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La. soybean crop looks to be larger and profitable this year
(TV News 05/04/09) Weather wasn’t cooperating as Louisiana farmers tried to plant soybeans in mid-April. But the state still is likely to have a large soybean crop this year. The LSU AgCenter's soybean specialist says he is expecting as much as 1.2 million acres. Mid- to late April is the optimum time to plant soybeans, but weather delayed some farmers this year. (Runtime: 1 minute, 39 seconds)
Mandevilla thrives in Louisiana's summer heat
(Video 06/29/09) For landscape color during the summer months most Louisiana gardeners plant hot weather bedding plants. But, on this edition of Get It Growing, LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill shows you how to sustain beautiful summer color -- with a vine. (Runtime: 1:40)
Grow assorted cool-season vegetables in Louisiana gardens
(Video 12/14/09) With the cool season upon us, it’s a great time to plant vegetables like leafy greens or crispy carrots. On this edition of Get It Growing, LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill mentions various vegetables you can plant and explains the right way to pick broccoli. (Runtime: 1:50)
Release of new photinias is promising
(Video 04/20/09) Trying to figure out what type of shrub you want to plant? On this edition of Get it Growing, LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill takes a look at a shrub that was popular, then later unpopular and now, thanks to a new variety, may become popular again. (Runtime: 1 minute, 42 seconds)
Take time to 'Knock Out' faded roses
(Video 05/11/09) Knock Out roses look beautiful in landscapes this time of year. But they can grow very large, and faded flowers can cause them to lose some of their attractiveness. On this edition of Get It Growing, LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill shows you one way to help your Knock Outs remain a knockout. (Runtime: 1 minute, 48 seconds)
Landscape roses offer low-maintenance flowers
(TV News 05/18/09) Roses shine in the home landscape, and busy gardeners have more choices when planting roses – from high-maintenance traditional roses to easy-care shrub roses. (Runtime: 1 minute, 37 seconds)
Display a different holiday plant this season
(Video 12/21/09) The poinsettia easily is the most popular Christmas season plant, but another beautiful holiday plant that is less known is the paperwhite. On this edition of Get It Growing, LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill explains how to care for paperwhites early in their growth – by properly planting the bulbs. (Runtime: 1:57)
Master Farmer program teaches conservation practices
(TV News 02/02/09) Becoming a certified Louisiana Master Farmer is quite an accomplishment for a Louisiana producer. Farmers in the program become environmental stewards while improving their farming operations. LSU AgCenter correspondent Tobie Blanchard reports on new members. (Runtime: 1 minute, 21 seconds)
Hinder brown patch growth in your lawn
(Video 12/07/09) Do you see brown patches in your lawn? Cold weather may not be causing that; it may be disease. On this edition of Get It Growing, LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill explains what to do and what not to do when you notice brown patch disease is affecting your lawn. (Runtime: 1:36)
Palm trees can flourish in Louisiana's heat
(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)
Research at LSU AgCenter station focuses on lifespan of wood
(TV News 11/16/09) The goal of an LSU AgCenter’s research station is to waste no wood. Forestry research is the focus at the Calhoun station in northeast Louisiana. (Runtime: 1:45)
Louisiana 4-H Museum opens in Avoyelles Parish
(TV News 08/10/09) A group of 4-H’ers cut the ribbon at the grand opening of the Louisiana 4-H Museum in Avoyelles Parish. The youths, as well as five hundred others in attendance, got to step back in time and see the origins and evolution of Louisiana 4-H, which started one hundred years ago – not far from where the museum sits. (Runtime: 1:42)
Plant Confederate jasmine for fragrant flowers
(Video 04/27/09) It’s a tall-growing vine with beautiful flowers and sweet scents. On this edition of Get it Growing, LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill introduces you to the fragrant Confederate jasmine, which is not a true jasmine at all. (Runtime: 1 minute, 40 seconds)
Hurricane-damaged pecan crop showing mixed results across La.
(TV News 12/07/09) Pecans play a big role in holiday meals in Louisiana, but this fall the crop is scarce in some areas of the state. LSU AgCenter correspondent Tobie Blanchard reports the effects of Hurricane Gustav will be felt in some pecan-producing parishes for several years. (Runtime: 1:17)
Insect threatens Louisiana citrus crop
(TV News 09/14/09) A pest, new to Louisiana, could threaten the state’s citrus crop. LSU AgCenter correspondent Tobie Blanchard visited an orchard in Buras, La., that's infested with the diaprepes root weevil. (Runtime: 1:45)
Purchase Rex begonias for beautiful holiday color
(Video 12/28/09) Wax begonias are a popular plant used during the summer, but their beautiful cousins, Rex begonias, can be purchased now to be used as indoor plants. On this edition of Get It Growing, LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill explains how to properly care for these colorful plants with a funny name. (Runtime: 1:39)
Sugarcane rust affecting 'resistant' varieties
(TV News 08/03/09) The disease rust has been a problem in Louisiana’s sugarcane crop this season. Growers saw an influx of the disease in late winter in varieties thought to have good rust resistance, according to Dr. Ben Legendre, director of the LSU AgCenter's Audubon Sugar Station. (Runtime: 1:46)
Proposal to outlaw raw oysters threatens industry
(TV News 12/28/09) A proposed ban on raw oysters harvested during warm months would have hurt an already fragile oyster industry in Louisiana. LSU AgCenter correspondent Tobie Blanchard has the story. (Runtime: 1:48)
Pre-emergence herbicides can prevent weeds
(Video 8/31/09) Keeping weeds out of your garden by hand during the summer is tough, but effective. On this edition of Get It Growing, LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill explores when to use the option of herbicides to help you control or prevent weeds. (Runtime: 1:40)
Drought-tolerant plants cut down on watering chores
(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)
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Rainy weather could ruin another sweet potato crop
(TV News 11/09/09) Sweet potato farmers suffered a big loss last year after Hurricane Gustav devastated their crop. While there is no specific storm to blame this year, weather could ruin another crop. (Runtime: 1:23)
Louisiana citrus successful despite storms
(TV News 12/14/09) The time between Thanksgiving and Christmas is more than just the holidays – it’s citrus season in Louisiana, and this year consumer can have their fill. LSU AgCenter correspondent Tobie Blanchard has the story. (Runtime: 1:43)
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
(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)
Care required for holiday plant survival
(TV News 12/21/09) Plants can play a featured role in holiday decorations, but you can’t put them on display and then ignore them. LSU AgCenter correspondent Tobie Blanchard reports these plants need care throughout the holiday season. (Runtime: 1:25)
Choose garden mums for the landscape
(Video 10/26/09) During the fall, chrysanthemums are a familiar sight in Louisiana. But not all mums are the same. On this edition of Get It Growing, LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill explains how to choose the appropriate mums for your needs. (Runtime: 1:41)
Candelabra plant grows quickly
(Video 09/21/09) Want a beautiful plant that grows very quickly to look like a tree? On this edition of Get It Growing, LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill visits the AgCenter's Hammond Research Station to show off the candelabra plant. (Runtime: 1:49)
Students build, compete with robots during 4-H University
(Distributed 07/09/09) BATON ROUGE, La. – Students attending the robotics class at the LSU AgCenter’s 4-H University squared off in fierce combat with robots they built and programmed. The robots fought in a circle, and the object was to push an opponent out of a 2-foot ring.
