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Louisiana 4-H’ers visit New Orleans, Baton Rouge on educational awards trip
(Distributed 12/09/13) BATON ROUGE, La. – Every year 4-H members from across the state look forward to the Louisiana 4-H educational awards trip, said LSU AgCenter youth development instructor Tanya Giroir.
Fruit, vegetable growers hear about new laws, opportunities
(Distributed 12/09/13) BATON ROUGE, La. – Attendees at the recent Louisiana Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association meeting heard presentations on new ways of marketing their products and how to avoid liability on the farm and in the marketplace during the winter meeting at the LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens on Dec. 4.
Louisiana weed scientist and rice grower honored at national conference
(Distributed 12/06/13) ST. LOUIS, Mo. – Eric Webster, LSU AgCenter weed scientist, was honored here Dec. 5 with the Rice Industry Award at the USA Rice Federation’s Outlook Conference. Also honored was Elton Kennedy, Louisiana rice grower and rice mill owner.
Chinese Pistache – Ornamental Plant of the Week for December 9, 2013
(Distributed 12/06/13) The Chinese pistache (Pistachio chinensis) is a medium-sized ornamental shade tree known for spectacular orange, red and crimson fall foliage colors.
Holiday amaryllis makes great landscape plant, too
(Distributed 12/06/13) HAMMOND, La. – Amaryllis is a popular holiday plant. Bulbs are commonly available from November to late December. Forcing them to bloom during winter is not difficult, and the results are beautiful.
Past weather conditions affect current beef prices
(Distributed 12/05/13) BATON ROUGE, La. – Drought conditions in most of the cattle-producing states during portions of the past three years are influencing current price and future prices of beef, according to LSU AgCenter economist Ross Pruitt.
Diseases, pests threaten citrus production
(Video News 12/05/13) Tomatoes and peppers are being replaced with satsumas and navel oranges at roadside fruit and vegetable stands. Consumers can find Louisiana citrus this time of the year. LSU AgCenter correspondent Tobie Blanchard visited a grower. (Runtime: 1:57)
Poinsettias add holiday cheer to homes
(Video News 12/05/13) The holidays are here, and decorations are going up. A poinsettia can help make your home festive. LSU AgCenter correspondent Tobie Blanchard looks at picking out and caring for this holiday plant. (Runtime: 1:43)
La. farmers expected to benefit from new Baton Rouge port tenant
(Distributed 12/04/13) PORT ALLEN, La. – South Louisiana grain farmers are expected to benefit from the presence of a new tenant at the Port of Baton Rouge, according to LSU AgCenter economist Mike Salassi.
Lawn care can continue in winter
(Audio 12/10/13) Lawns may need some care during winter. One thing to watch for is leaves. If leaves stay on the lawn too long, they can damage it. Also weed issues can be addressed. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Peach trees are perfect for home orchard
(Audio 12/10/13) Fall, winter and early spring are good times to plant hardy fruit trees. Peaches are a wonderful fruit to grow in the home garden. Hear more to learn about growing a peach tree. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Gardeners contend with winter weeds
(Audio 12/10/13) Louisiana has relatively mild winters. This allows weeds to survive and grow this time of the year. Keeping beds well mulched is a good defense against weeds. Weed killer also can be used. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Wind chill does not affect plants
(Audio 12/10/13) Gardeners watching the weather need not worry about wind chill. Wind chill is how cold it feels to people. Plants do not need to be protected if the temperature is above freezing, even if the wind chill will be below freezing. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Protect tropical plants when freezes occur
(Audio 12/10/13) Freezes are likely this time of the year. Gardeners will need to protect tropical plants when freezes occur. Covers and Christmas lights can keep the plants warm. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
LSU AgCenter researchers receive $750,000 award to study Gulf of Mexico environmental monitoring system
(Distributed 12/04/13) BATON ROUGE, La. – A team of researchers from the Center for Natural Resource Economics and Policy in the LSU AgCenter Department of Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness has received a three-year award of more than $750,000 to study the value of the environmental monitoring system in the Gulf of Mexico.
Forestry forum scheduled for Jan. 17 in West Monroe
(Distributed 12/03/13) BATON ROUGE, La. – The annual forestry forum held in conjunction with the AgExpo at the West Monroe Convention Center is scheduled from 8 a.m. to noon on Jan. 17.
Arbor Day celebration set for Jan. 18 at Botanic Gardens
(Distributed 12/03/13) BATON ROUGE, La. – Burden Museums and Gardens has planned a day of family fun with a variety of activities and Smokey Bear at the fourth annual Arbor Day celebration on Jan. 18 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
La. citrus growers facing tough times
(Audio News 12/02/13) What started as a 4-H project 45 years ago has long been a family business for John Rogers. Rogers works with his mom, brother and their wives and children to tend to their 20-acre citrus grove in Terrebonne Parish. Rogers started harvesting his fruit about a month ago. (Runtime: 1:50)
Scientist wins $450,000 grant to study rice drought tolerance
(Distributed 12/02/13) BATON ROUGE, La. – An LSU AgCenter rice geneticist has obtained a $450,000 federal grant to improve American rice varieties with tolerance to saltwater and drought.
Poinsettias are part of holiday decor
(Audio News 12/02/13) You can find poinsettias filling nurseries and garden centers this time of the year. With its bright red bracts and dark green leaves, the poinsettia is a Christmas favorite. If you are looking to use poinsettias to decorate your home during the holidays, choose ones that will last throughout the season. (Runtime: 1:40)
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October Magic Series Camellia – Ornamental Plant of Week for December 2, 2013
(Distributed 12/02/13) New to the plant market a few years ago is the great October Magic series of Camellia hiemalis developed by Bobby Green of Green Nurseries in Fairhope, Ala.
Many plants need winter frost, freeze protection
(Distributed 12/01/13) HAMMOND, La. – Winter is here, and this time of year brings questions about protecting landscape plants during the cold months of December, January and February.
Freezes will kill fall tomatoes
(Audio 12/09/13) Gardeners in Louisiana can produce a fall crop of tomatoes. With a freeze in November, many tomato plants are probably done. If you still have tomatoes, pick them before the next freeze. They can ripen indoors. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Get cool-season bedding plants in the ground
(Audio 12/09/13) There is still time to plant cool-season bedding plants in your landscape. Prepare the beds before planting by digging up old plants and turning the soil. Some plants to consider include foxgloves, violas and the new Super Plant, Diamonds Blue delphiniums. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Keep Christmas tree fresh with good care
(Audio 12/09/13) Cut Christmas trees are an important part of holiday traditions. Keeping a tree fresh and alive is important. To do this, chose wisely, and always keep it in water. Runtime: 60 seconds)
Holiday plants will lasts all season with proper care
(Audio 12/09/13) We use a wide variety of plants to embellish our homes around the holidays. Proper care will keep them attractive throughout the season. Take care when transporting these plants. Also place them in a sunny spot away from warm vents or a fireplace. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Keep vegetable garden active in December
(Audio 12/09/13) Cold temperatures don't mean you can't have vegetables in winter. A variety of vegetables can withstand winter weather. Hear more to learn which vegetables you can plant this month. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Choose the right maple for your Louisiana landscape
(For Release On Or After 12/27/13) Although we can’t grow the sugar maples that produce that delicious syrup here in Louisiana, a wonderful variety of maples can be used as shade trees and ornamentals in our landscapes. Now through February is a great time to plant them.
Plant pecan trees in winter
(For Release On Or After 12/20/13) November through February is the best time to plant pecan trees. But before you decide to add a pecan tree to your landscape, there are some things to consider.
Cactuses brighten the holiday season
(For Release On Or After 12/13/13) Of the many kinds of plants we use to decorate our homes for the holidays, the holiday cactuses possess a special beauty. And yes, despite the fact that these plants don’t have spines, they are true cactuses.
Deck the halls with homemade garlands
(For Release On Or After 12/06/13) An easy-to-make garland might be just what you need to spruce up your front entrance before your holiday company arrives. It just so happens that December is an ideal time to prune conifers. Instead of throwing away what you prune from these plants, use them to make festive garlands.
Rose care for fall and winter months
(Video 12/09/13) You may be noticing some blooms on roses right now. On this edition of Get It Growing, LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill explains how to care for your roses during the fall and winter months to help them grow their best. (Runtime: 1:33)
11 Louisiana 4-H’ers win top prizes at national poultry, egg conference
(Distributed 11/27/13) BATON ROUGE, La. – Eleven Louisiana 4-H members took home top prizes from the National 4-H Poultry and Egg Conference held in Louisville, Ky., on Nov. 20-21.
Louisiana Agriculture Hall of Distinction nominations due Dec. 15
(Distributed 11/27/13) BATON ROUGE, La. – Nominations for the 2014 Louisiana Agriculture Hall of Distinction are being accepted through Dec. 15.
Cassia splendida offers brightness during dreary weather
(Video 12/02/13) Dreary, cold days of fall don’t have to be lacking in color. The Cassia splendida, also called golden wonder tree, surprises you with bright yellow flowers. On this edition of Get It Growing, LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill explains how to care for this beautiful tree. (Runtime: 1:35)
LSU AgCenter poinsettia open house, sale set for Dec. 6
(Distributed 11/27/13) BATON ROUGE, La. – The LSU AgCenter will host a poinsettia open house and sale from 8 a.m. to noon on Dec. 6 at the Botanic Gardens at Burden, which is located at 4560 Essen Lane near the junction of I-10 in Baton Rouge.
LSU AgCenter offers new home fruit, nut production handbook
(Distributed 11/25/13) BATON ROUGE, La. – The LSU AgCenter has published a valuable guide for those interested in fruit and nut production in the state.
Students learn about wetlands during statewide Exploration Day
(Distributed 11/22/13) BATON ROUGE, La. – Students from the LSU Laboratory School got out of the classroom for a wetlands education field day at LSU’s Hilltop Arboretum on Nov. 14. The event, known as Louisiana Wetlands Exploration Day, was one of seven similar events held around the state this fall, according to Ashley Mullens, LSU AgCenter 4-H Youth Wetlands Program manager.
Camelot Foxglove – Ornamental Plant of the Week for November 25, 2013
(Distributed 11/22/13) The Camelot series foxglove (Digitalis) is seed-propagated and includes four colors – Camelot Cream, Camelot White, Camelot Rose and Camelot Lavender.
Workshop focuses on wood-based bioenergy
(Distributed 11/22/13) HAMMOND, La. – The U.S. forestry industry has migrated from the Pacific Northwest to the South over the past two decades, providing additional opportunities for Southern forest landowners, an LSU AgCenter business development expert told an audience at a workshop on forest-based bioenergy.
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Sasanquas, dwarf camellias add color to early-winter landscapes
(Distributed 11/22/13) HAMMOND, La. – The sasanqua species of camellia is one of our most popular flowering shrubs for late fall through early spring. These go by the scientific names of Camellia sasanqua.
Nutrition agent measures success with habit changes
(Distributed 11/21/13) THIBODAUX, La. – Debbie Melvin likes to say that it takes 30 days to make something a habit. She spends eight Monday evenings with a group of women helping them form healthy habits they can have for the rest of their lives.
Master Gardeners get equipped at conference
(Distributed 11/21/13) BATON ROUGE, La. – More than 60 Master Gardeners from across the state attended the Louisiana Plant Materials Conference at the LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens as part of a training program on Nov. 19.
Gardeners can do fall cleaning around their landscape
(Audio 11/25/13) Landscapes and gardens can stay attractive during winter. Gardeners should take some time to clean up around their landscape by cutting back dead foliage or adding new mulch. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Plan to plant root crops directly from seeds
(Audio 11/25/13) A lot of vegetables are available as transplants at nurseries. Root crops, however, must be direct-seeded. The root is the crop, so if you pull it out to transplant it, the root may be damaged. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Leaves can be mulch or compost
(Audio 11/25/13) Deciduous shade trees are dropping their leaves this time of the year. You can make use of these leaves in your landscape by raking them and using them as mulch or by composting them. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
’Tis the poinsettia season
(Distributed 11/20/13) HAMMOND, La. – The Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday season means it’s time for poinsettias.
Leaf change is subtle in La.
(Audio 11/25/13) The leaves on some deciduous trees are starting to change colors. Trees in Louisiana don't put on the fall display as they do up north. Some trees that are more likely to provide color include sweet gum, red maple, gingko and southern sugar maple. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Willow oak is named La. Super Plant
(Audio 11/25/13) Willow oak is a deciduous shade tree that grows well in Louisiana. It is a Louisiana Super Plant for fall 2013. It has an upright, oval growth habit and can grow relatively quickly. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
LSU AgCenter issues call for entries for 2015 Get It Growing calendar
(Distributed 11/20/13) BATON ROUGE, La. – The LSU AgCenter has issued a call for entries for photographs for its 2015 Get It Growing calendar to give photographers an opportunity to have their photos selected for the upcoming edition.
Wheat planting nearly complete
(Video News) While harvest has wrapped up on many crops, Louisiana farmers are busy planting wheat. LSU AgCenter correspondent Tobie Blanchard looks at the planting season. (Runtime: 1:23)
Thanksgiving meal costs up 9 percent
(Audio News 11/19/13) The cost of the average Thanksgiving meal is up 9 percent this year according to a survey by the LSU AgCenter. Jeanette Tucker, an AgCenter family economist, says the 2013 Thanksgiving market basket will average $48.50 for 10 people. (Runtime: 1:20)
Thanksgiving dinner costs up 9 percent
(Distributed 11/18/13) BATON ROUGE, La – Louisiana cooks shopping for Thanksgiving will find the costs of traditional dinner items up for the second year in a row. The 2013 Thanksgiving market basket will average $48.50 for 10 people, according to an LSU AgCenter survey.
Brazilians’ LSU AgCenter visit builds relationships
(Distributed 11/18/13) BATON ROUGE, La. – Eight animal science faculty members from three federal universities in Brazil spent Nov. 11-15 at the LSU AgCenter visiting with professors, scientists and students in an effort to learn more about various research programs.
Farmers harvesting better sugarcane crop than expected
(Video News 11/18/13) After a year of growth, Louisiana’s sugarcane crop is ready for harvest. What seemed to be an average crop is turning out better than expected. LSU AgCenter correspondent Tobie Blanchard has this report. (Runtime: 2:00)
La. dairy farmers prepare for EPA visits
(Distributed 11/15/13) BATON ROUGE, La. – A recent meeting sponsored by the LSU AgCenter and the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry brought dairy farmers together to discuss their nutrient management plans and to make sure they are in compliance before EPA visits in the coming weeks.
Swan Columbine – Ornamental Plant of the Week for November 18, 2013
(Distributed 11/15/13) The LSU AgCenter has been evaluating landscape performance of columbines the past five years and selected the Swan series as a Louisiana Super Plant in fall 2011.
Fast-growing willow oak is a Louisiana Super Plant
(Video 11/25/13) Many trees are dropping their leaves now. But not to worry; fall is a great time to plant trees in your yard. On this edition of Get It Growing, LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill introduces you to a Super Plant called willow oak. And like all Louisiana Super Plant selections, it’s a proven winner. (Runtime: 1:33)
Cool-season bedding plants also include shade lovers
(Video 11/18/13) Most cool-season bedding plants like full sun. But on this edition of Get It Growing, LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill points out some beautiful shade-loving plants that work great during cooler months. (Runtime: 1:27)
Willow oak is fall 2013 Louisiana Super Plant
(Distributed 11/15/13) HAMMOND, La. – We are now at the time of the year ideal for planting shade trees in Louisiana, and oaks are among our most popular landscape trees.
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Soybean study evaluates residue control
(Distributed 11/15/13) ALEXANDRIA, La. – LSU AgCenter soybean specialist Ron Levy is conducting the first year of a study at the Dean Lee Research Station to find the balance between preparing an adequate seedbed and retaining organic matter left from the harvest.
Army sergeant receives award for 4-H work
(Distributed 11/14/13) FORT POLK, La. – The U.S. Army has honored Sgt. Melvin Jennings for helping 4-H students prepare for a statewide 4-H culinary competition.
Wheat planting nearing completion
(Audio News 11/14/13) Farmers have planted most of Louisiana’s wheat crop. LSU AgCenter wheat specialist Josh Lofton says with ideal weather recently, they’ve been able to plant quickly. (Runtime: 1:20)
Louisiana wheat planting nears completion
(Distributed 11/13/13) BATON ROUGE, La. – Farmers have planted most of Louisiana’s wheat crop. With ideal weather recently, they’ve been able to plant quickly. “We’ve had good conditions,” said LSU AgCenter wheat specialist Josh Lofton. “The rain has played with us nicely. We’ve had some showers that helped with germination, but not enough to kick us out of the field for long periods of time.”
