(Video: 06/29/14) 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: 1:50 seconds)
(Video: 06/27/14) A demonstration of a drone highlighted research on display at the LSU AgCenter Northeast Research Station Field Day. LSU AgCenter correspondent Tobie Blanchard attended the field day and has this report. (Runtime: 1:51 seconds)
(Audio 07/01/14) Because of the mild winter and early spring, figs trees are a little ahead of time. Birds, weather and summer diseases all have a huge impact on how well your figs trees produce. Listen to learn more about how to help your fig trees during the summer. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
(Audio 07/01/14) The heat-tolerant plants you selected at the beginning of the summer are in full bloom and looking very healthy now. The plants that aren’t heat-tolerant, however, are probably dying from the heat. You can replace those plants with some that do well to make a beautiful bed for the summer. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
(Audio News: 06/19/14) The gluten-free label is becoming more popular on items in the grocery store. Gluten is a protein found in wheat, barley and rye. People who have the autoimmune disease, celiac disease, experience a toxic immune response when they ingest gluten and should eliminate gluten from their diets, according to LSU AgCenter registered dietician Denise Holston-West. (Runtime: 1:25)
(Video 06/23/14) One unique way of setting your landscape apart is by adding beautiful plants that move with the wind. On this edition of Get It Growing, LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill introduces us to a tough perennial plant full of flowers and graceful in movement. It’s called the Gaura (gar-uh). (Runtime: 60 seconds)
(Video 06/16/14) A tough, reliable perennial for the hot summer months is yarrow (Yah-row). LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill explains on this edition of Get It Growing why this multi-colored plant is a great idea for your garden. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
(Audio 06/16/14) Aquatic gardens are easy to put into your landscape and provide a different look to your gardens. Aquatic plants are easy to add into a water garden and are easy to take care of. Listen to learn more. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
(Audio 06/16/14) Zinnias make great additions to your flower beds, but summer rainstorms can cause bacterial and fungal diseases. Some zinnias, however, are more tolerant to the bacteria and fungi. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
(Video 06/11/14) LSU College of Agriculture students were spending the first part of their summer in the woods. The students were part of a wildlife habitat field study class and learning about plant identification. LSU AgCenter correspondent Tobie Blanchard tagged along for a trek through the forest. (Runtime: 1:40 seconds)
(Video 06/11/14) Louisiana farmers are harvesting the state’s wheat crop. LSU AgCenter correspondent Tobie Blanchard reports that despite winter freezes during the growing season, wheat yields are promising. (Runtime: 1:22 seconds)
(Audio 06/09/14) Summer brings high temperature and high humidity in Louisiana. Gardeners need to be aware of ways to prevent getting dehydrated. While taking care of your landscape, be sure to take the proper precautions so you don’t get overheated. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
(Audio 06/09/14) Roses are divided into two groups -- repeat-flowering and once-blooming. They bloom at different times of the year, so you have to prune them at different times. Listen to learn more on how and when to prune your roses. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
(Audio 06/09/14) Crape myrtle trees create shoots at the base of the trunk called suckers. If they are allowed to grow, they make the tree look more like a bush. There is a proper way to prune these plants so that this doesn’t occur. Listen to learn more. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
(Audio 06/09/14) The ghostlike webs you see on trees during this time of the year come from a tiny insect called bark lice. They are completely harmless to your trees, and there is no reason to be concerned. Listen to learn more about bark lice. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
(Audio 06/09/14) Composting plays an important part in gardening. Being able to reuse what your garden makes allows your landscape to be healthy and maintainable. Listen to learn more about how to recycle those clippings and leaves correctly. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
(Audio 06/09/14) Many Louisiana home vegetable gardeners grow members of the onion family. They make great cooking ingredients. The majority of these plants are getting ready for harvest now. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
(Audio 06/09/14) Everyone loves home grown harvested tomatoes. If you like to let your tomatoes turn bright red on the plant, that gives them a wonderful flavor. If pests are a problem, however, there are ways that can be prevented, including picking your tomatoes early. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
(Video 06/09/14) The coneflower, named for its cone-shaped head, has been a popular flower in Louisiana gardens for many years. It has typically come in only one color. But as LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill points out on this edition of Get It Growing, this tough plant has recently been bred to offer an incredible diversity of flower colors. (Runtime: 1:50 seconds)
(Video 06/02/14) If you planted potatoes earlier this year, the nutritious vegetables may be ready to be dug about now. LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill shares some important tips for harvesting them on this edition of Get It Growing. (Runtime: 1:45 seconds)
(Audio 06/02/14) Composting is easy to do and everyone with a yard can have a small compost pile. Easy items to compost include grass clippings, leaves, sticks and other yard waste. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
(Audio 06/02/14) Many home vegetable gardeners plant members of the onion family such as bunching onions, shallots, leeks and garlic. These plants should be ready to harvest in June. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
(Distributed 06/25/14) BATON ROUGE, La. – Louisiana homes and other buildings that are infested with tawny crazy ants now have a remedy as a result of a Section 18 quarantine exemption use label for Termidor SC insecticide
(Distributed 06/05/14) FENTON, La. –Developing a new variety of rice sometimes requires eliminating a good breeding line that once showed promise but isn’t quite good enough. That’s the scenario Steve Linscombe, LSU AgCenter rice breeder, described at the Southwest Rice Field Day held on June 5.
