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Lichens are perennial organisms consisting of a fungus and a green alga or blue-green bacterium.
We had a long dreary wet winter, but spring arrived with nature reemerging as normal.
The fungus completes part of its life cycle on the cedar and junipers and part on the mayhaw.
Fire Blight is a bacterial disease caused by Erwinia amylovora.It infects plants in the pome fruit subgroup of the rose family.
Bagworms are aptly named for the bag the larva make of silk and bits of twigs or leaves interwoven to disguise and strengthen the case.
Not all flowering plants produce pollen that may cause allergies.
The basic components of composting are location, plant materials, water, soil from your yard and some nitrogen.
Many dieters believe that losing weight means giving up delicious foods. Try these 10 tips to help you make healthier choices when planning and serving family meals.
Louisiana strawberries make excellent snacks.
Preparing healthy and safe lunches.
The American Dental Association recommends that parents schedule the first dental visit within six months of the appearance of the first tooth and no later than the child's first birthday.
Eggs are an excellent source of protein. Studies show that consumption of one egg per day is fine for most healthy people and does not increase their risk for heart disease.
During the late summer and fall is the best time to get ready for potential winter hazards.
The forest products industry contributes to each parish economy in several ways, including jobs, wages and purchases in the local economies.
This publication is intended to introduce home vegetable gardeners to the various methods used to manage the many diseases that affect these crops. (PDF Format Only)
This report provides a program payment illustration of the new seed cotton Price Loss Coverage (PLC) program.
List of Louisiana Master Gardener Extension volunteer programs with contact information for each.
2015-2016 Recommendations. One of the most important decisions a forage producer must make is which variety or varieties to plant. To help farmers make logical choices among crops and varieties, the LSU AgCenter conducts variety trials and makes recommendations each year. Suggested varieties, seeding rates, planting depths and seeding dates are included. (PDF Format Only)
Scholarship is awarded to graduating senior(s) who participate in the Northeast Louisiana District Livestock Show in Delhi, Louisiana.
Regular physical activity is associated with immediate and long-term health benefits such as easier weight control, lower blood pressure, improved cardio-respiratory function and enhanced psychological well-being. Active children are more likely to become active adults. Suggestions for indoor and outdoor activities included. (PDF format only)
Provides a direct link to the Louisiana Agriclimatic Information System (LAIS).
"Learn by doing" is the 4-H club slogan. 4-H members don't just read about things; they do them.
The publication should help producers make more informed decisions about which hybrid to select.
County Agent Keith Collins provides timely information on managing nitrogen in corn as well as the vegetative and reproductive growth stages of corn.
Richland Parish County Agent Keith Collins provides timely information on planting corn.
2015 Recommendations. One of the last, but most important, steps in producing a cotton crop is harvest preparation. Successful preparation includes scheduling for defoliation and harvest operations, removing foliage and facilitating boll opening. Use these recommendations for a successful cotton harvest. (PDF Format Only)
The Richland Parish Ag Newsletter for the latter part of July 2014 provides good information for soybean irrigation termination, soybean harvest aid timing as well as the cost of burning corn residue.
Check your Pesticide card! County Agent Keith Collins provides upcoming dates for pesticide recertification meetings in Richland Parish.
Louisiana Super Plants for Fall 2013.
This issue provides area producers with good information on soybean irrigation termination, soybean harvest aid timing and soybean reproductive stages. Also included in this issue are 2013 cotton acreages by parish.
County Agent Keith Collins provides information on corn irrigation, furrow irrigation and center pivots as well as providing charts for daily crop water useage.
Unsightly galls have been appearing on Oak trees recently as they break dormancy and leaves begin to grow. County Agent Keith Collins provides timely information as he describes the process of their development.
Richland Parish County Agent Keith Collins writes his March 2013 Ag Newsletter on Soybeans -- achieving optimum soybean stands, seed treatments and soybean seeding rates.
County Agent Keith Collins provides information on Rust Diseases in Wheat with fungicide effectiveness in Stripe rust and leaf rust, and also info on Corn Stand Uniformity.