Sugarcane burning continues, but with fewer problems
(Distributed 11/13/13) BATON ROUGE, La. – For many years, fall in central and south Louisiana meant smoke causing power outages, poor visibility for drivers and ash falling from the sky.
Cover your fall vegetable garden? It depends
(Distributed 11/13/13) BATON ROUGE, La. – November weather in Louisiana can be extremely variable. One day we are wearing flip flops and T-shirts; the next, temperatures are dipping into the 30s.
Direct-seeding is best for some plants
(Audio 11/18/13) The majority of the cool-season plants we use in our flower gardens are transplants. Some plants prefer to be planted from seeds. Sweet peas, poppies and larkspurs should be direct-seeded where you intend for them to grow. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Proper planting will help tree thrive
(Audio 11/18/13) November and early December are considered the best time to plant hardy trees in our landscapes. In this segment, horticulturist Dan Gill has steps for planting a tree. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Pests can still be a problem in winter
(Audio 11/18/13) Mild winters allow Louisiana gardeners to have flowers and vegetables during winter. But this also means we have insect pests. Things to look out for this time of the year include aphids, slugs and snails. Hear more the learn how to control them. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Tulips, hyacinth bulbs need chilling before planting
(Audio 11/18/13) Most spring bulbs can be planted this time of the year. Tulip and hyacinth bulbs need refrigeration before they can go into the ground. You can buy the bulbs now and keep them in the vegetable bin of your refrigeration for six to eight weeks before planting them in January or February. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Tropical plants need freeze protection
(Audio 11/18/13) Most Louisiana gardeners have tropical plants in their landscape. These plants need to be protected during freezes. Tropicals in containers can be moved inside. Sheets or small lights can keep plants in the ground from freezing. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Sugarcane harvest is better than expected
(Audio News 11/12/13) Earlier in the year, sugarcane farmers were worried about their crop. A cool spring and early summer slowed growth of the cane, and farmers were anticipating a less-than-average crop. LSU AgCenter sugarcane specialist Kenneth Gravois says a warm end to summer helped the cane catch up. (Runtime: 2:00)
Students learn about agriculture at the State Fair’s AgMagic
(Distributed 11/11/13) SHREVEPORT, La. – Several thousand students and their teachers visited the LSU AgCenter’s AgMagic exhibit at the 2013 Louisiana State Fair.
What citrus lost in size is made up for in taste
(Distributed 11/08/13) BELLE CHASE, La. – The lingering cold temperatures last spring may be affecting the quantity and size of some citrus crops but growers harvesting satsumas say this could be a bumper crop that is definitely better than last year.
Ornamental Plant of the Week for November 11, 2013 – Willow Oak
Distributed 11/08/13) We are now at the time of the year ideal for shade tree planting in Louisiana. Oaks are one of our most popular landscape trees. The willow oak (Quercus phellos) has been named a Louisiana Super Plant for fall 2013.
Nursery, landscape conference set for Dec. 5 in Baton Rouge
(Distributed 11/08/13) BATON ROUGE, La. – A plant materials conference for Louisiana nursery, landscape and garden center professionals has been set for Dec. 5 at the LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens at Burden in Baton Rouge.
Researchers adding healthy ingredients to yogurt
(Audio News 11/08/13) The popular dairy store on LSU’s campus scoops out ice cream in flavors such as Tiger Bite and Rum Raisin, but on the other side of the Dairy Science building, LSU AgCenter researchers are working on ways to make dairy products healthier. Kayanush Aryana is adding healthy ingredients to yogurt such as immune boosters and fiber. (Runtime 1:40)
Plant foxgloves in fall for gorgeous spring blooms
(Distributed 11/08/13) HAMMOND, La. – Foxglove (Digitalis species and hybrids) is a lesser-known, cool-season flower for Louisiana landscapes. Most home gardeners aren’t familiar with this plant.
Price named LSU AgCenter field crops plant pathologist
(Distributed 11/07/13) WINNSBORO, La. – When Paul “Trey” Price began his career with the LSU AgCenter, he didn’t expect to be in the position he holds now.
Story Time series promotes early childhood literacy
(Audio News 11/06/13) On a Saturday morning in October, youngsters gathered at the LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens at Burden to hear the story of Spookly the Square Pumpkin. The event is part of LSU AgCenter’s story time at Burden series. Becky White, an AgCenter professor, is on a mission to get parents and caregivers reading more to young children. (Runtime: 1:50)
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Prepare plants for move indoors
(Audio 11/11/13) Many gardeners move their houseplants outside during summer. But a lot of container plants are tropical and should be kept inside for winter. Don't wait until a freeze threatens. Prepare the plants for the move, and rid them of any pests before bringing them in. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Grow amaryllis indoors during winter
(Audio 11/11/13) You may see amaryllis bulbs in the nurseries this time of the year. Fall and winter is not the time to plant amaryllis in your landscape. The bulbs can be grown in pots indoors on a sunny window sill during winter and then planted outdoors in spring. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Take time to enjoy your garden
(Audio 11/11/13) Gardeners can get so caught up in working in their gardens that they don't take the time to just enjoy it. Spend time relaxing in your garden and admire the work you put into it. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Ryegrass keeps lawns green during winter
(Audio 11/11/13) Ryegrass will keeps lawns green and attractive throughout winter. Remember if you do plant ryegrass you will have to continue to mow. Hear more to lean about planting ryegrass. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Fall tomato crop coming in
(Audio 11/11/13) Louisiana gardeners are fortunate to get a fall crop of tomatoes. As the weather gets cooler, the tomatoes will ripen more slowly. If a freeze threatens, harvest the tomatoes and ripen them indoors. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Pink muhly grass adds grace and color to landscapes
(Video 11/11/13) Ornamental grasses can look lovely in the landscape – particularly when they add a touch of color. On this edition of Get It Growing, LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill introduces you to pink muhly grass – a wispy native ornamental that can add grace and colorful tints of pink to your yard. (Runtime: 1:32)
Diamonds Blue delphinium, true blue Super Plant
(Video 11/04/13) The Louisiana Super Plants program promotes plants that are tough, vigorous and beautiful in Louisiana landscapes. Most plants that are described as blue look to be some shade of purple or lavender. On this edition of Get It Growing, LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill introduces you to a true blue and strikingly beautiful plant – the Diamonds Blue delphinium. (Runtime: 1:36)
4 LSU students attend produce marketing meeting
(Distributed 11/05/13) NEW ORLEANS, La. – Four LSU College of Agriculture students attended a recent Produce Marketing Association Career Pathways program in New Orleans.This event, which was Oct. 17-20, is designed to attract students into careers in the fresh produce industry, said LSU AgCenter economist R. Wes Harrison.
Dairy research aims to improve health profile of yogurt
(Video News 11/05/13) Yogurt can be enjoyed as part of a healthy diet. An LSU AgCenter researcher Kayanush Aryana is looking at ways to make yogurt even healthier. LSU AgCenter correspondent Tobie Blanchard visited Dairy Science to learn more about Aryana’s work. (Runtime: 1:48)
Quality good, yield average on sweet potato crop
(Audio 11/01/13) Sweet potato producers are harvesting their crop. The yield so far is average, and the quality is good. LSU AgCenter sweet potato specialist, Mavis Finger says a cool, wet spring delayed planting statewide, leading to smaller potatoes. (Runtime: 1:20)
Sorbet Violas – Ornamental Plants of the Week for November 4, 2013
(Distributed 11/01/13) Want to add color to your fall, winter and early spring garden? Plant some colorful Sorbet series violas.
Ornamental kale, cabbage enhance cool-season flower beds
(Distributed 11/01/13) HAMMOND, La. – Most of us think of pansies, violas, dianthus, snapdragons and petunias to decorate our fall-through-early-spring landscape. Another nice addition to cool-season flower beds is ornamental types of kale and cabbage.
Rice farmers continue funding research at LSU AgCenter
(Distributed 10/31/13) CROWLEY, La. – The Louisiana Rice Research Board reviewed a number of proposals from LSU AgCenter scientists and agreed Tuesday to provide $1.29 million for next year’s projects to help Louisiana rice farmers.
Farmers get average crop during sweet potato harvest
(Video News 10/31/13) Sweet potatoes are common on the Thanksgiving dinner table, but now this fall favorite is consumed year-round. LSU AgCenter correspondent Tobie Blanchard takes a look at Louisiana’s sweet potato harvest. (Runtime: 1:18)
AgCenter, China sign wetlands agreement
(Distributed 10/31/13) BATON ROUGE, La. – A delegation of Chinese educators and researchers attended the signing of a Letter of Intent on Oct. 29 in Baton Rouge to collaborate with LSU and LSU AgCenter scientists.
Louisiana farmers harvest average sweet potato crop
(Distributed 10/31/13) CHASE, La. – Sweet potatoes are common on the Thanksgiving dinner table, but now this fall favorite is consumed year-round. Sweet potato farmers are busy getting this year’s crop out of the ground. LSU AgCenter sweet potato specialist Mavis Finger said the yield so far is average, and the quality is good.
Timber burn workshop scheduled for Dec. 11-13 in Hammond
(Distributed 10/31/13) BATON ROUGE, La. – The LSU AgCenter is offering a prescribed burning workshop with burner certification at the LSU AgCenter Hammond Research Station Dec. 11-13.
Botanic Gardens wins national design award
(Distributed 10/31/13) BATON ROUGE, La. – The LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens at Burden has received a national award for the design of its All-America Selections Display Garden. This 50-foot-by-200-foot garden features flowers and vegetables recommended by All-America Selections, a nonprofit organization.
For the best lettuce, grow it yourself
(Audio 11/04/13) Lettuce is a great cool-season vegetable. The lettuce you purchase in the supermarket cannot compare to freshly harvested lettuce. You can grow lettuce from seeds or transplants. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Plant spring-flowering bulbs in November
(Audio 11/04/13) Nurseries get their spring bulbs in September, but November is the best month to plant them. You can find good selections now. Listen to hear how to plant them. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
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Reuse leaves in your landscape
(Audio 11/04/13) Deciduous trees will drop their leaves this time of the year. Keep the leaves from sitting on your lawn too long. This can make the grass unhealthy. Rake or mow them up. Use the leaves as mulch or compost. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Evergreen trees can lose leaves
(Audio 11/04/13) We expect to see the leaves of deciduous trees change colors and drop off. But this can happen to some of the leaves on evergreens as well. Evergreens won't have a big drop off like deciduous trees, but older leaves may yellow and fall off. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Cold-tolerant vegetables keep gardens productive
(Audio 11/04/13) Despite the cold weather we can have in November, there are many vegetables that can be planted this month. Many vegetables prefer chilly temperatures, so keep the garden active during winter. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Producers earn credit at Master Farmer University
(Distributed 10/30/13) ALEXANDRIA, La. – Cattle producers, row crop farmers and timber owners earned certification credit at a two-day Master Farmer University course on the LSU campus in Alexandria on Oct. 24-25.
Former student tells how insects have been used in war
(Distributed 10/30/13) BATON ROUGE, La. – On an average day, most people wouldn’t think of insects and soldiers as being synonymous, but a recent lecture on the LSU campus shows just how often insects have been used as weapons of war through the ages.
Vegetable growers learn new skills at workshop
(Distributed 10/29/13) BATON ROUGE, La. – About 50 people wanting to improve their vegetable gardening skills participated in the New and Beginning Vegetable Farm Training at the LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens at Burden on Oct. 23.
AT&T gives $30,000 to 4-H Camp Grant Walker
(Distributed 10/29/13) POLLOCK, La. – The final donation to build the multipurpose center at 4-H Camp Grant Walker was made by AT&T on Oct. 28, clearing the way for the possibility that the facility could be available for campers in 2014. Danny Wilson, of AT&T, delivered a check for $30,000 to Bill Richardson, LSU vice president for agriculture. Two previous donations by AT&T during the past two years totaled $50,000.
College of Agriculture presents 3 annual awards
(Distributed 10/28/13) BATON ROUGE, La. – LSU’s football team was not the only winner on campus during the 2013 homecoming festivities. The College of Agriculture presented three awards at the annual alumni tailgate party on Oct. 26.
If you grow plants for fruit, you need to know this
(For Release On Or After 11/29/13) Botany lessons often help gardeners understand some of the underlying reasons why plants behave the way they do and why we do things a certain way. When growing a plant that is expected to produce fruit, knowing something about its reproductive workings is in the gardener’s best interest to prevent disappointment.
Add fragrance to your cool-season flower beds
(For Release On Or After 11/22/13) Now is the perfect time to plant cool-season bedding plants that will brighten our landscapes over the next five or six months.
Amaryllis – a potted plant now; a landscape plant later
(For Release On Or After 11/15/13) Few flowering bulbs can surpass the stately beauty of the amaryllis. Typically blooming in April, this popular bulb is a star performer in the spring garden. Dormant bulbs are readily available now, and with proper care, they can become a long-lasting part of your landscape.
Willow oak is a Louisiana Super Plants selection
(For Release On Or After 11/08/13) The willow oak (Quercus phellos) has been name a Louisiana Super Plants selection for fall 2013. Native to Louisiana, willow oaks are deciduous trees that make outstanding shade trees.
You can plant fall, winter vegetables now
(For Release On Or After 11/01/13) If you’re not keeping your vegetable garden productive through the winter, you’re missing out on one of the most rewarding times of the year for growing vegetables. An amazing selection of vegetables can only be grown here during the cool season from October-November through April-May.
Diamonds Blue Delphinium – Ornamental Plant of the Week for October 28, 2013
(Distributed 10/25/13) An exceptional, blue-flowered, cool-season bedding plant called Diamonds Blue delphinium (Delphinium chinensis Diamonds Blue) is a Louisiana Super Plants selection for fall 2013.
Webster named LSU AgCenter assistant regional director
(Distributed 10/25/13) BATON ROUGE, La. – Eric Webster, an F. Avalon Daggett Professor in the LSU AgCenter School of Plant, Environmental and Soil Sciences, has been named to the position of assistant regional director in the AgCenter’s Southwest Region.
EPA official meets with Louisiana rice farmers
(Distributed 10/25/13) THORNWELL, La. – The No. 2 official with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency assured farmers Thursday (Oct. 24) that he will make sure the agency is moving forward with its review of a blackbird repellent used to protect rice seed.
Try this truly blue flower in your landscape
(Distributed 10/25/13) HAMMOND, La. – Many home gardeners know the tall, cut-flower-type delphiniums. These are excellent plants for the cool-season landscape in Louisiana.
Family Fest draws 400, kicks off Healthy Communities program
(Distributed 10/23/13) OAK GROVE, La. – Cars were lined up for a mile trying to get into the Family Fall Fest at the Thomas Jason Lingo Center on a sunny Saturday morning on Oct. 12, reported Brenda Bradley as she arrived. Bradley, a member of the town council here, was one of the planners for this event, which attracted more than 400 men, women and children of all shapes, ages and sizes from across West Carroll Parish.
Fall fertilizer application can buy farmers time
(Distributed 10/23/13) BATON ROUGE, La. – LSU AgCenter research being conducted shows that farmers who grow multiple crops may benefit from applying some nutrients during fall if soil tests are completed first.
Put away fertilizer for most of fall
(Audio 10/28/13) As we move into fall, gardeners may wonder what to fertilizer. LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill says generally nothing. We want trees and shrubs to go dormant, and they won't benefit from fertilizer. The exceptions include cool-season plants and perennials that grow this time of the year. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
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Consider composting leaves
(Audio 10/28/13) It is a little early to see a lot of leaves dropping out of your trees. But next month there will be leaves to deal with. Don't rake, bag them and throw them out. Instead consider composting them or using them as mulch. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Check trees for broken limbs
(Audio 10/28/13) Storms and high winds are common during Louisiana's summers. As a result you may have broken limbs in your trees. Look at your trees and call an arborist if you have ragged stubs or limbs that may fall. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Wildflowers bloom in fall
(Audio 10/28/13) Louisiana wildflowers put on an outstanding display in fall. Look around and notice what nature does every year. Some of the plants to look for are goldenrod, asters and narrow-leaf sunflowers. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Winterizing is optional for Louisiana lawns
(Audio 10/28/13) You may hear about winterizing your lawn in fall. This means applying potassium to our lawns. Plants need potassium during winter, but winterizing is optional. If you do, make sure to buy the correct winterizer for Louisiana lawns. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Don’t prune gardenias until late May, early June
(Video 10/28/13) Now is a great time to plant hardy shrubs. Maybe one of the best-smelling of all those shrubs is the gardenia. But as LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill points out on this edition of Get It Growing, if you want those great smells from nice, white flowers in the spring, you want to avoid pruning your gardenias at this time. (Runtime: 1:33)
It’s time to plant broccoli
(Distributed 10/22/13) BATON ROUGE, La. – The LSU AgCenter recommends planting broccoli in fall vegetable gardens, and October is a perfect month for planting transplants or small seedlings.