Removing faded flowers has benefits
(Audio 04/20/09) Deadheading is an important but often neglected gardening technique. It refers to pruning off old, faded flowers from a plant after it blooms. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Experts offer suggestions for times when ‘there’s a hurricane forming’
(Distributed 06/03/09) If a hurricane is forming or looks as though it may be headed our way, experts say there are a variety of actions you can take to help protect your family and property. “If you’ve got a family disaster plan, that’s the time to pull it out and start following it,” says Pat Skinner of the LSU AgCenter. “And, even if you don’t have a family disaster plan, there are still plenty of things you can do!”
Mexican rice borer more dangerous to La. sugarcane than rice
(Distributed 02/27/09) Gene Reagan, LSU AgCenter entomologist, has been doggedly studying the Mexican rice borer’s spread northward from the Rio Grande Valley for almost 30 years. The insect, which damages rice and sugarcane, has been migrating through Texas at the rate of 15 miles a year. In 2006, it was found in east Texas just one county away from Louisiana, and, sure enough, two weeks before the end of 2008, borers showed up in two traps on the Louisiana-Texas line north of Vinton.
Spring garden shows happening around La.
(Distributed 02/20/09) Louisianians can work in their yards almost every day of the year, but spring is prime time for gardening. The LSU AgCenter has announced a lineup of garden shows that kick off in March and continue into May in Hammond, Covington, Baton Rouge, Lake Charles, New Orleans and Houma.
AgMagic amazes students at State Fair of Louisiana
(Distributed 11/06/09) SHREVEPORT, La. – AgMagic, a new exhibit at the State Fair of Louisiana, can be likened to opening a fun encyclopedia. Only all of the five senses are involved while learning takes place.
Sustainable landscape trends catching on
(Distributed 09/18/09) Thanks in part to technology and the age of communication, our gardens these days are more often being looked at as extensions of our homes to live in and use, rather than just being pretty plantings to look at.
Vinca, periwinkle has roller-coaster history
(Distributed 04/27/09) One of the most popular warm-season annual bedding plants is vinca or periwinkle. It is well-known for its prolific and long blooming season.
Choose crape myrtles that ‘fit’ home landscape
(Distributed 04/20/09) Crape myrtles are one of the most widely used summer-flowering trees in Louisiana landscapes. Many of us are not familiar with the tremendous array of varieties and sizes available. One group of crape myrtles being used more because of its smaller size and excellent flowering performance is the semi-dwarf.
Time to divide Louisiana irises
(Distributed 09/11/09) Some of the most beautiful irises for our gardens are the hybrids of several native species. Called Louisiana irises, these plants are becoming increasingly popular in gardens all over the world.
Saving seeds is part of sustainable landscaping
(Distributed 09/04/09) Saving seeds from plants growing in your landscape can be a part of sustainable landscaping – it saves you money from unnecessarily buying new seed.
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.
Carpetgrass is a sustainable option
(Distributed 07/24/09) The trend today is to minimize fertilizer and chemical applications in the home landscape. If you are looking for a grass that is well-adapted to soil with high moisture levels and low fertility, common carpetgrass may be your most sustainable choice.
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Consider treelike hollies for the landscape
(Distributed 06/26/09) Hollies are right behind azaleas, gardenias, camellias, sasanquas and Indian hawthorns in popularity among evergreen shrubs, and they may even be more popular than some of those.
Tall crape myrtles look good in right location
(Distributed 06/19/09) Crape myrtles continue to be one of the most widely used landscape trees in the southeastern United States.
Butterfly gardening peaks during summer
(Distributed 06/12/09) Summer is here, and that means butterfly gardening season is upon us. Bedding plants and herbaceous perennials are in full bloom attracting butterflies to our home landscapes.
‘Sun’ coleus shine in the landscape
(Distributed 06/05/09) Coleus have long been a summer favorite for Louisiana landscapes. Many old varieties are still with us, but many new ones have sparked renewed interest in this old southern favorite.
Crape myrtles may have blooming problems
(Distributed 05/29/09) The most popular summer-blooming tree in Louisiana is the crape myrtle with its lovely, long-lasting flowers. Crape myrtles start blooming between mid-May and early June and continue flowering for 80 to100 days depending on the variety.
Did a tree just fly by? Check yours long before storms come
(Distributed 05/29/09) Regularly checking the trees in your yard for damage, disease and other indications of danger is important, according to experts with the LSU AgCenter. They say the beginning of hurricane season can serve as a good reminder to do it now.
Daylilies brighten up late spring and early summer
(Distributed 05/21/09) Daylilies are one of the most popular flowering plants for late spring and early summer in Louisiana. Gardening shoppers always want daylily information.
Proper landscape irrigation is critical in summer
(Distributed 05/15/09) As we approach the hot summer months, proper irrigation becomes especially important in landscapes. Irrigate when necessary and do so efficiently. Surprisingly, many plants are over-watered rather than under-watered.
Experts supply keys to success for azaleas
(Distributed 05/08/09) Summer is rapidly approaching, the time when our evergreen azaleas often have difficulty dealing with our heat and humidity.
Select landscape plants to fit environmental conditions
(Distributed 04/13/09) Environmental conditions matter when you select plants for your home landscape. Available space, sun or shade exposure, wet or dry locations and exposure to windy conditions are all important considerations. Choosing plants adaptable to the environment is a sustainable landscape practice.
Tips offered for best bedding-plant performance
(Distributed 04/03/09) Late March through early May is the prime time for planting our spring annuals in Louisiana. Warm-season bedding plants make a great addition to our home and commercial landscapes.
Camellias brighten winter landscapes
(Distributed 12/25/09) Camellias are part of our Southern gardening heritage. A few well-placed specimens will brighten up your landscape during the winter when few other shrubs are blooming.
