed 09/21/15) BATON ROUGE, La – LSU College of Agriculture students helped transform areas of a preschool playground into gardens.
Your Friends’ Closet Sale features vintage apparel, set for Oct. 10
(Distributed 09/21/15) BATON ROUGE, La. – The Friends of the LSU Textile and Costume Museum will hold its Your Friends’ Closet Sale on Oct. 10 in the LSU AgCenter 4-H Mini Farm near Parker Coliseum on the LSU campus.
LaHouse to offer HVAC, air leak testing training for new La. energy code
(Distributed 09/21/15) BATON ROUGE, La. – The LSU AgCenter LaHouse Resource Center will offer classes in October that address new residential energy code requirements for Louisiana contractors, builders, inspectors and prospective code verifiers.
Firebush – Ornamental Plant of the Week for September 21, 2015
(Distributed 09/18/15) Firebush, also called firecracker plant, also is known by the scientific name Hamelia patens.
Mulch aids plant, soil health
(Distributed 09/18/15) HAMMOND, La. – Fall is the time of year when we include gardening maintenance and upkeep in our list of outdoor activities. Fall is also a great time to add new plants to the landscape. Many home gardeners also mulch new plantings or add new mulch to older, established plantings before winter.
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Burden art exhibition announces call for 2016 entries
(Distributed 09/18/15) BATON ROUGE, La. – The LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens at Burden has announced the call for entries for the sixth annual Brush with Burden art exhibition.
Plant shade trees in your landscape
(Audio 09/21/15) This time of year is still a good time to evaluate if and where you need shade trees in your landscape. Try to plant these trees to the south, west, or southwest in order to receive optimal shade. Listen for more information on planting shade trees in your landscape. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Lime Sizzler firebush lights up a landscape
(Video 09/28/15) Small, colorful shrubs can add nice variety to a yard or garden. The Lime Sizzler firebush is particularly impressive at lighting up a landscape. And as LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill explains on this edition of Get It Growing, the Lime Sizzler is also disease and insect free. (Runtime: 01:43)
Divide Louisiana irises for healthy growth
(Audio 09/21/15) Over the years, Louisiana irises will get crowded, which may cause flowers to diminish. This problem can be solved by dividing your irises. Listen for more instructions on separating and cultivating Louisiana irises. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Plant garlic in your garden in October
(Audio 09/21/15) October is the perfect time to think about adding garlic to your garden. Although it may take a while for this plant to produce, it is extremely easy to grow. Listen for more information on planting and growing garlic. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Super Plant Homestead Purple verbena is best planted in fall
(Video 09/21/15) We’re about to start the fall season, and it’s a great time of year to plant Homestead Purple verbena. It’s an LSU AgCenter Louisiana Super Plant selection for 2015. On this edition of Get It Growing, LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill explains why this beautiful and tough verbena is worthy of the Super Plant title. (Runtime: 01:30)
Evaluate garden beds in September
(Audio 09/21/15) Now is a good time to evaluate your garden beds in order to decide which plants you would and would not like to use in the following years. Taking pictures and writing notes are just two methods of assessing your beds. Listen for more information on evaluation of garden beds. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Prevent problems with azalea lace bugs
(Audio 09/21/15) Despite the fact that azaleas are relatively pest free, azalea lace bugs are the most common problem for these plants. These pests cover azalea foliage in white specks until they look faded or tan. Listen for more information on azalea lace bugs. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Beef, forage field day set for Oct. 8 at Alexandria
(Distributed 09/17/15) ALEXANDRIA, La. – The LSU AgCenter Dean Lee Research and Extension Center will host the third annual Beef Cattle and Forage Field Day on Oct. 8.
Recovery has been long, slow from Hurricane Rita
(Distributed 09/16/15) CAMERON, La. – It’s been a decade since Hurricane Rita ripped through southwest Louisiana, and recovery has been a long, difficult process for many who have lived in the coastal area.
Students study migrating hummingbirds
(Audio 09/16/15) Louisiana is an important refueling stop in the hummingbird’s winter migration, and one Baton Rouge backyard has a lot of fuel for the tiny birds. LSU AgCenter correspondent Tobie Blanchard visited Luke Laborde’s home with a group of LSU students studying Louisiana wildlife. (Runtime: 01: 53)
Soybean crop falls short of last year's record
(Video 09/16/15) Farmers across Louisiana are busy harvesting soybeans, Louisiana’s largest crop in terms of acreage. Last year was a record yield for producers, but this year’s growing conditions were less kind. LSU AgCenter correspondent Craig Gautreaux has this report. (Runtime: 01:34)
Tomato disease workshop set for Oct. 5-7 in Baton Rouge
(Distributed 09/16/15) BATON ROUGE, La. – The 30th Annual Tomato Disease Workshop will provide an opportunity for participants to discuss all aspects of tomato pathogens and disease management, said LSU AgCenter extension plant pathologist Melanie Lewis Ivey.
Repot root-bound container plants
(Audio 09/14/15) If you placed plants in pots earlier this summer, it's extremely likely that they have become root-bound. Check your potted plants and move root-bound plants into larger containers with fresh soil. Listen for more information on repotting plants. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Use organic matter to create compost
(Audio 09/14/15) Instead of wasting all of the organic matter that your landscape produces, try creating a compost pile out of things like grass clippings and fallen leaves. After leaving compost sitting for a year, it should be ready to use in your landscape. Listen for more information on creating a compost pile. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Fall garden workshop series starts Oct. 28
(Distributed 09/14/15) HAMMOND, La. – The LSU AgCenter and the Tangipahoa Parish Master Gardeners Association have scheduled a fall garden workshop series on Sept. 30, Oct. 28 and Nov. 18 from 9 a.m. to noon at the AgCenter’s Hammond Research Station.
Landscape horticulture field day set for Oct. 8
(Distributed 09/11/15) BATON ROUGE, La. – The LSU AgCenter Hammond Research Station will hold its annual landscape horticulture industry field day for nursery, landscape and garden center professionals on Oct. 8.
Mexican Bush Sage – Ornamental Plant of the Week for September 14, 2015
(Distributed 09/11/15) Mexican Bush Sage (Salvia leucantha) is one of our best fall-flowering perennial salvias for Louisiana. This is one of the salvias that folks grew before others became more popular.
Girouard recognized for work with Bayou Vermilion group
(Distributed 09/11/15) LAFAYETTE, La. – The Bayou Vermilion Preservation Association recognized Ernest Girouard of the LSU AgCenter recently (Sept. 11) for his work as this year’s chairman of a symposium that focuses on the waterway that courses through St. Landry, Lafayette and Vermilion parishes.
Native beautyberry enhances fall landscapes
(Distributed 09/11/15) HAMMOND, La. – American beautyberry, sometimes confusingly called French mulberry, is a great Louisiana native shrub deserving increased use. The genus is Callicarpa, and both native and non-native species of this plant can be found in Louisiana.
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LaHouse to offer Lead Certified Renovator training
(Distributed 09/10/15) BATON ROUGE, La. – The LSU AgCenter LaHouse Resource Center will offer a half-day Lead Certified Renovator refresher class on Sept. 22.
Preserve your caladiums for next spring
(Audio 09/14/15) Don't forget that you can reuse caladiums in your landscape next year in the spring. This can prevent you from having to spend money again next year on decorative landscape plants. Listen for instructions on conserving your caladiums for next year. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Look for fall-blooming azaleas
(Audio 09/14/15) Although you may associate azaleas with spring, many varieties also produce flowers in the fall. Try adding Encore or Fashion azaleas to your landscape for fall color. Listen for more information on fall-blooming azaleas. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Keep plants well-watered this fall
(Audio 09/14/15) As fall approaches, it is not uncommon for rain and humidity to decrease. As a result, September and October can be particularly dry months. It's important to pay attention to watering your plants during this time. Listen for more information on maintaining moisture in your landscape. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Bartram Trail marker dedicated at LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens at Burden
(Distributed 09/10/15) BATON ROUGE, La. – The LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens at Burden dedicated the second of five markers on the Louisiana segment of the Bartram Trail on Sept. 9.
Heat, humidity put horses at risk for anhidrosis
(Distributed 09/09/15) BATON ROUGE, La. – Horse owners in Louisiana’s hot, humid climate need to take precautions against anhidrosis, a condition that makes horses unable to sweat and regulate their body temperature, said LSU AgCenter equine specialist Neely Walker.
School year kicks off new 4-H year
(Distributed 09/09/15) BATON ROUGE, La. – Back-to-school is in full swing, an exciting time for making new friends, meeting new teachers and getting involved. While the focus for the year is on academic achievement, it’s also important for students to participate in extra-curricular activities such as 4-H, said Janet Fox, head of the LSU AgCenter 4-H Youth Development Department.
Avoid fertilizing your lawn in September
(Audio 09/07/15) Although our lawns have been through a great deal this year due to extreme heat and chinch bugs, September is not the right time to apply nitrogen fertilizers. Instead of fertilizing, try focusing on weed control as the weather cools. Listen for more information on lawn care in the cool-season. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Prune plants before it's too late
(Audio 09/07/15) If there are any plants in your landscape that need pruning, it's important to do that as soon as possible. However, the time to prune may have already passed for some plants. Listen for more information on pruning before the cool weather hits. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Properly prepare beds for cool-season plants
(Audio 09/07/15) It's about time to start pulling out the tired, old warm-season plants from your garden and replacing them with fresh new cool-season plants. Be sure to prepare your beds by replenishing the organic matter and fertilizer. Listen for more information on preparing for cool-season plants. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Check and reapply mulch to plants
(Audio 09/07/15) Mulches play an important role in gardening here in Louisiana. They provide weed control, conserve moisture, and add to the attractiveness of our landscapes. Listen for more information on mulching. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Avoid fertilizing hardy landscape plants
(Audio 09/07/15) With fall and winter just around the corner, it is important to allow hardy landscape plants to slow down naturally this time of year. As a result, gardeners must avoid fertilizing plants, with the exception of vegetables and bedding plants. Listen for more information on fall fertilizing. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Louisiana agricultural diversity, ports important for trade
(distributed 09/08/15) BATON ROUGE, La. – Louisiana’s diverse agriculture industry helps make the state an important hub of global trade, commodity group representatives told foreign dignitaries visiting the LSU AgCenter on Sept. 4.
Porterweed – Ornamental Plant of the Week for September 7, 2015
(Distributed 09/04/15) A reliable, long-lived perennial for great summer and fall flowers, porterweed also serves as a nectar plant for pollinators.
Garden mums provide colorful fall displays
(Distributed 09/04/15) HAMMOND, La. – Garden mums are among the most popular landscape plants for 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.”
Feral hog damage to Louisiana farms now estimated at $74 million
(Distributed 09/04/15) BATON ROUGE, La. – Feral hogs cost Louisiana farmers more than $74 million in crop losses and other damage in 2013, according to an LSU AgCenter study.
Grant Walker 4-H Educational Center to host open house
(Distributed 09/04/15) POLLOCK, La. – Since the 1920s the LSU AgCenter Grant Walker 4-H Educational Center has been the scene of fun-filled summer days for many generations of Louisiana youth. But what happens in the off season?
Corn maze set for October at Botanic Gardens at Burden
(Distributed 09/04/15) BATON ROUGE, La. – The LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens at Burden will welcome the fall season with a Corn Maze Festival on Oct. 3 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Summer in Swaziland puts LSU students up close with African wildlife
(Distributed 09/03/15) BATON ROUGE, La. – Ten LSU College of Agriculture students spent two weeks in August studying African wildlife ecology in Swaziland. The students, who are all majoring in natural resources ecology and management, spent most of the study-abroad program at the Savannah Research Centre in the Mbuluzi Game Reserve.
Louisiana shrimpers sell to online customers
(Video 09/02/15) Louisiana shrimpers are struggling with extremely low wholesale prices. To increase their sales directly to consumers, which fetch a higher price, shrimpers are now turning to the Internet. LSU AgCenter correspondent Craig Gautreaux has the story. (Runtime: 01:46)
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Neighbors exchange produce from their gardens
(Video 09/02/15) Need basil for a recipe? No need to run to the store when you can get it from your neighbor’s backyard. That is the idea behind grower exchanges that are popping up in neighborhoods like one in Baton Rouge. LSU AgCenter correspondent Tobie Blanchard has the story. (Runtime: 01:59)
Choosing the right rose for your needs
(Video 09/14/15) Early September is the time to cut back roses, and the end of September is a great time to plant them. On this edition of Get It Growing, LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill explains why all roses are not the same. That means it’s very important to pick the right type roses for your needs. (Runtime: 01:52)
New crossandras flourish inside or out
(Video 09/07/15) The crossandra is a plant that was typically only grown indoors. On this edition of Get It Growing, LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill explains how new crossandra varieties bring months of colorful flowers to the outdoors as well. (Runtime: 01:44)
Japanese maples looking bad now are probably okay
(Video 08/31/15) Japanese maples surge with burgundy color during the spring and beyond, but many of them aren’t looking too good right now. On this edition of Get It Growing, LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill explains why you shouldn’t worry about what you’re seeing now and how to provide basic care for this beautiful small tree. (Runtime: 02:02)
Use irrigation devices to help your plants survive
(Video 08/24/15) One hundred degree-plus temperatures like some we’ve recently experienced threaten to harm or kill our plants. On this edition of Get It Growing, LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill discusses how to fight the heat with proper irrigation devices for your particular needs. (Runtime: 02:01)
Look out for chilli thrips this fall
(Distributed 09/02/15) HAMMOND, La. – As cooler fall temperatures arrive, LSU AgCenter horticulturists are observing more cases of chilli thrips damage in nursery and landscape plants.
Look for pecans in October
(Audio 08/31/15) At this point in the year, you should be seeing clusters of growth at the end of your pecan tree branches. Depending on what your crop looked like last year, your tree will either produce a larger or a small crop this year. Listen for more information on pecan trees and growth. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Get rid of mushrooms in your lawn
(Audio 08/31/15) Although excessive rain can cause mushrooms to appear in your lawn, you shouldn't be concerned. If you are worried that your mushrooms may be poisonous or you just don't like how they look, you can pick them or run them over with your mower. Listen for more information on mushrooms in your lawn. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Plant warm- and cool-season vegetables in September
(Audio 08/31/15) Due to the long and mild fall in Louisiana, a variety of warm- and cool-season vegetables can be planted in your garden in September. Try planting tomatoes and peppers or cool-season vegetables such as broccoli and cabbage. Listen for more information on growing vegetables this fall. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Landscape horticulture field day set for Oct. 8
(Distributed 08/31/15) BATON ROUGE, La. – The LSU AgCenter Hammond Research Station will hold its annual landscape horticulture industry field day for nursery, landscape and garden center professionals on Oct. 8.
You can save your own seeds
(For Release On 09/25/15) Many summer-blooming annuals, perennials and vegetables are setting seeds now. You can harvest some of the seeds, store them and then grow a new crop of plants for your garden next year.