It’s a great time to plant tasty chives
(Video 10/21/13) Now is a great time to plant cool-season herbs. On this edition of Get It Growing, LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill introduces you to chives – an herb with beautiful flowers and tasty foliage. (Runtime: 1:35)
Fruit, vegetable growers learn new FDA food safety rules
(Distributed 10/21/13) WINNSBORO, La. – A complex set of federal food safety regulations will affect many producers of agricultural products and require more record keeping, an LSU AgCenter specialist told fruit and vegetable growers at the Northeast Louisiana Fruit and Vegetable Growers Conference here on Oct. 17.
Griffin named graduate student recruiter in LSU College of Agriculture
(Distributed 10/18/13) BATON ROUGE, La. – James L. Griffin, the Lee F. Mason LSU Alumni Association Professor in the School of Plant, Environmental and Soil Sciences, has been named graduate student recruiter in the LSU College of Agriculture.
Southern Sugar Maple – Ornamental Plant of the Week for October 21, 2013
The Southern sugar maple is a great deciduous tree for fall foliage color in Louisiana.
Research helps gardeners grow better plants
(Audio News 10/18/13) Colors abound as hibiscus, impatiens and Drift roses put on a show at the LSU AgCenter’s Hammond Research Station. The station opened its door to landscapers and gardeners to inform and show them the latest ornamentals and woody plants. A goal of the station is to find the best plants for Louisiana’s growing conditions. (Runtime: 1:50)
La. cotton harvest could break record
(Video News 10/17/13) Yields are high for Louisiana’s cotton crop LSU AgCenter correspondent Tobie Blanchard reports that good weather and good land have farmers reaching for a record. (Runtime: 1:36)
Pansies, violas thrive in Louisiana winter landscapes
(Distributed 10/17/13) HAMMOND, La. – The ideal planting time for cool-season bedding plants in Louisiana runs from late September through early December. Some of our common cool-season flowers prefer the earlier planting dates while others prefer the later dates.
Delphinium makes rank as La. Super Plant
(Audio 10/25/13) Diamonds Blue delphiniums are a Louisiana Super Plant for fall 2013. They are a low-growing variety of delphiniums that are a true blue color. Plant them now, and they will bloom in fall and winter and put on the best show in spring. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Cool-season herbs are ready for planting
(Audio 10/24/13) A wide variety of hardy herbs can be planted this time of the year. These herbs won't be hurt by the cold weather. They will need a well-drained, sunny location. Consider planting herbs such as chives, oregano, sage, thyme and lavender. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Fruit trees like fall planting
(Audio 10/23/13) Now through February is the best time to plant fruit trees. A fall planting allow them to get established and send out strong roots. Don't expect a good harvest the first few years, and be sure to plant varieties suitable for Louisiana. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Harvest broccoli at right time
(Audio 10/22/13) Broccoli is a great cool-season vegetable to grow. Harvesting broccoli can be tricky. Gardeners may wait for the head to be a certain size before harvesting. This can lead to the broccoli flowering. Don't go by the size of the head, but rather the size of the buds. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Plant hardy shrubs in autumn
(Audio 10/21/13) Fall is the best time of the year to plant hardy trees and shrubs. These plants are not bothered by winter cold and establish well in the cool days of autumn. Roses, camellias and azaleas are all good to plant now. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Landscape horticulture research highlight field day
(Distributed 10/16/13) HAMMOND, La. – The latest research findings from ongoing studies, information about new pests and tours of the gardens at the Hammond Research Station highlighted a field day held on Oct. 10.
Cotton yields could reach record
(Distributed 10/15/13) WINNSBORO, La. – As cotton harvest in Louisiana comes to an end, farmers are seeing record high yields, although the cotton acreage is at a record low, according to David Kerns, LSU AgCenter cotton specialist.
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Ivey looks forward to working with horticultural crops
(Distributed 10/14/13) BATON ROUGE, La. – It may be a bit of culture shock for the LSU AgCenter’s new extension plant pathologist, but she is excited about the opportunity to provide horticultural information to citizens across the state.
Sweetbay Magnolia – Ornamental Plant of the Week for October 14, 2013
(Distributed 10/11/13) Louisiana gardeners are always looking for nice trees for the landscape. The sweet bay magnolia (Magnolia virginiana) is an excellent native tree that is not nearly as well known as it should be.
Louisiana 4-H’er wins national Heart Association award
(Distributed 10/11/13) WINNFIELD, La. – An 11-year-old 4-H Club member in Winn Parish has won a national award from the American Heart Association for her service-learning project that involved her entire school in a healthful living program.
Ornamental plant breeding, selection expanding at Hammond Research Station
(Distributed 10/11/13) HAMMOND, La. – The LSU AgCenter is increasing work at the Hammond Research Station to select and breed new ornamental plants for the state’s growing nursery and landscape industry.
Agriculture organization returns to LSU after 6 years
(Distributed 10/11/13) BATON ROUGE, La. – The LSU chapter of the national society of MANRRS held its kickoff meeting in the LSU Student Union on Oct. 2 to let students know that the chapter is back and ready to regain its name recognition.
Outstanding cotton harvest could break yield-per-acre record
(Audio News 10/09/13) Louisiana had record low cotton acres this year, but farmers may be harvesting record high yields according to David Kerns, LSU AgCenter cotton specialist. Farmers planted about 128,000 acres. Kerns said much of that was concentrated in areas that typically see higher yields. (Runtime: 1:30)
Fast Food Farm ribbon cut in St. James Parish
(Distributed 10/09/13) GRAMERCY, La. – Students in St. James Parish now have a new kitchen to prepare vegetables they grow on Fast Food Farm, thanks to a $90,000 grant from the Mosaic Company.
Technology aids in bull testing, evaluation
(Distributed 10/07/13) OPELOUSAS, La. – An LSU AgCenter cattle researcher told producers the use of ultrasound technology to get a glimpse of an animal’s beef quality removes the mystery out of buying cattle and can result in better prices at the sale barn.
Open house at LaHouse set for Oct. 19
(Distributed 10/07/13) BATON ROUGE, La. – The LSU AgCenter LaHouse Home and Landscape Resource Center will host its seasonal Saturday open house on Oct. 19 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Alter hydrangea color with soil additives
(Audio 10/14/13) Hydrangeas are wonderful flowering shrubs. Gardeners looking to change the color of their hydrangeas can add amendments to the soil this month. If you want blue hydrangeas, apply aluminum sulfate. For pink hydrangeas, put lime around them. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Caladium tubers can be stored during winter
(Audio 10/13/14) Caladiums are going dormant. October is the time to dig up the tubers for storage during winter. Do this while there is still foliage attached to the tubers. Let the foliage turn brown, and it will detach easily. Store the tubers indoors. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Summer bulbs are going dormant
(Audio 10/14/13) Most summer bulbs can be left in the ground and will survive our winters. Simply cut back the foliage when it turns brown and keep the ground mulched. Caladiums and hybrid gladiolus do better dug up and stored for the winter. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Ornamental vegetables can do double duty in flower garden
(Audio 10/14/13) Many cool-season vegetables are pretty enough to plant in the flower garden. Curly-leaf parsley makes a nice garden border. Some kales and Swiss chards have great texture and color. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Tea scale can infest camellia plants
(Audio 10/14/13) Camellias are popular in Louisiana. They are relatively pest free, but they do have one issue, the camellia tea scale. This insect can be controlled with an oil or systemic spray. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
LSU AgCenter Food Incubator receives $20,500 grant
(Distributed 10/07/13) BATON ROUGE, La. – The LSU Food Incubator has received a $20,500 grant from the Louisiana Economic Development Business Incubator Support Program.
2014 LSU AgCenter Get it Growing calendar now available
(Distributed 10/07/13) BATON ROUGE, La. – The LSU AgCenter’s 2014 Get It Growing Calendar is now available.
Drift Rose – Ornamental Plant of the Week for October 7, 2013
(Distributed 10/07/13) The first Louisiana Super Plants from the LSU AgCenter for fall 2013 is the Drift series of roses.
Louisiana has great landscape trees
(Distributed 10/04/13) HAMMOND, La. – Fall is the best time of the year to garden in Louisiana, and it’s a great time to consider trees. Landscapes typically have trees as one of the dominant features.
Smart portions helps participants achieve good health
(Audio News 10/04/13) Debbie Melvin is spending eight Monday evenings with a group of women helping them form healthy habits they can have for the rest of their lives. Melvin, an LSU AgCenter nutrition agent in Lafourche and Terrebonne parishes, has been teaching Smart Portions classes for five years. The program arms participants with knowledge necessary to make positive lifestyle changes that can lead to a healthy weight. (Runtime: 1:55)
Ag college dean retires after 45-plus-year career
(Distributed 10/03/13) BATON ROUGE, La. – For the past 46 years, LSU College of Agriculture Dean Ken Koonce has been associated with the university system. On Oct. 7, he will retire and open the next chapter of his life.
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Chrysanthemums make great fall plants
(Audio 10/07/13) Chrysanthemums start showing up in nurseries in September. October is a better month to plant them. The cooler days allow the plants to last longer. They are also great in pots on porches, on patios and indoors. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Gardeners can plant strawberries in October
(Audio 10/07/13) Louisiana gardeners who want to plant strawberries need to do so soon. Check nurseries and garden centers for strawberry plants. These should be planted in well-prepared beds in full sun. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Plants to consider for shady areas
(Audio 10/07/13) Louisiana gardeners do have options for cool-season plants that do well in shady areas. Plants such as Camelot foxglove, Swan columbine and forget-me-nots will grow in the shade, but could use some morning sun. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Time to plant cool-season bedding plants
(Audio 10/07/13) October is a great time to plant cool-season bedding plants into your gardens. These include pansies, dianthus and ornamental vegetables. Plant them now for flowers in fall and spring. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Plant sweet peas for color, fragrance
(Audio 10/07/13) Gardeners crave color in the landscape. Many cool-season plants will provide wonderful color, but sweet pea also has a fantastic fragrance. Sweet pea can be planted now and needs a fence or trellis to climb on. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
PotashCorp donates $25,000 to LSU AgCenter youth livestock program
(Distributed 10/02/13) BATON ROUGE, La. – PotashCorp, of Geismer, La., recently donated $25,000 to the LSU AgCenter’s youth livestock development program.
Cigar plants add bright color to fall landscapes
(Video 10/14/13) When you look at a fall landscape dotted with warm red shades, you wouldn’t expect to see tropical plants. But, cigar plants are hardy, perennial tropicals that bloom profusely in the fall. On this edition of Get It Growing, LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill explains how these beautiful cigar plants, also called cigar flowers, work great in your fall flower beds. (Runtime: 1:36)
Mums provide burst of fall beauty
(Video 10/07/13) In many parts of Louisiana, fall doesn’t include all the oranges, reds, and yellows you might see farther north. But you can simulate that fall-like look for your landscape by planting mums. On this edition of Get It Growing, LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill provides some useful tips on selecting chrysanthemums that meet your particular needs. (Runtime: 1:31)
Ascension Parish Master Gardeners use skills to beautify, teach
(Distributed 10/02/13) GONZALES, La. – Since 2007, Master Gardeners in Ascension Parish have been taking on projects to beautify the parish and provide information to get others involved in gardening and landscape improvement.
Master Farmer University set for Oct. 24-25 in Alexandria
(Distributed 10/01/13) ALEXANDRIA, La. – The Louisiana Master Farmer program will offer a two-day workshop – called Master Farmer University – at LSU in Alexandria on Oct. 24-25, in which participants will be able to complete the first two of three phases of the program.
LaHouse offers mold control, remediation training
(Distributed 10/01/13) BATON ROUGE, La. – The LSU AgCenter’s LaHouse Resource Center will conduct a mold control and remediation training course Oct. 22-24.
Invasive species troubles crape myrtles
(Distributed 10/01/13) BATON ROUGE, La. – A new invasive scale insect has been infesting crape myrtles in Shreveport and Dallas and possibly in Houma and Lafayette.
Four students win rice cooking awards
(Distributed 09/30/13) LAKE CHARLES, La. – Thirteen high school students participated in the Calcasieu-Cameron Rice Growers Association rice cooking contest on Sept. 25 as part of National Rice Month, which is sponsored by the USA Rice Federation.
Companies grow with LSU AgCenter food incubator
(Video News 09/30/13) Food businesses are starting, growing or trying something new at the LSU AgCenter food incubator. The incubator offers kitchen space, professional guidance and large-scale equipment. AgCenter correspondent Tobie Blanchard visited the kitchen and clients. (Runtime: 1:57)
Diamonds Blue delphiniums sparkle in the cool-season garden
(For Release On Or After 10/25/13) An exceptional, blue-flowered, cool-season bedding plant called Diamonds Blue delphinium (Delphinium chinensis Diamonds Blue) is a Louisiana Super Plants selection for fall 2013.
Greens are a Southern favorite
(For Release On Or After 10/18/13) In the South, the term “greens” refers to vegetables whose leaves are cooked until tender. During cool fall temperatures, mustard, turnip, collards and other greens flourish in the vegetable garden. And now is an excellent time to plant them.
Here’s what to do with caladiums
(For Release On Or After 10/11/13) Caladiums are among the most reliable summer bedding plants for providing color in shady areas and even in sunny beds. They stay attractive despite the intense heat of summer and are rarely bothered by insects or disease.
Drift rose selected as Louisiana Super Plant
(For Release On Or After 10/04/13) A great new series of low-growing landscape roses, called Drift roses, has been named a Louisiana Super Plants selection for fall 2013. Fall is a great time to plant roses – they establish very well in the cooler weather and provide outstanding color to the fall garden.
Healy to serve as AgCenter public health entomologist
(Distributed 09/27/13) BATON ROUGE, La – The threat of mosquitoes can keep people from enjoying the outdoors, but the LSU AgCenter has a public health entomologist whose work will help fight the bite.
Drift rose is low-maintenance Super Plant
(Video 09/30/13) Fall is a great time to plant hardy trees and shrubs. The low-maintenance, yet beautiful Drift rose is an excellent choice. It’s a Louisiana Super Plant selection for 2013. On this edition of Get It Growing, horticulturist Dan Gill explains an important difference between the Drift rose and the popular Knock Out rose. (Runtime: 1:48)
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Check labels when choosing petunias
(Video 09/23/13) Petunias offer profuse color to a landscape, and now’s a great time to plant them. Even though all petunias look similar at the nursery, there are differences. On this edition of Get It Growing, LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill explains the importance of reading specific labels when choosing the right petunias for your flower bed. (Runtime: 1:47)
Belinda’s Dream rose – LSU AgCenter Plant of the Week for September 30, 2013
A past Louisiana Super Plant, Belinda’s Dream rose is one of the most popular Earth Kind roses grown in Louisiana. This variety was named a Texas Superstar plant in 2002 – the first rose to be so honored.
Drift roses named Louisiana Super Plant for fall 2013
(Distributed 09/27/13) HAMMOND, La. – One of the great new groups of almost-everblooming plants, the Drift series of low-maintenance roses, fits a special niche in the shrub rose market. These roses are from Conard-Pyle/Star Roses, the same folks who gave us the Knock Out series of low-maintenance landscape roses.
Author of book on insects as weapons of war will speak Oct. 4 at LSU
BATON ROUGE, La. – Jeff Lockwood, a professor at the University of Wyoming and award-winning writer, will present a lecture about his book “Six-Legged Soldiers: A History of Insects in Torture, Terrorism, and Warfare” on Oct. 4 at 2 p.m., Room A101, Life Sciences Annex, on the LSU campus.