(Distributed 06/18/14) ST. JOSEPH, La. – As water resources face the risk of declining in both quality and quantity, many farmers want to learn how to be more efficient when they irrigate. LSU AgCenter and National Resource Conservation Service experts offered them some ideas on June 17 at the Northeast Research Station Field Day in St. Joseph.
(Distributed 06/10/14) BOSSIER CITY, La. – Smart irrigation technologies could help agricultural producers lower costs and use water more efficiently, according to LSU AgCenter economist Naveen Adusumilli.
(Distributed 06/04/14) BATON ROUGE, La. – It’s not every day that Louisiana residents are looking for ways to get rid of crawfish in the lawn. But it does happen, and there are effective ways to get the job done.
(Distributed 06/27/14) Copper plants are great foliage plants for the summer and fall landscape. When planted in the spring, these beautiful tropical-looking small shrubs turn into fabulous accent plants in color beds as we get later in the growing season.
(Distributed 06/30/14) ALEXANDRIA, La. – The LSU AgCenter Dean Lee Research and Extension Center in Alexandria will host a field day on July 17. Attendees will hear about AgCenter scientists' research on various row crops and management of insects, weeds and diseases.
(Distributed 06/06/14) Frost Proof gardenia is a great plant for home gardens and deserves more consideration.
(Distributed 06/27/14) HAMMOND, La. –Many people think attracting hummingbirds is as easy as hanging a feeder. But that is not always successful because many hummingbirds are not accustomed to using feeders. It can be frustrating to put out a feeder and never see a hummingbird.
(Distributed 06/16/14) BATON ROUGE, La. – The LSU College of Agriculture has named Jenna Tedrick Kuttruff, a 26-year veteran of the textiles, apparel design and merchandising program, as the head of new Department of Textiles, Apparel Design and Merchandising (TAM).
(Distributed 06/04/14) BATON ROUGE, La. – Horse owners should prepare for tropical weather instead of waiting until the last minute just before a storm, advised LSU AgCenter equine specialist Neely Walker.
(Distributed 06/23/14) BATON ROUGE, La. – An estimated 2,000 people braved the heat and humidity of a Louisiana June day to attend the third annual Garden Fest at the LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens at Burden on June 21.
(Distributed 06/17/14) BATON ROUGE, La – The gluten-free label is becoming more popular on items in the grocery store. Gluten is a protein found in wheat, barley, rye and triticale. People who have the autoimmune disease, celiac disease, experience a toxic immune response when they ingest gluten and should eliminate gluten from their diets, according to LSU AgCenter registered dietician Denise Holston-West.
(Distributed 06/20/14) Louisiana gardeners ought to consider adding some of the new gomphrena – or globe amaranth – to their landscapes.
(Distributed 06/30/14) WINNSBORO, La. – Crop varieties change frequently, which sometimes causes farmers to adjust how they apply fertilizers. To ensure its recommendations are up to date, the LSU AgCenter has formed a task force to study the effectiveness of fertilizers on major row crops and forages grown in Louisiana.
