LSU AgCenter scientists are working to help Louisiana producers learn to grow industrial hemp profitably.
The LSU AgCenter is turning former pastureland on one of its research stations into forested wetlands to use for teaching and research.
Growing industrial hemp in Louisiana is getting a slow start because of many production and logistical challenges.
Four new plants have been added to the list of Super Plants recommended by the LSU AgCenter. They grow well in Louisiana.
Vegetable and fruit varieties developed at the LSU AgCenter Calhoun Research Station, which was closed in 2011, are being revived.
In February 2021, which is earlier than normal, the first foals were born using a method developed by an LSU AgCenter researcher.
The LSU AgCenter is helping the landscape industry explore better ways to grow plants commercially in media known as soilless substrates.
The Aquatic Germplasm and Genetic Resources Center was created in 2015 to address the problems of repository development for aquatic species.
An elementary school partnered with the LSU AgCenter to create an indoor playground space as part of the Healthy Communities program.
4-H agents created a unique program of garden seed distribution to help members learn to how to grow vegetables.
When in-person nutrition education classes were halted by the pandemic, LSU AgCenter nutrition experts developed online lessons, despite many obstacles.
LSU AgCenter agents with the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program led a surprise “Snack Pack Cooking Class” for students in Sheveport.
The LSU AgCenter through its Healthy Communities program has been working diligently across the state to lower obesity rates and improve quality of life.
LSU AgCenter research explores the use of selected bacteria from waste products to stimulate plant growth instead of costly chemical inputs.
LSU AgCenter researchers are trying to help farmers who grow both soybean and rice to fight aerial blight disease.
Improving the efficacy of seed treatments with active chemical or biological materials could be a more cost-effective way to deliver crop protection.
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The LSU AgCenter's food incubator, established in 2013, has been renamed the Food Innovation Institute, or FOODii for short.
LSU AgCenter plant breeders improve crops to resist disease and pests, adapt to the environment and produce greater amounts of food, fiber and fuel.
Through the LSU AgCenter sweet potato foundation seed program, growers are provided with clean, virus-free seed.
New varieties of sweet potatoes developed, patented and licensed at the LSU AgCenter continue to have commercial success.
The demand for sweet potatoes is increasing worldwide. LSU AgCenter breeders are trying to meet the changing needs with new varieties.
The LSU AgCenter has helped Louisiana soybean producers adapt to major transformations to production through breeding and variety testing here at home.
Farmers in southwest Louisiana knew that if this new venture into rice production was to succeed, it needed research and new varieties.
Combining strategies fundamental to plant breeding, with new technologies such as DNA marker-assisted selection, will lead to future breakthroughs.
The wheat breeding program has made tremendous strides in development of Fusarium head blight resistant varieties over the past decade.
Investment in the AgCenter’s plant breeding programs is born out of necessity. Improved crop varieties provide economic value and stability for agriculture.
The LSU AgCenter wheat and oat breeding program provides regionally adapted, high-yielding varieties that have good disease resistance.
The goal of the LSU AgCenter cotton breeding program is the same as in the late 19th century: high and stable yielding varieties with superior fiber quality.
The effective management of sugarcane diseases during the past 35 years has resulted from providing healthy seed cane to Louisiana producers.
There is a continual need to increase yield and quality among Louisiana crops. Developing new plant varieties is a major focus of the LSU AgCenter.
When plant breeders create new varieties, they contact the Office of Sponsored Programs and Intellectual Property to assess commercial success.
The development of new rice varieties is a continuous process and typically takes seven to eight years.
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Citrus has been grown in Louisiana for three centuries. But new environmental pressures are calling for innovation in citrus production.
LSU AgCenter specialists acted fast to prepare and distribute visual materials that included guidelines for prevention of the spread of COVID-19.
LSU AgCenter researchers conducted a survey to determine the best ways to reach diverse audiences during a pandemic with nutrition education.
LSU AgCenter livestock specialists and agents have developed online learning tools for cattle producers during the pandemic, which are being well-received.
To combat the problem of high blood pressure in Louisiana, LSU AgCenter specialists have developed an educational program to help people reduce salt use.
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An LSU AgCenter plant pathologist will use a $500,000 grant to pinpoint the location of a gene in rice that could help farmers control the Cercospora disease.
LSU AgCenter researchers studied fashion clothing consumption during the COVID-19 pandemic by looking at Twitter postings.
LSU AgCenter scientists test new row crop varieties each year to determine which are best for Louisiana conditions.
When the COVID-19 pandemic forced Louisiana and the rest of the nation into a quarantine scenario, many people turned to gardening.
LSU AgCenter researchers are developing a low glycemic rice that will help the world's population reduce the incidence of diabetes.
Herbicides have the potential to cause injury and hurt yield in sweet potato fields unless they are properly managed.
Like humans and animals, plants also suffer from viruses. Getting rid of them and controlling them is similar no matter whether plant or person.
Soil losses in agricultural fields can be reduced through the use of cover crops, which provide protection and other benefits.
Pasture management incorporating annual and perennial forages and rotational grazing can result in relatively high organic matter and active soil biology.
LSU AgCenter scientists conducted a five-day workshop to help middle and high school teachers learn about sustainable agriculture.
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LSU AgCenter scientists are studying the use of the daikon radish cover crop to reduce soil compaction in pastures.
LSU AgCenter scientists are studying cover crop biomass degradation and the release of nitrogen and other nutrients in cover crop biomass.
This research showed that legume cover crops increased corn yield.
LSU AgCenter scientists are studying the effects of cover crop residue management on greenhouse gas emissions.
LSU AgCenter economists present net return estimates of cover crops and conservation tillage use as evaluated in recent studies.
LSU AgCenter researchers are studying the use of seed treatments to reduce the potential for disease development when cover cropping a field.
LSU AgCenter researchers have demonstrated the effectiveness of applying a soil residual herbicide in late October to early November to manage winter weeds.
The potential for improved soil health and crop production have renewed producer interest in use of cover crops.
LSU AgCenter researchers are studying the extent to which cover crops can enrich soil nutrient composition.
Several cover crop options available to Louisiana sugarcane farmers can minimize erosion, provide additional income and improve soil health.
The nutrient composition and the amount of cover-crop biomass are essential information for evaluating soil fertility benefit from using cover crops.
Cover crops have the potential to improve sustainability in agriculture and make soil more stable.
LSU AgCenter scientists studied the overseeding of cool-season cover crops on warm-season pastures to determine if these cover crops can improve soil health.
The positive effects of cover crops depend on how much biomass they produce. The right planting period gives cover crops a head start.
Lisa Fultz has dedicated her research career to improving soil to grow high-quality crops and protect the environment.