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Aquatic weed affecting ecology, economy around lake

(TV News 07/20/09) Property values are falling around Lake Bisteneau. The lake is clogged with an invasive weed, but LSU AgCenter scientists are using biological means in hopes of getting the weed under control. (Runtime: 1:45)

Greenhouse tomato research helps small-scale growers
Greenhouse Tomatoes

(TV News 07/13/09) Field-grown tomatoes are at their peak production in June, but an LSU AgCenter researcher is working on extending the tomato harvest by taking them out of the ground and putting them in the greenhouse. (Runtime: 1:55)

Palm trees can flourish in Louisiana's heat
Palm Trees

(Video 07/20/09) Many people think of Florida or California when they hear the words palm tree. But palm trees can grow well here in Louisiana, too. On this edition of Get It Growing, LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill explains how to select and care for palm trees. (Runtime: 1:37)

Drought-tolerant plants cut down on watering chores
Drought-tolerant Plants

(Video 07/27/09) Tired of constantly watering your plants during the summer? Then you might be interested in planting drought-tolerant plants. On this edition of Get it Growing, LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill introduces you to a number of plants that can hang tough during the heat of summer and therefore reduce your watering chores. (Runtime: 1:47)

Practice smart irrigation in the landscape
(Distributed 07/31/09) The Irrigation Association recently wrapped up its national campaign to educate industry professional and homeowners on proper irrigation in the landscape. The association’s efforts reminded us to talk about best practices for watering our Louisiana landscapes.
Sugarcane diseases lead growers to new varieties
Jeff Hoy
(Distributed 07/31/09) As the sugarcane planting season begins to ramp up, most growers will be leaning toward newer varieties this year.
Storm surge meetings set for Chauvin, Golden Meadow, Houma
(Distributed 07/29/09) Coastal Louisiana residents can gain a better understanding of hurricanes and storm surges and clear up misconceptions about these events in Chauvin Aug. 12 and Golden Meadow Aug. 13.
Farmers hear from experts at sugarcane field days
Jeff Hoy
(Distributed 07/29/09) Farmers should be aware of the pH level in the water they use to mix insecticides, Dr. Dale Pollet, an LSU AgCenter entomologist, told growers at a sugarcane field day at the LSU AgCenter’s Iberia Research Station July 22.
Louisiana Delta Initiative to host best practices forum Aug. 4
(Distributed 07/27/09) Community leaders and other individuals will have an opportunity during an Aug. 4 forum in Vidalia to hear how leaders in Helena-West Helena, Ark., worked to bring those two cities together.
LSU AgCenter offers ‘roadshow’ to help minimize risks for agritourism businesses
(Distributed 7/27/09) BOSSIER CITY, La. – People interested in agritourism learned how to minimize risks and develop a plan of operation at three educational programs presented by the LSU AgCenter July 21 and 23.
Start of new school year approaching; Are you ready?
(Radio News 07/27/09) Most school-age youngsters are deeply immersed in summer, but with back to school time right around the corner, parents and their children should start preparing. LSU AgCenter family and child development expert Dr. Linda Robinson says children will need to shift from play mode back to the world of homework. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Number of grandparents raising grandchildren is on the rise
(Radio News 07/27/09) Grandparents raising grandchildren represent the fastest-growing type of family household in the United States. Many grandparents come to this role because of a crisis in the parent’s life. LSU AgCenter family and child development expert Dr. Linda Robinson says these grandparents have much more to deal with than just children going through normal developmental challenges. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
La. 4-H'ers compete in national shooting sports contest
(Radio News 07/27/09) Thirty Louisiana 4-H’ers participated in the National 4-H Shooting Sports Invitational in Grand Island, Neb. Joe Barrett, an LSU AgCenter 4-H agent in Bossier Parish, called the event the superbowl of outdoor skills programs. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Kindergarten prep can be emotional for parents and children
(Radio News 07/27/09) Parents of children starting kindergarten may be anxious about the upcoming transition. LSU AgCenter family and child development expert Dr. Linda Robinson says parents should keep in mind that many children adapt easily to changes. (Runtime: 60 seconds)