Burden Museum & Gardens is new name for historic property
(Video News 09/26/13) Gardens, trails, crops and a museum all comprise Burden Museum and Gardens. The new name for the historic site aims to provide visitors with a slice of rural Louisiana served up in a bountiful setting. LSU AgCenter correspondent Tobie Blanchard visited the pastoral oasis. (Runtime: 1:57)
Food incubator helps businesses grow
(Audio News 09/27/13) Courtney Harding stirred a bubbling concoction of sugar, butter and milk, waiting for the moment when the ingredients turned the right color, the right consistency to spoon out into creamy caramelized confections. Harding has been selling his Dolce Treats pralines for two years, but he was ready to expand his business, so he turned to the LSU AgCenter food incubator for help. (Runtime: 1:55)
Bring fall into your home with natural decorations
(Audio 09/30/13) Look around and you can see many natural things you can use to decorate your home this fall. You can find seed pods, pine cones, leaves or cattails. These dried materials can stay attractive all season. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Prepare perennials for fall
(Audio 09/30/13) Perennials can live in our garden for a number of years. Many of the perennials in Louisiana are winding down in fall. This is a good time to divide them or clean up the areas around them. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Drift roses are a Louisiana Super Plant
(Audio 09/30/13) Drift rose series is a Louisiana Super Plant for fall 2013. These roses are low-growing and come in a variety of colors. They can be planted in the fall. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Transition to cool-season vegetables in garden
(Audio 09/30/13) Louisiana home vegetable gardeners can focus on cool-season vegetables in October. Cole and root crops are good ones to grow this time of the year. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Brown patch can affect lawns in fall
(Audio 09/30/13) As the weather cools in October, lawn growth begins to slow down. The disease brown patch can be a problem this month. Symptoms include small brownish-yellow areas that rapidly expand. A lawn fungicide can control brown patch. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Field day features cattle procedures, winter forage
(Distributed 09/24/13) MANGHAM, La. – Cattle producers interested in learning proper cattle handling procedures were not disappointed by attending a beef and forage field day at the Goldmine Plantation on Sept. 19.
Story Time at Burden set for Saturdays in October, November
(Distributed 09/24/13) BATON ROUGE, La. – Children between the ages of three and eight can get in the spirit of fall and increase their reading skills at a series of free events in October and November at the LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens at Burden.
LSU, AgCenter combine efforts at Burden Museum & Gardens
(Audio News: 09/23/13) A 440-acre property in the heart of Baton Rouge is like a lush sanctuary dropped in a city. What was once Windrush Plantation is now Burden Museum and Gardens. The Burden family donated the property to LSU more than a half a century ago to advance horticulture, celebrate the state’s rural culture and keep a green space in the city. (Runtime: 2:05)
LSU College of Agriculture recognizes scholarship winners
(Distributed 09/23/13) BATON ROUGE, La. – Professors, graduate and undergraduate students were recognized at the LSU College of Agriculture honors and awards ceremony at the Lod Cook Alumni Center on Sept. 18.
Conversation Piece Azalea – Ornamental Plant of the Week for September 23, 2013
(Distributed 09/20/13) The Conversation Piece azalea belongs to the Robin Hill group. This group of azaleas is known for multi-season blooming and large flowers on hardy plants.
Poultry farmers learn better practices at LSU AgCenter field day
(Distributed 09/20/13) HOMER, La. – Poultry producers from across the state were taught practices that will make their operations more environmentally friendly and efficient at a field day at the LSU AgCenter Hill Farm Research Station on Sept. 18.
Louisiana Super Plants are always winners
(Distributed 09/20/13) HAMMOND, La. – Fall is the best time of year to garden in Louisiana. Now through November and December is recommended for adding new trees and shrubs to your landscape. Also consider some cool-season flower additions or some herbaceous perennials.
AgCenter research looks at water quality from cattle pastures
(Video News 09/19/13) Researchers at the LSU AgCenter are looking at ways to improve the quality of water running off cattle farms. LSU AgCenter correspondent Tobie Blanchard reports on one study that evaluates different planting methods of winter forage. (Runtime: 1:34)
Research tests water quality from cattle pastures
(Audio News 09/18/13) Last fall researchers planted winter forage on pastures at the LSU AgCenter Dean Lee Research Station and Extension Center using different planting methods. The purpose of the study was to see if the way the grass is planted can affect water quality coming off the pastures. Donna Morgan with the LSU AgCenter’s Master Farmer Program says they used different types of conventional and conservation planting methods. (Runtime: 1:35)
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As Louisiana sugarcane harvest approaches, outlook looks good
(Distributed 09/17/13) BATON ROUGE, La. – A late-winter freeze set this year’s Louisiana sugarcane crop back, but the outlook for harvest is optimistic, said LSU AgCenter sugarcane specialist Kenneth Gravois.
Get ready to plant garlic
(Audio 09/23/13) October is the month to plant garlic in your vegetable garden. You can do this by simply buying a head of garlic and breaking it up into individual toes. Garlic doesn't require much work, but it does take patience. The crop won't be ready until May. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Divide Louisiana iris while the plants are dormant
(Audio 09/23/13) The Louisiana iris is dormant this time of the year. They begin growing again in October. If you need to divide them, this is a good time to do it. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Flower beds will transition to fall
(Audio 09/23/13) Summer bedding plants may still be in good shape this month. Gardeners can pull out the ones that are past peak, but it's still too early to plant cool-season bedding plants. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Evaluate shade needs in landscape
(Audio 09/23/13) It's easy to be tired of the summer heat in September. While waiting for cooler weather, consider where in your yard you could use shade. Fall is the best time to plant shade trees in your landscape. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Watch for lace bugs on azaleas
(Audio 09/23/13) Azalea lace bugs are small insects that feed on the foliage of azaleas. The insects show up in spring and fall. Symptoms include small white dots on the leaves and a decline in the health of the plant. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Specialist recommends new, affordable technology for cattle production
(Distributed 09/16/13) ALEXANDRIA, La. – An LSU AgCenter cattle expert advised owners of small cattle operations that they should consider artificial insemination with technology available to make the option affordable and easier.
Master Gardeners give Lafayette city-parish $5,000 to develop park
(Distributed 09/16/13) LAFAYETTE, La. – Thousands of gardening enthusiasts attended the Master Gardeners’ Plant Fest in Lafayette, held Sept. 14 at the Horse Farm.
Conference focuses on wider community
(Distributed 09/16/13) BATON ROUGE, La. – Faculty members and volunteers from across the state involved in nutrition education spent Sept. 10-12 at the Lod Cook Conference Center at LSU recognizing the new School of Nutrition and Food Sciences.
Farmers in Macon Ridge area learn solutions to pest, crop management issues
(Video News 09/13/13) Researchers at the LSU AgCenter Macon Ridge Research Station are helping farmers handle problems in their fields. Farmers heard about solutions to several issues at the station’s field day. LSU AgCenter correspondent Tobie Blanchard was there. (Runtime: 1:45)
Purple Coneflower – Ornamental Plant of the Week for September 16, 2013
(Distributed 09/13/13) One of the most popular herbaceous perennials in Louisiana is the purple coneflower. The scientific name of this plant is Echinacea purpurea. It is native to a geographic area from the Midwest into the Southeastern United States.
New flower varieties shine in research evaluations
(Distributed 09/13/13) HAMMOND, La. – Each fall, research gardens across the country, such as those located at the LSU AgCenter Hammond Research Station, announce some of the best landscape plants that have performed well in trials during that year.
Corn growers learn steps to minimize new disease
(Distributed 09/12/13) BATON ROUGE, La. – Now that the Louisiana corn harvest is nearly complete, growers have been given a few ways to decrease the chance of the Goss’s wilt bacteria overwintering in their fields.
Landscape horticulture field day scheduled for Oct. 10 in Hammond
(Distributed 09/12/13) HAMMOND, La. – The LSU AgCenter Hammond Research Station will hold its annual landscape horticulture field day for nursery, landscape and garden center professionals on Oct. 10.
Root-bound plants should be repotted
(Audio 09/16/13) If you love to grow plants in containers, you'll notice eventually the root system can fill the container. When this happens, the plants should be moved into a larger container or the health of the plant will decline. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Composting can be easily, inexpensive
(Audio 09/16/13) Having a compost pile should be a part of every gardener's landscape. A bin is easy to make, and kitchen scrapes and yard waste can be recycled into great organic matter that can be used for bed preparations. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Save caladium tubers for next year
(Audio 09/16/13) Caladiums start to go dormant later this month. Gardeners can store their tubers during the winter and save them for next year. Hear more to learn how to dig them up and store them. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Gardens can have azalea flowers in fall
(Audio 09/16/13) Louisiana gardeners associate azalea blooming with spring. But we can grow fall-blooming azaleas. It is a joy to see these flowers in fall and into winter. Encore and Robin Hill are good fall azaleas. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Changing eating habits can aid weight loss
(Distributed 09/11/13) BATON ROUGE, La. – Possibly the hardest part of changing eating habits to lose weight is deciding where to begin and how to sustain, says LSU AgCenter Smart Bodies program director Denise Holston-West.
Peach trees can have pests problems
(Audio 09/16/13) Peach harvest season has passed, but you do need to keep out for pests on the trees. Peach tree scale is a common insect found on peach trees. Hear more to learn how to control it. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
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Louisiana part of multistate study to test arsenic in rice growing
(Distributed 09/10/13) CROWLEY, La. – Dustin Harrell, LSU Agcenter agronomist at the Rice Research Station here, is participating in a multistate study on arsenic in rice to determine if levels of the element are higher in different varieties and to see if varied flooding methods affect arsenic content.
Pest management, crop production focus of field day
(Distributed 09/10/13) MACON RIDGE, La. – LSU AgCenter scientists shared the latest research findings and progress with participants who braved sweltering heat at the Macon Ridge Research Station near Winnsboro on Sept. 5.
La. soybean harvest starts strong
(Video News 09/10/13) Last year Louisiana farmers harvested a record soybean crop. This year they could reach that number again. LSU AgCenter soybean specialist Ronnie Levy says yields on early harvested beans are high. (Runtime: 1:23)
Farmers learn options for dealing with corn plant residue
(Audio 09/10/13) As farmers wrap up the corn harvest in Louisiana, they will look at ways to handle the residue from the plants that remain in the fields. LSU AgCenter agronomist Josh Lofton is evaluating five different systems that farmers can use. (Runtime: 1:25)
White sugarcane aphid infests grain sorghum
(Audio 09/09/13) Farmers harvesting grain sorghum are encountering problems with the white sugarcane aphid. LSU AgCenter entomologist Sebe Brown says the insect is infesting sorghum for the first time in Louisiana. (Runtime: 1:05)
Jump$tart event to focus on financial education
(Distributed 09/09/13) BATON ROUGE, La. – Financial professionals from throughout the area will conduct a financial education event for consumers at the Pennington Biomedical Research Center on Oct. 5 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Outlook good for La. soybean harvest
(Audio 09/06/13) Last year Louisiana farmers harvested a record soybean crop. This year they could reach that number again. LSU AgCenter soybean specialist Ronnie Levy says yields on early harvested beans are high. (Runtime: 1:15)
Mosquito threat remains high in fall
(Video News 09/06/13) Typically in September we are on the downside of summer heat. More people take to the outdoors for tailgating, gardening or just enjoying cooler weather. While outside, people still need to protect themselves from mosquitoes. LSU AgCenter correspondent Tobie Blanchard has this report. (Runtime: 1:37)
LSU and LSU AgCenter dairy programs to consolidate
(Distributed 09/06/13) BATON ROUGE, La. – The LSU AgCenter and the LSU College of Agriculture will be consolidating dairy science programs over the next nine months to expand and better integrate the research, extension and teaching efforts.
Cassia – Ornamental Plant of the Week for September 9, 2013
(Distributed 09/16/13) One of the popular fall-flowering plants offered at many retail garden centers in Louisiana during late summer and early fall are cassias.
Ornamental peppers add color to fall landscapes
(Distributed 09/06/13) HAMMOND, La. – Ornamental peppers are a unique, specialty plant for home landscapes. Appealing characteristics include colorful berries and foliage. Ornamental peppers have traditionally been thought of to some degree as a holiday potted plant, but they are enjoying increased use among home gardeners as an alternative color addition to annual and herbaceous perennial beds.
Organic mulch needs replacing from time to time
(Audio 09/09/13) Mulches are commonly used around flower beds and shrubs. They help suppress weeds and conserve soil moisture. Organic mulches will decay over time and need to be replaced. Keep the old mulch in place when adding new mulch. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Agritourism workshop set for Oct. 2 in Delhi, La.
(Distributed 09/05/13) DELHI. La. – An outdoor business workshop for landowners will be held here Oct. 2 at the Delhi Civic Center.
LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens to host fundraising event Nov. 15
(Distributed 09/04/13) BATON ROUGE, La. – The LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens will host a fundraising event for the Burden Horticulture Society, called Cocktails in the Gardens, from 6:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. on Nov. 15.
Be careful when pruning flowering shrubs
(Audio 09/09/13) Some plants in our landscape should not be pruned in September. They include flowering shrubs such as camellias, azaleas, gardenias and hydrangeas. These plants have set their flower buds, and pruning will diminish their floral displays. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Lawns may be weedy in late summer
(Audio 09/09/13) Lawn mowers remain active into late summer. You may notice more weeds as you mow. When daytime temperatures begin to stay in the 80s, you can apply lawn weed killers. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Threat of mosquitoes remains strong in September
(Audio 09/04/13) In September, hopes are high that temperatures will moderate. After a long, hot summer, people are ready to enjoy the outdoors. While the heat may begin to diminish this month, the threat of mosquitoes doesn’t. (Runtime: 1:30)
Prepare beds for fall plantings
(Audio 09/09/13) Louisiana gardeners do a lot of gardening in September and October. As we transition to the cool season, it is important to do some good bed preparation before putting a new crop of plants in. Hear more to learn how. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Fall applications of fertilizer can damage plants
(Audio 09/09/13) Even though it stays hot into September in Louisiana, we have to realize that fall isn't too far away. Plants should start slowing down, and this mean we shouldn't fertilize lawns, shrubs or trees this time of the year. Gardeners can continue to fertilize vegetables and cool-season bedding plants. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Bald cypress trees in Louisiana landscapes
(Video 09/16/13) When people think of Louisiana, they think of this tree covered in Spanish moss. On this edition of Get It Growing, horticulturist Dan Gill explains why the bald cypress is an excellent tree for well-drained Louisiana landscapes. (Runtime: 1:39)
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Prune Knock Out roses to improve fall blooms
(Video 09/09/13) Pruning is an important part of plant care. On this edition of Get It Growing, LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill describes how to prune Knock Out roses for profuse, bright-colored blooms in the fall. (Runtime: 1:54)
You can grow winter vegetables in containers
(For Release On Or After 09/27/13) Are you not growing vegetables because you don’t have a yard to plant them in? Perhaps you live in an apartment. Or is the only sunny area of your landscape covered in concrete? The satisfaction of growing fresh vegetables is undeniable, yet many gardeners do not have a suitable in-ground location to grow them.
Take care of outside houseplants
(For Release On Or After 09/20/13) As we move toward October, it’s not too early to make plans for houseplants that spent the summer outdoors. You will need to bring them back inside at some point when it starts to get cold. But you have a variety of jobs to do now.
Nuttall Oak – Ornamental Plant of the Week for September 2, 2013
(Distributed 08/30/13) Oak trees are very popular in Louisiana landscapes. We are all very familiar with the evergreen Southern live oak. Popular deciduous oak trees in Louisiana include water oak, shumard oak, southern red oak and willow oak. But the one with possibly the best potential for landscape use is the nuttall oak.
Seasons change differently in La.
(For Release On Or After 09/06/13) You may often hear Labor Day designated as the traditional end of summer, and according to the calendar, fall will officially start at the fall equinox on September 22. We know good and well, however, that our Louisiana summer season extends a good bit longer.
It’s time to think about landscape planning
(For Release On Or After 09/13/13) When it comes to home landscaping, many gardeners remain confused about how to create what they want. Efforts at landscaping can be disappointing despite spending a substantial amount of money.
New buddleias provide impressive flowers
(Distributed 08/30/13) HAMMOND, La. – Buddleias, known by most home gardeners as butterfly bush, are becoming an increasingly popular plant in the home landscape.
Smart Bodies health program will reach 100 schools this year
(Distributed 08/29/13) BATON ROUGE, La. – One hundred elementary schools across Louisiana are taking steps to help their students eat better and move more during this school year. These schools are participating in Smart Bodies, a program of the LSU AgCenter and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation.