Take advantage of volunteers in the garden
(For Release On 09/18/15) Gardeners use the term “volunteer” to describe the seedling of a desirable plant that appears in a garden without having been planted. They can be the offspring of trees and shrubs, but they’re most often the result of seeds dropped by annuals or perennials grown previously.
Here are tips on choosing, using fertilizer
(For Release On 09/11/15) One of the most common questions I receive from gardeners is, “What kind of fertilizer should I use?” These gardeners generally assume there must be an easy answer for this if they just tell me what kind of plant they’re growing.
Don’t neglect late-summer gardening
(For Release On 09/04/15) For gardeners tired of the heat and longing for cooler weather, September can provide welcome relief. Cool fronts often begin to make their way this far south in September. But days in the 90s are still not uncommon, and after a long, hot summer, these last scorching days are especially hard to bear for gardeners and their landscapes.
Add green onions to your garden
(Audio 08/31/15) For most Louisianians, shallots and green onions are synonymous. Stop by your local nursery to purchase bunching onion or shallot sets to plant in your garden. Listen for more information on growing and harvesting green onions. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Baton Rouge Master Gardeners announce fall gardening programs
(Distributed 08/31/15) BATON ROUGE, La. – The East Baton Rouge Master Gardeners are presenting two programs in area libraries on Sept. 17 from 6-8 p.m. and Nov. 12 from 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Tecoma – Ornamental Plant of the Week for August 31, 2015
(Distributed 08/28/15) Esperanza, also known by its scientific name Tecoma, typically comes with yellow flowers, but apricot, oranges and reds are now becoming available. A common name for this plant is yellow bells.
Treat drought-, heat-stressed plants carefully
(Distributed 08/28/15) HAMMOND, La. – What a rough July and August in Louisiana for hot temperatures and droughty conditions. The LSU AgCenter Hammond Research Station in Hammond had 43 straight days of temperatures 95 or above. During that time we measured only 0.60 inches of rainfall. Similar high temperature durations and low rainfall totals were recorded across the state.
Protect yourself against mosquitoes
(Audio 08/31/15) If you're a gardener, it is important to take measures to protect yourself against mosquitoes. Apply insect repellent or wear protective clothing to ensure safety from bites. Listen for more information on repelling mosquitoes. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
LSU AgCenter joins National Clean Plant Network
(Distributed 08/27/15) BATON ROUGE, La. – The LSU AgCenter’s sweet potato Foundation Seed Program is now part of the National Clean Plant Network, a group that strives to keep specialty crops free of diseases.
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Northeast La. youth field day set for Sept. 23 in Chase
(Distributed 08/26/15) CHASE, La. – The LSU AgCenter will host the second annual Northeast Region Youth Field Day at the Sweet Potato Research Station in Chase on Sept. 23.
Weather conditions hinder rice growth
(Video 08/19/15) Louisiana farmers are harvesting their rice crop. It’s been a challenging year with rain and cloud cover. LSU AgCenter correspondent Tobie Blanchard reports that yields are down but aren’t that bad, considering the weather. (Runtime: 01:17)
Louisiana corn crop shows promising yield
(Video 08/19/15) Louisiana farmers are busy harvesting this year’s corn crop. Will it set a new record for yield? LSU AgCenter correspondent Craig Gautreaux has this report. (Runtime: 01:34)
Short-rotation trees hold promise for Louisiana landowners
(Distributed 08/25/15) POLLOCK, La. – A movement in Europe from coal to wood-fired electric generation has created a worldwide market for wood pellets, according to experts at a recent symposium.
No poultry, eggs affected by avian flu virus in Louisiana
(Distributed 08/25/15) BATON ROUGE, La. – Avian flu virus has led to a number of poultry flocks being destroyed. LSU AgCenter poultry specialist Theresia Lavergne says this has tightened supplies, but poultry meat and eggs are still available for consumers.
Improving profits will be focus of beef field day
(Distributed 08/24/15) MANGHAM, La. – Beef producers will hear ways for improving their bottom line at the annual Northeast Louisiana Beef and Forage Field Day, which is being held September 17 at Goldmine Plantation, 188 Cummins Road.
Researchers continue quest to rid Louisiana waterways of salvinia
(Distributed 08/24/15) BATON ROUGE, La. – The LSU AgCenter is moving its facility for growing weevils to eradicate the aquatic weed called salvinia. A location in Terrebonne Parish on the property of Michael St. Martin had been used for the past four years.
Sweet potato growers learn about varieties, management strategies at field day
(Distributed 08/21/15) DELHI, La. – Despite a rainy spring that delayed sweet potato planting, the 2015 season is shaping up well, growers learned at a field day on Aug. 20 at Black Gold Farms in Delhi.
Purple Flash Ornamental Pepper – Ornamental Plant of the Week for August 24, 2015
(Distributed 08/21/15) A great ornamental pepper for fall is Purple Flash.
Online service helps get fresh Louisiana shrimp directly to consumers
(Distributed 08/20/15) DELCAMBRE, La. – The first week of shrimp season is providing the chance for consumers to buy shrimp off the boats here.
Celosia, ornamental peppers pep up fall landscapes
(Distributed 08/20/15) HAMMOND, La. – As we enter fall, many home gardeners are considering 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.
Food safety featured at farm to table symposium
(Distributed 08/18/15) NEW ORLEANS – Moving food from the farm to the dinner table – and everywhere else people eat – is a complex system, experts said at the Farm to Table International Symposium recently.
Variegated Tapioca – Ornamental Plant of the Week for August 17, 2015
(Distributed 08/14/15) Variegated tapioca, also known as manihot, is a tropical plant that’s at home in Louisiana.
Irrigate wisely during dry weather
(Distributed 08/14/15) HAMMOND, La. – The second hottest July on record in many parts of Louisiana coupled with below-normal rainfall statewide over the past eight weeks has led to drought symptoms in most landscapes. Lawns and landscape beds are suffering. Irrigation is vital through the rest of summer and through fall to prevent long-term damage to plants.
La. rice harvest progressing; yields down
(Distributed 08/14/15) CROWLEY, La. – South Louisiana rice farmers have had excellent weather to get the 2015 crop out of the field, but the yield is a decline from the two exceptional harvests of the past two years, according to LSU AgCenter experts.
Red River flooding causes $7 million damage to agriculture and still counting
(Distributed 08/14/15) BATON ROUGE, La. – Severe storms and excessive rainfall that resulted in the Red River flooding during the spring and summer caused an estimated $7 million damage to agriculture in northwest Louisiana, but that number will likely go up at harvest, said LSU AgCenter economist Kurt Guidry.
Burden Museum and Gardens offers fall events
(Distributed 08/14/15) BATON ROUGE, La. – The cooling temperatures of fall create an ideal time to visit Burden Museum & Gardens, located at 4560 Essen Lane, just off Interstate 10 in Baton Rouge.
Check horses for signs of summer respiratory problems
(Distributed 08/14/15) BATON ROUGE, La. – Horse owners need to watch out for signs of respiratory diseases that occur during the summer, said LSU AgCenter equine specialist Neely Walker.
La. 4-H’ers attend national shooting sports institute
(Distributed 08/14/15) BATON ROUGE, La. – Two Louisiana 4-H’ers were among 21 4-H’ers from 13 states who spent a week at California State University, Fresno, for the 2015 National 4-H Shooting Sports Teen Leadership Institute Aug 4-8.
Prune ginger and canna to maintain health
(Audio 08/24/15) Cannas and gingers are both plants that bloom in the summer. These plants produce stalks that need to be pruned once they've produced flowers that have faded. Listen for more information on pruning cannas and gingers. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
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Don't fertilize your lawn too late
(Audio 08/24/15) August is the latest time of the year that you should fertilize your lawn. Fertilizing later than this can increase risk of diseases and decrease hardiness. Listen for more information on lawn fertilization. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Prune roses in late summer
(Audio 08/24/15) By late August or early September it will be time to prune your roses. Most roses should be cut back by about one-third and fertilized in order for vigorous growth to occur during the blooming periods. Listen for more information on pruning roses. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Manage grass clippings in your lawn
(Audio 08/24/15) If you'd like to manage grass clippings, there are a couple of options. Mowing frequently or using a mulching lawn mower can allow the grass clippings to compost and return nutrients to the soil. Or you can bag the clippings and compost them elsewhere. Listen for more information on managing grass clippings. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Plant hardy palm trees in your landscape
(Audio 08/24/15) If you're planning on planting palms in your landscape, summer is the best time to do it. If your palms from last year died of freeze, try choosing a hardier palm this year. Listen for more information on planting palm trees in the summertime. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Take advantage of shade surrounding ferns
(Audio 08/17/15) Ferns are great plants for growing in the shade, which makes their maintenance much more appealing in the summer. Prune, mulch, water and fertilize these plants to encourage late summer growth. Listen for more information on fern maintenance. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Harvest ripened pears for delicious fruit
(Audio 08/17/15) Pears are on of the most popular backyard fruits in Louisiana. Watch for ripening of the fruit by observing changes in color and firmness. Listen for more information on harvesting pears. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Transplant Louisiana irises in the summer
(Audio 08/17/15) Since Louisiana irises are dormant in the summer, now is a great time to transplant these plants. Transplanting can allow you to divide your clumps and give your irises more room to grow. Listen for more information on transplanting Louisiana irises. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Plant butterfly weed to aid and attract butterflies
(Audio 08/17/15) Butterfly weed is great for attracting butterflies in our landscapes. This plant is also crucial in restoring monarch butterfly populations. Listen for more information on the advantages of butterfly weed. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Repot container plants this summer
(Audio 08/17/15) When your potted plants become too large for their containers, it's time to repot. Moving plants into a larger container can prevent health issues and encourage root growth. Listen for more information on repotting plants. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Prairieville man finds new career making pickles at LSU AgCenter Food Incubator
(Distributed 08/13/15) BATON ROUGE, La. – When Alvin Ray started experimenting in his Prairieville kitchen about three years ago, he didn’t expect his creation — sweet, spicy, crispy pickles — to end up on store shelves.
Louisiana team places second in national 4-H seafood cook-off
(Distributed 08/11/15) NEW ORLEANS, La. – A team of young chefs from Ascension Parish earned second place in the Great American Seafood Cook-Off, 4-H Edition on Aug. 9.
Chinese officials get food safety, port inspection training in AgCenter program
(Distributed 08/11/15) BATON ROUGE, La. – LSU AgCenter International Programs recently completed a two-week (July 18 to Aug. 2) cross-country training program on port inspection and food safety regulations for eight officials from China.
‘Repro Rangers’ honor reproductive physiology professor with reception, scholarship
(Distributed 08/11/15) BATON ROUGE, La – Robert Godke’s students have called him a mentor, a friend and a father figure.
Atrazine monitoring continues to help reduce runoff
(Distributed 08/10/15) ST. GABRIEL, La. – Representatives from the chemical manufacturer Syngenta shared information on monitoring atrazine, one of the most commonly used herbicides in agriculture, at a meeting of Louisiana agriculture officials on Aug. 6 at the LSU AgCenter Sugar Research Station.
Dwarf Princess Flower – Ornamental Plant of the Week for August 10, 2015
(Distributed 08/07/15) Princess flower is also called tibouchina. Athens Blue dwarf tibouchina has purple flowers from late spring through fall.
Apply mulch to new trees
(Audio 08/14/15) Mulching trees during the first five years after being planted really helps with healthy growth and development. It is also important to pay attention to how you apply the mulch. Listen for more information on mulching young trees. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Tropical-like plants adorn late summer, fall landscape
(Distributed 08/07/15) HAMMOND, La. – Many great plants perform well in summer and fall in Louisiana. Some that are tropical-like in appearance include esperanzas, Pride of Barbados, cassava and copper plants. All are low-maintenance in the landscape.
LSU students conduct horse camps in Europe
(Distributed 08/07/15) BATON ROUGE, La. – LSU AgCenter equine specialist Neely Walker took three LSU students to Europe this summer to teach horse camps in three countries.
Grow eggplants and peppers for the fall
(Audio 08/13/15) If your eggplant and bell pepper plants look like they're still in good shape, leave them in your garden to produce a second crop in the fall. If they're in bad shape, try planting fresh new transplants. Listen for more information on growing eggplants and bell peppers. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Plant coleus for color in your garden
(Audio 08/12/15) Coleus is a beautiful plant whose foliage can add color to your garden. Stop by your local nursery to find a variety of coleus that suits your landscape. Listen for more information on these colorful plants. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
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Plant a second crop of tomatoes
(Audio 08/11/15) In Louisiana, it is possible to grow warm-season vegetables all the way until November. This allows us to plant a second crop of tomatoes in the summer. Listen for more information on growing fall tomatoes. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Protect your lawn from chinch bugs
(Audio 08/10/15) Chinch bugs are pests that plague Louisiana summer lawns. These bugs can attack your lawn and cause it to appear brown and straw-like. Listen for information on controlling these lawn pests. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
LSU AgCenter, College of Agriculture name new director of School of Nutrition and Food Sciences
(Distributed 08/07/15) BATON ROUGE, La – Louise Wicker, a food scientist who spent much of her career on the faculty at the University of Georgia, was named director of the LSU AgCenter and College of Agriculture School of Nutrition and Food Sciences.
LSU AgCenter Food Incubator turns sisters’ recipe into popular product
(Distributed 08/06/15) BATON ROUGE, La. – Some people turn to family recipes for comfort during stressful times. Others, like Linda McAdams, turn them into a new career.
Hammond Research Station hosts national group
(Distributed 08/05/15) HAMMOND, La. – The LSU AgCenter Hammond Research Station received accolades from national and international guests who toured the gardens on Aug. 3.
Asparagus fern thrives in sunlight
(Video 08/05/15) Ferns do poorly in areas that get lots of sunlight. But the asparagus fern, which looks like a fern even though it isn’t one, thrives in hot, sunny environments. On this edition of Get It Growing, LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill discusses this relative of asparagus that provides a nice, fern-like look. (Runtime: 01:40)
Add blue daze to your summer flower bed
(Video 08/05/15) In the plant world, flowers with the name “blue” in them are usually purplish in color. But blue daze is one of those rare flowers that is actually blue. On this edition of Get It Growing, LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill introduces you to a new, improved blue daze called Blue My Mind that will last until first frost. (Runtime: 01:37)
Student spends summer interning at flower shop
(Video 08/05/15) A summer spent around flowers was cheerful, yet educational for an LSU College of Agriculture student. LSU AgCenter correspondent Tobie Blanchard has the story. (Runtime: 01:49)
Wasps provide protection from emerald ash borer
(Video 08/05/15) Scientists are releasing three species of wasps to help protect ash trees in north Louisiana. The ash trees are being threatened by the emerald ash borer, an invasive species from Asia. AgCenter correspondent Craig Gautreaux has the story. (Runtime: 01:42)
Researchers combat sugarcane aphids in grain sorghum
(Distributed 08/04/15) BATON ROUGE, La. – Sugarcane aphids in Louisiana transitioned from sugarcane to grain sorghum in 2013 – some of the first such colonization in America. Since then, this invasive insect species has rapidly spread to all grain sorghum-producing parishes, decreasing quality and yield and causing catastrophic crop losses in 2014.