Joanna Strong, Associate Extension Agent, provides information for Richland Parish 4-H students about upcoming photography and cookery contests as well as the fall cookery winners and November photo winners.
Topics for the workshop in Delhi, Louisiana will include the Crop Insurance Farm Bill re-authorization and environmental regulations.
County Agent Keith Collins provides information on this year's crop acreage in Richland.
This publication provides a wealth of information to assist local producers in harvest preparation.
This newsletter provides information on "soybean irrigation termination, soybean harvest aid timing, determining when to apply harvest aids, and the 2012 cotton acreage by parish."
Valuable insight from County Agent Keith Collins on "when to terminate corn irrigation, timing of fungicides for soybean diseases, and reproductive stages."
Early blight is one of the most common diseases of tomatoes in Louisiana. This article provides tips to help manage the disease.
Questions have been raised through the years about cross-pollination. County Agent Keith Collins provides information on this subject.
This news article, written by FCS Extension Agent Danna Gillett, gives specific tips to lower the risk of developing debilitating memory problems.
Informational topic on rust diseases in wheat to include fungicide effectiveness, wheat vernalization, and a conversion table which indicates total row feet per acre for various row configurations that may be helpful when calibrating row planters or drills for various crops.
Danna Gillett, Family & Consumer Sciences Agent, provides easy to use suggestions for maintaining a healthy food plan after the Christmas holidays.
Richland Parish County Agent, Keith Collins, provides tips about the proper care and maintenance of freshly cut Christmas trees.
Tips to help us choose wisely when planning and enjoying holiday menus.
A variety of trees are available for use as Christmas trees because of the interstate shipping system as well as our local choose-and-cut tree farms that are grow trees throughout the state of Louisiana.
Great tips for one-pot soups prepared with less fat and salt can be part of a healthy meal plan for your family.
Living ground covers are defined as plants used to cover areas of the landscape. They generally have a creeping or prostrate growth habit and grow no taller than two feet.
In an effort to increase awareness, prevent childhood obesity and save billions of dollars in unnecessary health care costs, September has been designated as National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month.
County Agent, Keith Collins, writes about early season wheat production based on the 2011 certified acres by parishes/percent of state in northeast Louisiana.
Louisiana lawns continue to grow into the fall and should continue to be mowed and watered as needed; however, it is getting time to put away the fertilizer spreader for the winter.
Lack of adequate moisture, whether rain or a glass of water, can cause serious problems for all living organisms, especially humans. Just like your garden, pets and livestock, you need an adequate supply of water for good health.
County Agent Keith Collins provides this information for Richland Parish producers.
County Agent Keith Collins provides information about soybean harvest aid timing, determining when to apply harvest aids, soybean irrigation termination and pest management update on corn, soybeans, rice and cotton in Richland Parish.
"Leaves of three, let it be" is the old saying regarding poison ivy, a tall vine that climbs tree trunks, wood fences, or other flat surfaces.
Newsletter with information about 2,4-D (as a burndown) potentially injuring corn and about cotton seed treatments and thrip protection. Please click on the links to the PDF and Word document below the second photo.
Dark brown or black blotches on the bottom of tomato fruit is a sure sign of blossom-end rot.
A one cup serving of fresh watermelon chunks provides only 45 calories and can be a good replacement for sugar sweetened snacks. It contains no fat or cholesterol and is low in sodium. The sweet, juicy fruits are over 90 percent water and help supply the body's daily water needs.
News article written by Keith Collins, County Agent, Richland Parish, for The Richland Beacon, June 30, 2011.
Attached are the 2011 LSU AgCenter wheat variety evaluation yields.
Any number of measures can be taken to help control the heat in our homes during this time of the year. Using these suggestions may contribute to cooler temperatures in our living areas of the home.
News article providing information on sun exposure causing damage to unprotected skin of younger children.
Questions to ask oneself to determine if you are ready for a potential disaster.
General information regarding pre-application for disaster food stamps will be helpful to those in need should a disaster occur.