LSU AgCenter announces 2010 Northeast Louisiana Crop Forum
(Distributed 12/23/09) RAYVILLE, La. – Area farmers can hear about the latest in research designed to help grow profitable crops during the 2010 Northeast Louisiana Crop Forum slated for Jan. 19 at the Rayville Civic Center.
LSU AgCenter to participate in Ag Expo, Ag Alley
(Distributed 12/23/09) WEST MONROE, La. – Information about different agricultural commodities grown in Louisiana will be featured in Ag Alley, a group of exhibits coordinated by the LSU AgCenter at the 28th annual Ag Expo Jan. 15-16.
2009 was another challenging year for farmers
(Distributed 12/18/09) Hurricanes marred agriculture production in 2008. In 2009, it was rain – and plenty of it – that created challenges for Louisiana farmers.
Rice grower meetings start Jan. 5
(Distributed 12/18/09) Farmers getting ready for the 2010 rice growing season can get advice and the latest information at seven meetings being held in January, all featuring experts from the LSU AgCenter. The first will be Jan. 5 at the community center in Welsh starting at 8 a.m.
Tree planting needs proper preparation
(Distributed 12/18/09) Many landscape trees are planted from fall through the winter in Louisiana. Homeowners need to be aware of some of the common mistakes made in planting, establishment and follow-up care of trees.
Consider a Christmas cactus for the holidays
(Audio 12/28/09) There are many plants used as decorations for the holidays, such as Christmas trees and poinsettias. Another popularly used plant is the Christmas cactus -- and these plants can last for many years with proper care. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Claiborne Parish school wins first LSU AgCenter character education award
(Distributed 12/17/09) A Claiborne Parish teacher and her school have won the first Promising Practices Award in Louisiana, an honor created by the LSU AgCenter 4-H program to recognize educators who emphasize character education with their students. Dana Smith, a Haynesville Junior/Senior High School teacher, coordinates an annual training to teach teen teams from Claiborne Parish schools about the importance of ethical, social and academic growth through character education.
Properly prune tropical plants after freeze
(Audio 12/28/09) Many Louisiana gardeners plant tropical plants in their landscapes, but those plants may become damaged during the winter. Listen to the guidelines for what to prune from damaged plants after a major freeze and when it would be best to prune. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
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Winter-planted roses bloom well in spring
(Audio 12/28/09) Whether you are planning to plant shade trees, shrubs, hedges or small flowering trees, winter is the best time of year to add hardy trees and shrubs to the landscape. Learn about the advantages of planting shrubs, such as roses, during the winter months. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Foliage adds color to landscape during winter
(Audio 12/28/09) Many trees, even some evergreens, experience a change in the color of their foliage during the cold season. This allows us to experience some beautiful colors, such as yellow, orange and red, in our winter landscapes. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Resolve to be healthier in 2010
(Radio News 12/28/09) Each new year many people resolve to be healthier. LSU AgCenter nutritionist Dr. Beth Reames says start 2010 with a plan that will help you make healthful choices. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Container plants could harbor insects
(Radio News 12/28/09) Many people use container plants to embellish decks and patios, but some of these plants must come indoors for the winter. LSU AgCenter entomologist Dr. Dale Pollet warns the soils of these plants are good dwelling places for a variety of insects. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Watch for pests in pantry products
(Radio News 12/28/09) Small insects can invade our pantries -- particularly this time of year when many people store extra items such as cake mixes, flour and other foods for holiday parties. LSU AgCenter entomologist Dr. Dale Pollet says to be careful of what you buy. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Family expert offers advice for military families
(Radio News 12/28/09) Parents facing military deployment should prepare their children for the absence. LSU AgCenter family and child development expert Dr. Linda Robinson says parents can start by helping children express their feelings. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Take precautions when storing gardening chemicals
(Audio 12/21/09) Most gardeners use various forms of pesticides or fertilizers in their gardens and landscapes. Even though most solid forms of these chemicals will be safe through the winter, liquid chemicals could potentially freeze. Be sure to store your gardening chemicals in a safe and controlled environment. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Fallen leaves can benefit landscape
(Audio 12/21/09) Fallen leaves should not be considered common trash because they can be very beneficial in landscapes. Find out about the many advantages creating mulch or compost will provide for your yard. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Refrain from discarding extra seeds
(Audio 12/21/09) Gardeners often find themselves with leftover seeds after planting the necessary amount in a given area. Here are a few ideas for what to do with your extra seeds. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Pot amaryllis prior to adding to landscape
(Audio 12/21/09) Amaryllis bulbs become readily available this time of year in local nurseries, but gardeners should not plant these bulbs directly into their landscapes. Learn about the most effective way for growing amaryllis. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Plants prompt search for cancer prevention
(Distributed 12/17/09) For more than 15 years, Dr. Zhijun Liu with the LSU AgCenter’s School of Renewable Natural Resources has been investigating plants for medicinal properties. He started by looking at plants that traditionally have been used as folk remedies to treat diseases such as hypertension, diabetes and cancer.
Time to plant tulip and hyacinth bulbs
(Audio 12/28/09) If you were among those who have been chilling tulip and hyacinth bulbs since late November, now through early January is the best time to plant them in your landscape. These bulbs usually look best when planted in groups rather than in a row. Listen for more tips on how to plant these bulbs. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Adapt recipes containing raw eggs
(Radio News 12/14/09) Some holiday foods and drinks such as cream pies and eggnog traditionally call for raw eggs. LSU AgCenter nutritionist and food safety expert Dr. Beth Reames says recipes can be adapted to use cooked eggs instead of raw eggs. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Saving, investing habit makes good gift
(Distributed 12/15/09) Many doting grandparents (and others) have established family traditions of giving U.S. savings bonds as holiday gifts. Gifts of bonds help grandchildren save for the future and teach them about investing at the same time according to LSU AgCenter family economist Jeanette Tucker.
