Camp Immerses 4-H’ers in Marine Environment
After an exhilarating airboat ride through the marsh, Keith Espadron of Port Sulphur ambled up to the beach, shell fragments crunching under his feet, and gazed out at the muddy shoreline that once was grass-covered marsh. Read more.
Williams named Simmons Professor of Dairy Science
Cathy Williams was recently designated the Gerald A. Simmons Professor of Dairy Science in the School of Animal Sciences.
Widespread crawfish virus does little damage
More than half of 135 Louisiana crawfish ponds tested for White Spot Syndrome Virus so far have shown positive, according to an LSU AgCenter aquaculture expert. Read more.
LSU AgCenter dairy farm sets new record
The LSU AgCenter’s dairy farm in Baton Rouge recently reached a milestone in Louisiana agriculture when it recorded the highest rolling herd average milk production ever in the state. Read more.
Regents give AgCenter $915,000 for hurricane recovery
The Louisiana Board of Regents recently approved $28 million for university research to spur hurricane recovery and economic development, including a $915,000 grant to the LSU AgCenter for wetland restoration. Read more.
Rutherford named new director for Renewable Natural Resources
Longtime faculty member Allen Rutherford has been named the new director of the School of Renewable Natural Resources. He took over July 1, 2007, from William Kelso, who had served as interim director after the retirement of Bob Blackmon in 2005.
4-H’er breaks stereotype, wins state show with mule
Don’t bother telling Bethany Edler of Iberia Parish that mules are ornery, stubborn and kick hard. She’s heard it all before – and she can prove you wrong. Read more.
Get Bees Out of Walls
It’s not unusual for homeowners to have problems with honey bees, said LSU AgCenter entomologist Dale Pollet. Hives often split, and new swarms go looking for new homes. Read more.
So Far, No Louisiana Bee Colonies ‘Collapse’
Bee colonies in more than 20 states are collapsing. And honeybees are disappearing because of a mysterious ailment. So far, Louisiana colonies don’t seem to be affected by what is being called “colony collapse disease,” according to LSU AgCenter entomologist Dale Pollet. Read more.
New Varieties Featured at Annual Sugarcane Field Day
One new sugarcane variety released earlier this year and two sugarcane varieties released in 2006 were featured along with three new releases of energy cane at the annual field day July 18 at the LSU AgCenter’s Sugar Research Station. Read more.
Controlling Narrow Brown Leaf Spot Disease
In 2006, the fungus Cercospora janseana, which causes narrow brown leaf spot, did significant damage to the rice crop in south Louisiana. This disease involves linear, reddish- brown spots that usually appear near heading.Read more.
(These articles were published in the summer 2007 issue of Louisiana Agriculture)