This issue of Louisiana Agriculture contains articles on aerial seeding of coastal plants, a new wood-plastic product to aid in drilling oil and the horticulture research and extension programs that aid the economic development of the nursery and landscape industry. The magazine is 36 pages. You can download a PDF version at right.
The Plant Diagnostic Center on the LSU AgCenter’s Baton Rouge campus is a one-stop shop for all plant health problems.
TALLULAH, La.–Technology has changed 4-H Club Day in Madison Parish. Instead of a standard 50-minute meeting, reading minutes and preparing for the next contest or event, 4-H Club Day for 4-H members in this northeast Louisiana town is conducted with a mobile technology lab.
When you mention agriculture to people, they usually don’t think of flowers and turf. But the landscape and nursery industry is a vital part of the agricultural economy both in Louisiana and the nation as a whole.
Louisiana rice farmers agreed to continue paying a nickel for every 100 pounds of rice for research and 3 cents per hundred pounds for promotion for the next five years.
The Hammond Research Station serves as a center for horticulture research and extension and provides research-based information to landscape architects, landscape maintenance professionals, arborists, producers and retailers.
The introduction into Louisiana of new plants produced in other regions provides an opportunity not only for the introduction of new diseases, but also new hosts for pathogens already in Louisiana.
Plentiful, good quality water was one of the major attractions of southwest Louisiana more than 100 years ago when farmers who moved there to try growing rice. Later, when deep wells were drilled, it became evident the region had abundant groundwater, too.
These articles appear in the winter 2012 issue of Louisiana Agriculture magazine.
Many shrubs and groundcovers used in the southern landscape require routine pruning or shearing to keep their shape neat and compact. Pruning is a significant expenditure of time and a major labor cost for the landscape service industry.
The LSU Board of Supervisors approved the merger of the Department of Veterinary Science into the School of Animal Sciences at its meeting Feb. 3, 2012.
Scientists at the Hammond Research Station evaluate ornamental plants for landscape performance under south Louisiana growing conditions. This information is then provided to nursery and landscape professionals as well as home gardeners to use in selecting plants.
Automated, solar-powered boats have been used to reduce bird predation on catfish ponds and to track water quality in natural water bodies and drinking water reservoirs.
Biocontainers provide the ornamental plant industry with an opportunity to improve the level of adoption of sustainable products and practices. However, many factors must be considered before using these containers for ornamental production and transplanting into the landscape.
Thrips are insects belonging to the order Thysanoptera, meaning fringe-winged insects. One common name is thunderflies because large numbers migrate before thunderstorms.
Eleven men and women were honored on Jan.12 for completing the Louisiana Master Farmer Program. The ceremony was conducted as part of the annual convention of the Louisiana Association of Conservation Districts.
Burden Center is a unique LSU AgCenter facility consisting of 440 acres of green space in the heart of Baton Rouge and conveniently located off Interstate 10.
Direct seeding of smooth cordgrass (Spartina alterniflora) using aerial applicators, such as a fixed-wing airplane or airboat, can establish healthy vegetation in a single season, delivering rapid stabilization of newly constructed or nourished marshes.
Louisianians take pride in the appearance of their landscapes, and weeds detract from this beauty. Along with being aesthetically displeasing, weeds in flower beds compete with desirable plants for water, nutrients and light and soon can get out of control.
After working several years with high school coaches and field managers, it became obvious that many Louisiana high school football fields were in deplorable shape causing unsafe playing conditions that can lead to potentially serious head and spinal injuries. To address these problems, the LSU AgCenter Field of Excellence program was initiated
B. Rogers Leonard, an award-winning entomologist, has been named the new associate vice chancellor for research in the LSU AgCenter.
Louisiana Agriculture Magazine
Louisiana has several sources of plant material available after harvest of major crops that could be used to produce ethanol and electricity.
The new Drift series roses were created in response to increased demand for smaller, everblooming plants.
Ron Strahan, LSU AgCenter turfgrass specialist, had the idea to ask Les Miles, coach of the LSU Tigers football team, for an endorsement of Louisiana-grown turfgrass.