(Video 05/28/14) Hemline, an LSU student organization promoting fashion design and merchandising, hosted its annual runway show, sending an array of garments down the catwalk. LSU AgCenter correspondent Tobie Blanchard attended the show and has this report. (Runtime: 1:45 seconds)
(Video 05/28/14) This year’s cotton acres are up slightly from last year’s historical low. LSU AgCenter correspondent Tobie Blanchard explains why cotton acreage has been trending downward across the Southeast. (Runtime: 1:45 seconds)
(Audio 05/26/14) Crape myrtles are one of Louisiana’s most popular trees. Crape myrtle aphids leave honeydew on the leaves and branches, which then leads to a black mold growth. Listen to find out how to stop aphids from making an appearance in your garden. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
(Audio 05/26/14) Traditional greens that Louisianans like to eat don’t produce well during summer. Some leafy greens can be good substitutes. Listen to find out more about these summer leafy greens. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
(Audio 05/26/14) Different types of pots need to be cleaned in different ways. The best time to do this is in between plantings. Clean pots will make your plants look better. Listen to learn more. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
(Audio 05/25/14) Landscape roses are a new type of rose that many Louisiana gardeners have moved to. Older types of roses are more susceptible to a disease called blackspot. Blackspot cannot be controlled by spraying occasionally; roses have to be sprayed every 7-10 days. Listen to learn more about how to control blackspot. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
(Video 05/15/14) Shoppers may have noticed they are paying much higher meat prices. LSU AgCenter correspondent Craig Gautreaux explains that consumers shouldn’t expect relief any time soon. (Runtime: 1:42 seconds)
(Video 05/26/14) If you’ve noticed funny trailing patterns on leaves of your vegetables, it could mean you have a pest called the leaf miner. On this edition of Get It Growing, LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill explains what can be done to stop this destructive little fly. (Runtime: 1:57 seconds)
(Video 05/19/14) Typical hibiscus plants survive well in normal Louisiana winter weather, but these tropicals don’t fare well in frozen conditions. On this edition of Get It Growing, LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill introduces you to a new hibiscus that can survive the cold. The Luna hibiscus is a Louisiana Super Plant selection for 2014. (Runtime: 1:57 seconds)
(Audio 05/19/14) Even though your potato plants have been in your garden for a long time, they aren’t usually ready until the end of May. You can harvest some now if you want little early potatoes, but if you want those big potatoes, leave them in the ground until the plant starts to look yellow. Listen to learn more. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
(Audio 05/19/14) Your cool-season plants that provided you with bright colors during the spring are beginning to look faded and tired during the early summer. These plants can’t handle the high temperatures that summer brings. It is time to throw those plants into your compost pile and visit your local nursery to get warm-season plants that will suit your landscape and last through summer. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
(Audio 05/19/15) May is the month when hydrangeas and gardenias come into bloom. They are both suited for shady areas and bring a beautiful color to your landscape. Many varieties of each plant allow you to be creative with your flowers. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
(Audio 05/12/14) Tomatoes are popular homegrown vegetables. Disease and insects are common on tomatoes. The disease buckeye rot is active this time of the year. Remove infected tomatoes and spray plants with a fungicide. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
(Audio 5/5/14) A herb garden is wonderful to have when cooking. Herbs planted in early fall should be growing profusely now and are ready to be harvested. Harvest them generously before the temperature gets too hot. You can add basil to your herb garden now. It can handle the heat. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
(Audio 5/5/14) Caladiums mostly do well in shady areas, but there are some types that can tolerate some sun. Planting caladiums isn't hard. It just has to be done correctly. Listen to learn more about planting caladiums. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
(Audio 5/5/14) Eggplants grow well in warm conditions. They come in all shapes and sizes. The key to getting a good eggplant is harvesting it at the right time. Listen to learn more about when to pick your eggplants.(Runtime: 60 seconds)
(Video 05/05/14) Louisiana Super Plants are selected by the LSU AgCenter for their outstanding beauty and performance in Louisiana landscapes. The latest spring selection is the Tutti Fruitti Pink buddleia – a perennial butterfly bush that comes back year after year. On this edition of Get It Growing, LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill explains why the beautiful Tutti Fruitti Pink is an innovative selection for your landscape. (Runtime: 1:50 seconds)
(Video (05/12/14) Summer will be here before you know it, and you can prepare for the heat now by planting beautiful drought-tolerant plants in sunny spots of your landscape. On this edition of Get It Growing, LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill suggests some plants that are tough in hot, drought-like conditions and superb at producing beautiful flowers. (Runtime: 1:47 seconds)
(Distributed 05/05/14) BATON ROUGE, La. – The LSU AgCenter will host an e-commerce seminar in Oak Grove, La., from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on June 2. The event, which is sponsored by the Connect My Louisiana initiative, will feature information on 3D printing, building online businesses and social media.
(Distributed 05/09/14) BATON ROUGE, La. – The television documentary “Agents of Change: The Story of Louisiana Cooperative Extension” will be broadcast on Louisiana Public Broadcasting (LPB) and its statewide PBS affiliates on May 21 at 8:30 p.m. The LSU AgCenter produced the 30-minute historical program.
(Distributed 05/23/14) BATON ROUGE, La. –More than 100 interested growers and members of the Louisiana Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association learned about current LSU AgCenter research, upcoming guidelines and regulations, and where they can market their produce at the association’s spring field day on May 21 at the LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens at Burden.