Kids become chefs for week at nutrition camp
(Distributed 08/04/15) ALEXANDRIA, La. – The last week of July provided a week full of food, fun and nutrition education for 20 Louisiana youth ages 9 to 12 who attended Kid Chef Nutrition Camp July 28-31.
Teachers present success stories at gardening workshop
(Distributed 08/03/15) BATON ROUGE, La. – Teachers who started gardens at their schools last year were recognized for their progress at a half-day workshop on July 29 at the LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens at Burden.
It’s time to divide Louisiana irises
(For Release On 08/28/15) One of my favorite native plants is the Louisiana iris. When these plants bloom in the spring, their flowers are among the most colorful and beautiful to be found in Louisiana gardens. This time of the year, however, they may need some attention.
Plan carefully for growing plants indoors
(For Release On 08/21/15) Successfully growing houseplants starts with understanding their needs. Primary among these is light. Light is the energy plants use to create their food. You cannot grow a plant where there is not enough light, no matter how good it looks in the location.
Control nine-banded armadillos
(For Release On 08/14/15) I live in an area that is rural transitioning into suburban. In many areas of the state, developers are building more and more new subdivisions in areas that were once wooded or open fields. People moving to these new subdivisions from more urban areas are often startled to encounter wildlife they never saw in the cities.
You can plant late-summer vegetables now
(For Release On 08/07/15) August is a transitional time in the vegetable garden. While cool-season planting begins in earnest next month, some of the more heat-tolerant cool-season vegetables, such as the cole crops, can be planted into the garden now.
LSU team places third in weed contest
(Distributed 07/31/15) BATON ROUGE, La. – An LSU team took third place in the southern division of the National Weed Contest on July 21.
Switchgrass – Ornamental Plant of the Week for August 3, 2015
(Distributed 07/31/15) An ornamental grass worthy of increased use in Louisiana is switchgrass, also known as panicum.
LSU College of Agriculture students receive student teaching scholarships
(Distributed 07/31/15) BATON ROUGE, La. – Nicholas Adams and Chelsea Sutherland, both seniors in the LSU College of Agriculture studying agricultural education, have been selected for the Upper Division Agricultural Education Scholarship from the National Association of Agricultural Educators.
Cassias add golden yellow flowers to fall landscape
(Distributed 07/31/15) HAMMOND, La. – We are still a couple months away from fall, but there are several plants to consider now that will be showstoppers come October.
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Provide plants with sufficient water
(Audio 08/03/15) Watering plants is extremely important this time of year. Make it a point to monitor container plants and walk your landscape in order to keep track of needed watering. Listen for more information on providing plants with necessary moisture. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Control spider mites and white flies
(Audio 08/03/15) When late summer rolls around, spider mites and white flies begin to appear in larger numbers. Although both of these pests cause damage to plants, they are easily controlled with light horticultural oil sprays. Listen for more information on preventing damage from these pests. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Control insect pests in your summer garden
(Audio 08/03/15) Due to a short winter and early spring, insects and pests have been particularly bad this summer. Insect pests have shown up earlier and sustained larger populations this year. Listen for information on controlling insect pests. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Prune overgrown summer plants
(Audio 08/03/15) With the long growing season we have in the summer, it's not uncommon for plants to become tall and overgrown. Early August is a great time to prune those plants to allow for more healthy and attractive growth. Listen for more information on pruning summer plants. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Plant vegetables in August
(Audio 08/03/15) There's a wide variety of vegetables that can be planted in August. Visit your local nursery for seeds of vegetables such as cucumbers, snap beans, and lima beans or transplants of tomatoes, bell peppers, and eggplants. Listen for more information on growing vegetables in August. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Survey aims to find ways to better serve ag industry
(Distributed 07/29/15) BATON ROUGE, La. – LSU AgCenter economist Kurt Guidry is conducting a survey to find out how the AgCenter can better serve industry stakeholders through research and extension programs.
Nicaraguan nonprofit strives to improve rural life through agriculture research
(Distributed 07/29/15) BATON ROUGE, La. – Representatives from a Nicaraguan organization that works to improve rural life through agriculture research and outreach visited the LSU AgCenter this week (July 27-28) to learn about its programs.
Two 4-H’ers turn personal tragedy into successful speech on hazards of impaired driving
(Distributed 07/28/15) RACELAND, La. – Two 4-H students have used their personal tragedies to warn others about the deadly hazards of impaired driving.
North La. farm tour informs youth, community about ag technology, research
(Distributed 07/28/15) BASTROP, La. – Blistering hot temperatures didn’t deter growers and interested community members from attending the annual Black Farmers Field Day in Collinston on July 24.
Researchers study double-drill rows for sugarcane
(Distributed 07/27/15) ST. MARTINVILLE, La. – The yield advantage of growing double-drill rows of sugarcane on 8-foot beds is being explored by the Louisiana sugar industry, said Kenneth Gravois, LSU AgCenter sugarcane specialist.
Natchez Crape Myrtle – Ornamental Plant of the Week for July 27, 2015
(Distributed 07/24/15) The premier crape myrtle in Louisiana historically has been Natchez.
AgCenter agents hear about irrigation efficiency
(Distributed 07/24/15) FERRIDAY, La. – Attendees of a recent tour of northeastern Louisiana farms heard about research they can put in practice to help farmers’ bottom lines, including ways to make the most of irrigation.
Gomphrena produces colorful flowers now ’til frost
(Distributed 07/24/15) HAMMOND, La. – A tough plant that will keep blooming through summer and into fall, gomphrena likes really high temperatures. Also called globe amaranth, legend has it that the original planting was at the gates of Hades.
Control pests in your summer landscape
(Audio 07/27/15) By mid-to-late summer, several pests such as spider mites, white flies and scale insects have built up their population. Control white fly and scale insects using light horticultural oil sprays. Listen for more information on these summer pests. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
LaHouse displays lessons learned from hurricanes Katrina, Rita
(Distributed 07/23/15) BATON ROUGE, La. – LSU AgCenter housing specialist Claudette Reichel was in the midst of completing her dream project – building a sustainable demonstration home specifically designed for Louisiana’s hot and humid climate and able to withstand hazards common to the area such as hurricanes, flooding and termites.
Researchers use test plots to adapt recommendations
(Distributed 07/23/15) RAYVILLE, La. – The differences in growing rice in north and south Louisiana create the need for researchers to study how farmers can adapt their practices to fit the varied environments, an LSU AgCenter expert said Tuesday (July 21).
Choose hostas for Louisiana gardens
(Distributed 07/22/15) HAMMOND, La. – Shade-loving hostas are ranked the No. 1 herbaceous perennial in the United States, and for good reason, said LSU AgCenter horticulturist Yan Chen.
Sugarcane continues to withstand tough year
(Video 07/22/15) Louisiana’s sugarcane crop has had to withstand rain, pests and a cold winter, but LSU AgCenter correspondent Tobie Blanchard says researchers are working to help farmers manage problems their crop may encounter. (Runtime: 01:34)
Row crop yields expected to be lower
(Video 07/22/15) The weather was a big topic at a field day aimed at helping farmers grow better row crops. LSU AgCenter correspondent Tobie Blanchard was there. (Runtime: 01:56)
Begin planting fall tomatoes
(Audio 07/27/15) Because Louisiana has such a long autumn season, it's possible to grow thriving tomatoes in the fall. Be sure to plant your transplants by the end of July or beginning of August depending on your location. Listen for more information on fall tomato planting. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
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Control chinch bugs in your lawn
(Audio 07/27/15) Chinch bugs are one of the most common lawn insect pests in Louisiana. They feed on your grass and cause dramatic damage. Listen for information on treating lawns that have been infected with chinch bugs. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Take steps to control summer pests
(Audio 07/27/15) Weeds, diseases, and insects run rampant in Louisiana landscapes in the summertime. The first and most important step to take is properly identifying these issues. Listen for more information on controlling and preventing summer pests. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Farm-to-school featured at Foodapalooza
(Distributed 07/20/15) ALEXANDRIA, La. – Ninety educators from across the state gathered at the Coughlin-Saunders Performing Arts Center in downtown Alexandria for the Foodapalooza: Farm to School Edition on July 14.
Prevent mosquito bites this summer
(Audio 07/27/15) Mosquitoes in Louisiana are most active during the prime summer gardening hours. Take steps to protect yourself from these pests by applying repellent and getting rid of standing water in your landscape. Listen for more information on preventing and reducing mosquito bites this summer. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Sunflower – Ornamental Plant of the Week for July 20, 2015
(Distributed 07/17/15) Sunflowers are among the easiest flowers to grow, and their flowers thrive in the heat of our summers. You can add sunflowers to a garden or landscape now for flowers by late summer or early fall.
New trees, shrubs evaluated at Hammond Research Station
(Distributed 07/17/15) HAMMOND, La. – Since the debut of a landscape horticulture research and extension program at the LSU AgCenter Hammond Research Station nine years ago, gardens supporting the research at the station continue to expand.
Add coleus to your summer garden
(Video 08/03/15) With the soaring heat of summer, we look forward to the cool temperatures of fall. Well, on this edition of Get It Growing, LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill introduces you to the coleus, a plant that displays vibrant fall shades, while standing tough through the summer. (Runtime: 01:34)
Agricultural Education students travel to Europe, gain international experience
(Distributed 07/17/15) BATON ROUGE, La. – Tim Sandles is not usually one to venture outside of his comfort zone. The LSU graduate student from Madisonville, Texas, studying agricultural education decided to push himself this summer when he signed up for a study abroad program in Europe.
Fig enthusiasts gather for annual field day
(Distributed 07/17/15) BATON ROUGE, La. – Oppressive heat was not a deterrent for hobby fig growers and others interested in learning at the annual fig field day held at the LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens at Burden on July 11.
Farm-to-school group meets in New Orleans
(Distributed 07/17/15) NEW ORLEANS – Farm-to-school supporters heard about ways to increase the use of locally grown produce in schools at a regional meeting on Wednesday (July 16).
Plant purslane for heat-resistant color
(Video 07/27/15) You can’t do much better for a summer plant than the purslane. On this edition of Get It Growing, LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill explains how this plant offers beautiful, diverse-colored flowers, while staying happy in the heat. (Runtime: 01:44)
Don't forget about your herbs
(Audio 07/20/15) If you planted herbs in the spring, don't forget that they're out in your garden. You can easily go out and clip herbs to use for cooking. Listen for more information on harvesting herbs in the summer. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Don't worry about bark lice
(Audio 07/20/15) Bark lice are insects that form a fine, silvery webbing along the bark of trees. Although these webs may look threatening, there is no need to worry about damage. Listen for more information on bark lice on trees. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Control weeds in your garden beds
(Audio 07/20/15) Controlling weeds in different types of beds can be difficult. Some herbicides are okay to use around certain plants but are harmful to others. Listen for more information on weed control in garden beds. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Protect pecan trees from web worms
(Audio 07/20/15) Web worms are caterpillars that form unattractive nests at the ends of branches, especially on pecan trees. To control these pests, use any insecticide labeled to control caterpillars. Listen for more information on web worms. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Producers hear about latest research at sugar field day
(Distributed 07/17/15) ST. GABRIEL, La. – Two potential new sugarcane varieties for Louisiana are entering their final year of evaluation, LSU AgCenter plant breeders told producers and industry representatives at the 33rd annual sugar field day on July 15 at the AgCenter Sugar Research Station.
Emerald ash borer detected in north Louisiana
(Distributed 07/17/15) MINDEN, La. – Efforts are underway in north Louisiana to slow the spread of an invasive species that threatens to destroy native ash trees. The trees play an important part in bottomland ecosystems and also have an economic value to the timber industry.
Researchers look to nanoparticles to reduce pesticide use in agriculture
(Distributed 07/16/15) BATON ROUGE, La. – The soybean looper is a destructive pest on soybeans capable of defoliating fields if left unchecked. It can be difficult to control because of its resistance to many insecticides. LSU AgCenter scientists are looking at a novel way to increase the efficacy of pesticides to better control insects such as the soybean looper using nanotechnology.
4-H, FFA State Horse Show results released
(Distributed 07/14/15) LAKE CHARLES, La. – Results have been released from the 46th Annual Louisiana 4-H and FFA State Horse Show held July 7-11, 2015.
Replace fading bedding plants
(Audio 07/20/15) Some summer bedding plants, like petunias, don't tolerate the heat very well. When you notice plants in your summer garden fading, pull them out and replace them with plants such as periwinkle or salvia. Listen for more information on maintaining summer bedding plants. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
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LSU AgCenter, College of Engineering partner for water research, outreach
(Distributed 07/13/15) BATON ROUGE, La. – The LSU AgCenter is partnering with the Louisiana Water Resources Research Institute for research and outreach activities designed to help people make better use of Louisiana’s water supply.
Reliable crape myrtle flowers lagging this year
(Distributed 07//13/15) HAMMOND, La. – The most popular summer-blooming tree in Louisiana is the crape myrtle with its lovely, long-lasting flowers. They generally myrtles start blooming between mid-May and early June and continue flowering for 80 to 100 days, depending on the variety.
Feral hogs cause $30 million damage to La. farms
(Distributed 07/13/15) BATON ROUGE, La. – Feral hogs caused at least $30 million in damage to crops on Louisiana farms in 2013, according to an LSU AgCenter study.
Profusion and Zahara Zinnias – Ornamental Plants of the Week for July 13, 2015
(Distributed 07/10/15) Some of the newer zinnias include the Profusion and the Zahara varieties. These landscape-type zinnias resulted from hybridization between the old cut-flower-type zinnias and the Mexican or narrowleaf zinnias.
Farmers hear Louisiana crops still have good potential
(Distributed 07/10/15) ALEXANDRIA, La. – Louisiana’s corn, cotton and soybean crops still have the potential to be above average this year, but because of the weather, don’t expect any record yields, LSU AgCenter experts said at the Dean Lee Research and Extension Center field day on Thursday (July 9).
Roses need summer care
(Distributed 07/10/15) HAMMOND, La. – Summer is not the most enjoyable time to work in the yard in Louisiana, but rose bushes need attention to ensure good performance through the summer and into early fall.
Ag economics professor, department head marks retirement by establishing scholarship
(Distributed 07/09/15) BATON ROUGE, La – With the help of a teacher who recognized his potential and scholarships that allowed him to attend college, Gail Cramer was able to escape a poverty-stricken childhood in rural Washington to become an accomplished professor in agricultural economics.
New Clean Water Act rule takes effect in August
(Distributed 07/09/15) ALEXANDRIA, La. – A rule that revises which bodies of water are subject to Clean Water Act regulations will take effect next month, which has some farmers worried they will come under stricter federal scrutiny.
Excessive rain could spell trouble for rice farmers
(Video 07/08/15) Louisiana’s crops are getting inundated with rain, and rice is no exception. LSU AgCenter correspondent Tobie Blanchard said rain was a major topic at a recent rice field day. (Runtime: 01:50)
Master Cattleman program to be held in Amite
(Distributed 07/08/15) AMITE, La. – Cattle producers in the Florida parishes are invited to sign up for the LSU AgCenter’s Master Cattleman program to be held in Tangipahoa Parish beginning Aug. 11 and ending Oct. 13.