This newsletter provides important information for producers to consider about soybean seeding rates and seed treatments.
Louisiana receives relatively high annual rainfall amounts, but, unfortunately, it is not evenly distributed during the crop season. Ensuring adequate moisture during extended rain free periods is very important.
Information on Wheat Nitrogen Fertilization, Sulfur Fertilization on Wheat, and Poultry Litter as a Source of Fertilizer.
Early Season Wheat Production and 2009 Certified Acres by Parishes/Percent of State in Northeast Louisiana
Information about rust diseases, moisture percentage and the use of poultry litter on crops.
Reaching out through social media includes a variety of online technologies including Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, personal blogs and other technology.
Products are available that can help manage the problem fire ants pose and will allow for normal outdoor activities.
Individuals and families today deal with multiple issues related to raising children, eating right and spending smart in order to live well. These three issues are addressed in educational programs provided by Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS) for the residents of Richland Parish.
Calories eaten without careful thought add up to extra pounds over time. To become a more mindful eater and gain control of what and how much we eat, we need to try different strategies.
2011 recommended treatments and thresholds for corn and grain sorghum insects. Brief biological sketches of pests included. (PDF Format Only)
Suggestions for choosing herbicides for winter weeds in lawns.
According to the Environmental Protection Agency, 500 million pounds of pesticides are applied annually in the United States and about 3 percent of this total will drift. The environmental effects of spray drift are equally costly and unacceptable. By reducing drift to a minimum, you can reduce the potential for pollution of streams, lakes and other water supplies that could endanger fish and wildlife.
The American Dietetic Association has designated March as National Nutrition Month.
The Bradford Pear tree is an ornamental that can suffer from a bacterial disease infection known as fire blight. County Agent Keith Collins, provides information to assist homeowners in saving their trees.
Lifelong resident of Madison Parish, C. L. Keene, will be honored at the 2011 Northeast District Livestock Show in Delhi, Louisiana.
Tips on protecting indoor plants from cold weather damage when exposed to microclimates indoors.
Keep young children safe by following these bathroom safety tips.
Calculating nutrient losses from burning of corn residue is a moving target due to multiple factors. However, estimates can be made based on many years of research conducted throughout the corn belt in the mid-west. These estimates can help producers make decisions on the value of burning as a residue management option versus the value of nutrients being lost. The attached document provides such detailed information.
Students attending Ag Adventures will participate in hands-on exhibits highlighting two major commodities produced in our area; soybean and sweet potato. Ag Adventures is free of charge and is scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday, February 22-23, 2011 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Contact your local Extension agent for more information.
Ag Adventures is designed to offer support to school sytems by providing information pertinent to Louisiana's high stakes testing policy of LEAP. Students participate in hands-on exhibits highlighting two major commodities produced in our area; soybean and sweet potato.
Tips on selecting and caring for Poinsettias so that they stay healthy and colorful throughout the holiday season.
Tips on preserving your leftovers and reheating them. For additional information, call the toll-free USDA Meat & Poultry Hotline at 1-888-674-6854. The Hotline will be staffed with food safety specialists on Thanksgiving Day from 7:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Central Time to answer any turkey questions.
Frequently Asked Questions related to home vegetable gardening.
Information about agricultural educational services, 4-H Program and EFNEP/FCS programs in Richland Parish for 2010.
Many different strategies are available for fertilizing pastures. They vary according to stocking rate, presence or absence of legumes and whether the pastures consist of summer or winter plants. Includes information on soil testing, pH, liming and winter annuals. (PDF Format Only)
Richland Parish is a rural farming community with a history that reflects a population that has overcome great odds in taming wild canebrakes and swamps and converting the rich soil underneath into the most productive farmland in an agricultural state.
The key components of the effective use of fungicides for pecan disease control are timing, coverage and concentration. The updated 2009 fungicide list is included.
78th Edition of "Bee Ready!" from Dr. Dale Pollet, Professor and Specialist in the Department of Entomology at LSU.
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