Heavy pecan load can cause branches to break
(Audio 09/02/13) Pecan trees have brittle wood, so they should never be planted close to homes or structures. When branches get heavy with pecans, they may break off. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Wet weather can encourage mushroom growth
(Audio 09/02/13) Rainy weather in late summer can encourage the growth of fungi in your lawn. Those fungi can send up mushrooms. There are no fungicides that can control mushrooms, but you can pick them and throw them out if you are concerned about them. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Plant bunching onions in fall
(Audio 09/02/13) Gardeners can grow onions during winter. Bunching onions are types of onions that don't make a bulb. They split and grow in clumps. This is a great time to grow them. They can he harvested throughout winter. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Protect tree roots during construction projects
(Audio 09/02/13) Trees are the most valuable part of a landscape. The roots of trees are very shallow and can be easily damaged by construction near the tree. It's important to protect the roots of the tree to keep it healthy. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Keep vegetable garden productive through fall
(Audio 09/02/13) Don't miss out on fall vegetables. It is not too late to plant transplants of tomatoes and peppers. In September you can also start planting cool-season vegetables. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
School success can start with healthy habits at home
(Distributed 08/28/13) BATON ROUGE, La. – It is not unusual for healthy habits to take a back seat to summer activities. Youngsters may stay up later and sleep in more. But with schools back in session, LSU AgCenter nutritionist Denise Holston-West says parents should reestablish consistent patterns for eating breakfast, family meals and bedtime.
South Louisiana rice crop looks good
(Distributed 08/28/13) CROWLEY, La. – Harvest of the south Louisiana rice crop is winding down, and favorable reports are the rule. “It’s been a good crop,” said Steve Linscombe, director of the LSU AgCenter Rice Research Station. “Quality-wise, it’s outstanding.”
2 LSU AgCenter faculty members named food science Fellows
(Distributed 08/28/13) BATON ROUGE, La. – Two faculty members in the LSU AgCenter Department of Food Science have been named Fellows of the Institute of Food Technologists.
Beef, forage field day set for Sept. 19 in Mangham
(Distributed 08/28/13) MANGHAM, La. – A beef and forage field day will be held at Goldmine Plantation in Mangham from 9:30 a.m. to noon on Thurs., Sept. 19.
Beef cattle field day set for Oct. 3 in Opelousas
(Distributed 08/26/13) OPELOUSAS, La. – The Acadiana Beef Cattle Producers field day has been set for Oct. 3 at Dominique’s Stockyard.
Poultry field day set for Sept. 18 in Homer, La.
(Distributed 08/26/13) HOMER, La. – A Master Farmer field day for poultry producers will be held Sept. 18 at the LSU AgCenter Hill Farm Research Station.
Family cricket business makes plans to avoid virus
(Distributed 08/26/13) PORT ALLEN, La. – A virus that has crippled the cricket industry in Europe keeps West Baton Rouge Parish breeder and grower David Fluker alert, but optimistic.
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Cattle prices expected to hold, might improve
(Distributed 08/26/13) CADE, La. – Cattle prices should stay at the current level – or even increase – because of the expected decrease in beef production, an LSU AgCenter beef economist told cattle farmers on Aug. 21.
Audubon Sugar Institute is turning sweet sorghum into biochemicals
(Video News 08/26/13) The roar of a sugar mill won’t be heard until fall, but you could hear sounds of processing at a small mill that uses the same technology to make biofuels instead of sugar. LSU AgCenter correspondent Tobie Blanchard has this story. (Runtime: 2:02)
Finger named new sweet potato specialist
(Distributed 08/23/13) CHASE, La. – Mavis Finger, the new LSU AgCenter sweet potato specialist, always knew she wanted a career in making things grow.
Controlling giant salvinia takes patience, herbicides
(Distributed 08/23/13) CROWLEY, La. – Giant salvinia in southwest Louisiana should be under control in a few years. In the meantime landowners can combat the invasive aquatic weed with herbicides, according to an LSU AgCenter weed specialist.
Tibouchina or Princess Flower – Plant of the Week for August 26, 2013
(Distributed 08/23/14) Princess flower (tibouchina) includes several species.
Improve fall roses with late-summer care
(Distributed 08/23/13) HAMMOND, La. – Late summer is the time to begin preparations for spectacular fall blooms on your roses. Roses need disease management and proper fertilization in August through early September for best fall performance.
Rice harvest starts in south Louisiana
(Video News 8/20/13) A cold spring delayed development of Louisiana rice crop. Now summer storms are pushing back the harvest. LSU AgCenter correspondent Tobie Blanchard has this story. (Runtime: 1:49)
Firecracker vine pops with color, attracts hummingbirds
(Video 09/02/13) Vines can help liven up a landscape. But some are unmanageable. On this edition of Get It Growing, horticulturist Dan Gill introduces you to the very well-behaved firecracker vine – a plant that pops with a profusion of scarlet red flowers attractive hummingbirds. (Runtime: 1:29)
Plant fall vegetables now
(Video 08/26/13) Now is the time to get some of your fall vegetables planted. On this edition of Get It Growing, LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill explains which plants to grow and what to look for when selecting vegetable transplants. (Runtime: 1:28)
Small-scale mill is turning crops in biofuels
(Audio News 08/20/13) At the Audubon Sugar Institute, a scaled-down version of a sugar mill processes sweet sorghum to make biofuels and specialty chemicals. Ben Legendre, Audubon Institute director, says the purpose of the mill is to extract juice from the crop. (Runtime: 1:55)
Prepare roses for fall blooming
(Audio 08/26/13) The heat could cause roses to look poorly in late summer. The good news is they'll bloom again in the fall. To get them ready for fall blooming, cut them back and fertilize them. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Vegetable transplants need to transition from nursery to garden
(Audio 08/26/13) Louisiana gardeners can plant many types of vegetable transplants this time of year. These plants are kept in shady conditions and are well-watered at the nursery, so they will be need to be toughened up a bit before planting them into your garden. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Evaluate plants at end of summer
(Audio 08/26/13) Louisiana summers can be stressful on plants. Late August is a good time to evaluate your plants and see if they are able to withstand the heat. Make a note of which ones work to plant again next year. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Prune ginger, canna stalks after they finish blooming
(Audio 08/26/13) By late summer, cannas and gingers have been blooming nicely. Remember, each stalk only blooms once. After the blooms fade, you can prune back the shoots. This makes room for fresh, new stalks to grow. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Bark lice clean bark of trees
(Audio 08/26/13) This time of the year you may notice a fine, silvery webbing on the bark of a tree. This webbing is not harmful. It's created by bark lice that feed on organic debris on the crevices of the tree. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Duranta – Plant of the week for August 19, 2013
(Distributed 08/16/13) Golden dewdrop, pigeon berry and sky flower are common names for durantas.
Gulf Coast muhly is showiest of fall ornamental grasses
(Distributed 08/16/13) HAMMOND, La. – Gulf Coast muhly – or pink muhly grass (known botanically as Muhlenbergia capillaris) – is one of the most stunning grasses in the fall landscape in Louisiana. This coastal native ornamental grass has received a considerable amount of attention the past few years.
Rice farmers reporting good yields
(Audio 08/16/13) Storms that blew through Acadiana kept farmers out of their rice fields. Workers at Randy Thibodeaux’s family farm were using the break from harvest to move rice out of bins for shipping. Thibodeaux and his brothers farm 4,300 acres of rice. After such a cold spring, he wasn’t sure what kind of crop he would have.
Nature faces disasters, disruptions
(Distributed 08/14/13) BATON ROUGE, La. – Man-made modifications in the Mississippi River Valley – levees, cut-offs and dams – have all caused changes in the ecology of the Atchafalaya Basin and similar areas, Wes Cochran, a graduate student in the School of Renewable Natural Resources, told a conference audience recently.
Fertilize lawns by end of August
(Audio 08/19/13) Homeowners fertilize lawns to give the grass more vigor and to give it a deep green color. Late summer is a good time to fertilize lawns. If you want to fertilize, do it by the end of August. Fertilizing later can make the lawn susceptible to cold damage in winter. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
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Heat stress can affect plants
(Audio 08/19/13) Plants can experience heat stress in August. This makes it a bad time to plant hardy trees or shrubs. If you are looking to plant something now, consider tropical plants. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Simple tasks can keep palms attractive
(Audio 08/19/13) Palms can be grown all over the state of Louisiana. They are easy to grow, but they can use a little care. When fertilizing palms, make sure to use a fertilizer labeled for palms. Cutting off old fronds can keep them attractive. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Wishbone flowers can take shade, heat
(Audio 08/19/13) The wishbone flower, also known as torenia, is a summer annual. It comes in lots of colors and likes partial shade. It also tolerates the heat. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Return grass clippings to lawn
(Audio 08/19/13) Grass clippings can be beneficial to your lawn. But to do this right, you need to mow frequently with a regular mower or use a mulching mower. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Crazy ant population explodes in Baton Rouge
(Distributed 08/09/13) BATON ROUGE, La. – LSU AgCenter entomologists have been preparing for the tawny crazy ant population to increase in Louisiana for a while – the wait is over for residents in north Baton Rouge.
La. 4-H’ers learn about science, technology at camp
(Distributed 08/09/13) POLLOCK, La. – 4-H’ers at Camp Grant Walker learned about outdoor skills and science on Aug. 5-9 with a program aimed at getting seventh- and eighth-graders interested in science and the outdoors.
Redbanded stink bug is soybean's worst pest
(Audio News 08/09/13) A population of insects can build up on crops as summer drags on. LSU AgCenter entomologist Jeff Davis said the redbanded stink bug is the most destructive pest on soybeans. (Runtime: 1:10)
Tapioca plant – Plant of the week for August 12, 1013
Continuing the tropical theme for ornamental plants of the week in August is cassava, also called tapioca plant.
Bumper corn crop expected for La. farmers
(Video News 08/09/13) Harvest season has started in Louisiana. Crops such as rice, soybeans, sugarcane and cotton all get plucked from the fields in late summer and fall. Corn is one of the first crops to get harvested. LSU AgCenter correspondent Tobie Blanchard has the story. (Runtime: 1:25)
New landscape plants perform well in shade garden trials
(Distributed 08/09/13) HAMMOND, La. – Evaluations of landscape plants at the LSU AgCenter Hammond Research Station include a shade garden area where varieties of new ornamental plants or improved varieties of older ornamental plants are evaluated under partially shaded to shaded conditions.
Leaf spot on rise in La. cotton fields
(Distributed 08/09/13) BATON ROUGE, La. – As the “dog days” of summer drag slowly into mid-August and beyond, cotton growers need to monitor leaf spot disease in their crop, said LSU AgCenter plant pathologist Trey Price.
Good management can control herbicide-resistant weeds
(Distributed 08/09/13) ALEXANDRIA, La. – Louisiana grain farmers appear to be holding off the invasion of herbicide-resistant weeds, with only pockets of resistance in the state, according to Daniel Stephenson, LSU AgCenter weed scientist at the Dean Lee Research Station.
Researchers make strides in controlling aflatoxin
(Distributed 08/08/13) BATON ROUGE, La. – Louisiana corn farmers learned a tough lesson in 1998 when aflatoxin showed up in amounts that caused significant problems.
Healthy habits help with success in school
(Audio News 08/08/13) Healthy habits often take a back seat to summer activities. But with schools starting back up, LSU AgCenter nutritionist Denise Holston-West says parents should reestablish consistent patterns for eating breakfast, family meals and bedtime. (Runtime: 1:20 seconds)
Tangipahoa Master Gardeners expect more growth
(Distributed 08/08/13) HAMMOND, La. – The Master Gardeners of Tangipahoa Parish continues to have steady growth since its inception more than 15 years ago, according to LSU AgCenter county agent Sandra Benjamin.
Garden in shade with ferns
(Audio 08/12/13) If you are looking for gardening projects in the shade - work with ferns. Ferns will get brown foliage mixed in with the green. This is a good time to prune out brown fronds. You can also mulch and fertilize ferns in August. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Pears begin to ripen in August
(Audio 08/12/13) Pears ripen best off of the tree. Pears can be harvested when they began to show color. These pears will soften when wrapped in newspaper and kept in a cardboard box for about two weeks. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
La. iris works well in local landscapes
(Audio 08/12/13) Louisiana iris is a wonderful plant to have in the landscape. It can survive along ponds and in shallow water or do well in typical flower beds. August and September are good times to divide or transplant iris. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Milkweed attracts monarch butterflies
(Audio 08/12/13) Louisiana is in the migration path of the wonderful monarch butterfly. If you want to attract monarchs to your garden, plant milkweed. Monarchs lay their eggs on the foliage of milkweed. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Repot plants that outgrow their containers
(Audio 08/12/13) Plants in containers can eventually outgrow their pots. You may notice surface roots or roots growing out of the drainage holes. These are signs the plants need to be repotted into a larger container. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
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Researchers study 2nd crop, planting date for grain sorghum
(Distributed 08/07/13) BATON ROUGE, La. – LSU AgCenter researchers are conducting a number of important grain sorghum research projects to help maximize cost-effective returns for farmers.
Research focuses on soybean planting date in southwest La.
(Distributed 08/07/13) CROWLEY, La. – A burgeoning interest in growing soybeans in southwest Louisiana has led LSU AgCenter agronomist Dustin Harrell to start a project this year to find out the best planting window for soybeans in southwest Louisiana.
Louisiana corn farmers expect bumper crop
(Distributed 08/06/13) ALEXANDRIA, La. – Under a baking sun, Louisiana’s corn crop is drying down and ready for harvest. On the stalks are large ears of corn. LSU AgCenter corn specialist Ronnie Levy said this signals the potential for another bumper crop.
La. 4-H places 4th at national forestry competition
(Distributed 08/06/13) BATON ROUGE, La. –The Louisiana 4-H forestry team placed fourth out of 13 state teams that competed in the 34th national 4-H forestry invitational held July 21-25 at West Virginia University Jackson’s Mill State 4-H Camp and Conference Center near Weston, W.Va.
La. 4-H’ers win seafood cook-off
(Distributed 08/06/13) NEW ORLEANS – The Vermilion Parish team of Paige Patout, Katherine Trahan and Austin Gaspard won the 4-H edition of the Great American Seafood Cook-Off contest on Aug. 4.
Researcher studies threat of hopper insect in soybeans
(Distributed 08/06/13) ALEXANDRIA, La. – The threecornered alfalfa hopper is in all Louisiana soybean fields. But how much of a threat it is to yields is being studied by Julien Beuzelin, LSU AgCenter entomologist.
Researcher aims to help corn farmers cut down on nitrogen fertilizer
(Distributed 08/05/13) BATON ROUGE, La. – Nitrogen fertilizer is one of the biggest expenses faced by corn growers. Finding the appropriate amount to apply so no more is used than necessary is the goal of research by LSU AgCenter soil scientist Brenda Tubaña.
Amaranthus tricolor, a towering beauty
(Video 08/19/13) All ornamental plants don’t get the attention they deserve – partly because they’re not seen in their colorful glory at the nursery. On this edition of Get It Growing, horticulturist Dan Gill introduces you to an annual plant that deserves more attention. It’s called Amaranthus tricolor, and this towering beauty will definitely catch a stare or two. (Runtime: 1:40)
Lichens are harmless
(Video 08/12/13) If you’ve noticed a crusty grey or green growth on the branches of your plants, there’s no need to be alarmed. On this edition of Get It Growing, LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill explains that these are lichens, and they are harmless. (Runtime: 1:40)
LSU AgCenter prepares corn maze
(Distributed 08/02/13) BATON ROUGE, La. – The LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens and Burden Horticulture Society will present its annual corn maze at Burden Sept. 28-29 from 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. in conjunction with the LSU Rural Life Museum’s Harvest Days.
Holston-West receives Extension Excellence Award
(Distributed 08/02/13) BATON ROUGE, La. – Denise Holston-West, registered dietitian and program manager for the LSU AgCenter’s Smart Bodies program, is the winner of the 2013 Southern Region Excellence in Extension Award.
Pride of Barbados – plant of the week for August 5, 2013
Pride of Barbados is a great, small-growing tropical tree. You see more of these planted in Houston, San Antonio and Austin, Texas, than you do in Louisiana. But we should use these plants much more. Whenever garden centers have them in stock, they are liquidated quickly.
AgCenter computer center dedicated
(Distributed 08/02/13) POLLOCK, La. – Central Louisiana residents will soon have access to the LSU AgCenter’s state-of-the-art computer training center that was dedicated on Aug. 1 at the Grant Walker 4-H Educational Center.
Colorful foliage plants enhance late-summer, fall landscapes
(Distributed 08/02/13) HAMMOND, La. – Popular foliage landscape plants from the 1970s and 1980s are being brought back again with the introduction of great new varieties. They include the once-popular alternantheras, also called Joseph’s coat, and copperleaf or copper plants.
Colombians visit Louisiana rice station
(Distributed 08/02/13) CROWLEY, La. – A group of Colombian rice industry representatives visited the LSU AgCenter Rice Research Station and toured Arkansas and Louisiana rice-growing regions. The group is part of a consortium formed to decide how funds, resulting from the Free Trade agreement with Colombia, will be spent.