Redbanded stink bug remains leading soybean insect pest
(Distributed 07/08/15) BATON ROUGE, La. – LSU AgCenter researchers are looking at different aspects of the redbanded stink bug.
Louisiana 4-H’ers win national film festival award
(Distributed 07/08/15) ST. LOUIS – 4-H youth from Vermilion Parish attended the National 4-H Film Festival and won an award for their video “Somewhere Over the Bayou.” Brothers Ty and Clay Zaunbrecher, of Abbeville, the first Louisianans ever to compete in the contest, submitted the entry that placed third in the promotional category.
Prune blackberries in the summer
(Audio 07/13/15) Blackberries are easily grown and highly productive plants in Louisiana landscapes. Summer is the perfect time to prune your blackberry plants. Listen for more information on pruning and maintaining blackberries. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Don't wait too long to prune chrysanthemums
(Audio 07/13/15) Although chrysanthemums don't bloom until the fall, pruning them before mid-July is crucial for producing flowers. Don't wait too late to prune your chrysanthemums or it may delay or prevent flowering. Listen for more information on the flowering habits of chrysanthemums. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Study looks at shopping experiences of plus-sized teens
(Distributed 07/07/15) BATON ROUGE, La. – Teenage girls who are considered plus-sized say shopping for clothing is a frustrating and often humiliating experience, according to a recent study.
Unrelenting rains cause farmers major weed problems
(Distributed 07/07/15) ALEXANDRIA, La. – Unrelenting rains that delayed planting of many Louisiana crops may have set the stage for a tougher-than-usual battle with weeds this year.
Louisiana sends 36 4-H’ers to national shooting sports event
(Distributed 07/07/15) BATON ROUGE, La. – Thirty-six 4-H’ers from across the state represented Louisiana at the 2015 4-H Shooting Sports National Championship in Grand Island, Nebraska, on June 21-26.
Irrigate during dry summer months
(Audio 07/13/15) Although July is typically a dry month, afternoon showers can produce a significant amount of rain. Be sure to use rain gauges so that you know how much rain you are getting; this will allow you to irrigate properly. Listen for more information on summer irrigation. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Don't worry about leaf spot in crape myrtles
(Audio 07/13/15) Crape myrtles, the most popular summer flowering tree in Louisiana, bloom all the way from April to September. Despite setbacks such as excess rain and an outbreak leaf spot, crape myrtles in your landscape should remain healthy. Listen for more information on Louisiana crape myrtles. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Care for caladiums in the summer
(Audio 07/13/15) Caladiums are widely available, colorful plants that grow well in shady areas. Make sure you are properly caring for these plants during the summer by mulching and watering regularly. Listen for more information on these beautiful plants. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
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Rain, disease topics of field day
(Distributed 07/07/15) BATON ROUGE, La. – Fruit and vegetable growers from across the state shared stories of how wet weather has affected their operations during the Louisiana Fruit and Vegetable Grower meeting and field day at LSU AgCenter Botanical Gardens at Burden on July 1.
LSU AgCenter connects producers with buyers
(Distributed 07/07/15) NEW ORLEANS – The LSU AgCenter’s MarketReady training program is preparing small farmers and ranchers to develop supplier relationships with restaurants, grocery stores, wholesalers and foodservice buyers.
LSU AgCenter forage lab closed July 1
(Distributed 07/06/15) BATON ROUGE, La. – The LSU AgCenter closed the Forage Testing Laboratory on the LSU campus in Baton Rouge on July 1.
Limelight Hydrangea – Ornamental Plant of the Week for July 6, 2015
(Distributed 07/06/15) A great newer hydrangea for Louisianians to consider is the Hydrangea paniculuta called Limelight.
Rice farmers learn about latest research at July 1 field day
(Distributed 07/02/15) CROWLEY, La. – LSU AgCenter researchers at the Rice Research Station Field Day on July 1 outlined their work to help farmers produce a better crop more efficiently. Researchers said their work heavily depends on funds provided by rice farmers through the checkoff system.
Plant ginger and canna for a tropical landscape
(Audio 07/06/15) Ginger and canna are popular plants for creating a tropical look in our landscapes. Both of these plants produce clusters of flowers at the top of a shoot. Listen for information about caring for and maintaining these tropical plants. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Practice sustainability in your landscape
(Distributed 07/02/15) HAMMOND, La. – Several years ago the LSU AgCenter developed a program called Louisiana Yards and Neighborhoods to inform home gardeners about sustainable landscaping and home horticulture practices.
Keep mower blades sharp
(Audio 07/06/15) A crucial part of proper lawn care is making sure that your lawn mower blades remain sharp. Sharp blades can ensure that your grass receives a nice, clean cut. Listen for more information on maintaining the blades on your lawn mower. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Fertilize your summer lawn
(Audio 07/06/15) Now is a great time to apply a second round of fertilizer to your lawn. Fertilizing now will replenish the nitrogen that has been used up or washed away since spring. Listen for more information on fertilizing your summer lawn. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Prune hydrangeas in early summer
(Audio 07/06/15) Properly timing the pruning of hydrangeas is critical to ensuring that they produce flowers. Make sure you prune hydrangeas early in the summer before they set their buds in July. Listen for more information on pruning hydrangeas. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Two July events celebrate local foods in Alexandria, New Orleans
(Distributed 07/01/15) July brings celebrations of local foods to Alexandria and New Orleans.
Take care of problems with container plants
(Audio 07/06/15) Container plants are extremely popular for embellishing outdoor living areas and porches. However, several problems can occur when you use saucers for these plants. Listen for more information on preventing mosquitoes, water damage and root rot. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Kudzu bug continues its trek across the state
(Distributed 07/01/15) BATON ROUGE, La. – The kudzu bug, an invasive pest from Asia, continues its trek into Louisiana. LSU AgCenter scientists have been monitoring the movement of the insect since it was discovered in 2014 in Louisiana after moving in from Mississippi.
4-H announces new executive board, state contest winners
(Distributed 06/30/15) BATON ROUGE, La. – More than 1,500 4-H students from all 64 parishes converged on the LSU campus to participate in the annual 4-H University June 23-26. Students took part in 41 competitive contests, 12 Clover College tracks and elected new statewide officers for the 2015-16 school year.
Sugarcane field day July 15 at AgCenter Sugar Station
(Distributed 06/29/15) ST. GABRIEL, La. – The LSU AgCenter Sugar Research Station will host its 33rd Annual Sugarcane Field Day on July 15.
Teens find new friends, interests at 4-H University
(Distributed 06/25/15) BATON ROUGE, La. – For many of the teenagers who come to 4-H University on the LSU campus every summer, it is one of the first times they are away from home and have to make their own decisions. But often, they find that a little bit of bravery and friendliness can go a long way.
Take it easy on roses in the summer
(Audio 06/29/15) Don't expect your roses to look their best in July. The summer heat can drain the plant and take a toll on the appearance and durability of the flowers. Listen for more information on maintaining roses in the hottest parts of the summer. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Maintain attention-grabbing flower beds
(Audio 06/29/15) Since colorful flower beds often grab the attention of passersby, it is important to keep your beds in tip top condition. However, it can be difficult to get outside to work in your garden in the summer heat. Listen for some tips on maintaining your summer flower beds. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Add palm trees to your summer landscape
(Audio 06/29/15) Unlike most trees, palm trees are best planted in the hottest part of the summer. When planting palm trees, be sure to choose a species that fits your needs in terms of hardiness and appearance. Listen for more information on planting palm trees in Louisiana. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Keep birds away from figs
(Audio 06/29/15) Figs are usually coming in pretty nicely by early July. It is very important to harvest figs in a timely manner before they perish or become food for birds. Listen for more information on protecting your figs from birds. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
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Harvest and plant vegetables in July
(Audio 06/29/15) If you can handle the heat, July is a great month to get out in your garden and harvest vegetables such as tomatoes, cucumbers and snap beans. July is also a good time to plant various heat-tolerant crops. Listen for more information on planting vegetables and other plants in your summer garden. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Ornamental Sweet Potato – Ornamental Plant of the Week for June 29, 2015
(Distributed 06/26/15) Ornamental sweet potatoes are popular warm-season annuals for adding foliage color to the summer landscape.
Coneflowers provide summer color year after year
(Distributed 06/24/15) HAMMOND, La. – One of the most popular non-woody perennials in Louisiana is the purple coneflower. The scientific name of this plant is Echinacea purpurea. It is native to an area from the Midwest into the southeastern United States.
Garden Fest treats visitors to food, fun
(Distributed 06/24/15) BATON ROUGE, La. – More than 730 people braved the heat and humidity of a Louisiana June day to attend the fourth annual Garden Fest at the LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens at Burden on June 20.
It’s not too late for midsummer bedding plants
(For Release On 07/31/15) If you want to boost the color in your landscape, nurseries still have a good selection of colorful bedding plants that will thrive in whatever heat the summer throws at them.
Reduce garden pest problems
(For Release On 07/24/15) Wherever you go in America, gardeners will tell you about the terrible pest problems they have to deal with. Still, it seems like we have more than our share of insects, diseases and weeds in Louisiana.
Ornamental grasses add beauty with minimum effort
(For Release On 07/17/15) Ornamental grasses are an often-overlooked group of herbaceous perennials that thrive here and will add beauty to your landscape with minimum effort. This versatile group of plants is becoming increasing popular.
Garden for hummingbirds
(For Release On 07/10/15) Few sights are more thrilling in the garden than to see rapidly moving hummingbirds darting among the flowers. So favored are the jewel-colored birds, people put out feeders to entice them into the landscape. Even better are gardens full of plants that provide flowers bursting with the nectar hummingbirds crave.
Reduce landscape maintenance
(For Release On 07/03/15) This time of the year, most of us want to spend as little time outside in the heat as possible. Yet, we still want to keep our landscapes looking nice.
Farmers hear about pest control
(Video 06/24/15) LSU AgCenter researchers are helping farmers in north Louisiana combat pest problems in a particularly rainy year. LSU AgCenter correspondent Tobie Blanchard attended a field day where the scientists talked with farmers about their research, and she has this story. (Runtime: 01:39)
Poultry producers hear how to improve operations
(Video 06/24/15) Poultry producers visited the LSU AgCenter Hill Farm Research Station to hear about research being conducted to help make their poultry operations more environmentally friendly. LSU AgCenter correspondent Craig Gautreaux has the story. (Runtime: 01:37)
How to control mallow sawfly
(Video 07/06/15) Hibiscuses or rose mallows, as they’re called, perform well in summer heat. But they do have a nemesis. On this edition of Get It Growing, LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill explains how to handle the mallow sawfly. (Runtime: 01:36)
Baby’s breath euphorbia accents landscapes
(Video 06/29/15) The delicate white flowers of baby’s breath are used to enhance a floral bouquet. But the newer baby’s breath euphorbia adds the perfect touch to a summer landscape. On this edition of Get It Growing, LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill introduces you to this drought-tolerant plant. (Runtime: 01:40)
Dean Lee field day set for July 9 in Alexandria
(Distributed 06/23/15) ALEXANDRIA, La. – The LSU AgCenter Dean Lee Research and Extension Center in Alexandria will host its annual row crop field day on July 9.
Patrick Tuck to lead Louisiana 4-H Foundation
(Distributed 06/22/15) BATON ROUGE, La. – Patrick Tuck has been named the new executive director of the Louisiana 4-H Foundation, which is the fundraising body for the LSU AgCenter’s 4-H Youth Development Program.
Bandana Lantana – Ornamental Plant of the Week for June 22, 2015
(Distributed 06/19/15) The Bandana series of lantanas has now been on the market for several years. It was the first group of smaller-growing, smaller-mounding type varieties.
Field day features Master Farmer session
(Distributed 06/19/15) HOMER, La. – Poultry producers who attended the field day at the LSU AgCenter Hill Farm on June 17 had an opportunity to participate in a training session for the Louisiana Master Farmer Program.
Pentas is a top performer in summer gardens
(Distributed 06/19/15) HAMMOND, La. – If you’re looking for some great summer color for your landscape beds from now through our first killing frost this fall, the Butterfly series of pentas will give you that, and maybe even more.
AgCenter experts give farmers advice for the 2015 growing season
(Distributed 06/18/15) ST. JOSEPH, La. – Excessive rain during the 2015 growing season has presented challenges for Louisiana farmers, but LSU AgCenter experts told attendees at the Northeast Research Station Pest Management and Crop Production Field Day on June 17 that they need to consider other problems that could affect their crops.
Soybean integrated pest management continues
(Distributed 06/18/15) BATON ROUGE, La. – LSU AgCenter entomologists are evaluating integrated pest management programs that crop consultants and farmers use to control pests in soybeans across the state.
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Poultry producers hear best practices at AgCenter field day
(Distributed 06/18/15) HOMER, La. – Poultry producers from across Louisiana heard best management practices to make their operations more environmentally friendly and efficient during a poultry field day at the LSU AgCenter Hill Farm Research Station on June 16.
Louisiana still has potential for a good rice crop
(Distributed 06/17/15) CROWLEY, La. – Unusually excessive rainfall and cloudy days have been a challenge for growing rice, but it’s too early to become pessimistic about this year’s crop, according to the director of the LSU AgCenter Rice Research Station.
Get rid of snails and slugs in your garden
(Audio 06/22/15) Wet, muggy Louisiana weather tends to attract more snails and slugs to gardens. To get rid of these pests, try using baits or beer traps. Listen for more tips on dealing with snails and slugs in your garden. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Add Profusion zinnias to your summer garden
(Audio 06/22/15) Profusion zinnias, a hybrid between zinnia angustifolia and zinnia elegans, perform beautifully in flower beds despite the intense summer heat in Louisiana. Unlike zinnia elegans, Profusion zinnias don't have problems with insects and diseases. Listen for more information on these beautiful summer flowers. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Remove cypress knees in your landscape
(Audio 06/22/15) Every once in a while, knees produced by baldcypress trees become a problem in landscapes. Thankfully, there is something you can do to remove the knee without damaging the tree. Listen for more information on dealing with cypress knees in your landscape. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Plant Wave petunias for more heat-tolerant flowers
(Audio 06/22/15) Although petunias are an extremely popular bedding plant, these flowers usually begin to languish around June or July. If you want petunias that are more heat-tolerant, try planting Wave petunias. Listen for more information on petunias in the summer. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Try planting Mexican tarragon
(Audio 06/22/15) Tarragon is a delicious herb that can be added to numerous dishes such as chicken and vegetables. Since French tarragon cannot withstand the Louisiana heat, try planting Mexican tarragon for a tasty alternative. Listen for more information on growing Mexican tarragon. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Filipino group visits AgCenter to learn about rice production, outreach
(Distributed 06/16/15) BATON ROUGE, La. – A group of managers with the Philippines’ Department of Agriculture is visiting Louisiana June 15 to 17 to learn about the LSU AgCenter’s rice research and outreach efforts.