Camellias call for winter care
(Audio 12/21/09) Camellias are considered one of Louisiana’s most stunning flowering shrubs during the winter. These shrubs can produce beautiful full flowers with the right amount of proper care. Learn the best ways to take care of your camellias. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Plants play a featured role in holiday decorations
(Radio News 12/21/09) Plants can play a featured role in holiday decorations. If you invested in plants to use in your holiday decor, don’t neglect them as the season wears on. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Move more during the holidays
(Radio News 12/28/09) LSU AgCenter nutritionist suggests sneaking in ways to move more this holiday season. Dr. Beth Reames says adding exercise to your schedule can keep you from gaining holiday weight. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Horticulturist explains what to do with holiday plants
(Radio News 12/28/09) What do you do with that cluster of poinsettias, the decorated living Christmas tree or the holiday cactus you got as a gift after the holidays? LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill has the answers. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Gift of bonds includes investing lessons
(Radio News 12/21/09) Many families have established the tradition of giving gift bonds as Christmas presents. LSU AgCenter family economist Dr. Jeanette Tucker says the bonds can come with a lesson. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Popularity of gift cards increase
(Radio News 12/21/09) The popularity of gift cards as Christmas gifts continue to increase each year. While they are a great option, purchasers should be aware of risks and costs associated with gift cards. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
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LSU AgCenter specialists give rice outlook at national conference
(Distributed 12/15/09) NEW ORLEANS – LSU AgCenter representatives gave their perspectives on the 2009 growing season in Louisiana and the upcoming year during the 2009 USA Rice Outlook Conference held in New Orleans Dec. 9-11.
Economist has tips to stretch holiday budget
(Radio News 12/21/09) If you haven’t finished your Christmas shopping yet, LSU AgCenter family economist Dr. Jeanette Tucker has a few tips to keep you from overspending. First make a plan, then shop with a set amount of cash in an envelope. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Kitchen comfort and energy efficiency create feeling of optimism
(Distributed 12/11/09) A shaky economy and uncertainty about the future create a period of transition, according to Diane Scimeca, LSU AgCenter healthy homes coordinator.
Be cautious of Web site ads that can spread computer viruses
(Distributed 12/14/09) The malicious people who spread viruses and malware to computers worldwide are getting evermore sneaky. One of the latest techniques is to infect your computer through advertisements on Web sites. “Be particularly cautious with ads on Web sites,” said Davis Dautreuil, a technical support specialist with the LSU AgCenter. “Even ads on news and social networking sites can be a problem.”
LSU AgCenter recognizes award winners
(Distributed 12/14/09) BATON ROUGE – The LSU AgCenter recognized six individuals, three teams of faculty members and two staff members for outstanding service and exemplary performance of their duties during ceremonies here Monday (Dec. 14).
Low-chill apples can prosper during winter in Louisiana
(Audio 12/14/09) Some may not believe apples can be grown in Louisiana because of our mild winters, but low-chill apple varieties can be successful. Learn which varieties of apples will produce well without undergoing very cold temperatures during the winter. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Cold weather fails to extinguish all weeds
(Audio 12/14/09) Cool-season weeds still grow during the winter in Louisiana, so gardeners even have to weed their flowerbeds and lawns this time of year. To cut down on the work, it is a good idea to use mulch or weed killers in the winter landscape. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Tropical plants require protection during winter
(Audio 12/14/09) Most of the plants in Louisiana landscapes will not be damaged by mild winter temperatures, but tropical plants are more susceptible to cold temperatures. Here are some options for how to protect tropical plants during the winter months. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Wind chill not considered detrimental to plants
(Audio 12/14/09) Gardeners are sometimes confused by which winter temperatures will cause their tropical plants to become damaged or frozen. The so-called wind chill is not something gardeners should be particularly concerned about -- although covering some plants to protect them from windburn could be beneficial. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Keep gardening tools in safe condition
(Audio 12/14/09) With gardening activities slowing down, it's a good time of year to repair any damaged lawn and gardening tools. It's also important for gardening tools and equipment to be stored safely and correctly. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Sasanquas create winter color in the landscape
(Distributed 12/11/09) Sasanquas are one of our most popular flowering shrubs for the late fall through early spring months. They go by the scientific names of Camellia sasanqua.
LSU AgCenter’s 2010 Get It Growing calendar makes great holiday gift
(Distributed 12/10/09) The LSU AgCenter’s Get It Growing Lawn and Garden Calendar can be a great holiday gift for gardeners and others who enjoy beautiful plants, flowers, gardens and landscapes. The 2010 edition of the calendar is on sale now and provides a variety of helpful information tailored to Louisiana gardeners, as well as those who simply enjoy looking at garden scenes or learning more about plants.
LSU AgCenter will present forestry forum Jan. 16 in Calhoun
(Distributed 12/04/09) CALHOUN, La. – A host of topics important to current and future forest landowners will be featured at a forestry forum Jan. 16 starting at 8 a.m. at the LSU AgCenter Calhoun Research Station.
LSU AgCenter establishes Louisiana biofuels institute
(Distributed 12/09/09) The LSU AgCenter has received the go-ahead from the Board of Regents to begin establishing the Louisiana Institute for Biofuels and Bioprocessing. “This has moved us a step forward in our efforts to boost the biofuels business in the state,” said John Russin, LSU AgCenter associate vice chancellor and institute director.
Gift cards are a top choice; purchase and use them wisely
(Distributed 12/09/09) When people were asked what they wanted to receive this year, gift cards was the clear winner, according to an LSU AgCenter family economist.
Remember baby’s temperament during holiday festivities
(Radio News 12/14/09) Holidays are an exciting time with a new baby, but the festivities can be stressful for infants and toddlers. LSU AgCenter child and family life expert Dr. Linda Robinson says parents should be aware of their baby’s temperament during holiday activities. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
4-H achievement winners honored
(Distributed 12/08/09) Eleven 4-H members and one adult volunteer were honored at the Louisiana 4-H Educational Awards Trip banquet at the LSU’s Lod Cook Conference Center Nov. 24.
Holidays hard for children with divorced parents
(Radio News 12/14/09) Children of divorced or separated parents could have a difficult time during the holidays. LSU AgCenter child and family life expert Dr. Linda Robinson says parents need to be sensitive to their children’s needs. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Growers planting new pecan trees
(Radio News 12/14/09) It takes several years for a new pecan tree to come into production. LSU AgCenter country agent in Pointe Coupee Parish Miles Brashier says growers have planted new trees in recent years and are replacing lost or damaged trees. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Children can be kitchen holiday helpers
(Radio News 12/14/09) Children can be good holiday helpers in the kitchen says LSU AgCenter nutritionist Dr. Beth Reames. This is a great way to teach youngsters about nutrition and food safety. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
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Watch your calories when shopping
(Distributed 12/08/09) If you’re planning to spend time at the mall this holiday season, LSU AgCenter nutritionist Dr. Beth Reames offers some tips to help you prevent overeating while you’re out and about.
Help children share in holiday fun
(Distributed 12/08/09) Children enjoy being holiday helpers. This holiday season, let your children share in planning and preparing food for these special occasions, says LSU AgCenter nutritionist Dr. Beth Reames
These 10 tips can stretch your holiday budget
(Distributed 12/07/09) Walking in a winter wonderland abundant with holiday sights, sounds, and smells can seduce shoppers to spend dangerously.
