The summer issue features an article on the first research project conducted at the new alligator research facility. Other topics covered include sweet potato production efficiency, the economics of rice crop lodging and the search for an alternative cricket for the U.S. industry. 28 pages.
Pesticide runoff from lawns and other turfgrass areas is an increasing environmental concern because of its impact on surface waters used for aesthetics, fisheries, habitats, recreation, industry and consumption.
One hundred elementary schools across Louisiana are taking steps to help their students eat better and move more during this school year. These schools are participating in Smart Bodies, a program of the LSU AgCenter and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation.
A virus that has crippled the cricket industry in Europe keeps West Baton Rouge Parish breeder and grower David Fluker alert, but optimistic.
During his first few days of becoming the new president of the LSU System and the chancellor of LSU A&M, F. King Alexander took the time to attend the Rice Research Station’s annual field day on June 26.
In the past three decades, Louisiana’s total milk production has been declining annually, while total U.S. milk production has been increasing. This observation suggests that the economics of milk production have not been as favorable for milk production in Louisiana as they have been in other parts of the United States.
In the first half of 2013, two LSU AgCenter extension administrators retired – Paul Coreil,the director and vice chancellor, and Dwight Landreneau, the associate director and associate vice chancellor. Both had given meritorious service to the AgCenter, Louisiana agriculture and the Cooperative Extension System for decades.
Five news articles in the summer 2013 issue of Louisiana Agriculture
Two faculty members in the Department of Food Science have been named Fellows of the Institute of Food Technologists.
Crop lodging is a condition under which plant stems at the base of a crop plant weaken to the point of no longer being able to support the weight of the upper portion of the plant, causing it fall in the field.
The humble beginnings of the cricket industry in the United States can be traced back to the 1950s when their use as fish bait became widespread.
Mavis Finger has joined the new LSU AgCenter as the new sweet potato specialist. She replaced Tara Smith, who now serves as director for the Northeast Region.
Growth in the processing sector and nutrition-conscious consumers are fueling sweet potato popularity in the United States. Domestic per capita consumption increased by 36 percent from 2000 to 2011.
Gardeners who have shied away from growing roses because of the fungicides and care needed to grow them can take heart in a recently completed research project conducted by the LSU AgCenter and the American Rose Society at the Gardens of the American Rose Center in Shreveport.
Alligator farming contributed more than $56 million to Louisiana’s economy in 2012, and the value of the alligator farming industry is expected to increase.
Louisiana has been the largest seafood-producing state in the contiguous United States and the largest producer of oyster, shrimp, crab, crawfish and alligator in the United States.
Two LSU AgCenter scientists passed away in the summer of 2013, Charles Milton “Chuck” Rush and Hanna Y. Hanna.
Use of the Web and social media to promote farm products, such as blueberries, and locate buyers for these products is a relatively new approach that offers access to many more potential customers.
In most agricultural soils, the distribution of water and plant nutrients is not homogeneous across space and time. Most plants respond to the nonuniformity of these soil based resources by modifying the root system architecture. Root system architecture refers to lateral root initiation and development.
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