Annual Rice Station field day set for July 1
(Distributed 06/16/15) CROWLEY, La. – The LSU AgCenter Rice Research Station Annual Field Day will be held July 1, with a host of rice experts and speakers discussing the latest in rice farming technology.
LSU AgCenter Communications staff win national awards
(Distributed 06/16/15) BATON ROUGE, La. – Ten members of the LSU AgCenter’s Communications Department won national awards at the annual conference of the Association for Communication Excellence in Charleston, South Carolina, June 8-11.
Fruit, vegetable field day set for July 1
(Distributed 06/15/15) BATON ROUGE, La. – Fruit and vegetable growers and others interested in the industry are invited to the Louisiana Fruit and Vegetable Grower meeting and field day from 8 a.m. - 2 p.m. at LSU AgCenter Botanical Gardens at Burden on July 1.
Day lilies are low-care summer favorites
(Video 06/22/15) Day lilies are beautiful, low-maintenance perennials that bloom dependably every summer. Some day lilies even bloom more than once a year. On this edition of Get It Growing, LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill introduces you to these delicately ornamented summer favorites. (Runtime: 01:46)
Cora and Nirvana Vinca – Ornamental Plants of the Week for June 15, 2015
(Distributed 06/12/15) Vinca is the most popular, most sold and most planted warm-season bedding plant in Louisiana. We sometimes call this plant periwinkle.
Herbicide drift featured at seminar
(Distributed 06/12/15) WINNSBORO, La. – Keeping chemicals from drifting to non-target areas led the discussion at a drift mitigation and application technology education seminar in Winnsboro on June 9.
LaHouse open house to showcase ‘resilient home’ features July 18
(Distributed 06/12/15) BATON ROUGE, La. – With the 2015 hurricane season officially underway, discover a range of ways to make your home a more “resilient home” at the Summer Saturday Open House at the LSU AgCenter LaHouse on July 18 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Louisiana gardeners have many hibiscus choices
(Distributed 06/12/15) HAMMOND, La. – An abundance of hibiscus varieties do well in Louisiana.Many of us are very familiar with the tropical hibiscuses Hibiscus rosa-sinensis. We see them frequently. They’re typically not cold-hardy for the majority of the state.
Plant pentas in your summer garden
(Audio 06/15/15) Pentas are great flowers for adding color to your summer garden. These flowers come in a variety of colors and will bloom throughout the summer. Listen for more information on beautiful pentas. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Be wary of lightening strikes on trees
(Audio 06/15/15) Because of their height, trees in our landscapes are vulnerable to being struck by lightening. If one of your trees is struck, you may have to wait six to twelve months to find out whether or not your tree is going to survive. Listen for more advice on dealing with trees that have been struck. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Elevate container plants on patios or decks
(Audio 06/15/15) Although container plants are great for placing on patios or decks in the summer, be wary of the water damage the drainage can cause to wood. Boost your container plants by placing stones or bricks underneath them. Listen for more tips on container plant placement. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Control caterpillars in your garden
(Audio 06/15/15) Caterpillars are a major problem for ornamentals, vegetables, and fruit trees. To get rid of these pests you can either handpick them off of your plants or use an organic pesticide. Listen for more information on caterpillar control. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
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Sweet potato producers hard at work
(Video 06/10/15) Louisiana sweet potato producers are in the midst of planting this year’s crop. While a wet May slowed them down, it looks like the crop will be finished by the end of this month. LSU AgCenter correspondent Craig Gautreaux has this report. (Runtime: 01:47)
Tomatoes bring community together
(Video 06/10/15) Tomatoes are very popular in most backyard gardens because they are a common ingredient in many dishes. Growers in St. James Parish have made tasting and learning about tomatoes an annual social event. LSU AgCenter correspondent Craig Gautreaux has the story. (Runtime: 01:32)
Prune gardenias in June
(Audio 06/15/15) Gardenias are refreshingly fragrant flowers typical to Southern gardens. When gardenia bushes finish blooming in June, it is important to do any pruning before they set their buds for next year in July. Listen for more information on pruning gardenias. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Some plants love soggy soils
(Video 06/15/15) With lots of rain, we worry about proper drainage for most plants. But some thrive in a water-saturated environment. On this edition of Get It Growing, LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill introduces you to a few that love soggy soils. (Runtime: 01:47)
Technology featured at cattle field day
(Distributed 06/10/15) PINE PRAIRIE, La. – Cattle producers attending the Evangeline Parish Cattlemen’s Association Field Day Saturday (June 6) learned how high-tech devices can help them improve their herds.
Louisiana group develops plan to protect bees
(Distributed 06/10/15) BATON ROUGE, La. – A Louisiana group has developed a plan to protect honeybees in the state by fostering cooperation among farmers, agricultural chemical applicators and beekeepers.
Soil fungus leads to more weevil pests in rice
(Distributed 06/09/15) MAMOU, La. – A fungus in soil has shown a surprising connection with the main insect pest of rice, the rice water weevil, according to an LSU AgCenter entomologist.
4-H University brings Louisiana youth to LSU campus June 23-26
(Distributed 06/09/15) BATON ROUGE, La. – More than 1,500 Louisiana youth will converge on LSU’s campus from June 23 to 26 for 4-H University, an annual event where 4-H members between the ages of 13 and 19 can compete in contests, win prizes and explore careers.
Workshop for women in agriculture set for Ruston
(Distributed 06/09/15) RUSTON, La. – Annie’s Project will host its sixth workshop for women in agriculture at Community Trust Bank’s community room located at 1511 North Trenton Street, Ruston.
LSU AgCenter Food Incubator receives $2.5 million grant
(Distributed 06/08/15) BATON ROUGE, La. – The LSU AgCenter Food Incubator has received a three-year $2.5 million grant from the Louisiana Office of Community Development’s Disaster Recovery Unit. The grant will allow the incubator to ramp up production, serve more clients and hire more personnel.
Control slugs, snails in the landscape
(Distributed 06/08/15) BATON ROUGE, La. – Slimy slugs and snails can be pesky pests in Louisiana gardens and landscapes.
Tomato field day brings community together
(Distributed 06/08/15) PAULINA, La. – Residents of this small community in St. James Parish are serious about their tomato production, and it shows in the support for their annual tomato field day.
Scarlet Sage – Ornamental Plant of the Week for June 8, 2015
(Distributed 06/05/15) Scarlet sage, scientifically known as Salvia coccinea, is a species of salvia that looks like a perennial but is generally not cold hardy in Louisiana. It is a re-seeding annual in the majority of the state but can be an “in-ground” perennial in warmer summer locations.
County agents’ group honors members, elects officers
(Distributed 06/05/15) MONROE, La. – The Louisiana County Agricultural Agents Association members presented awards and installed the 2015-2016 officers during their annual conference in Monroe May 31-June 4.
Crape myrtles highlight summer landscapes
(Distributed 06/05/15) HAMMOND, La. – With rain following a cold winter, early spring growth was not good on crape myrtles this year. But we are seeing very nice blooms on these great summer-flowering landscape trees as we approach their peak performance time of late June through July.
AgCenter has two new gardening publications for sale
(Distributed 06/04/15) BATON ROUGE, La. – The LSU AgCenter has two new gardening publications for sale – Ground Covers for Louisiana Landscapes and Vines for Louisiana Landscapes.
Classic, new caladiums recommended for Louisiana gardens
(Distributed 06/04/15) HAMMOND, La. – Caladiums are one of the most popular warm-season bedding plants among gardeners in the South because of their attractive foliage color and the ability to thrive in our summer heat and humidity. They are essentially pest- and disease-free and require very little maintenance, said LSU AgCenter researcher Yan Chen.
Visa changes cause labor shortage for Louisiana seafood industry
(Distributed 06/03/15) BATON ROUGE, La. – Most commercial crawfish peeling operations in Louisiana are winding down, but a labor shortage they faced this season is likely to affect other seafood processors that aren’t in full swing yet.
Problems appearing in Louisiana vincas
(Distributed 06/02/15) HAMMOND, La. – One of the most popular annual bedding plants in Louisiana is vinca, or periwinkle. It is well-known for its prolific and long blooming season and is the favored flowering plant of choice for home gardeners and professional landscapers around the state for warm season color, said LSU AgCenter horticulturist Allen Owings.
Louisiana Agriculture magazine spring issue now online
(Distributed 06/02/15) BATON ROUGE, La. – The spring issue of Louisiana Agriculture magazine is now online, said editor Linda Benedict.
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LSU AgCenter small grains breeding faces weather challenges
(Distributed 06/02/15) BATON ROUGE, La. – 2015 has been a difficult year for the LSU AgCenter wheat and oat breeding program.
Protect yourself from the summer heat
(Audio 06/08/15) If you're a Louisiana gardener, make sure you're taking measures to protect yourself from the summer heat when working in your yard for long periods of time. Drink plenty of fluids, garden in the shade, and wear loose comfortable clothes. Listen for more tips on staying safe in this summer heat. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Prune once-blooming roses for new growth
(Audio 06/08/15) It's important to pay attention to pruning your once-blooming roses after they produce flowers in late April and early May. By pruning now, your plant has enough time to produce new growth that will yield flowers next year. Listen for more tips on pruning once-blooming roses. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Louisiana state 4-H, FFA horse show set for July 7-11 in Lake Charles
(Distributed 06/12/15) BATON ROUGE, La. – 4-H and FFA youth from throughout Louisiana will compete in the 46th Annual LSU AgCenter 4-H and FFA State Horse Show on July 7-11 at the Burton Complex in Lake Charles, Louisiana.
Get rid of suckers in your garden
(Audio 06/08/15) Horticulturists define a sucker as an undesirable fast-growing shoot. It is very important to deal with suckers properly, particularly when pruning. Listen for more information on dealing with suckers in your landscape. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Don't worry about slime mold in your lawn
(Audio 06/08/15) Although there are various diseases and pests that can be detrimental to our lawn in the summertime, slime mold is relatively harmless. Slime mold may look terrible, but it actually helps decay organic matter in our lawns. Listen for more information on these fungus-like organisms. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Don't blame lichens for unhealthy plants
(Audio 06/08/15) Contrary to popular belief, lichens are not parasites. However, lichens do tend to grow more easily on weak and struggling plants. Listen for more information on what to do if you notice excessive lichen growth on your plants. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Try summer-flowering vines
(For Release On 06/19/15) Summer-flowering vines can provide color, fragrance and interest to Louisiana landscapes. They can also provide screening and even shade if they are allowed to cover an overhead structure. Indeed, no other group of plants can provide the same effects as vines.
A good summer landscape takes planning
(For Release On 06/26/15) Landscapes are dynamic creations that are always changing. Plants grow larger. New plants are added along the way. Plants die. Even trees may be lost in storms. Over the years, a landscape can change radically from its original look.
Conference kicks off Farm to School program in Louisiana
(Distributed 06/01/15) BATON ROUGE, La. – Louisiana organizers kicked off a conference on May 27 to bring farm-to-school advocates together to encourage introducing local foods into schools and promote food and agriculture education.
Enjoy sweet, juicy blackberries
(For Release On 06/12/15) If you picked dewberries or blackberries from the wild as a child (or adult) and miss those wonderful, shiny black fruit bursting with sweet juice, you’ll be glad to know that blackberries are easy and productive in the home garden.
Soggy soil can make plants sick
(For Release On 06/05/15) Adequate moisture is critically important to landscape plants, but too much rain or excessive watering can bring problems of its own. We’ve seen a wet spring and early summer this year, and it has caused a variety of problems. Wet soil can create stressful conditions for bedding plants, vegetables, shrubs and even trees – especially those planted this year.
Figs remain popular Louisiana fruit
(Distributed 06/01/15) BATON ROUGE, La. – June is time for figs in Louisiana, and many of the popular varieties around the state have come from a breeding program at the LSU AgCenter.
Produce marketing workshops set for New Orleans, Hammond
(Distributed 06/01/15) BATON ROUGE, La. – Louisiana specialty crop producers will have an opportunity to learn the ins and outs of marketing to local groceries, restaurants and other retail outlets during one-day workshop presented by the LSU AgCenter on June 18 and 19.
Rainy, cloudy weather not good for growing rice in Louisiana
CROWLEY, La. – Recent weather has not been ideal for growing rice because of frequent rainy and cloudy weather, LSU AgCenter experts told farmers at field days on May 28 in Jefferson Davis and Vermilion parishes.
Sun Coleus – Ornamental Plant of the Week for June 1, 2015
(Distributed 05/29/15) It is not too late in the warm season to add coleus to the Louisiana landscape.
LSU AgCenter forester wins national award
(Distributed 05/29/15) SHREVEPORT, La. – Ricky Kilpatrick, LSU AgCenter northwest area forestry agent, has been named the Extension Forester of the Year by the Forest Landowners Association, a national advocacy group.
SunPatiens produce great flowers for Louisiana summers
(Distributed 05/29/15) HAMMOND, La. – If you like the flowering habit of shade-loving impatiens, you’ll be excited to know more about the impatiens that boldly go when no impatiens have gone before – into full sun.
Celosia offers color and variety for summer gardens
(Video 06/08/15) If you’re looking for eye-catching flowers for your garden, celosia is a great choice. On this edition of Get It Growing, LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill describes the different types of celosia and their dependability for surviving hot summer conditions. (Runtime: 01:24)
Mandevilla vine brings beautiful blooms all summer
(Video 06/01/15) Color for summer gardens doesn’t have to come from bedding plants alone. On this edition of Get It Growing, LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill explains why the tropical vine mandevilla is perfect for abundant blooms throughout the hottest months. (Runtime: 01:41)
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Allow your tomatoes to ripen on the vine
(Audio 06/01/15) Vine ripened tomatoes produce some of the best quality and flavor. You can pick ripe tomatoes out of your garden and use them in your kitchen right away. Listen for more information on tomato care and harvesting. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Create compost using organic waste in your landscape
(Audio 06/01/15) Creating compost by recycling the organic waste that your landscape produces is one of the best things you can do for your garden. This allows your landscape to function without dealing with unnecessary debris. Listen for more information explaining how compost helps your home garden. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Care for your summer lawn
(Audio 06/01/15) Mowing lawns is a huge part of landscape care in the summer. Cutting your grass regularly and at the proper height is one of the most important things you can do to keep your grass healthy. Listen for more information on summer lawn care. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Prepare your landscape for hurricane season
(Audio 06/01/15) June is the month when hurricane season kicks into gear. It is important to watch your landscape with the possibility of high winds in mind. Listen for information on making sure your landscape is prepared for hurricane season. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Add some heat-tolerant veggies to your garden
(Audio 06/01/15) There is a special group of vegetables that you can plant in your summer garden that do extremely well tolerating the heat. Some of these plants include cantaloupe, collards, eggplant, and okra. Listen for more information on these delicious summer vegetables and plants. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Louisiana 4-H volunteer wins national award
(Distributed 05/28/15) WINNFIELD, La. – Carolyn Whisonant Lang, of Atlanta, Louisiana, in Winn Parish, has been named the national winner of the 2015 4-H Outstanding Lifetime Volunteer award.
