The Hammond Research Station, just outside Hammond, La., has been undergoing a transformation to provide more research and education for the green service industry. To help the public understand some of the change, the station hosted its first landscape and horticulture field day on June 29, 2006. At top, Yan Chen, an assistant professor at the station, talks about her research into insect pests of ornamental plants. New equipment was demonstrated including the Allen Hover Mower being demonstrated by Elton Granger, research farm assistant. The hover mower is used in place of weed trimmers along pond edges, lake embankments and on golf courses. According to Roger Rosendale, research associate, the mower cuts a 22-inch path and sells for about $800.
(This article was published in the summer 2006 issue of Louisiana Agriculture.)