Symptoms of citrus disease include lesions on plant parts
(Video News 08/02/13) A highly contagious citrus disease has been confirmed in New Orleans, and homeowners with citrus trees are urged to be on the lookout for it. LSU AgCenter correspondent Tobie Blanchard reports on the symptoms of citrus canker and what to do it you suspect your tree has the disease. (Runtime: 2:00)
LSU AgCenter research helps farmers fight weeds
(Video News 08/02/13) LSU AgCenter researchers are helping farmers fight weeds, diseases and insects. Farmers in and around central Louisiana participated in a field day to learn more about these efforts. LSU AgCenter correspondent Tobie Blanchard was there. (Runtime: 1:54)
Soybean price outlook in $12-$13 range
(Distributed 08/01/13) JEANERETTE, La. – Soybean prices are likely to hover in the $12-$13 per bushel range until this year’s harvest gives a clearer picture of the U.S. crop yield, according to Kurt Guidry, LSU AgCenter economist.
Farmers learn about new varieties, sugarcane research
(Video News 07/31/13) Sugarcane farmers gathered at the LSU AgCenter Sugar Research Station to learn about research that can help their crop. AgCenter correspondent Tobie Blanchard was at the Sugarcane Field Day and has this report. (Runtime: 1:39)
Young trees require more water
(Audio 08/05/13) Young trees have not established a good root system. These trees need more water, especially if we experience dry conditions. Mulch can help trees' roots retain moisture. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
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Plant coleus for colorful foliage
(Audio 08/05/13) Coleus offers beautiful foliage rather than flowers. You can find different varieties of coleus at your nursery. Make sure your purchase the right type for your landscape. Some can tolerate sun; others prefer shade. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Get eggplants, peppers ready for fall production
(Audio 08/05/13) Eggplants, bell peppers and sweet peppers are popular in summer gardens. These plants can withstand the summer heat. They may need some care before they start producing again in fall. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Dry spells call for proper watering
(Audio 08/05/13) It is not unusual to have long dry spells in late summer. Plants will need water during these times, but people can make the mistake of watering frequently and lightly. Hear more to learn the proper way to water your plants during dry spells. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Gardeners may have spider mites in late summer
(Audio 08/05/13) Spider mites are often a problem late in the summer. Spider mites prefer dry conditions and are found on vegetables and ornamentals. They can be controlled with a couple of different products. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Contagious citrus disease causes lesions on plant parts
(Audio 07/31/13) LSU AgCenter county agents and Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry personnel are ready to respond to a potential outbreak of the disease citrus canker. Citrus canker affects all varieties of citrus, and there are no measures that can prevent it. Raj Singh, LSU AgCenter plant scientist, said the disease can infect all young parts of the plant. Anyone with a citrus tree needs to be aware of the symptoms. (Runtime: 1:55)
County agents, others get update on citrus disease
(Distributed 07/31/13) HAMMOND, La. – The LSU AgCenter held a training meeting on July 29 for county agents and Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry personnel outlining the proper steps homeowners with citrus should take if they believe their trees are infected with citrus canker disease.
Insulation leads questions at LaHouse open house
(Distributed 07/29/13) BATON ROUGE, La. – Home insulation was one of the hot topics of conversation during an open house at the LSU AgCenter LaHouse Home and Landscape Resource Center on July 27.
Knock Out roses do require pruning
(For Release On Or After 08/30/13) The Knock Out rose has become amazingly popular over the past 10 years. This rose has singlehandedly changed the market for roses since its introduction and has ushered in a whole new way to look at roses and use them in our landscapes.
Heat affects landscape plants differently
(For Release On Or After 08/23/13) When you walk outside this time of the year, the heat and humidity are almost unbearable. At times you can hardly breathe. Imagine you are a plant in your landscape. You can’t just go inside and cool off. Instead, you have to stand there and take the heat day after day, night after night.
Control weedy vines
(For Release On Or After 08/16/13) Most gardeners agree that gardening would be a lot more fun if we didn’t have to deal with weeds. Weeds are nature’s way of reminding us who is really in charge. Stop mowing the lawn and weeding beds for just one summer, and you’ll see what I mean.
What do plants ‘eat’?
(For Release On Or After 08/09/13) Most gardeners are aware of the important relationship plants have with light. We are forever talking about the light preferences of plants. And every garden reference stresses how important it is to provide the proper light for different plants – indoors or outside.
Don’t be your plants’ worst enemy
(For Release On Or After 08/02/13) You can do many things to protect your plants from damage. Here are a few to consider.
Ornamental sweet potato – plant of the week, July 29, 2013
(Distributed 07/26/13) Ornamental sweet potatoes are popular warm-season annuals for adding foliage color to the summer landscape. The original varieties include plants with leaves that are chartreuse-lime green (Marguerite), blackish purple (Blackie, Black Beauty, Ace of Spades) and tricolored (Pink Frost).
Precision technology highlights sugarcane field day
(Distributed 07/26/13) NEW IBERIA, La. – Sugarcane farmers attending the Iberia, St. Mary and Vermillion parishes field day got to see how an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), commonly known as a drone, is currently being used to help growers be more efficient in crop production.
International tourism workshop set for Aug. 13 in Vicksburg
(Distributed 07/26/13) VICKSBURG, Miss. – A tourism workshop on Aug. 13 will be aimed at attracting international tourists to local communities.
Fungicide-resistant soybean disease found in La.
(Distributed 07/26/13) PALMETTO, La. – An LSU AgCenter plant pathologist warned farmers at the St. Landry Parish rice and soybean field day on July 25 that fungicide-resistant disease has been found in soybeans in some areas of the state.
Mushrooms are nuisance in landscapes
(Audio 07/26/13) During Louisiana's humid summer, it is not unusual to see mushrooms in the landscape. Mushrooms are mainly a nuisance. Some types of mushrooms can be poisonous, so consider gathering and disposing of them if you have children or pets. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Technology brings precision to the farm
(Distributed 07/26/13) ST. JOSEPH, La. – Because cars can now “talk” and phones can play movies, it’s only natural that farm equipment would communicate with satellites to make farmers money.
Demand for AgCenter food incubator keeps growing
(Distributed 07/26/13)BATON ROUGE, La. – The LSU AgCenter Food Incubator has turned out to be more popular than expected when it was first established in December 2012. Already, 19 clients are taking advantage of the incubator’s services, even though the processing kitchen facilities in Ingram Hall on campus won’t be open until Aug. 1.
Use best practices in maintaining your landscape
(Distributed 07/26/13) HAMMOND, La. – One of the programs at the LSU AgCenter, “Louisiana Yards and Neighborhoods,” was developed several years ago to inform home gardeners about sustainable landscaping and home horticulture practices.
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LSU AgCenter specialist expects bumper corn crop
(Audio News 07/24/13) Louisiana has about 700,000 acres of corn, a significant increase over recent years. LSU AgCenter corn specialist Ronnie Levy says despite a cold spring, growers were able to get their crop in. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Summer care helps chrysanthemums bloom in fall
(Audio 07/25/13) Chrysanthemums are the queen of the fall flower garden, but summer is a good time to cut them back. If you wait too long to do this, it may interfere with their blooming. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Gardeners can plant fall tomtatoes
(Audio 07/29/13) Louisiana gardeners get a second shot at growing tomatoes in late summer. Tomatoes planted this time of the year may have pest problems, so keep an eye out insects or diseases. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Vegetable gardens transition to fall
(Audio 07/29/13) August ushers in late summer and early fall for our vegetable gardens. Gardeners can plant vegetables that can tolerate the heat and ones that will productive into fall. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Cercospora on crape myrtles not a major problem
(Video 08/05/13) Crape myrtles are grown throughout Louisiana because they are reliable and beautiful, but you may have noticed the appearance of black spots and some yellow, orange and red leaves on your trees. As horticulturist Dan Gill explains on this edition of Get It Growing, it’s not a sign of an early fall, but a disease. (Runtime: 1:36)
Damage on lawn could be from chinch bugs
(Audio 07/29/13) Chinch bug damage is more common late in the summer. Chinch bugs suck the sap out of the grass, causing the leaf blades to roll up lengthwise. The grass also will appear to need water. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Defend plants against late-summer pests
(Audio 07/29/13) Louisiana gardeners have more than their share of late-summer pests. Insects have had all season long to build up their populations, and we usually see the worst outbreaks this time of the year. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Not too late to add summer color
(Video 07/29/13) During this hottest time of summer, large numbers of people don’t typically flock to plant nurseries. But on this edition of Get It Growing, LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill explains that now is an ideal time to go to your nursery to select flowers that will add great color to your landscape – colors that can last until October. (Runtime- 1:33)
Summer plants need midseason care
(Audio 07/29/13) Louisiana has a long summer growing season. Plants that were planted back in April will live in our gardens for months. If your summer bedding plants are tall or leggy, trim them back to keep them attractive. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Crop field day set for Sept. 5 at Winnsboro
(Distributed 07/25/13) WINNSBORO, La. – The LSU AgCenter Macon Ridge Research Station will host a pest management and crop production field day Sept. 5.
AgCenter professor named Animal Science Fellow
(Distributed 07/24/13) BATON ROUGE, La. – Lee Southern, LSU AgCenter professor emeritus, has been chosen as an American Society of Animal Science Fellow for his contributions to the studies of swine and poultry nutrition.
Summer is perfect time to plant palms
(Audio 07/24/13) Palms are popular in Louisiana landscapes. Because our winters are mild, we can plant a wide variety of palms. Summer is the perfect time to plant palms, so consider adding some to your yard. Remember to get one hardy enough for your area. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Kudzu bug found in La. soybean field
(Video News 07/22/13) A new insect that can damage soybeans has been found in Louisiana. The kudzu bug arrived on the East Coast about four years ago and has been migrating west. LSU AgCenter correspondent Tobie Blanchard has the story. (Runtime: 1:42)
Early weed control can maximize soybean yields
(Audio New 07/23/13) Farmers across Louisiana’s delta region are fighting weeds that have developed resistance to the herbicide glyphosate, commonly known as Roundup. LSU AgCenter weed scientist Daniel Stephenson encouraged farmers to use pre-emergence herbicides on their fields to kill weeds before they pop up. (Runtime: 1:40)
Louisiana 4-H center gets computer training facility
(Distributed 07/22/13) POLLOCK, La. – The LSU AgCenter’s Grant Walker 4-H Educational Center is bringing computer literacy opportunities to central Louisiana.
Cut flowers to enjoy indoors
(Audio 07/23/13) Gardeners don't cut enough flowers from their flower gardens. In this segment of Get It Growing, horticulturist Dan Gills offers tips to get the longest life out of your cut flowers. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
New sugarcane variety on horizon
(Audio 07/22/13) Louisiana sugarcane farmers grow a mix of varieties, and next year they will have another option. LSU AgCenter assistant sugarcane breeder Michael Pontif said the variety, Ho 07-613, will likely be released in 2014. (Runtime: 1:10)
Beef, forage field day set for Sept. 12 in Alexandria
(Distributed 07/22/13) A beef cattle and forage field day will be held Sept. 12 at the LSU AgCenter Dean Lee Research Station and Extension Center on U.S. Highway 71 south of Alexandria.
Crop update featured at sugarcane field day
(Distributed 07/22/13) ST. MARTINVILLE, La. – Sugarcane growers in St. Martin Parish met to get updates on the current growing season July 19 at the 51st Annual LSU AgCenter Sugarcane Field Day for St. Landry, Lafayette and St. Martin parishes.
Cypress – plant of the week, July 22, 2013
Louisiana’s state tree is the bald cypress. This tree goes by the scientific name of Taxodium distichum. It is one of our most distinguished native trees and is widely used in Louisiana landscapes.
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Weather, disease affects sugarcane crop
(Audio 07/19/13) The unusual winter and spring has affected the state’s sugarcane crop. LSU AgCenter sugarcane specialist Kenneth Gravois gave an outlook for the crop at the LSU AgCenter Sugarcane Field Day. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Soybeans, cotton, corn featured at AgCenter field day
(Distributed 07/19/13) ALEXANDRIA, La. – LSU AgCenter researchers are continuing in their quest to find solutions to the No. 1 fungal disease in Louisiana soybeans – Cercospora leaf blight.
Weather, disease, labor issues highlight sugarcane field day
(Distributed 07/19/13) ST. GABRIEL, La. – Louisiana’s unusual winter and spring weather affected this year’s sugarcane crop. “We had a global warming January and an ice age March,” said Kenneth Gravois, LSU AgCenter sugarcane specialist. “We went from a crop that was a month ahead of schedule to a month behind.”
Use landscape mulch correctly
(Distributed 07/19/13) HAMMOND, La. – All ornamental plants benefit from mulching when it’s done correctly. Good mulching can have several beneficial effects on plants, soil and the surrounding area.
Given late start, Louisiana rice crop so far looks good
(Distributed 07/18/13) RAYVILLE, La. – This year’s rice crop has defied expectations from earlier this year, LSU AgCenter rice specialist Johnny Saichuk said at the Northeast Louisiana Rice Field Day on July 17.
4-H, FFA State Horse Show results released
(Distributed 07/17/13) WEST MONROE, La. – Results from the 44th annual Louisiana 4-H and FFA State Horse Show held July 9-13, 2013, have been released.
La. turtle farmers fund LSU AgCenter research
(Distributed 07/17/13) BATON ROUGE, La. – Louisiana turtle farmers have provided research funds to the LSU AgCenter in their continuing efforts to convince federal agencies that baby turtles are safe as pets for humans and should be allowed in interstate commerce.
Basil is productive during summer
(Audio 07/22/13) Basil is popular herb used in many dishes. It is also easy to grow. This is a good time to plant basil. The herb comes in different varieties, so choose one that suits your needs. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Rice crop had slow start; new varieties planned
(Video News07/15/13) Louisiana’s rice crop is midway through its growing season, and despite delays, the crop is in decent shape. LSU AgCenter correspondent Tobie Blanchard has an update on the crop and a look at the future with potential new varieties. (Runtime: 1:37)
Turk’s cap – plant of the week, July 15, 2013
(Distributed 07/12/13) Turk’s Cap (Malvaviscus arboreus var. drummondii) is a pass-along kind of old garden plant that still has great potential in gardens and landscapes of today. These plants have recently been named Texas Superstars.
Irrigate yards, landscapes, trees correctly during hot summer months
(Distributed 07/12/13) HAMMOND, La. – As we reach the middle of summer in Louisiana, we need to keep in mind the importance of irrigating our landscape plants. When we irrigate, it is important to apply water needed and efficiently. In many cases, plants are commonly over-watered rather than under-watered.
Tough asparagus ferns provide lush foliage
(Video 07/22/13) Asparagus ferns are not really ferns, but they offer lush, green foliage similar to a true fern. On this edition of Get It Growing, horticulturist Dan Gill explains how this adaptable, drought-tolerant plant works well in sunny or shady parts of your landscape. (Runtime: 1:48)
Jasmine adds pleasing fragrance to gardens
(Video 07/15/13) The name “jasmine” is often used for plants that provide pleasing fragrance. But not all of them are actually jasmine plants. On this edition of Get It Growing, LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill introduces you to some “true” jasmine plants that have nice aromas and beautiful white flowers. (Runtime: 1:47)
15 LSU AgCenter staff win international communication awards
(Distributed 07/10/13) BATON ROUGE, La. – Fifteen people from the LSU AgCenter have won awards in the annual competition of the Association for Communication Excellence, an international professional organization.
Researchers use molecular biology to look for disease resistance in soybeans
(Distributed 07/09/13) BATON ROUGE, La. – Cercospora leaf blight is the No. 1 fungal disease in Louisiana’s No. 1 row crop – soybeans. The emerging disease, which has appeared only in the past five to 10 years, has no resistance in any soybean lines, according to LSU AgCenter plant pathologist Zhi-Yuan Chen.
AgCenter agronomist helping rice, soybean growers
(Audio 07/08/13) LSU AgCenter agronomist Dustin Harrell is helping farmers in southwest Louisiana grow better rice and better soybeans. He is looking at nitrogen loss on rice and stressing the importance of applying nitrogen to dry soil. (Runtime: 1:30)
Angelonia – plant of the week, July 8, 2013
Angelonia is a great bedding plant for the warm season. Angelonias come in white, pink, blue, lavender, lavender pink and raspberry flower colors. Some folks call angelonias “summer snapdragons.” They come in both seed-propagated and vegetatively propagated varieties. The Serena series is a Louisiana Super Plant from spring 2011.