Vegetables succeed during cool season in Louisiana
(Audio 12/07/09) The cold really starts to set in during December in Louisiana, but that does not mean it is too cold to plant vegetables. There is a great selection of hardy vegetables that will flourish during the mild winter weather. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Fresh Christmas tree adds special touch to holiday decorations
(Audio 12/07/09) A Christmas tree usually is the focal part of holiday decorations. The best place to find the freshest trees is at your local Christmas tree farm. Learn what to look for when purchasing your tree this year. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Harvest tomatoes before winter freeze
(Audio 12/07/09) Tomatoes planted in August and September can continue to produce through mid-December. Find out what to do with your tomatoes before an impending freeze. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Choose poinsettias to decorate for the holidays
(Audio 12/07/09) Many Louisianans use a variety of different plants to decorate for the holidays. One blooming holiday favorite is the poinsettia. Listen for how to choose and care for these wonderful holiday plants. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Brighten landscapes with cool-season bedding plants
(Audio 12/07/09) In Louisiana, our gardens do not go completely dormant during the winter months. There are various cool-season bedding plants that can be used to give our winter landscape a splash of color. Learn why it is beneficial to plant dianthus and others during this season. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Holiday pound stays for the new year
(Radio News 12/07/09) Research shows that average weight gain during the holidays is a pound. While that doesn’t sound like much, LSU AgCenter nutritionist Dr. Beth Reames says there is some bad news. That pound tends to stay around, and the weight can accumulate over the years. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Hurricane damage to pecans is worse than expected
(Radio News 12/07/09) Jeff Smith owns the Farmers Feed Mill in New Roads. He also grows and buys pecans. This year pecan movement is slow after Hurricane Gustav destroyed or damaged tens of thousands of trees. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
2009 is good year for Louisiana citrus
(Radio News 12/07/09) Fruit glistens on rows of trees at Ben Becnel’s citrus orchard in Plaquemines Parish. This is a good year for citrus in the area. Becnel has battled numerous storms in recent years, but he is still managing to produce an excellent crop. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Citrus is a low-maintenance fruit tree
(Radio News 12/07/09) Homeowners looking for a low-maintenance fruit tree should try citrus. LSU AgCenter county agent Alan Vaughn says growers can have a productive citrus tree in any area of the state. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
You can eat right and avoid holiday weight gain
(Distributed 12/04/09) If you’re one of the many Americans who face the holiday season with some fear of gaining weight, the good news is that although many people gain weight from Thanksgiving through New Year’s Day, research suggests that the gain will probably be only 1 pound, not 5, according to LSU AgCenter nutritionist Dr. Beth Reames.
Pecan crop dismal to spotty in south Louisiana
(Radio News 12/07/09) The state will have an average pecan crop this year in spite of a dismal crop in parts of south Louisiana. Pointe Coupee Parish typically produces around 3-4 million pounds of pecans a year, according to Miles Brashier, LSU AgCenter county agent. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Keep active during holidays, expert says
(Distributed 12/04/09) Physical activity is important all year, but it can be especially helpful during the holidays when you may be eating more than usual, according to LSU AgCenter nutritionist Dr. Beth Reames.
Avoid landscaping practices that may encourage termites
(Distributed 12/4/09) Fall through spring is when most folks add new plants to their landscape. This is the best time of year for planting trees, shrubs and ground covers, but it is also a time to be cautious about creating problems that could bring termites into your home.
8 Sabine Parish 4-H’ers receive Discovering Tomorrow’s Leaders awards
(Distributed 11/25/09) All eight students in Sabine Parish who received the Discovering Tomorrow’s Leaders awards, a program sponsored by Chesapeake Energy, are members of 4-H. Discovering Tomorrow’s Leaders is designed to recognize and reward local school students for their citizenship and community involvement.
Make your egg recipes safe
(Distributed 12/03/09) Make sure your holiday treats containing eggs – such as eggnog, cream pies and similar dishes – are safe to eat, LSU AgCenter experts warn.
Expert tells how to select a poinsettia for the holidays
(Distributed 12/03/09) Christmas tree and holiday decoration shopping has started, and an LSU AgCenter expert has some guidelines for buying poinsettias.
Reviewing your credit report is important
(Distributed 12/01/09) The Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act (FACTA or FACT ACT) requires each of the credit bureaus to provide you with a free copy of your credit report each year. The big three bureaus have set up a central source where you can get your free annual credit report, according to Dr. Jeanette Tucker, LSU AgCenter family economics specialist.
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2010 AgOutlook Conference set for Jan. 21 in Alexandria
(Distributed 11/30/09) The LSU AgCenter will host the 2010 Agricultural Outlook Conference Jan. 21 in Alexandria. Designed to continue addressing the current issues facing the state’s farmers, agribusinesses and others, the theme of the conference is “Keeping Louisiana’s Agriculture Competitive.”
Mild winter keeps pests around
(Audio 11/30/09) Our mild winters allow insects to be a potential problem all year long. This is a good time to monitor your plants and keep an eye out for pests such as aphids. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Not many plants are as strong as an oak
(For Release On Or After 12/25/09) The oak has become a part of American culture more than many other types of trees. Oaks are a symbol of strength and durability. “Strong as an oak” is a common comparison.
Moth orchids make a good ‘first orchid’
(For Release On Or After 12/18/09) A common misconception is that orchids are difficult to grow. In fact, orchids are tough, resilient plants, and most are not that challenging if you just learn what growing conditions they prefer.
Plant pecan trees in winter
(For Release On Or After 12/11/09) November through February is the best time to plant pecan trees. But before you decide to add a pecan tree to your landscape, you have some things to consider.
Christmas trees need proper care
(For Release On Or After 12/04/09) When it comes to Christmas trees, there are two basic choices – living or artificial. Although artificial trees have their place, and manufactures are producing some startlingly realistic versions, I’m going to focus on the living types.
Landscapes can be created as bird habitats
(Distributed 11/27/09) There is a gardening philosophy that is becoming increasingly influential in American gardens. Often called sustainable gardening, the concept involves native plant materials well adapted to the local environments, reduced pesticide use, reduced maintenance and an attempt to create a more natural habitat rather than a decorative garden.
Sugarcane farmers find good harvest weather, improving prices
(Distributed 11/25/09) Sugarcane farmers are taking advantage of good weather and improving prices as they progress into the more productive phase of this year’s harvest. “Farmers are optimistic that their yields will be better than normal,” said Ben Legendre, LSU AgCenter sugarcane specialist. “We have some of the best yields we’ve seen in terms of tons of cane per acre.”