Excessive rain causes problems for wheat producers
(Video 05/27/15) Persistent rains have knocked down wheat and contributed to a disease problem that is leading some experts to label this season a disaster for Louisiana wheat producers. LSU AgCenter correspondent Craig Gautreaux has the story. (Runtime: 01:28)
Sweet potato planting delayed by rain
(Distributed 05/28/15) CHASE, La. – This time of year should be the “heart” of sweet potato planting season in Louisiana. But instead, the production schedule is being delayed by unrelenting rain.
Children explore AgMagic on the River
(Video 05/27/15) School children in the Greater New Orleans area got to journey through AgMagic, an interactive exhibit on Louisiana agriculture. LSU AgCenter correspondent Tobie Blanchard visited AgMagic on the River. (Runtime: 01:49)
Crop production field day set for June 17 in St. Joseph
(Distributed 05/27/15) ST. JOSEPH, La. – The LSU AgCenter Northeast Research Station in St. Joseph will host a crop production and pest management field day on June 17.
Leaf disease showing up on Indian hawthorne, other woody ornamental plants
(Distributed 05/25/15) BATON ROUGE, La. – Persistent wet weather is creating conditions for Entomosporium leaf spot to make an appearance in Louisiana. Caused by the fungus Entomosporium mespili, it’s a common disease of various woody ornamentals in the family Rosaceae.
Copper Plant – Ornamental Plant of the Week for May 25, 2015
(Distributed 05/25/15) Copper plants are great foliage plants for the summer and fall landscape.
Slovaks visit AgCenter Food Incubator with hopes of starting their own
(Distributed 05/22/15) BATON ROUGE, La. – Two scientists from a university in Slovakia are at the LSU AgCenter Food Incubator for three weeks of intensive training. They’re hoping to start a similar incubator back home.
AgCenter evaluating olives for Louisiana
(Distributed 05/22/15) HAMMOND, La. – The past ten years have seen increased interest in growing olive trees in the southeastern United States. In Louisiana, a number of individuals and businesses have planted a few olive trees. In addition to culinary and processing quality of the fruit, olives can be long-lived trees with finely textured
AgCenter works to improve ornamental plants
(Distributed 05/22/15) BATON ROUGE, La. – Many varieties of shrubs and trees are no longer grown any in Louisiana landscapes, but that’s about to change with the help of LSU AgCenter researchers.
$187,500 grant to LSU AgCenter supports research in oil, gas drilling
(Distributed 05/22/15) BATON ROUGE, La – An LSU AgCenter scientist has received more than $187,000 for research to develop smart drilling fluids used in oil and gas exploration with more efficiency and greater efficacy.
Rains cause problems for La. corn and soybeans, but sugarcane and rice OK so far
(Distributed 05/22/15) BATON ROUGE, La. – Heavy rains are causing problems for some Louisiana soybean and corn farmers, especially in the north part of the state where a storm system brought as much as 10 inches of rain in some areas in the past week, but sugarcane and rice are not as affected by the weather, according to LSU AgCenter experts.
Louisiana’s wheat crop headed toward disaster for 2015
(Distributed 05/22/15) BATON ROUGE, La. – Excessive rain across Louisiana is compounding already existing problems with the 2015 wheat crop and leading to what LSU AgCenter experts call a disastrous season.
Keep food safety in mind when preparing for hurricane season
(Distributed 05/21/15) BATON ROUGE, La. – With the June 1 beginning of hurricane season rapidly approaching, Louisiana residents need to make preparations now so they have a safe food supply if a storm hits.
AgCenter-sponsored rice field days begin May 28
(Distributed 05/20/15) CROWLEY, La. – The LSU AgCenter will host a series of rice field days across Louisiana during the growing season.
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4-H’ers design safe room for St. John Parish
(Distributed 05/19/15) LAPLACE, La. – A dozen St. John the Baptist Parish 4-H Club members presented their plans to parish officials on May 14 for a safe room for emergency workers responding to a disaster.
LSU AgCenter offers online interactive flood maps
(Distributed 05/18/15) BATON ROUGE, La. – As hurricane season approaches, Louisiana residents can turn to the LSU AgCenter website for tools to determine if they live in a flood zone and how to prevent storm damage. Among the resources are interactive flood maps, which have recently been updated with new features.
Louisiana Master Cattleman course graduates 22
(Distributed 05/18/15) FARMERVILLE, La. – Twenty-two cattle producers and industry professionals graduated on May 4 from a Louisiana Master Cattleman course hosted in Farmerville by the LSU AgCenter.
Plant health, new flowers featured at open house
(Distributed 05/18/15) HAMMOND, La. – Many Louisianians have watched dogwoods gradually disappear from the landscape in recent years. While environmental factors are partially to blame, some gardening mistakes can also hinder dogwood health, said Mark Windham, professor in the University of Tennessee’s Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology.
Louisiana begins blueberry harvest
(Distributed 05/18/15) BATON ROUGE, La. – Until recent years, blueberries weren’t looked at as a popular warm-season fruit compared to peaches, watermelons and others, said LSU AgCenter horticulturist Charlie Johnson.
Choose hardy palms to plant in your landscape
(Audio 05/25/15) If you're thinking about adding some palm trees to your landscape to add a tropical look, make sure that they will be hardy enough to withstand freezes. Be aware of what information you should be asking when visiting your local nursery. Listen for more information on palm trees. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Plant summer alternatives to cool-season leafy greens
(Audio 05/25/15) Although we love our leafy greens in the South, most of them grow best in the cool season. However, there are a few heat-tolerant plants you could try, such as malabar spinach or amaranth. Listen for more information on these alternatives to customary Southern leafy greens. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Properly clean pots for healthier plants
(Audio 05/25/15) Nearly every gardener grows some kind of plant in pots. Cleaning pots is important because it reduces the likelihood that your pot will harbor disease-causing organisms. Listen for instructions on cleaning different types of pots. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Plant bulbs for wonderful summer plants
(Audio 05/25/15) Gardeners generally use the term bulb to describe any plant structure that is fleshy and below the ground. Some of these "bulbs" include tubers, rhizomes, and corms. The plants that these bulbs produce are great options for additions to your summer garden. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Use a spray program for roses with black spot
(Audio 05/25/15) Black spot is the leading and most destructive disease in roses in our area. Roses plagued with this disease will get black spots and defoliate over and over again throughout the summer. Use a spray program to treat this fungal disease in roses. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Gomphrena/Globe Amaranth – Ornamental Plant of the Week for May 18, 2015
(Distributed 05/15/15) Gardeners should consider some of the new gomphrena varieties – globe amaranth – for their landscapes.
Students hear about ag careers at field day
(Distributed 05/15/15) CROWLEY, La. – Students from across south Louisiana met May 12 at the LSU AgCenter Rice Research Station to learn about career opportunities in agriculture.
Aquaculture offers economic opportunities worldwide
(Distributed 05/15/15) BATON ROUGE, La. – This time of year, most Louisianians are acutely aware of the importance of aquaculture thanks to a unique commodity produced in this state: crawfish.
Try some new daylily varieties
(Distributed 05/15/15) HAMMOND, La. – Daylilies are one of the most popular flowering plants for late spring and early summer Louisiana landscapes. They have reached peak bloom about three weeks early this spring because of the lack of significant cold weather in February and March.
Wetlands program poetry contest winners announced
(Distributed 05/15/15) BATON ROUGE, La. – Focusing on the theme “Louisiana’s Coast: Our Unique Culture,” more than 250 students from across the state competed in the second annual Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority and 4-H Youth Wetlands Program poetry contest.
Ag pesticide workshop set for June 9 in Winnsboro
(Distributed 05/14/15) WINNSBORO, La. – The LSU AgCenter will host a workshop on June 9 for farmers and consultants to learn how to reduce off-target pesticide drift and to use new technologies at the LSU AgCenter Macon Ridge Research Station.
Vegetables in cucumber family have unique flowers
(Video 05/25/15) You may be looking at your vegetable plant and thinking, “I see the fruit growing.” In reality, it may not be the fruit; but it has to do with the flowers. On this edition of Get It Growing, LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill explains what sets the flowers on vegetables of the cucumber family apart from others. (Runtime: 01:43)
What to do with bolting herbs
(Video 05/18/15) Growing your own herbs can be very rewarding when it comes to enhancing your meals. But when flowers start appearing, what do you do? On this edition of Get It Growing, LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill explains what you should do when your herbs start to bolt. (Runtime: 01:42)
Master Gardeners honored for service
(Distributed 05/13/15)HAMMOND, La. – More than 250 Louisiana Master Gardener volunteers experienced the royal treatment while learning and competing for prizes at an appreciation day held at the LSU AgCenter Hammond Research Station on May 8.
12 inducted into Louisiana 4-H Hall of Fame
(Distributed 05/13/15) MANSURA, La. – A dozen individuals were recognized on May 9 as the newest selections for the Louisiana 4-H Hall of Fame.
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Smaller cotton crop affects rural economies
(Video 05/13/15) This year’s cotton crop may be the lowest on record in terms of acreage. Low prices for cotton and better prices for other commodities are to blame. LSU AgCenter correspondent Craig Gautreaux explains how low cotton acres affect rural economies. (Runtime: 01:26)
Cattle producers take advantage of high beef prices
(Video 05/13/15) With beef prices near record highs, cattle producers are enjoying the good times. Producers still need to plan and manage their cattle to maximize their investments, and now might be the time to consider different strategies. LSU AgCenter correspondent Craig Gautreaux has the story. (Runtime: 01:28)
Don't worry too much about Spanish moss
(Audio 05/18/15) Unlike mistletoe, Spanish moss is not parasitic to trees in your landscape. However, Spanish moss can become a nuisance if it adds too much weight to or overpowers a tree. Listen for more information on Spanish moss. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Harvest Irish potatoes in late spring
(Audio 05/18/15) The Irish potato is one of several vegetables that are ready to be harvested in late May or early June. Keep an eye on your plants for telltale signs that they are ready for harvesting. Listen for more information on proper harvesting techniques. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Harvest blackberries in May
(Audio 05/18/15) May is the month in which blackberries and their relatives begin to ripen. Although it's possible to harvest wild blackberries, it is much more convenient to harvest them from your own garden. Listen for more information on harvesting blackberries. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Liven up your garden with new summer bedding plants
(Audio 05/18/15) It's time to replace those tired-looking spring bedding plants with some fresh and new summer bedding plants. Head to your local nursery and pick out some beautiful new plants to place in a well-prepared bed. Listen for more instructions on caring for summer bedding plants. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Make sure your new trees don't dry out this summer
(Audio 05/18/15) If you have planted a new tree recently, it is very important to take care of it properly in the summer heat. New trees can dry out very easily, so it is important to irrigate them during their first summer. Listen for more information on keeping new trees watered in the summer. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Unpasteurized milk may contain severe hazards
(Distributed 05/12/15) BATON ROUGE, La. – Unpasteurized, raw milk can harbor several bacteria that can cause severe illness, particularly in young children, the elderly and immune-compromised individuals, said an LSU AgCenter food safety specialist.
Safe food handling helps prevent listeriosis
(Distributed 05/12/15) BATON ROUGE, La. – A recent outbreak of the bacteria Listeria monocytogenes in ice cream has demonstrated how challenging it can be to prevent foodborne illness.
New plant disease infecting loropetalums in Louisiana
(Distributed 05/11/15) BATON ROUGE, La. – A new disease is making its appearance on loropetalum plants in Louisiana nurseries and landscapes. It’s caused by a bacterium called Pseudomonas savastanoi, which is also known to cause galls or knots on olives and oleanders, said LSU AgCenter plant pathologist Raj Singh. Other important known hosts include ash, privet and forsythia.
Monsanto, Plein Foundation fund scholarships for LSU ag students
(Distributed 05/11/15) BATON ROUGE, La. – Monsanto and the Thomas A. Plein Foundation are helping support students in the LSU College of Agriculture by establishing two new scholarships.
Luna Hibiscus – Ornamental Plant of the Week for May 11, 2015
(Distributed 05/08/15) Luna hibiscus was named a Louisiana Super Plant in spring 2014. It comes in four colors and is a hardy hibiscus for Louisiana.
Drift roses offer smaller plants, great blooms
(Distributed 05/08/15) HAMMOND, La. – Roses are completing their initial spring bloom across Louisiana, and one group of roses is getting a good deal of attention.
4-H’ers compete in Commodity Ambassador contests
(Distributed 05/07/15) BATON ROUGE, La – The 2015 Louisiana 4-H Commodity Ambassador contests were held on April 28 on the LSU campus in Baton Rouge. In all, 98 4-H’ers from across the state competed in the chicken, egg, seafood, sugar and turkey ambassador contests.
Watch hydrangeas and gardenias bloom in May
(Audio 05/11/15) In the month of May, both hydrangeas and gardenias bloom beautifully. Gardenias will bloom into June while hydrangeas will bloom until late June and sometimes July. Listen for more information about these beautiful flowering summer shrubs. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Control summer weeds in your lawn
(Audio 05/11/15) Now is the time to evaluate your lawn to see if summer weeds will be an issue in the coming months. Identify the weeds if you can, then buy herbicide to control those particular weeds. Listen for more weed control information. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Protect your tomatoes from buckeye rot
(Audio 05/11/15) Tomatoes are extremely prone to insect and disease problems such as buckeye rot. Buckeye rot affects the fruit hanging lowest to the ground and causes it to become discolored right under the skin. Listen for more information on preventing buckeye rot. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Maintain newly laid lawn
(Audio 05/11/15) After you lay sod in your lawn during the summertime, it is important to take care of it properly. Water it regularly and give it the attention it needs to flourish. Listen for more specific instructions on caring for a new lawn. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Plant sod in the summertime
(Audio 05/11/15) Summer is the perfect time to plant sod in your landscape. You can plant sod to repair damage from insects and diseases or to grow a new lawn. Listen for more information and instructions about planting sod. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
LSU AgCenter releases home vegetable gardening publications
(Distributed 05/06/15) BATON ROUGE, La. – The LSU AgCenter has published five new information brochures on home vegetable gardening in Louisiana.
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LSU Dairy Science Club gives annual awards
(Distributed 05/06/15) BATON ROUGE, La. – The LSU Dairy Science Club recognized an animal science professor, a long-time dairyman and students at its annual banquet at the LSU Student Union on May 2.
Fireworks purple fountain grass is a care-free Super Plant
(Video 05/11/15) All ornamental grasses aren’t as exciting as the Fireworks purple fountain grass, which was recently selected as an LSU AgCenter Louisiana Super Plant. On this edition of Get It Growing, LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill explains the reasons for this plant’s high accolades. (Runtime: 01:48)
Henna coleus is a colorful Super Plant for summer gardens
(Video 05/04/15) The plant species coleus grows in a variety of different styles, sizes and colors. The Henna coleus was selected as an LSU AgCenter Louisiana Super Plant for 2015. On this edition of Get It Growing, LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill explains why the Henna coleus is worthy of its Super Plant status. (Runtime: 01:48)
Visiting scholar hopes to improve life in Sierra Leone through agriculture education
(Distributed 05/05/15) BATON ROUGE, La. – Agriculture has led Joseph Musa around the world, from his native Sierra Leone to a university in Costa Rica, and most recently to Louisiana, where he is a visiting scholar at the LSU AgCenter.