Cool weather delayed rice, helped during flowering
(Audio 07/05/14) A cold and wet March and April delayed development of Louisiana’s rice crop. LSU AgCenter rice specialist Johnny Saichuk says this is the latest he has seen rice with virtually no heading. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Research station evaluating hardy hibiscus
(Distributed 07/05/13) HAMMOND, La. – The LSU AgCenter has implemented a landscape evaluation trial of more than 40 varieties of hardy hibiscus, primarily Hibiscus moscheutos, at the Hammond Research Station. These are what we typically refer to as the dinner plate hibiscus. They sometimes go by the old variety name, Disco Belle.
Bark lice feed on debris on tree
(Audio 07/15/14) Bark lice are small insects that feed on the bark of trees. The lice scavenge organic debris off the surface of the bark. They don't harm the tree, and no control is needed. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
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Prune blackberries properly to preserve next year's fruit
(Audio 07/15/13) Blackberries are an easy fruit to grow. They don't have many insect or disease problems, but they do require judicious pruning. Listen to learn how to prune blackberries. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Roses require some summer care
(Audio 07/15/14) High temperatures in summer can stress roses. Flowers may be smaller and may not last that long. Deadhead your roses and water them weekly if we enter a dry spell. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Prune flowering shrubs before next year's flowers set
(Audio 07/15/14) Hydrangeas and gardenias are considered early summer-blooming shrubs, but they set their flowers for next year in late July or early August. If you need to do some pruning on them, do it as soon as possible. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Harvest figs before pests get to them
(Audio 07/15/14) Gardeners can start harvesting figs in July. Ripe figs are vulnerable to bird or insect damage. Make it a habit to harvest figs often so you get to enjoy your figs instead of the birds enjoying them. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Farmers hear about upcoming rice harvest at field days
(Distributed 07/05/13) FENTON, La. – The rice harvest in south Louisiana, delayed by a couple of weeks, should begin soon. And it’s not too early for farmers to decide if they will grow a second crop, an LSU AgCenter agronomist advised at two field days Tuesday (July 2).
Sweet potato research collaboration leads to national award
(Distributed 07/03/13) BATON ROUGE, La. – The National Sweetpotato Collaborators Conference, a project that includes LSU AgCenter faculty, has received the 2013 Excellence in Multistate Research Award from the Experiment Station Committee on Organization and Policy of the National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges.
Two experimental lines could become new rice varieties
(Audio 07/08/13) LSU AgCenter rice breeder Steve Linscombe is working with two experimental lines he believes will become new varieties. Both are varieties that take advantage of the Clearfield technology that allows growers to control the red rice weed with a herbicide that won’t harm their rice. (Runtime: 1:35)
Solutions for shady spots in lawn
(Audio 07/08/13) When mowing frequently, you are more likely to notice if you have problem areas in your lawn. Shade is a common problem in landscapes, so consider a shade-tolerant grass or ground cover or just mulch the area. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Leaf miners can damage variety of plants
(Audio 07/08/13) Leaf miners are a common problem in the vegetable garden, flower bed and even on fruit trees. They feed on the inside of the leaf. They can be controlled by an organic insecticide. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Give caladiums care during summer
(Audio 07/08/13) Caladiums are a common bedding plant to use in shady areas of the landscape. They are reliable but require some care, including a good layer of mulch and an adequate amount of water. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Choose heat-tolerant bedding plants for July plantings
(Audio 07/08/13) The heat in the summer can make it difficult to garden. If you do feel the urge to get out there and garden, you can find wonderful bedding plants that will tolerate the heat. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Weeding is ongoing process
(Audio 07/08/13) Weeding is a job that is never quite done. Weeds will always pop back up. But if you follow a few guidelines, you can weed less often. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Master Gardeners on the grow in Greater New Orleans
(Distributed 07/02/13) NEW ORLEANS – Since 1998, Master Gardeners in the Greater New Orleans area have been getting involved in projects that help keep the region green. The first Master Gardener classes in the area were held in Orleans, St. Bernard and Jefferson parishes.
New citrus disease found in New Orleans
(Distributed 07/02/13) BATON ROUGE, La. – A new disease of citrus called citrus canker has been detected in New Orleans by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, Plant Protection and Quarantine division, according to LSU AgCenter plant scientist Raj Singh.
Kudzu bug confirmed in La.
(Audio News 07/02/13) An LSU AgCenter entomologist has confirmed the arrival of the kudzu bug in Louisiana. Sebe Brown said the insect, which can feed on soybean plants, has been found in Madison and Tensas parishes in northeast Louisiana. (Runtime: 1:35)
La. sweet potato acreage continues to decline
(Distributed 07/02/13) WINNSBORO, La. – Farmers have finished planting sweet potatoes, and acreage continues to decline. Tara Smith, coordinator of the LSU AgCenter Sweet Potato Research Station, said Louisiana has about 7,500 acres, which is down 25 percent from last year and less than half of what farmers were planting 10 years ago.
Sweet potato planting wraps with low acreage
(Audio News 07/01/13) Farmers have finished planting sweet potatoes, and acreage is low. LSU AgCenter sweet potato specialist Tara Smith says Louisiana has about 7,500 acres, which is down 25 percent from last year and less than half of what farmers were planting 10 years ago. Smith says several factors have led to lower acreage. (Runtime: 1:25)
Farm field day set for July 25 in St. Landry Parish
(Distributed 07/01/13) PALMETTO, La. – A soybean and rice field day will be held at the Charlie Fontenot farm in St. Landry Parish on July 25 starting at 8 a.m.
Practice environmentally friendly gardening
(For Release On Or After 07/26/13) I have always thought of gardening as a “green” activity. Indeed, the horticulture industry that includes wholesale nursery growers, retail nurseries and landscape installation and maintenance companies has long been known as the “green industry.”
Torpedograss – one of the most difficult weeds to control
(For Release On Or After 07/19/13) Grassy weeds are among the most difficult to control in the landscape. Torpedograss is a scourge around the state, and common bermudagrass is a problem no matter where you go. Grassy weeds are a problem in both lawns and beds.
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Mushrooms in the yard aren’t cause for concern
(For Release On Or After 07/12/13) After a rainy period in summer, we typically see mushrooms popping up everywhere. Some people are concerned, some are curious, and some are downright irritated when these strange growths appear in landscapes.
Southern peas – a great summer vegetable
(For Release On Or After 07/05/13) Many vegetables that were planted in spring, such as tomatoes, squash, cucumbers and snap beans, are finishing or have already reached the end of their productive season. Once the harvest is finished, they should be removed from the garden.
Yield loss measurements important in soybeans
(Distributed 06/28/13) BATON ROUGE, La. – Knowing what is causing yield loss in soybeans ranks right up there with how much loss is occurring, according to LSU AgCenter plant pathologist Clayton Hollier.
Researcher studies timely soybean harvest
(Distributed 06/28/13) WINNSBORO, La. – Soybean acreage in Louisiana has been trending higher, fueled by higher demand and increasing prices paid to growers. For producers to make the most of the current situation, they must harvest their beans in a timely manner to avoid damage and penalties for poor quality, said LSU AgCenter agronomist Josh Lofton.
LSU AgCenter researcher looks at reducing nitrogen loss in corn
(Video News 6/28/13) An LSU AgCenter researcher is helping farmers deal with nitrogen loss on their corn crop. LSU AgCenter correspondent Tobie Blanchard spoke scientist working in northeast Louisiana. (Runtime: 1:22)
Soil scientist looks at stopping nitrogen loss in corn
(Audio News 06/28/13) Nitrogen fertilizer is one of a corn farmer’s biggest expenses – second only to seed costs. LSU AgCenter soil scientist Beatrix Haggard says a plant low on nitrogen will likely be low in vigor. (Runtime: 1:20)
It’s a good year for crape myrtle blooms
(Distributed 062813) HAMMOND, La. – The early spring months of March and April were not kind to spring growth on crape myrtles this year. But we are seeing very nice blooms on these great summer-flowering landscape trees as we reach their peak performance time of late June through July.
Current research featured at rice field day
(Distributed 06/27/13) CROWLEY, La. – The new LSU systems president, F. King Alexander, attended the Rice Research Station field day on June 26 and pledged his support for the LSU AgCenter. “We’re here to support you in agricultural research,” Alexander said.
La., Ark. farmers meet on Arkansas River water diversion
(Distributed 06/27/13) OAK GROVE, La. – Louisiana and Arkansas farmers along with representatives from a variety of agencies met recently to discuss the Boeuf-Tensas Water Project, which would divert water from the Arkansas River into southeast Arkansas and northeast Louisiana.
Begonias offer incredible variety for shade gardens
(Video 07/08/13) Begonias are perennial plants that come in dramatically different sizes and shapes. On this edition of Get It Growing, horticulturist Dan Gill explains the ever-expanding selections of begonias and which ones to be wary of in our hot, humid summer climate. (Runtime: 1:36)
Stoke’s aster flowers return every year
(Video 07/01/13) It’s a nice perk to have beautiful flowers that keep blooming year after year at the same time, without having to replant. On this edition of Get It Growing, LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill introduces you to one of those — a native perennial called Stoke’s aster. (Runtime: 1:37)
RoyOMartin gives $500,000 to 4-H Camp
(Distributed 06/26/13) POLLOCK, La. – State and local officials gathered at the 4-H Camp Grant-Walker on June 25 to show their gratitude for a $500,000 gift by RoyOMartin, a forest products and forestland management company based here.
AgCenter releases Rice Scout app
(Distributed 06/26/13) CROWLEY, La. – A smartphone application to help rice farmers with their crop has been released by the LSU AgCenter at the annual Rice Research Station Field Day on June 26.
Tomato quality decreases with increasing temperatures
(Audio 07/01/13) Tomato season is just about over. Heat-tolerant tomatoes will keep producing in July, but standard tomatoes begin to lose quality. You can use insecticides to battle summer pests or you may decide to pull the plants up. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Webworms won't harm trees
(Audio 07/01/13) Webworms are a common type of caterpillar that infest trees in Louisiana during summer. They prefer pecan trees and seem to be prevalent this year. They look terrible, but don't threaten the health of the tree. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
See where shade is needed around home
(Audio 07/01/13) Summer is not a good time to plant shade trees into your landscape. It is a good time to see where you may need more shade. Trees can lower cooling bills and provide shade around decks and patios. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Lawn care means mowing in summer
(Audio News 07/01/13) Summer lawn care mainly involves mowing. When rain is frequent, you will likely need to mow more often. Cutting the grass regularly keeps it healthy. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
New invasive pest species found in north Louisiana
(Distributed 06/26/13) BATON ROUGE, La. – LSU AgCenter entomologists have confirmed the arrival of the kudzu bug in a soybean field in Madison Parish.
Sugar field day scheduled for July 17 in St. Gabriel
(Distributed 06/26/13) The LSU AgCenter’s 31st Annual Sugarcane Field Day will be held July 17 at the Sugar Research Station near St. Gabriel, beginning with registration at 8:00 a.m.
Dean Lee field day set for July 18 in Alexandria
(Distributed 06/26/13) The LSU AgCenter Dean Lee Research and Extension Center will host a field day on July 18. The event will feature presentations on cotton, corn, cattle, soybeans, and insect and weed management.
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Plant vegetables that can withstand high temperatures
(Audio 07/01/13) Gardeners willing to endure the heat can plant many great vegetables this month. Keep in mind these vegetables must be able to tolerate the extreme heat and will likely need plenty of water early on. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
LSU AgCenter begins program for small farms
(Distributed 06/26/13) St. JOSEPH, La. – With more people looking for locally grown, fresh fruits and vegetables, the LSU AgCenter has begun a program to help small farms market their products more effectively.
Corn planted too densely can hurt yields
(Distributed 06/25/13) ST. JOSEPH, La. – Conventional wisdom says the more ears of corn to the acre, the greater the yield will be. While this is true to a certain extent, too many corn plants to the acre can cause problems, says Rick Mascagni, an LSU AgCenter agronomist at the Northeast Research Station.
New disease found in corn
(Distributed 06/24/13) BATON ROUGE, La. – Louisiana corn growers are waiting for confirmation that Goss’s wilt disease has been found in some corn fields in Madison Parish.
La. 4-H elects officers, names contest winners
(Distributed 06/24/13) BATON ROUGE, La. – More than 1,400 young people from across Louisiana participated in LSU AgCenter’s 4-H University on the LSU campus June 18-20. The week was highlighted by the election of new officers, the selection of executive board members for the 2013-14 school year and the naming of 49 state contests winners.
Research station visitors vote on favorite plants
(Distributed 06/21/13) HAMMOND, La. – The LSU AgCenter held an industry open house for nursery, landscape and garden center professionals in late May at the Hammond Research Station.
Research aims to help soybean farmers improve yields
(Video News 06/21/13) Much of northeast Louisiana’s economy is fueled by agriculture, and soybeans are a major commodity in the region. LSU AgCenter correspondent Tobie Blanchard reports that soybean research at the Northeast Research Station is benefiting growers. (Runtime: 1:44)
AgCenter scientists give updates to farmers at field day
(Distributed 06/21/13) ST. JOSEPH, La. – More than 150 farmers, agriculture consultants and industry representatives heard about the latest research on corn, soybeans, rice and cotton at the annual field day on June 19 at the LSU AgCenter Northeast Research Station.
Research helps soybean farmers
(Audio News 06/20/13) More acres were dedicated to soybeans in 2012 than any other row crop in Louisiana. LSU AgCenter researchers in northeast Louisiana are helping farmers improve the way they grow soybeans. Donnie Miller is evaluating the effects of residual herbicides on weeds that have become resistant to the glyphosate herbicide which was so effective on Roundup Ready crops. (Runtime: 1:40)
Lane Foil named to Pennington Chair for Wildlife Research in LSU AgCenter
(Distributed 06/19/13) BATON ROUGE, La. – The LSU AgCenter announced that Lane Foil has been named to the Pennington Chair for Wildlife Research at the Bob R. Jones-Idlewild Research Station in Clinton.
Mexican tarragon grows well during summer
(Audio 06/24/13) While French tarragon will not grow properly throughout Louisiana’s hot summers, Mexican tarragon could serve as a substitute. This relative of marigolds has a rich flavor and grows beautifully in full sun. Learn more about planting Mexican tarragon in your herb garden. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Remove cypress knees that pop up in your lawn
(Audio 06/24/13) Most baldcypress trees that are planted in the landscape don’t usually produce knees. If your cypress does produce knees, this can be a nuisance when they come up in the lawn. While cypress knees in a flower bed appear picturesque, it is beneficial to eliminate the ones that appear in your lawn. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Choose heat-tolerant petunia varieties
(Audio 06/24/13) Petunias produce beautifully while the weather is relatively mild in the spring. It is not unusual for these spring-planted petunias to begin to languish during the intense heat of summer. If you are planning to plant petunias for the summer, be sure to choose heat-tolerant varieties. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Gardens, produce, food featured at Garden Fest
(Distributed 06/18/13) BATON ROUGE, La. – More than 1,000 people braved the heat and humidity of a Louisiana June day to attend the Garden Fest at the LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens at Burden on June 15.
Plant insect-free Profusion zinnias
(Audio 06/24/13) Louisiana gardeners welcome flowering plants that are able to withstand the intense heat of summer. Profusion zinnias are a hybrid group of zinnias that are insect-free. They grow very well during the summer. Hear more about growing zinnias in your landscape. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Handle snail and slug damage in your landscape
(Audio 06/24/13) Frequent summer rainfall makes the weather humid and damp. Snails and slugs love this type of weather, and they are likely to come out and feed on your plants. Deal with snails and slugs by setting out beer traps or using iron phosphate baits. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
La. farmers plant record-low cotton acreage
Distributed 06/18/13) WINNSBORO, La. – Louisiana has the lowest cotton acreage in recorded history, with the state’s farmers planting an estimated 125,000 acres this year, according to LSU AgCenter cotton specialist and entomologist David Kerns.
Rice plants short for their age this year
(Distributed 06/17/13) CROWLEY, La. – The short height of this year’s rice crop doesn’t mean it is necessarily late in development. Johnny Saichuk, LSU AgCenter rice specialist, said many rice fields are already at the green ring stage, even though they don’t look tall enough to be that developed.