Tom H. Scott elected to National 4-H Hall of Fame
(Distributed 11/25/09) Tom H. Scott, a fixture in Louisiana agriculture and long-time support of 4-H during his lifetime, was inducted posthumously into the National 4-H Hall of Fame for 2009. Scott was one of 15 individuals across the country inducted. His daughter, Betty Cummins of Mangham, accepted the honor for the family. Scott died in 2001.
Homeowners can grow their Christmas tree
(Radio News 11/30/09) Certain varieties of Christmas trees can be grown in Louisiana. For homeowners interested in growing their own, a good place to start is a local nursery or a Christmas tree farm, says LSU AgCenter wildlife and forestry specialist Dr. Don Reed. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Three-stage lagoon system manages dairy waste
(Radio News 11/30/09) A three-stage lagoon system at the LSU AgCenter’s Southeast Research Station is treating waste on the dairy farm. The system traps nutrients and breaks them down before they leave the farm through water runoff. If growers can’t reuse excess manure as fertilizer, LSU AgCenter dairy researcher Dr. Vinicius Moreira says environmental problems can occur. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
LSU AgCenter to open 2 poultry demonstration houses in early 2010
(Distributed 11/23/09) HOMER, La. – The LSU AgCenter will open two poultry demonstration houses in early 2010 in which real-life operations will help improve management practices for the industry.
Compost leaves for valuable garden material
(Audio 11/30/09) Leaves are valuable in the garden as mulch or compost. Composting doesn't have to be difficult or expensive. Use fencing to make your bin and follow these instructions. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Folsom citrus grower finds success despite northern location
(Distributed 11/24/09) FOLSOM, La. – Growing citrus on a commercial level is not something you expect to see north of Covington, but one grower is proving it can be done – if the weather is favorable. Sherwood Loyd from Folsom said he saw an opportunity in the wake of Hurricane Katrina that has proven to be a wise decision that’s beginning to pay off.
9 Louisiana 4-H’ers compete at 2009 national poultry, egg conference
(Distributed 11/23/09) Nine 4-H’ers represented Louisiana at the National 4-H Poultry and Egg Conference in Louisville, Ky., on Nov. 18-19, according to Dr. Theresia Lavergne, LSU AgCenter poultry specialist and leader of the 4-H poultry project.
Thanksgiving dinner costs down 9 percent for 2009
(Distributed 11/23/09) As Louisiana cooks shop for their Thanksgiving meal, they’ll find costs for the basic dinner items down about nine percent from last year, according LSU AgCenter family economist Dr. Jeanette Tucker. The 2009 Thanksgiving market basket will average $37.52 for 10 people, compared to $41.30 last year.
LSU AgCenter awarded $2.84 million federal grant
(Distributed 11/20/09) LSU AgCenter has been awarded a $2.84 million research and extension grant for improving sweet potato production efficiency, quality and food safety.
Agribusiness leaders hear latest about state conditions
(Distributed 11/20/09) LAFAYETTE, La. – Current trends affecting Louisiana food and agriculture highlighted a recent meeting of state leaders in agriculture and agribusiness.
Vow to move more, eat less over holidays
(Distributed 11/20/09) Try a different tack as you head into this holiday season. Vow to move more and eat less, says Heli Roy, LSU AgCenter nutritionist. “Most people invariably gain weight over the holidays – anywhere from a half pound to five pounds,” Roy said. “But you don’t have to, and most people can’t afford to.”
Pecan harvest delayed by weather, but crop should be plentiful
(Distributed 11/20/09) SHREVEPORT, La. – Rain has delayed the pecan harvest across the state by two to three weeks, but plenty of the crop should be available for the holiday season.
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Venting: What you don’t know can kill you
(Distributed 10/13/09) Many household appliances such as gas heaters and dryers, fireplaces, furnaces and gas ranges operate by burning a combustible fuel such as natural gas, propane, wood or other fossil fuel. Appliances of this type (combustion appliances) need proper venting to operate safely.
Research advises cutting back on phosphorus in cow’s diets
(Radio News 11/30/09) Researchers at the LSU AgCenter’s Southeast Research Station are helping dairy producers become more efficient while lowering costs. Station director Dr. Mike McCormick says one way is showing them how to cut down on unnecessary nutrients in their herd’s diet. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Look for freshness when picking out a Christmas tree
(Radio News 11/30/09) The Christmas tree is an iconic symbol of the holidays. The freshest trees can be found at choose-and-cut tree farms. According to LSU AgCenter forestry specialist Dr. Don Reed, the popular tree on Christmas tree farms in Louisiana is the Leyland cypress. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Live Christmas trees need proper care
(Radio News 11/30/09) An artificial Christmas tree cannot compete with the fragrance and beauty of a real one, but a real tree will require some care throughout the holiday season. LSU AgCenter forestry specialist Dr. Don Reed explains. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Weather problems could affect what gets planted next year
(Radio News 11/23/09) For a second year in a row, weather has ruined a portion of Louisiana commodities. Hurricanes Gustav and Ike were the culprits last year, but this year farmers don’t have a named storm to blame, just plenty of rain. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Wheat specialist expecting fewer wheat acres
(Radio News 11/23/09) Louisiana could have fewer acres of wheat. Growers are planting the 2010 crop, and LSU AgCenter wheat specialist Dr. Ed Twidwell expects to see a drop in acreage. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Rain delayed wheat planting
(Radio News 11/23/09) Wheat does not like wet conditions, and rain in October and November has delayed planting in Louisiana. LSU AgCenter wheat specialist Dr. Ed Twidwell says growers were able to get some of their crop planted during recent dry spells. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Take care of aquatic gardens in fall and winter
(Distributed 11/20/09) Including a water feature in the landscape provides an oasis for a wide variety of wildlife. Providing habitat for wildlife is a principle of sustainable landscaping, and as a result aquatic gardens have become quite popular with Louisiana gardeners.
Outlook improving for dairy producers
(Radio News 11/23/09) Dairy producers have struggled in recent years. Producers in Louisiana face additional obstacles, says LSU AgCenter dairy researcher Dr. Mike McCormick. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Economist estimates rain damage to crops
(Radio News 11/23/09) Early estimates put rain-related crop damage at $275 million. Many of the state’s commodities were at the height of harvest season when frequent rains started in September. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Louisiana dairy industry struggles to survive, continues to shrink
(Distributed 11/19/09) Louisiana’s dairy industry continues to struggle. The high costs for feed, fuel and fertilizer have cut into potential profits. And while these costs have gone down somewhat this year, so have the prices farmers get for their milk, said LSU AgCenter extension dairy specialist Charlie Hutchison at a field day on Nov. 12 at the Southeast Research Station in Franklinton.