(Distributed 06/05/14) BATON ROUGE, La. – Nitrogen and phosphorus can help farmers improve yields, but when these nutrients make their way into streams and rivers, they can also contribute to a low-oxygen, or hypoxic, zone in the Gulf of Mexico. To help reduce this type of pollution, the LSU AgCenter and 11 other land-grant universities recently joined the Environmental Protection Agency’s Mississippi River/Gulf of Mexico Watershed Task Force.
(Distributed 06/26/14) CROWLEY, La. – An LSU AgCenter official urged the Louisiana Rice Growers Association Board of Directors to make comments at a listening session of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency aimed at receiving input for a proposed set of regulations that would revise the Clean Water Act.
(Distributed 06/13/14) BATON ROUGE, La. – The LSU AgCenter is always buzzing with research, and this project is no exception – literally. Entomologists Kristen Healy and Jim Ottea are studying how insecticides used for mosquito control affect honeybees.
(Distributed 06/06/14) FRANKLINTON, La – With a tall walking stick in hand, Don Reed, an LSU College of Agriculture professor and AgCenter forestry and wildlife specialist, wandered through Bogue Chitto State Park pointing out trees and plants to a group of students.
(Distributed 06/13/14) ABBEVILLE, La. – A group of 4-H Club members presented the Vermilion Parish Police Jury recently with a proposal for improvements at the local extension office to strengthen it against hurricanes and other major weather events.
(Distributed 06/20/14) BATON ROUGE, La. – It's a phrase typically heard on movie sets in Hollywood. But this week "Lights, Camera, Action!" was the title of a 4-H University program that gives young people a chance to expand their digital literacy skills by shooting and editing their own videos.
(Distributed 06/09/14) BATON ROUGE, La. – Members of the LSU AgCenter’s International Programs office recently hosted a delegation from Chulalongkorn University in Thailand as a future partner in research through an agreement between the two organizations and the LSU Baton Rouge campus.
(Distributed 06/13/14) HAMMOND, La. – Gardeners have long desired flowers that are low-maintenance in their landscape. But they also want these flowers to last spring through fall.
(Distributed 06/18/14) BATON ROUGE, La. – Almost all rice grown in Louisiana is irrigated, but drought can still be a threat to crop productivity. By isolating genes that determine drought tolerance and applying them to rice, LSU AgCenter molecular biologist Niranjan Baisakh is developing rice varieties that can survive as long as two weeks without water.
(Distributed 06/12/14) DELCAMBRE, La. – Louisiana coastal residents were able to see the elevation and flooding threat for their property and residences at the Delcambre Seafood and Farmer’s Market on June 7 at a booth staffed by the LSU AgCenter and Louisiana Sea Grant.
(Distributed 06/23/14) BOSSIER CITY, La. – As efficient use of nutrients and water becomes an increasingly hot topic in agriculture, LSU AgCenter agronomist Syam Dodla is examining ways to lower production costs and minimize environmental impact without negatively affecting crop health or yields.
(Distributed 06/06/14) NEW ORLEANS – When most urban dwellers see the word GAP, it’s highly unlikely that anything related to food comes to mind. But urban fruit and vegetable growers understand that Good Agricultural Practices are now a part of their lives.
(Distributed 06/12/14) BOSSIER CITY, La. – Agricultural producers can help ensure precious water resources remain clean by implementing management practices that reduce runoff and pollution, according to LSU AgCenter water quality expert Changyoon Jeong.
(Distribute 06/30/14) The LSU AgCenter will hold three field days for rice farmers in July.
(For Release On Or After 06/06/14) June is the peak month for harvesting early-summer vegetables. One reason people grow their own vegetables is for the outstanding quality of freshly harvested produce. Harvesting at the right stage, however, is essential to getting the best quality vegetables from your garden.
(For Release On Or After 06/27/14) Growing a pineapple plant and getting it to produce a pineapple for you is a fun gardening project. Now is a great time to begin, and as you will see, it’s really not all that difficult.
(For Release On Or After 06/13/14) Although native to the Far East, crape myrtles are almost indispensable in the Southern landscape. Their vibrantly colored flowers in shades of pink, purple, red and white from May to September virtually define the summer season here.