LaHouse open house to showcase storm-hardy home features
(Distributed 06/17/13) BATON ROUGE, La. – With the 2013 hurricane season officially underway, the LSU AgCenter’s LaHouse Home and Landscape Resource Center will showcase hurricane and flood-hardy features for both new and existing homes on July 27 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Late freeze leads to mayhaw shortage
(Video News 06/17/13) Mayhaws are a beloved berry in Louisiana. They have a unique flavor worth seeking out. But this year’s crop suffered from cold damage. LSU AgCenter correspondent Tobie Blanchard visited a mayhaw grower and jelly producer. (Runtime: 1:53)
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Youngsters learn about biofuels, crops during summer science camp
(Video News 06/14/13) Some students are getting a little science with their summer. A local camp visited two LSU AgCenter facilities to learn about crops and biofuels. LSU AgCenter correspondent Tobie Blanchard was along for the tour.
Many palms can grow in Louisiana
(Distributed 06/13/13) HAMMOND, La. – The use of palms in home landscapes has gained considerable interest in the last few years. Several reasons have brought about this resurgence. For one, many new, exotic palm species and varieties are more readily available; however, our cold temperatures the past couple of winters have damaged some of the species, and people are searching for the most reliable palms for landscape use.
Growth study looks at nitrogen loss in corn
(Distributed 06/13/13) WINNSBORO, La. – One of the latest research projects funded by the Louisiana Soybean and Grain Research and Promotion Board will look at the effect of nitrogen loss on corn growth.
Addressing disease in amaryllis plants
(Video 06/24/13) Amaryllis is a tropical-looking plant that has recently finished blooming across the state. On this edition of Get It Growing, horticulturist Dan Gill offers advice for detecting disease in amaryllis and steps to improve the overall health of the plant. (Runtime: 1:47)
Copperleaf surprises with unique summer colors
(Video 06/17/13) Mention summer color and we typically think of bright flowers. But foliage can be a source of great splashes of color, too. On this edition of Get It Growing, LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill introduces you to the diverse copperleaf -- uniquely colored plants that are drought-tolerant even through the hottest months. (Runtime: 1:46)
New facility will expand alligator research
(Audio News 06/12/13) A new facility at the LSU AgCenter’s Aquaculture Research Station will allow scientists to conduct studies never done before on alligators. The facility can hold more than 200 alligators with enough space to grow them out to four feet, which is considered marketable size. (Runtime: 1:50)
High tech used to evaluate soil fertility for soybeans and corn
(Distributed 06/12/13) WINNSBORO, La. – Portable X-ray fluorescence spectrometry is normally a process used by those in the metal industry, but a study funded by the Louisiana Soybean and Grain Research and Promotion Board is using the equipment to look at fertility issues in corn and soybeans.
Containers, pots on decks could use boost
(Audio 06/17/13) Many gardeners have outdoor container plants. Be careful when growing container plants on wooden decks because they could cause staining or rotting of the wood. To prevent this from happening, boost container plants by placing them on top of bricks or pot feet. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Agritourism workshop set for July 23 in Zwolle, La.
ZWOLLE, La. – A workshop for landowners interested in starting an outdoor recreational business on their property will be held July 23 at the Wildwood Resort in Sabine Parish.
Late freeze kills much of state's mayhaw crop
(Audio News 06/11/13) Charles and Nelda Hutchins have been making mayhaw jelly in their Grant Parish facility for 12 years. The couple buys mayhaw berries from growers in Louisiana and neighboring states, but they have never seen a mayhaw season this bad. (Runtime: 2:00)
Mayhaws in short supply this year
POLLOCK, La – Charles and Nelda Hutchins have been making mayhaw jelly in their Grant Fruit Processing facility for 12 years. The couple buys mayhaw berries from growers in Louisiana and neighboring states, but they have never seen a mayhaw season this bad.
Plant pentas to brighten flower bed
(Audio 06/17/13) Just about everyone loves a colorful flower bed in the summer. Pentas are wonderful, reliable plants that come in a variety of beautiful colors and sizes. Hear more about planting pentas in your flower bed. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Control population of caterpillars in landscape
(Audio 06/17/13) Caterpillars are a major pest on plants such as vegetables, ornamentals and fruit trees. Gardeners should keep an eye out for caterpillar damage and take action for controlling infestations if necessary. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Trees are susceptible to lightning strikes
(Audio 06/17/13) Trees are an irreplaceable aspect of landscapes, but their tall heights make them vulnerable to lightning strikes. A lightning strike does not always cause a tree to die, but homeowners should be aware of how to handle a dying tree. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Pruning gardenias encourages new growth for next season
(Audio 06/17/13) Gardenias are popular in Louisiana gardens and are known for their amazing fragrance. When gardenias finish their blooming season in June, it is time for gardeners to begin pruning if necessary. Here are some reasons why you may want to consider pruning your gardenias. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Scientists investigate use of nanoparticles to target ag chemicals
(Distributed 06/11/13) BATON ROUGE, La – Cristina Sabliov was charged with finding a way to apply nanotechnology to agriculture. Sabliov, a scientist in the LSU AgCenter Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering, uses nanotechnology to develop better delivery systems for antioxidants and nutraceuticals.
Five more rice field days for 2013
(Distributed 06/07/13) CROWLEY, La. – Five remaining LSU AgCenter field days for rice farmers will be held in Louisiana. They include the Acadia Parish Rice Field Day, June 14, at the South Farm of the Rice Research Station, starting at 8:30 a.m.
Irrigation timing can affect soybean yields
(Distributed 06/07/13) WINNSBORO, La. – The old cliché that says “timing is everything” is especially true when growing soybeans in northeast Louisiana, according to Josh Lofton, LSU AgCenter researcher at the Macon Ridge Research Station near Winnsboro.
Eubanks named new program leader at LSU AgCenter
(Distributed 06/07/13) BATON ROUGE, La. – Gina Eubanks, vice chancellor for extension at the Southern University Agricultural Center, has been named program leader for food and nutrition at the LSU AgCenter. Her joint appointment was approved by the LSU Board of Supervisors on June 7.
Choosing the right plant can avoid summer stress
(Distributed 06/07/13) HAMMOND, La. – June is here, and that means summer will officially start in a couple of weeks. In reality, Louisiana typically experiences summer-type growing conditions from early to mid-May to as late as late September or early October.
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RoyOMartin to make $500,000 donation to 4-H center in Pollock
(Distributed 06/06/13) ALEXANDRIA, La. – RoyOMartin, a forest-products and forestland-management company based here, has announced that it will make a $500,000 donation to the LSU AgCenter’s Grant Walker Educational Center near Pollock, La. The donation will nearly fulfill the fundraising commitment for a second phase of the new multipurpose building at the center.
AgCenter opens alligator research facility
(Video News 06/05/13) Feeding an alligator accounts for much of the cost of raising it. Farm-raised alligators are fed a high protein diet, but producers and aquaculture researchers have long wondered if the diets could be less costly. Alligator growers helped fund a new alligator research facility at the LSU AgCenter’s Aquaculture Research Station. (Runtime: 1:59)
Be careful while gardening in summer heat
(Audio 06/10/13) Louisiana gardeners that spend long periods of time outside in their gardens should take precautions to protect themselves from summer’s heat. Hear more about drinking plenty of fluids, gardening in the shade and other helpful tips. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Control suckers in your landscape
(Audio 06/10/13) A sucker is an undesirable, vigorous shoot originating at the base of a plant. When dealing with suckers, it is important to prune them off properly to prevent a stub from sprouting and producing more suckers. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Lichens grow more vigorously on struggling plants
(Audio 06/10/13) Lichens are a crusty, grayish growth found on tree branches, statues or fences. Gardeners are often concerned that this growth is damaging the plant. Learn more about lichen growth in your landscape. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Prune once-blooming roses in June
(Audio 06/10/13) Now is the time for gardeners to start pruning their once-blooming rose bushes. These roses are just finishing their blooming season, and by pruning them now, the plant will produce vigorous new growth. This new growth will produce flowers for you next year. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Slime mold can benefit lawn
(Audio 06/10/13) Lawns often have many issues that are sometimes difficult to treat. Slime mold is an unattractive fungus-like organism that lives in lawns throughout the year and decays organic matter. Hear how slime mold can actually benefit your lawn rather than cause damage. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
AgCenter agents learn cattle market dynamics
(Distributed 06/05/13) ALEXANDRIA, La. – LSU AgCenter extension agents got a better understanding of the cattle market on June 4 using a computer simulator that replicates selling cattle at the feedlot.
Destructive stink bugs show up in soybeans earlier than expected
(Distributed 06/05/13) BATON ROUGE, La. – Jeff Davis, LSU AgCenter entomologist, is finding stink bugs in agricultural fields earlier this year than expected. More alarming, though, is his finding of redbanded stink bug nymphs on June 3 on soybeans only 8 inches tall, and adult redbanded stink bugs in 12-inch-high soybean plots.
Vote for favorite flower at Garden Fest, June 15
(DIstributed 06/04/13) BATON ROUGE, La. – The public will have a chance to cast their vote in the contest for the American Garden Award at the annual Garden Fest at Burden on June 15 at the LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens in Baton Rouge.
Researcher uses molecular markers to improve wheat breeding program
(Distributed 06/03/13) BATON ROUGE, La. – The LSU AgCenter’s wheat breeding program has begun using molecular makers – small fragments of DNA – to help with disease and herbicide resistance.
Shade trees reduce summer cooling bills
(For Release On Or After 06/28/03) The heat is on, and we can expect daytime highs around 90 and nighttime lows in the 70s from now until September. As the days get longer and the sunlight more intense, our home air conditioning systems work harder and harder to keep the inside of our homes comfortable.
Put the sun’s heat to good use
(For Release On Or After 06/21/13) The extraordinary heat we experience in summer can be put to good use in the vegetable garden. Through solarization – a process of heating soil in beds under clear plastic using sunlight – summer heat can be used to reduce the harmful effects of pathogenic fungi and nematodes and kill weed seeds in the soil without using toxic chemicals.
Try some hot-weather herbs
(For Release On Or After 06/14/13) Many popular herbs languish in the heat of summer, and some down right pitch a fit. Herbs that do not like our hot, wet summers include thyme, chives, sage, parsley, cilantro, French tarragon, lavender, feverfew and chamomile.
Take care of your roses during summer
(For Release On Or After 06/07/13) Summer heat stresses many plants in our landscapes. Along with other plants, most roses are not especially happy during the extreme heat of mid- to late summer. Come to think of it, neither are most gardeners.
La. wheat crop suffers from cold, rain
(Video News 05/31/13) Wheat suffered from rain and cold during the winter and spring. And while the cold appears to gone, rain is now complicating the harvest. LSU AgCenter correspondent Tobie Blanchard has this report. (Runtime: 1:32)
Researchers evaluate flowers in sun garden
(Distributed 05/31/13) HAMMOND, La. – The largest Louisiana landscape evaluation of ornamental plants, especially annual flowers and herbaceous perennials, is located at the LSU AgCenter Hammond Research Station on Old Covington Highway just east of Hammond.
Frequent rain, cold damage wheat crop
(Audio News 05/30/13) A wet winter has set up Louisiana for a weak wheat crop. Wheat was planted in the fall and endured frequent rains through much of its growing season. (Runtime: 1:30)
Rice Station field day set for June 26 in Crowley
(Distributed 05/30/13) CROWLEY, La. – The LSU AgCenter Rice Research Station Field Day on June 26 will feature the latest in research tailored at helping Louisiana rice farmers.
Natural resources symposium set for Aug. 1-2 in Baton Rouge
(Distributed 05/30/13) BATON ROUGE, La. – The LSU AgCenter School of Renewable Natural Resources will host the fourth Louisiana Natural Resources Symposium on Aug. 1-2, 2013, at the Lod Cook Conference Center on the LSU Campus.
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Rice farmers join reception for state legislators
(Distributed 05/30/13) BATON ROUGE, La. – Rice farmers joined an LSU AgCenter reception for legislators and their staffs on May 28. The event, held at the Pentagon Barracks near the Capitol, featured a new line of Louisiana-grown rice products by Louisiana Rice Mill.
Tomatoes will ripen off the vine
(Audio 06/03/13) Vine-ripened tomatoes are a favorite of home gardeners. If you are having problems with insects or birds getting to your tomatoes, you can ripen them indoors. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Grass clippings make great compost
(Audio 06/03/13) Gardeners should recycle the organic waste in their yards. The compost you create can help your plants grow better. During summer, grass clippings are an excellent addition to the compost pile. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Mow frequently for a healthy lawn
(Audio 06/03/13) Taking care of the lawn is an important chore during the summer. Mowing regularly and at the right height helps maintain a healthy lawn. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Prepare landscape for hurricane season
(Audio 06/03/13) Hurricane season starts in June. Storms can cause damage to landscapes. Before a storm approaches, check trees and make sure any dead limbs are removed. Also consider securing loose items in your yard when a hurricane is forecasted. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Heat-tolerant vegetables keep gardens productive
(Audio 06/03/13) If you can tolerate the heat, you can plant a number of vegetables into your garden in June. These vegetables are productive during the hottest part of the year. Listen to learn more. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Showy coral honeysuckle attracts hummingbirds
(Video 06/10/13) The coral honeysuckle is one of the showiest vining honeysuckles you can find. It’s tough and attracts both hummingbirds and butterflies. On this edition of Get It Growing, LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill explains some uses for this climbing vine with bright flowers. (Runtime: 1:29)
Red yucca is a great low-maintenance succulent
(06/03/13) Red yucca is not really a yucca, and it’s not really red. But it is a beautiful, low-maintenance succulent without the dangerous, dagger-like leaves of a true yucca plant. LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill introduces you to this heat-tolerant plant, which also attracts butterflies. (Runtime: 1:27)
Closet in LaHouse doubles as storm shelter
(Audio 05/29/13) Hurricane season begins June 1. After a devastating tornado in Oklahoma, people in Louisiana may be wondering how they can protect themselves from a storm’s winds. LaHouse, the LSU AgCenter’s showcase home and landscape resource center on the LSU campus, has a closet that doubles as a storm shelter. (Runtime: 1:50 seconds)
Healthy Communities program starts June 1 in West Carroll Parish
(Distributed 05/29/13) BATON ROUGE, La. – The LSU AgCenter and Pennington Biomedical Research Center are embarking on an ambitious nutrition education program in West Carroll Parish, starting June 1. Anchored by the town of Oak Grove, West Carroll sits in Louisiana’s Delta region where the incidence of heart disease, stroke, diabetes and obesity are higher than in other areas of the state.
Researchers monitor plots for Asian soybean rust
(Distributed 05/28/13) BATON ROUGE, La. – LSU AgCenter personnel are looking for Asian soybean rust in kudzu and soybean sentinel plots across the state.
Parasite resistance concerns cattle industry experts
(Distributed 05/27/13) BATON ROUGE, La. – Cattle industry experts are becoming increasingly concerned about cattle parasites’ resistance to dewormers – a condition known as anthelmintic resistance.
Researcher studies oil spill effects on Gulf oysters
(Distributed 05/27/13) BATON ROUGE, La. – While it has been three years since the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, scientists are still researching to determine its impact on the plants and animals that inhabit the ecosystems of the Gulf of Mexico.
LaHouse features closet as storm shelter
(Distributed 05/24/13) BATON ROUGE, La. – After the devastating tornado in Oklahoma, people in Louisiana may be wondering how they can protect themselves from a storm’s winds. LaHouse, the LSU AgCenter’s showcase home and landscape resource center on the LSU campus, addresses storm safety issues, according to Claudette Reichel, extension housing specialist.
County agents honor two at state meeting
(Distributed 05/24/13) ABBEVILLE, La. – The Louisiana County Agents Association honored two of its members on May 21 at the organization’s annual convention.
99th annual 4-H gathering set for June 18-20 in Baton Rouge
(Distributed 05/24/13) BATON ROUGE, La. – This year will mark the 99th time 4-H Club members will compete in a variety of contests and hold elections for statewide officers on the LSU campus in Baton Rouge.
Farmers hear status of current rice crop
(Distributed 05/24/13) MAMOU, La. – LSU AgCenter rice experts speaking at the Evangeline Parish Rice Tour on May 23 said this year’s rice crop so far has been unusual and difficult.
Vincas offer landscape variety
(Distributed 05/24/13) HAMMOND, La. – Vinca is the most popular, most sold and most planted warm-season bedding plant in Louisiana. We sometimes call this plant periwinkle.
Sizzlin’ summer means hazards for pets
(Distributed 05/23/13) BATON ROUGE, La. – With the heat of summer here and people headed outside to enjoy the sunshine and warm temperatures, it may seem like a great time to take your dog for a run. But is it safe?
Lafayette Master Gardeners plan expansion at local park
(Distributed 05/22/13) LAFAYETTE, La. – Joey Durel, Lafayette city-parish president, wants to make sure the local Master Gardeners organization will have a major role at the new 100-acre park commonly known as the Horse Farm.
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