4-H state shooting sports selects national competitors
(Distributed 05/04/15) SHREVEPORT, La. – More than 350 Louisiana 4-H regional shooting sports winners participated in the 4-H State Shooting Sports competition held in Shreveport and Grand Cane, Louisiana, on April 23-26.
Baton Rouge area farm tour for consumers set for May 17
(Distributed 05/04/15) BATON ROUGE, La. – A tour of small local family farms north of Baton Rouge is scheduled for May 17. Sponsored by the Louisiana Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Professional Development Program, the tour will provide an opportunity for urban consumers to visit local sustainable farms and to appreciate the contribution of these local businesses to our local food system.
Beef producers hear management strategies
(Distributed 05/01/15) BOSSIER CITY, La. – With cattle prices at or near historic levels, it seems to be a good time to be a cattle producer. According to an economist and beef researchers presenting at the Northwest Beef and Forage Day at the LSU AgCenter Red River Research Station, it is a good time, but producers need to plan and manage their cattle to maximize their investments.
Frostproof Gardenia – Ornamental Plant of the Week for May 4, 2015
(Distributed 05/01/15) Frostproof gardenia is a great plant for home gardeners to enjoy. It is a Louisiana Super Plant selection.
Students get hands-on experience with farm animals
(Distributed 05/01/15) BATON ROUGE, La. – Getting close to farm animals and learning where food comes from provide learning with a twist at Farm Day at the LSU AgCenter campus dairy on April 28.
Fireworks purple fountain grass named Louisiana Super Plant
(Distributed 05/01/15) HAMMOND, La. – With spring in full swing, it’s time for another Louisiana Super Plant announcement from the LSU AgCenter.
Insect, disease management critical as ag exports increase
(Distributed 05/01/15) BATON ROUGE, La. – As foreign countries and the U.S. demand more of each other’s agriculture products, new economic opportunities that may benefit Louisiana are growing.
LSU ag faculty, students awarded professorships, assistantships
BATON ROUGE, La – Three faculty members and two graduate students in the LSU AgCenter and College of Agriculture have received financial awards to carry out research.
Move houseplants outside for the summer
(Audio 05/04/15) It's time to move tropical container plants back outdoors for the summer. Move them into a shady location and gradually introduce them to more light. Listen for more information on proper transitioning of houseplants. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Collect herbs from your garden now
(Audio 05/04/15) If you planted herbs such as sage, parsley and cilantro in the fall, they should be producing well this time of year. Harvest these herbs generously before summer heat hits. Listen for more information on harvesting herbs. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Add some caladiums to your garden bed
(Audio 05/04/15) Caladiums are great bedding plants for shady areas. Decide whether you would like to plant tubers or from potted plants. Listen for more information about purchasing, planting and caring for caladiums. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Grow peppers in your home garden
(Audio 05/04/15) It is possible to grow several types of peppers at home in our vegetable gardens. Some peppers thrive in the summer heat while others need cooler temperatures to grow well. Listen for instructions on harvesting and growing peppers. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Plant heat-tolerant vegetables in May
(Audio 05/04/15) Remember that vegetables you plant in May will be growing in the summer heat. Be sure the vegetables in your garden now will be able to tolerate the hot weather in the coming months. Try vegetables such as hot peppers, eggplant transplants, okra, pumpkins and cantaloupes. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Wet weather slows Louisiana soybean crop
(Video 04/29/15) This year’s wet weather across Louisiana is slowing down the planting of Louisiana’s soybean crop, which could affect yields when harvesting begins in late summer. LSU AgCenter correspondent Craig Gautreaux has the story. (Runtime: 01:43)
Students participate in poultry science program
(Video 04/29/15) The LSU College of Agriculture’s poultry program promises students hands-on experiences. LSU AgCenter correspondent Tobie Blanchard visited a poultry lab to see the work faculty and students are doing. (Runtime: 01:30)
Garden Fest set for June 20 at LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens at Burden
(Distributed 04/30/15) BATON ROUGE, La. – Fresh food, hayride tours and children’s water slides will be featured at the annual Garden Fest at Burden on June 20 at the LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens in Baton Rouge.
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Louisiana Farm to School conference set for May 27 in Baton Rouge
(Distributed 04/30/15) BATON ROUGE, La. – The state’s first conference dedicated to the Farm to School initiative will be hosted by the LSU AgCenter at the Pennington Biomedical Research Center on May 27 with a focus to promote farm to school activities, networking and increase awareness.
Louisiana 4-H’ers learn about co-op way of doing business
(Distributed 04/29/15) POLLOCK, La. – Louisiana 4-H’ers received a real-world entrepreneurial experience while attending the 2015 Co-op Leadership Conference at Grant Walker 4-H Educational Center April 24-26.
LSU College of Agriculture alumni group holds spring awards ceremony
BATON ROUGE, La. – The LSU College of Agriculture Alumni Association recognized outstanding alumni, faculty and students at a ceremony on Friday, April 24, at The Club at Union Square on the LSU campus.
LSU AgCenter poultry field day set for June 16
(Distributed 04/29/15) HOMER, La. – The LSU AgCenter Hill Farm Research Station will host a poultry field day on June 16.The event begins with registration at 9 a.m. followed by a walking tour at 9:30.
Thousands of Louisiana students participate in Wetlands Week April 20-24
(Distributed 04/29/15) POLLOCK, La. – Thousands of students from across the state participated in Wetlands Week April 20-24 to celebrate one of Louisiana’s most valuable treasures.
LSU ag students spend spring break in Nicaragua
(Distributed 04/28/15) BATON ROUGE, La. – Many college students like to spend spring break somewhere tropical. That is what a group of LSU College of Agriculture students did on their recent spring break. But this group wasn’t lounging on beaches. The students were visiting farms, working with local children and helping struggling communities.
Fashion Association at LSU to present ninth annual fashion show May 13
(Distributed 04/28/15) BATON ROUGE, La. – Before the first garment will walk the runway, students in the Fashion Association at LSU will have worked all semester to prepare for their annual fashion show.
AgCenter receives spray foam insulation grant
(Distributed 04/27/15) BATON ROUGE, La. – The LSU AgCenter has received a $250,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Innovative Uses of Wood program.
Some vegetables thrive in summer heat
(For Release On Or After 05/29/15) The high temperatures that will be with us now until October take their toll in the vegetable garden. Tomatoes set fewer fruit and snap beans produce poor quality beans, for instance.
Composting recycles yard waste
(For Release On Or After 05/22/15) You can recycle yard waste through the process of composting. Doing this can benefit your gardens, your budget and the environment.
Improving deer herd health, regulations topics at field day
(Distributed 04/27/15) CLINTON, La. – Owners of high-fence deer facilities and others interested in the business attended the high fence deer management field day at the LSU AgCenter Bob R. Jones Wildlife Institute on April 22.
Basil is great for summer gardens
(For Release On Or After 05/15/15) Grown and used in cuisines around the world, basil is also indispensable to Louisiana cooks. Besides having extraordinary taste, basil is attractive and really easy to grow.
Farewell to spring
(For Release On Or After 05/01/15) I’ve heard it said – and even said so myself in earlier years – that spring is short in Louisiana, with weather rapidly transitioning from winter to summer. But this really isn’t accurate.
Choose the right fertilizer
(For Release On Or After 05/08/15) Choosing a fertilizer for your landscape is not as difficult as it might seem.
AgMagic on the River returns to Docville Farms May 13-16
(Distributed 04/24/15) VIOLET, La. – Three thousand New Orleans area school children will learn how agriculture affects their lives when the exhibit AgMagic on the River returns to Docville Farms in Violet on May 13-16.
Fireworks Pennisetum – Ornamental Plant of the Week for April 27, 2015
(Distributed 04/24/15) Pennisetum is an ornamental grass commonly known as purple fountain grass. And Fireworks is a new red-foliaged variety addition to this group of grasses.
Wheat, oat research highlight field day
(Distributed 04/24/15) WINNSBORO, La. – Dozens of university wheat and oat varieties from university research and commercial companies were on display at the annual wheat and oat field day at the LSU AgCenter Macon Ridge Research Station Wednesday (April 22).
Zinnias produce great color all summer long
(Distributed 04/24/15) HAMMOND, La. – Home gardeners have long enjoyed zinnias, one of our most popular warm-season bedding plants. New zinnia varieties have been introduced regularly over the past few years.
Nursery, landscape industry thrives in Louisiana
(Distributed 04/23/15) BATON ROUGE, La. – As Louisiana moves through spring, the state’s horticulture industry is shifting into high gear.
Planting roses is still an option
(Audio 04/27/15) Roses are abundant this time of year. Planting roses earlier is preferable, but planting from containers now will also work fine. Plant low-maintenance roses now to add some beauty and color to your garden. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
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LSU poultry program promises students hands-on experiences
(Distributed 04/23/15) BATON ROUGE, La. – The chirping of baby chicks rang through a poultry lab on LSU’s campus. LSU AgCenter poultry specialist Theresia Lavergne had a research associate and graduate and undergraduate students helping her sort, weigh and band the birds for a research project.
Keep crape myrtle aphids away
(Audio 04/27/15) Although crape myrtles are relatively immune to pests and diseases, crape myrtle aphids can weaken these trees, reduce flowering, and cause sooty mold growth. Listen for information about keeping crape myrtle aphids away from your trees. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Deadhead plants to encourage longer growth period
(Audio 04/27/15) The term deadheading refers to the removal of flowers that have faded. Deadheading can keep your plant looking fresh and prevent your plant from setting seed. Deadhead your plants to encourage longer growth and to keep them looking fresh. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Try growing vines in the spring
(Audio 04/27/15) Spring is the prime season for planting perennial vines. Try training your vines onto a fence or lattice. As they grow, weave your vines horizontally through the fence or lattice in order to ensure that your vines appear full. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Watch Louisiana irises bloom in April
(Audio 04/27/15) April is usually the month when Louisiana irises look most beautiful in our landscapes. These flowers come in a wide variety of colors and can grow in both normal garden beds and wet areas. Listen for more information about caring for Louisiana irises. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Vegetable seeds come from different sources
(Distributed 04/23/15) BATON ROUGE, La. – Different types of vegetable seeds and the produce that comes from them can be confusing, LSU AgCenter horticulturists say.
Greenhead horse flies give clues to marsh health after oil spills
(Distributed 04/21/15) BATON ROUGE, La. – Two LSU AgCenter scientists are studying the effects of the BP oil spill on a horse fly species, using it as a bellwether to provide clues to the health of the marsh after the ecological disaster that occurred five years ago.
Lafayette Parish teacher named Ag in the Classroom teacher of the year
(Distributed 04/21/15) LAFAYETTE, La. – Judy Morgan, fourth-grade teacher at Charles Burke Elementary School in Lafayette Parish, has been honored by the Louisiana Farm Bureau as Ag in the Classroom Teacher of the Year for her school garden project.
2 AgCenter scientists study new material to help preserve marine life after oil spills
(Distributed 04/21/15) BATON ROUGE, La. – Two LSU AgCenter scientists have been using small baitfish to study a new material that could help with oil spill cleanups. Their work began as the result of research started after the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico five years ago.
Kauai Torenia – Ornamental Plant of the Week for April 20, 2015
(Distributed 04/17/15) Torenia, also called wishbone flower, is an alternative bedding plant to consider instead of impatiens for the shade.
Be careful when removing foliage from spring-flowering bulbs
(Audio 04/20/15) Many spring-flowering bulbs provide beautiful color in our landscapes. Be careful when removing the foliage of these plants after they are done flowering. Listen for more information on spring-flowering bulbs. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Allow tropical plants to gradually adapt to more sun
(Audio 04/20/15) Once the weather warms up in the spring, it is time to move tropical plants back outdoors. Gradually reintroduce these plants to the higher levels of light outdoors. Listen for more instructions on moving tropical plants outside after the winter. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Plant leftover Easter lilies in your garden
(Audio 04/20/15) You may still have some Easter lilies left over from the Easter season. Rather than throwing these flowers away, plant them into a well-prepared bed. Listen for more information on planting and caring for Easter lilies. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Add some Fireworks purple fountain grass to your landscape
(Audio 04/20/15) Fireworks purple fountain grass has been named a Louisiana Super Plant for spring 2015. This beautiful ornamental grass creates colorful foliage in whites, pinks, burgundies and greens. Think about adding some firework grass to your landscape for a beautiful display this year. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Senorita Rosalita, new ‘cousins’ shine in flower beds
(Distributed 04/17/15) HAMMOND, La. – Every few years, a new variety of bedding plant comes along that takes the country by storm. Greenhouse growers instantly fall in love; retailers cannot sell enough once they get it on the shelves; and home gardeners go crazy when they truly realize how great of a new plant it is.
Fertilize container plants to maintain healthy growth
(Audio 04/20/15) Container plants are commonly used for decorating porches, patios and decks. It is important to keep these plants well-fertilized so that they will remain looking healthy. Use slow-release or water-soluble fertilizers in order to provide the nutrients that your container plants need. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Colorful foliage that will last all summer
(Video 04/27/15) Flowers aren’t the only source of color in your landscape during summer. On this edition of Get It Growing, AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill presents some great choices for colorful and attractive foliage that will stand up to the heat. (Runtime: 01:46)
Hanging baskets offer unique perspectives
(Video 04/20/15) Hanging baskets offer a unique aesthetic perspective to patios and porches. On this edition of Get It Growing, LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill offers some tips on maintaining the health and beauty of plants you choose for your hanging containers. (Runtime: 01:39)
Farmers urged to follow safe practices
(Distributed 04/16/15) JEANERETTE, La. – Farmers were urged to be more mindful of protecting themselves from harm on the job at an LSU AgCenter farm safety meeting held Wednesday (April 15).
Formosan termite numbers rising in East Baton Rouge and Louisiana
(Distributed 04/16/15) BATON ROUGE, La. – Mimicking the growing population of East Baton Rouge Parish, the number of Formosan subterranean termites found in traps across the area is also increasing.
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Horse owners should watch for signs of joint ill
(Distributed 04/15/15) BATON ROUGE, La. – With breeding season underway, it is important for horse owners to pay attention to lameness in foals — a potential sign of a bacterial infection that causes joint ill.
Students learn about electrofishing
(Video 04/15/15) Out of the classroom and on the lake, students in the LSU College of Agriculture are learning skills they will use in their careers. LSU AgCenter correspondent Tobie Blanchard went out on the water with a class that was electrofishing. (Runtime: 01:44)
Weather affects rice planting in Louisiana
(Video 04/15/15) Rice planting in southwest Louisiana is virtually through, while planting in northeast Louisiana has come to a standstill because of wet weather. LSU AgCenter correspondent Craig Gautreaux has the story. (Runtime: 01:36)
Lecture series, open house scheduled at Hammond Research Station
(Distributed 04/15/1/5) BATON ROUGE, La. – The Margie Jenkins Azalea Garden Horticulture Lecture Series and Industry Open House will be held at the Hammond Research Station from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on May 15.
