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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LSU AgCenter plant breeders have dedicated themselves to developing better plant varieties to sustain and grow Louisiana agriculture.
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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.
Regional director Tara Smith found that supportive people made a difference in her career path, and she hopes to do the same for others.
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.
Misleading claims about glyphosate weed killer continue to cause concern. LSU AgCenter specialists provide factual answers to some common questions.
Pecan shells, a byproduct of the pecan industry, are being used to develop antimicrobial substances for food safety.
Glyphosate applied to sugarcane before harvest slows vegetative growth and allows the plant to make and store additional sucrose.
Ashley Edwards is an assistant extension agent and the coordinator for regional animal sciences programs in the Central, Northwest and Northeast regions.
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As a county agent in the 1920s, Gordon D. Cain helped bring electricity to rural Louisiana. His family honors his legacy with an endowed chair in agriculture.
Safety is a major concern in planning for outdoor recreation activities as part of the LSU AgCenter Healthy Communities program.
Louisiana Sea Grant has achieved many milestones during its 50 years through its partnership with the LSU AgCenter.
The LSU AgCenter quickly adapted its ways for getting educational information to the people of Louisiana when the pandemic struck, limiting physical mobility.
A couple's collective skills helped create a supply chain to get health workers the protective gear they needed during the COVID-19 pandemic.
People can find pleasure and joyfulness from spending time outside in gardens and parks, writes Jeff Kuehny, director, LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens at Burden.
The ability of farmers to burn sugarcane is a significant economic factor for the state’s sugarcane industry.