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Corn growers need to get after weeds early
(Distributed 07/31/12) Louisiana corn farmers need to be proactive in their approach to weed control, advises Daniel Stephenson, LSU AgCenter weed scientist. It starts four to six weeks before planting with a burndown of weeds. The end result removes weeds that will compete with corn for moisture and nutrition and eliminates habitat for damaging insects such as cutworms.

LSU AgCenter receives Walton Grant
(Distributed 07/31/12) The LSU AgCenter’s work to showcase the nature-based tourism assets of rural Louisiana has paid off in the form of a $235,313 grant from the Walton Family Foundation.

Anaplasmosis vaccine gains additional approvals
(Distributed 07/27/12) Missouri and Kentucky have joined the list of states approved by the the U.S. Department of Agriculture for sales of an anaplasmosis vaccine marketed by University Products LLC of Baton Rouge, La.

New gomphrena varieties offer more landscape options
Qui Carmine gomphrena

(Distributed 07/27/12) A tough plant that will keep blooming through summer and into fall, gomphrena likes really high temperatures. Sometimes called globe amaranth, legend has it that the original planting was at the gates of Hades.

LSU AgCenter offers high-security lab space for research projects
isolation unit
(Distributed 07/25/12) Recently completed laboratory and animal handling space at the LSU AgCenter Isolation Facility is now available to any researcher who has a need for containment and isolation, said Phil Elzer, assistant vice chancellor for research.
Documentary on agricultural research to air Aug. 2, 7 p.m., on LPB
125 years of research emblem
(Distributed 07/24/12) “Louisiana’s Frontline: 125 Years of Agricultural Research,” a 60-minute documentary, will be broadcast on Louisiana Public Broadcasting (LPB) and its statewide PBS affiliates Aug. 2 at 7 p.m.
Sugarcane crop looks good at 50th St. Martin Parish field day
(Distributed 07/24/12) PARKS, La. – Farmers were in good spirits for the 50th Annual Sugarcane Field Day in St. Martin Parish on July 20. The crop looks lush and green with rains that have moistened the ground well for the upcoming planting season. In fact, so much rain fell that the field day was limited to an indoor event.
Rural tourism group to meet Aug. 7-9 in Natchez, Miss.
(Distributed 07/23/12) The Miss-Lou Rural Tourism Association will hold a summit Aug. 7-9 at the Visitors’ Center in Natchez, Miss., according to Dora Ann Hatch, LSU AgCenter agritourism coordinator. The meeting is open to anyone involved in rural tourism in Louisiana or Mississippi.
Demonstration fields teach farmers how to improve yields
Ron Levy
(Distributed 07/23/12) Demonstration projects across the state are showing farmers how corn and soybeans varieties perform in their area, and how different farming practices could benefit their operations.
4-H, FFA State Horse Show results released
(Distributed 07/23/12) WEST MONROE, La. – Results from the 43rd annual Louisiana 4-H and FFA State Horse Show held July 10-14 have been released.
Soybean rust on the move in Louisiana
(Distributed 07/23/12) The LSU AgCenter has found soybean rust in both Avoyelles and Rapides parishes. The incidence and severity are two percent in Avoyelles Parish and three percent in Rapides Parish.
Pigweed epidemic calls for strategic weed control in Louisiana soybeans, cotton
Daniel Stephenson
(Distributed 07/20/12) ALEXANDRIA, La. – A herbicide-resistant weed in soybeans and cotton has caused what an LSU AgCenter weed scientist calls an epidemic in Louisiana. “This is the year of the pigweed,” Daniel Stephenson told farmers gathered for the field day on July 19 at the LSU AgCenter Dean Lee Research and Extension Station.
Louisiana offers abundant hibiscus options
White Texas Star hibiscus
(Distributed 07/20/12) An abundance of hibiscus varieties do well in Louisiana.
Diseases, weeds highlight sugarcane field day
Michael Pontif and 540
(Distributed 07/18/12) ST. GABRIEL, La. – Rust diseases and bermudagrass control highlighted the presentations at the 30th annual sugarcane field day at the LSU AgCenter Sugar Research Station July 18.