LSU AgCenter announces nursery and landscape field day Oct. 15 in Baton Rouge

Johnny Morgan, Kuehny, Jeff S., Owings, Allen D.  |  9/22/2009 11:44:54 PM

News Release Distributed 09/23/09

The LSU AgCenter will conduct an ornamental and turfgrass field day for nursery and landscape professionals Oct. 15 at its Burden Center in Baton Rouge.

The horticulture program will include outdoor tours of research plots during the morning and a pest management program indoors at the Ione E. Burden Conference Center after lunch.

The tour will feature horticulture research in turfgrass, nursery crops, floriculture and landscape plants.

Ornamental horticulture presentations will include container nursery crop studies, biodegradable containers, perennial lily evaluations, herbaceous and woody landscape plant evaluations and weed control/herbicide studies.

Turfgrass topics will include information on Bermuda grass establishment, spurge and Dallis grass control, ryegrass for winter over-seeding and pre-emergent herbicide use on turfgrass root growth.

The afternoon educational sessions will lead to pesticide applicator recertification in category 3 (ornamentals and turf) by the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry.

Registration will begin at 8 a.m. The field program begins at 9 a.m. with tours, followed by lunch.

The optional pesticide recertification program will run from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. and include a presentation on the LSU AgCenter’s new rapid turfgrass disease diagnostic service.

The registration fee of $25 covers the field day, lunch and printed materials. Checks can be made payable to the Louisiana Turfgrass Association and mailed to the LSU AgCenter, School of Plant, Environmental and Soil Sciences, Attn: Amy Blanchard, 155 J.C. Miller Hall, Baton Rouge, La., 70803.

Organizers request registration by Oct. 8.

Additional information on this event is available from LSU AgCenter horticulturists Dr. Allen Owings at 985-543-4125 and Dr. Jeff Kuehny at 225-578-1043.

Johnny Morgan

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