Winter vegetables can beautify gardens
(Audio 11/23/09) While many vegetables often appear untamed in the garden, many winter vegetables tend to be wonderfully neat and attractive. Add some beauty to your garden by planting ornamental vegetables for the cool season. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Grow amaryllis indoors this winter
(Audio 11/23/09) Even though amaryllis bulbs become available in the fall, this is not the time to plant them in your landscape. Grow these beautiful, massive flowers indoors this winter. Discover more about amaryllis. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Avoid misconceptions when harvesting broccoli
(Audio 11/23/09) Not only is broccoli one of the most nutritious vegetables we can grow, it is also one of the easiest to grow. Gardeners who planted broccoli in September should be seeing some ready to be harvested. Find out what to look for when harvesting broccoli. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Many fruit and nut trees prosper in Louisiana
(Audio 11/23/09) Louisiana gardeners can grow a wide variety of fruit. Now is a great time to plant fruit and nut trees to allow time for establishment. Learn more about the many kinds of fruit trees that can be grown successfully in Louisiana. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Family is important during crisis recovery
(Radio News 11/16/09) Strong family ties were an important factor in helping people recover from hurricanes. LSU AgCenter family life specialist Dr. Diane Sasser worked on a project that looked at disaster recovery. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Be careful with late fall and winter lawn care
(Distributed 11/17/09) November and December begin the bleak time of the year for warm-season turfgrasses in Louisiana. Most turfgrasses should be dormant or at least close to this stage.
Be careful frying your holiday turkey
(Distributed 11/16/09) Don't have room in your oven for the turkey, dressing, sweet potatoes, casseroles and pies? LSU AgCenter nutritionist Dr. Beth Reames suggests you can free-up oven space by frying the turkey outside.
Traditions identify families
(Radio News 11/16/09) Family traditions and rituals have been shown to strengthen families regardless of income levels and religious beliefs. LSU AgCenter family life specialist Dr. Diane Sasser talks about this during November’s family life month. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Liquefied wood process reuses, recycles wood waste
(Radio News 11/16/09) LSU AgCenter researcher Dr. Hui Pan is using a technique that liquefies wood. She can separate preservative chemicals, such as chromated copper arsenate or CCA, from treated wood products such as old telephone poles. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
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‘Stop diabetes’ is the aim during November
(Radio News 11/16/09) During American Diabetes Month, LSU AgCenter nutritionist Dr. Beth Reames is reminding people that healthful eating is important in managing and preventing diabetes. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Forests offer advantages as biofuel
(Radio News 11/16/09) Dr. Michael Blazier is looking to forests for biofuel. The LSU AgCenter forestry researcher says two percent of U.S. electricity comes from wood, but Blazier sees a greater potential. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Care for summer-flowering bulbs during wintertime
(Audio 11/23/09) Summer-flowering bulbs are native to warm climates, so they thrive in Louisiana due to the long, hot summer. However, these bulbs will usually go dormant during the winter. Learn how to care for these summer-flowering bulbs during wintertime. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Maintain a green lawn during winter
(Audio 11/16/09) Ryegrass is a wonderful alternative to having a brown lawn this time of the year, and it only requires minimal maintenance. Because it is a temporary cool-season grass, it is possible to over-seed your permanent grass with either perennial or annual ryegrass. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
3 students use technology to map fire districts in West Carroll Parish
(Distributed 11/13/09) OAK GROVE, La. – Three West Carroll Parish high school students were able to create digital fire district maps using Global Information System (GIS) technology, which they learned in a special training offered through the LSU AgCenter’s Delta Rural Development Center here. The result is a safer parish.
Cook your turkey properly to avoid illness
(Distributed 11/12/09) Turkey is the traditional choice for most Thanksgiving celebrations. There is no quality difference between a fresh or frozen turkey although fresh turkeys have shorter shelf lives, according to LSU AgCenter nutritionist Dr. Beth Reames.
Plant spring-flowering bulbs during the fall
(Audio 11/16/09) For spring-flowering bulbs to bloom in the spring, they must be planted during the fall. Keep in mind that some spring-flowering bulbs, such as tulips and hyacinths, require special preparation. Find out more about how to plant and prepare spring-flowering bulbs. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Grow fresh lettuce in your garden
(Audio 11/16/09) Lettuce is a terrific cool-season vegetable and can be grown this time of the year. Gardeners should consider growing fresh lettuce to provide delicious nutrition in salads. Hear about which types of lettuce grow well in Louisiana gardens. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Horticultural oil sprays control camellia scale
(Audio 11/16/09) The most common pest on camellias is known as tea scale. These insects cause the yellow blotches found on some leaves, and they also can cause the camellia to bloom improperly. Prevent a scale infestation by spraying camellias with horticultural oils. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Cool-season bedding plants successful in spring and fall
(Audio 11/16/09) Many gardeners neglect their gardens during the winter, disregarding the wonderful array of cool-season bedding plants available. These flowering plants enjoy chilly weather, but they also will flourish during the spring. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Bossier Parish 4-H’er wins Special Olympics Entrepreneur Award
(Distributed 11/10/09) A Bossier Parish 4-H’er was recognized as a Louisiana Leader of Tomorrow by the Special Olympics of Louisiana. Amanda Pittmon, 19, of Benton, was named Entrepreneur of the Year.
Pies, other foods could be dangerous at room temperature
(Distributed 11/10/09) Pies are traditionally served at most Thanksgiving feasts. To prevent food-borne illness, refrigerate pies such as pumpkin, custard and other cream pies containing eggs and milk, says LSU AgCenter nutritionist Dr. Beth Reames.
Roses flourish during the fall
(Video 11/16/09) Believe it or not, fall is a great time to plant certain roses. On this edition of Get It Growing, LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill explains what to look for at the nursery now and where to put these beautiful and durable plants. (Runtime: 1:27)
LSU AgCenter conducting photo contest for 2011 Get It Growing calendar
(Distributed 11/09/09) The LSU AgCenter is seeking photos for its 2011 Get It Growing Lawn and Garden Calendar. Louisiana photographers can submit their photos of flowers, plants and gardens for an opportunity to have their work selected for the calendar.
Perennials require some care
(Audio 11/09/09) Perennials are great for landscapes because they require less time and effort than annual plants. These plants still require some maintenance, and now is a great time to do this. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Consider growing orchids this season
(Video 11/09/09) The orchid family is one of the largest groups of flowering plants in the world. In this edition of Get It Growing, LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill explains the two most common types of orchids grown in Louisiana, as well as some tips for their proper care. (Runtime: 1:41)
Enrich holiday meals with Louisiana yams
(Distributed 11/06/09) Thanksgiving is a perfect time to enjoy Louisiana yams. The Louisiana yam is an exceptional type of sweet potato – sweet and flavorful, with a soft, moist flesh, says LSU AgCenter nutritionist Dr. Beth Reames .