Electrofishing gives students look at fish diversity
(Distributed 04/14/15) RUDDOCK, La. – With Lake Maurepas standing in for their classroom, LSU College of Agriculture students in the School of Renewable Natural Resources boarded a boat equipped with a generator and anodes. The anodes send electrical currents through the water to temporarily stun fish.
LSU sports dietitian heads to big leagues
(Distributed 04/13/15) BATON ROUGE, La. – After four years of helping college athletes stay healthy, Jamie Meeks is going pro. The registered dietitian and alumna of the LSU College of Agriculture’s School of Nutrition and Food Sciences has been named the director of sports nutrition for the New Orleans Saints and New Orleans Pelicans.
Angelonia – Ornamental Plant of the Week for April 13, 2015
(Distributed 04/13/15) Angelonia is a great bedding plant for the warm season.
LaHouse hosts classes on HVAC, leak testing for new housing energy code
(Distributed 04/13/15) BATON ROUGE, La. — Two new classes for contractors and code verifiers to help homes achieve provisions of Louisiana’s new residential building energy code will be offered April 28-30 at the LSU AgCenter’s LaHouse Resource Center.
Mayor, council get briefed on agriculture programs
(Distributed 04/10/15) BATON ROUGE, La. – Each year, the LSU AgCenter and the Southern University Agricultural Research and Extension Center give an annual report to the East Baton Rouge Parish Mayor-President and members of the Metro Council. This year’s event was held on April 8.
Springtime brings problems for fish ponds
(Distributed 04/10/15) BATON ROUGE, La. – Many Louisiana ponds experience partial fish die-offs during the spring due to a combination of disease and low oxygen stress, according to LSU AgCenter aquaculture specialist Greg Lutz.
Henna coleus newest Louisiana Super Plant
(Distributed 04/10/15) HAMMOND, La. – It may be hard to believe, but the LSU AgCenter Louisiana Super Plants program is now 5 years old. With the announcement of our first 2015 selection – Henna coleus – we now have 29 Louisiana Super Plants. This list will grow to 32 outstanding plants by the end of 2015.
Housing expert offers ways to reduce air conditioning costs
(Distributed 04/09/15) BATON ROUGE, La. – The long, hot, humid summers in the Deep South can cause electric bills to skyrocket as people turn on their air conditioners for relief. LSU AgCenter housing specialist Claudette Reichel offers several ways to reduce costs.
Louisiana ag economy grows to $12.7 billion in 2014
(Distributed 04/06/15) BATON ROUGE, La. – Louisiana agriculture as a whole contributed $12.7 billion to the state’s economy in 2014, as reported in the 2014 Ag Summary from the LSU AgCenter, which was released today online. Net value for all sectors was up 7.6 percent, or $900 million, from 2013, said AgCenter economist John Westra.
Henna Coleus – Ornamental Plant of the Week for April 6, 2015
(Distributed 04/02/15) Two new plants are joining the list of Louisiana Super Plants this spring. Henna coleus is the first.
Early April is azalea time in Louisiana
(Distributed 04/02/15) HAMMOND, La. – Early April is here, and that signifies the peak flowering season for azaleas across the state. Some years, flowering is earlier; some years, flowers come later.
South Louisiana rice planting off to good start
(Distributed 04/02/15) CROWLEY, La. – Rice farmers in south Louisiana have been taking advantage of favorable weather to start their growing season with estimates of more than half the acreage planted.
Get rid of powdery mildew with fungicide
(Audio 04/13/15) In the spring and summer, a fungus called powdery mildew can become a problem for a variety of ornamentals and vegetables. Once you notice this mildew, it is easy to control. Apply several applications of fungicide to alleviate the problem. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Bridal wreath complements azaleas
(Video 04/08/15) Azaleas are superstars of spring. But flowering bridal wreath plays a supporting role in bringing out magnificent patches of color. On this edition of Get It Growing, LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill explains why bridal wreath spirea can be an excellent shrub for your landscape. (Runtime: 01:43)
Easter cactus blooms for the holiday and beyond
(Video 04/01/15) Everyone is familiar with the Easter lily, but there’s another beautiful Easter plant that’s not well known. On this edition of Get It Growing, LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill introduces you to the Easter cactus – a relative of the Christmas cactus and the Thanksgiving cactus. (Runtime: 01:31)
Add warm-season bedding plants to your summer garden
(Audio 4/13/15) Now is a great time to add some warm-season bedding plants to your garden. Put old cool-season bedding plants in your compost pile when they play out and are removed from the flower bed. You can visit your local nursery and buy some new and colorful plants now. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
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Plant caladiums in shady areas
(Audio 04/13/15) Caladiums are reliable bedding plants that grow well in shady areas. They are great plants to use to add summer color to your garden. Listen for more information on planting and maintaining caladiums. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Armenian produce growers visit LSU AgCenter
(Distributed 04/02/15) BATON ROUGE, La. – Five Armenian farmers and food processors are visiting Louisiana this week (March 30-April 3) as part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Cochran Fellowship Program, which provides short-term training to agriculture professionals from middle-income countries.
Master Farmer Program receives State Conservation Award
(Distributed 04/01/15) BATON ROUGE, La. – The Louisiana Master Farmer Program was honored by the Louisiana Wildlife Federation at the Governor’s State Conservation Achievement Award Banquet on March 28.
Louisiana corn planting behind schedule
(Video 04/01/15) For corn farmers across Louisiana, it is a case of déjà vu. Again this year, persistent wet conditions have caused corn planting to run behind schedule, but that may not necessarily be a bad omen for farmers. Craig Gautreaux has this report. (Runtime: 01:30)
Louisiana corn farmers hurry to plant before hot weather
ALEXANDRIA, La. – Dry weather opened the window for corn planting in Louisiana as farmers were getting anxious to start their growing season.
Increase lawn maintenance in the summer and spring
(Audio 04/13/15) Around April, your lawn will begin to need more and more attention. Remember to get the blades on your lawn mower sharpened and mow regularly. Listen for more lawn care tips. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Plant and maintain lawns in the summer
(Audio 04/13/15) Newly planted grass grows best in Louisiana during the warm summer months. If you spot a dead area in your lawn, lay sod to repair the damage. Listen for more instructions on lawn care and maintenance. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Salt is salt, whether from sea or mines
(Distributed 03/31/15) BATON ROUGE, La – Sea salt is sprinkled on chocolate and caramels and used to enhance the flavors of vegetables and meats. Sea salt is a trendy food ingredient. LSU AgCenter area nutrition agent Kate Farbe said nutritionally it is not very different from table salt despite popularized claims that it is healthier.
Plant colorful Henna coleus
(Audio 04/06/15) Coleuses are popular plants among gardeners. These colorful plants can be used in a diverse array of areas in our landscapes. Listen for information about an exceptional Super Plant called the Henna coleus. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Fertilize your lawn in late March or early April
(Audio 04/06/15) If you haven't already fertilized your lawn, now is a great time to do so. It is important to spread an appropriate amount of fertilizer evenly over your lawn. Be sure to choose a fertilizer that matches the needs of your lawn. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Harvest your herbs in the spring
(Audio 04/06/15) Many popular herbs are ready to be harvested right now in the spring. It is important to harvest before the summer heat causes the plants to shut down. Harvest your herbs generously now while they're in the peak of production. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Plant tomatoes in early to mid-April
(Audio 04/06/15) Early to mid-April is the ideal time to plant your tomatoes. This allows your plant time to settle in and produce lots of flowers while the weather is still mild. Listen for more information on choosing and planting tomato plants. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Train your tomato plants to grow upward
(Audio 04/06/15) When cultivating tomato plants, it is important to keep them elevated off the ground. This prevents rotting and allows the plant to grow properly. Listen for information on methods of growing and training tomatoes. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Put Fireworks in your landscape
(For Release On Or After 04/24/15) An ornamental grass called Fireworks purple fountain grass (Pennisetum setaceum Fireworks) has been selected by the LSU AgCenter as a Louisiana Super Plant for spring 2015. And, wow, are you going to be impressed by the colorful foliage of this grass.
Henna coleus named Super Plant
(For Release On Or After 04/17/15) Coleuses were among the first plants I became familiar with when I started learning about plants as a teenager. I found the incredible variation of colors and patterns in the leaves fascinating. This spring, the LSU AgCenter has named Henna coleus a Louisiana Super Plants selection.
Train vines to improve appearance
(For Release On Or After 04/10/15) Vines are an amazing group of plants with enough diversity to boggle the mind of any gardener. What binds these wonderful plants together is their universal lack of strong stems. That’s right; vines are lazy plants that rely on some other plant or structure to allow them to grow upwards, or they simply run on the ground.
Avoid cool-season bedding plants in spring
(Audio 03/30/15) Late spring is when cool-season bedding plants start to fade. Right now, nurseries may still have cool-season bedding plants for sale. However, make sure you're buying plants that will bloom through summer. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Make gardening easier with mulches
(For Release On Or After 04/03/15) Mulching is an easy-to-do labor-saving gardening technique that all gardeners should take advantage of. A mulch is a material, usually organic but sometimes inorganic, we use to cover the soil surface around plants. Mulching beds is an important part of sustainable landscaping.
Start buying warm-season bedding plants
(Audio 03/30/25) It's time to head to your local nursery and buy some warm-season bedding plants. These plants can withstand the harsh summer heat. Plant them in your flower bed to provide color all through the long, hot summer. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Add vegetables to your garden in late spring
(Audio 03/30/15) Late spring is a great time to plant a wide variety of vegetables in your home garden. Plant these vegetables into sunny, well-prepared beds. Consider adding vegetables such as collards, corn, Swiss chard and peppers. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
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Sapsuckers can damage trees and shrubs
(Audio 03/30/15) Sapsuckers are one of the few birds that cause damage to woody plants such as trees and shrubs. These birds peck holes in the bark in order to get sap and insects out of the plants. Thankfully, however, the damage caused by these birds is usually relatively harmless. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Flutterby Petite Tutti Fruitti Pink Butterfly Bush – Ornamental Plant of the Week for March 30, 2015
(Distributed 03/27/15) One great buddleia (butterfly bush) for Louisiana is better than most on the market. It’s Fluttterby Petite Tutti Fruitti Pink, which was selected as a Louisiana Super Plant in 2014.
Open house at LaHouse set for April 18
(Distributed 03/27/15) BATON ROUGE, La. – The LSU AgCenter LaHouse Home and Landscape Resource Center will host its seasonal Saturday open house on April 18 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Start caring for crape myrtles now
(Distributed 03/27/15) HAMMOND, La. – Our spring- and summer-flowering trees and shrubs are growing and preparing for another great bloom season. One of favorite landscape plants for late spring and summer is the popular and loved crape myrtle.
AgMagic set for April 20-26 in Baton Rouge, May 13-16 in New Orleans
(Distributed 03/27/15) BATON ROUGE, La. – AgMagic, an interactive event that teaches children about agriculture, will be held April 20 to 26 at the Parker Coliseum on LSU’s Baton Rouge campus.
Prune your spring-flowering shrubs and vines
(Audio 03/30/15) Now is a good time to prune your spring-flowering shrubs and vines. Make sure you are pruning with a specific purpose in mind like controlling the size. Listen for advice on pruning your spring shrubs. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Give your garden a tropical look by planting aucuba
(Video 03/30/15) Aucuba is an excellent plant that will thrive in the shade. It is a wonderful choice if you are attempting to add a tropical look to your garden. Add these evergreen shrubs to the shady areas in your landscape. (Runtime: 01:46)
Soybean and grain board awards AgCenter $1,873,000 for 2015 study projects
(Distributed 03/27/15) BATON ROUGE, La. – The Louisiana Soybean and Grain Research and Promotion Board has awarded the LSU AgCenter $1,873,000 for 2015 to continue conducting research and extension programs that benefit the industry.
Rice Research Station hosts leadership class
(Distributed 03/26/15) CROWLEY, La. – The 2015 Rice Leadership Class toured the LSU AgCenter Rice Research Station on Thursday (March 26) to see what scientists there are doing to help rice farmers with new varieties of rice and better ways of growing it.
Stinging caterpillars coming soon to south Louisiana
(Distributed 03/26/15) HAMMOND, La. – The stinging caterpillars that will become buck moths are beginning to appear in south Louisiana and will be active through May.
Plant primrose for beautiful Easter flowers
(Video 03/23/15) Primroses are beautiful container plants that can also be grown in cool, shady areas. These flowers are perfect for decorating during the Easter season. Watch for more information on these lovely flowering plants. (Runtime: 01:44)
Wood chopped, relationships built at conclaves
(Distributed 03/26/15) BATON ROUGE, La. – Crosscut sawing, canoeing, duck calling and ax throwing are some of the events LSU College of Agriculture students participated in at forestry and wildlife conclaves. The conclaves are competitions among students from different universities.
Shrimpers, crabbers learn new regulations
(Distributed 03/25/15) DELCAMBRE, La. – Shrimpers and crabbers learned about the newest regulations, techniques and equipment at a Louisiana Fisheries Forward meeting on March 24, organized by the LSU AgCenter and Louisiana Sea Grant.
Ag programs prepare high school students for college, workforce
(Distributed 03/25/15) BATON ROUGE, La. – As Louisiana educators try to prepare students for a growing number of careers in seemingly divergent fields — science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM, and mechanical trades — agriculture could provide common ground for training the state’s workforce of the future.
Pests, liability, family dynamics featured at forestry forum
(Distributed 03/25/15) HAMMOND, La. – Forest landowners heard the latest updates on invasive species and other issues of importance in their industry at the Florida parishes forestry forum on March 20 in Hammond.
4-H camp teaches families about food, fitness
(Distributed 03/24/15) POLLOCK, La. – Eating right and regular exercise are critical to a healthy lifestyle. But a third component — family involvement — is just as important, children and parents learned at the 4-H Food and Fitness Camp on March 21 and 22.
4-H leadership conference brings youth together
(Distributed 03/24/15) POLLOCK, La. – Nearly 440 4-H’ers representing every parish in the state attended the 2015 Junior Leadership Conference at Grant Walker 4-H Educational Center March 13-15.
Protect your roses from thrips
(Audio 03/23/15) Thrips are tiny insects that infest the flower buds of our roses and feed on the petals. The flowers will either look brown and old, or the bud will never open. Listen for instructions on how to get rid of these pests. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Allow your tropicals to wake up from the winter
(Audio 03/23/15) Tropicals are common in Louisiana landscapes. Give your tropicals until late spring to wake up from the winter freezes. If your tropicals were killed during the winter, replant them in April or May. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Deadhead plants to maintain a fresh look
(Audio 03/23/15) Deadheading refers to the act of removing faded flowers from a plant. This can extend the plant's flowering period and maintain a fresh and neat look. Listen for more information about deadheading in your garden. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
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