(Distributed 05/02/14) HAMMOND, La. – May is here, and summer vacations and the end of the school year are approaching. But there is still much that can be done to improve your landscape plantings for summer.
(Distributed 05/30/14) You can find many durantas (golden dewdrop, blue sky flower) around, but the Cuban Gold variety continues to receive extensive use and attention around the Southeast.
(Distributed 05/07/14) BATON ROUGE, La – Dairymen and students were recognized for their contribution to Louisiana’s dairy industry and the LSU College of Agriculture’s dairy science program at the LSU Dairy Science Club and Dairy Alumni Banquet on May 3 at the Lod Cook Alumni Center.
(Distributed 05/29/14) BATON ROUGE, La. – When fall weather is dry, and winter is as cold and as long as it was this year, the combination spells problems for the crawfish industry.
(Distributed 05/02/14) BATON ROUGE, La. – Goat and sheep producers gathered at the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine on April 26 for a small ruminant field day.
(Distributed 05/21/14) POLLOCK, La. – LSU AgCenter officials held a groundbreaking ceremony on May 20 for the new multipurpose pavilion at 4-H Camp Grant Walker. The project is expected to be completed by early 2015.
(Distributed 05/16/14) BATON ROUGE, La. – The LSU AgCenter equine specialist is advising horse owners to protect their animals against diseases spread by mosquitoes that are becoming more active with the warmer weather.
(Distributed 05/05/14) BATON ROUGE, La. – Food, music and hayride tours will be featured at the annual Garden Fest at LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens at Burden on June 21.
(Distributed 05/05/14) CHASE, La. – Nearly 200 students from 12 parishes in northeast Louisiana watched drones fly, saw soybeans and sweet potatoes planted, and learned about soils, crops and careers in agriculture. It was all part of the LSU AgCenter’s first youth field day at the AgCenter Sweet Potato Research Station on April 29.
(Distributed 05/02/14) BATON ROUGE, La. – With food provided by 18 local chefs and drink from four Louisiana beverage companies, more than 350 individuals enjoyed perfect weather at Gourmet in the Garden in the LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens at Burden on April 25.
(Distributed 05/15/14) BATON ROUGE, La – Four graduating seniors in the LSU College of Agriculture earned LSU’s top undergraduate academic honor, the University Medal. The students received their medals at a ceremony honoring the university’s 53 medalists at the LSU Union Theater on May 15.
(Distributed 05/21/14) BATON ROUGE, La. – An LSU AgCenter researcher is working with a group of LSU students to identify the best materials to use for constructing scaffolds, or synthetic grafts, for use in human bone and musculoskeletal tissue repair.
(Distributed 05/27/14) BATON ROUGE, La. – The Universidad de Ciencias Forestales, a forestry university in Honduras, is looking to the LSU AgCenter for guidance as it revamps its academic and research programs.
(Distributed 05/22/14) BATON ROUGE, La. – LSU and Southern University AgCenters showed appreciation to the East Baton Rouge Parish mayor-president and Metro Council at their annual program review luncheon on May 14.
(Distributed 05/23/14) BATON ROUGE, La. – As hurricane season approaches, people can turn to the LSU AgCenter website (www.LSUAgCenter.com) for information on how to prepare for storm damage and recovery.
(Distributed 05/15/14) BATON ROUGE, La. – Demand for food and fiber is booming as world population grows at an exponential rate. Ironically, the United States – the No. 1 exporter of agriculture products – is facing critical shortages of agriculture workers.
(Distributed 05/30/14) BATON ROUGE, La. – Recent rains have caused flooding in many areas of Louisiana. To help people with flood recovery, the LSU AgCenter has numerous fact sheets available online or in hard copy form at local parish extension offices.
(Distributed 05/29/14) CROWLEY, La. – Rice farmers can learn about research projects being conducted to help them produce better crops more efficiently at three upcoming field days in June hosted by the LSU AgCenter, including the Rice Research Station’s annual Field Day on the morning of June 25.
(Distributed 05/16/14) May is the month to plant pentas. Butterfly pentas are great butterfly gardening plants.
(Distributed 05/01/14) BATON ROUGE, La. – It's not often that sheep, cows and chickens can be found in the middle of a busy city. But at the LSU AgCenter's annual AgMagic, those animals and much more are within reach of thousands of kids, offering a journey through agriculture and the ways it touches people's lives.
(Distributed 05/27/14) ST. JOSEPH, La. – The LSU AgCenter Northeast Research Station has scheduled a pest management and crop production field day for June 17 at the research station in St. Joseph.
(Distributed 05/19/14) NEW ORLEANS – For the first time ever, the LSU AgCenter brought AgMagic to the New Orleans area to help children learn about the importance of agriculture.
(Distributed 05/23/14) Althea goes by the scientific name of Hibiscus syriacus. When most gardeners view the plants, they are reminded of the hibiscus family, to which this popular, Southern heritage plant belongs. These plants are also referred to as rose of Sharon.
(Distributed 05/02/14) BATON ROUGE, La. – Before attending Farm Day on April 28-29 at the LSU AgCenter campus dairy, some area youngsters had only seen a cow on television or in a book.
(For Release On Or After 05/09/14) Yes, some hibiscuses are hardy in Louisiana. One of them, the Luna series hibiscus, has been named a Louisiana Super Plant selection for spring 2014.