Updated versions of the LSU AgCenter’s useful guides to controlling weeds, insect pests and plant diseases are available.
The 2006 editions of guides can be downloaded for free from the LSU AgCenter’s Web site at www.lsuagcenter.com – or printed copies of the guides can be purchased through that site.
Prepared by experts in the LSU AgCenter, the publications are known as the Louisiana Suggested Chemical Weed Control Guide, the Insect Pest Management Guide and the Louisiana Plant Disease Management Guide.
The weed control guide includes helpful information on herbicides and weed control – with detailed suggestions for aquatics, commercial nursery stock, field crops, forestry, fruit crops, home gardens, lawns and many other Louisiana crops. It includes information on different types of herbicide registrations, as well as information on herbicide labels and restricted uses. Also included are sprayer calibration techniques, suggestions for reducing herbicide drift and a guide to proper spray tip selection.
The insect pest management guide includes information on regulations, precautions and suggestions for pest control in Louisiana. Detailed topics include drift of pesticides, hazards of pesticides to beneficial insects and wildlife, phytotoxicity and using beneficial insects to control pest populations. A section on organic gardening also is included.
The plant disease guide contains suggestions for management of the most important or more prevalent diseases of Louisiana plants. It includes information on fungicides, bactericides and nematicides, as well as safety precautions for using them. The guide also has instructions for sending specimens to the LSU AgCenter’s Plant Disease Diagnostic Clinic and includes detailed recommendations for disease management for field crops, fruit crops, turfgrasses, ornamentals, Christmas trees and vegetables.
"Even with the continued advances we are making by providing up-to-date publications and other educational information to farmers and clientele via the Internet, there is still a significant demand for printed copies of our most popular and relevant educational publications," said Dr. Paul Coreil, vice chancellor and director of Extension with the LSU AgCenter. "We are, therefore, moving to a system of providing hard copies of selected Extension publications that can be purchased at a reasonable fee to cover printing and shipping costs."
The printed versions of these guides come in an 8.5-by-11-inch format and are spiral bound with a durable cover. They range in length from 156 to 198 pages and are available for $10 per copy of each guide, which includes shipping and handling.
"These guides are the first series of publications being offered for sale in this manner," Coreil said. "We will, of course, continue to provide access to these publications free of charge on the Internet – for those who prefer that method over printed copies – and we hope these multiple modes of information delivery will better serve the diverse learning preferences of our clientele across the state."
To access the publications on the Web or to find links to the information on ordering printed copies, go to the publications section of the LSU AgCenter Web site (www.lsuagcenter.com). You also can go directly to the weed control guide at http://www.lsuagcenter.com/en/communications/publications/
Louisianas+Suggested+Chemical+Weed+Control+Guide.htm, the pest management guide at http://www.lsuagcenter.com/en/communications/publications/
Plant+Disease+Control+Guide.htm or the plant disease management guide at http://www.lsuagcenter.com/en/communications/publications/
For questions or more details about ordering printed copies of any of the guides, phone the LSU AgCenter’s publications office at (225) 578-6598.