N.O. students get their hands dirty while learning
(Distributed 10/16/09) Students at Warren Easton High School in New Orleans along with 10 other schools around the state really know what it means to get down and dirty, thanks to a $25,000 grant secured by the LSU AgCenter’s 4-H Youth Development office.
Conference features evaluations of new landscape, garden plants
(News Distributed 11/06/2009) HAMMOND, La. – Landscape and nursery professionals heard about the latest plant varieties and LSU AgCenter plant evaluations at a plant materials conference here Oct. 29.
Communities can help stop truancy
(Distributed 11/06/09) Truancy problems go beyond the school grounds, and an LSU AgCenter family life specialist says it is a problem for the community.
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Simple steps make cooking turkey easier
(Radio News 11/09/09) A turkey typically is the star of the Thanksgiving feast. When purchasing a turkey, cooks must make sure they buy enough to feed their crowd. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Don't let leftovers linger on the table at Thanksgiving feast
(Radio News 11/09/09) Enjoy your Thanksgiving feast and then put the food away promptly, recommends LSU AgCenter nutritionist and food safety expert Dr. Beth Reames. The turkey and side dishes shouldn’t sit out for more than two hours. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Fried turkey can be healthful
(Radio News 11/09/09) Frying a turkey is a popular tradition for many Louisiana families during the holidays. While a fried turkey may not seem very healthful, LSU AgCenter nutritionist Dr. Beth Reames says it won’t wreck your diet. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Growers anticipate sweet potato processing facility
(Radio News 11/09/09) A new sweet potato processing facility in northeast Louisiana is offering hope to Louisiana’s sweet potato industry. ConAgra’s Lamb Weston Division will build the facility near Delhi, says LSU AgCenter sweet potato specialist Dr. Tara Smith. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Rain hurts sweet potato crop
(Radio News 11/09/09) Under threatening skies, workers at the LSU AgCenter's Sweet Potato Research Station recently rushed to harvest several rows of sweet potatoes. Like the situation faced by many farmers, harvest was slow because of wet conditions, and the potatoes that came out of the field were covered in mud and hard to sort. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Falling leaves typical for many evergreens
(Audio11/09/09) Many broadleaf evergreen shrubs and trees are popular in Louisiana landscapes. Even though they are considered evergreen, some of these trees may lose a fraction of their foliage during the winter. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Cold-season vegetables thrive during winter
(Audio 11/09/09) There are many vegetables that will flourish during the winter in Louisiana. These vegetables not only are some of the most delicious and nutritious, but they also are some of the easiest to grow. Learn about the best cool-season vegetables to keep your vegetable garden thriving throughout the winter. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Plant chrysanthemums for a splash of color
(Audio 11/09/09) If you are thinking about adding brilliant color to your fall landscape, chrysanthemums would be a great choice. Nurseries are full of wonderful chrysanthemums during the fall. Listen to how you can buy, plant and care for these colorful fall flowers in these Get It Growing tips from LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Safeguard your lawn from fallen leaves
(Audio 11/09/09) During the fall and winter, many trees begin to shed their foliage. Instead of ignoring fallen leaves from shade trees, learn ways you can remove them to avoid damage to your lawn and benefit your landscape. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Protect your children from lead poisoning
(Distributed 11/04/09) Lead poisoning is a disease caused by swallowing or breathing anything that has lead in it. Even tiny amounts of lead can harm a child in many ways.
Bull testing prevents disasters in cattle business
(Distributed 11/04/09) CARENCRO, La. – Having bulls tested for reproductive soundness is a simple precautionary measure that could prevent a disastrous year for a cattle producer, said Stan Dutile, LSU AgCenter extension agent in Lafayette Parish, who was among the speakers at a cattle field day here on Oct. 31.
LSU AgCenter researchers named to professorships
(Distributed 11/03/09) CROWLEY, La. – Three LSU AgCenter scientists have been named to F. Avalon Daggett Professorships in Rice Research. Dr. Chuck Rush, Dr. Don Groth and Dr. Eric Webster were recognized at a reception at the LSU AgCenter Rice Research Station Oct. 27.
LSU AgCenter nutritionists teach hand washing at State Fair
(Distributed 11/02/09) SHREVEPORT, La. – While 2,000 students tour the LSU AgCenter’s AgMagic at the State Fair on Nov. 4-6, another 1,500 will have participated in an education program focused on germs and hand washing, according to Cathryn Robinson, assistant extension agent in Caddo and Bossier parishes.
LSU AgCenter researchers showcase improved plants for coastal restoration
(Distributed 11/02/09) CROWLEY, La. – Saving Louisiana’s coast with vegetation was the focus of a coastal plants field day at the LSU AgCenter Rice Research Station Oct. 28.
Here are some tips for growing spring bulbs in containers
(For Release On Or After 11/27/09) A variety of spring-flowering bulbs can be grown in containers for indoor display. Two bulbs, paperwhites and amaryllis, do not need much special treatment and are very easy to grow in pots. Most of the other spring-flowering bulbs need a cold treatment first, but otherwise it’s pretty straightforward.
Gardens can provide holiday decorations
(For Release On Or After 11/20/09) Gardens are full of plant materials that can add unique beauty to your holiday decorations. Be on the lookout for attractive foliage, bright berries, decorative cones or pods, and consider other landscape materials that can be dried and brought in for the holidays.
Cool-season bedding plants come in 4 categories
(For Release On Or After 11/13/09) This is the time of year to plant cool-season bedding plants in your flowerbeds. These plants will thrive in the cool to cold weather of fall to spring and keep your flowerbeds looking attractive.
You can plant hedges for privacy now
(For Release On Or After 11/06/09) Hedges can create privacy, block unwanted views, screen out noise and serve other important roles in our landscape. If you’re considering planting a new hedge or replacing a lost one, now is a great time to get it done.
Heavy rains pose problems for Louisiana farmers
(Distributed 11/02/09) After two major hurricanes in 2008, most Louisiana agricultural producers were hoping for a much-improved production environment in 2009. Unfortunately, 2009 has once again been a challenging one for the agricultural sector, according to an LSU AgCenter agricultural economist.
Yards may soon require cold protection
(Audio 11/02/09) Louisiana can begin to experience freezing temperatures anywhere from late fall to early winter, so it is important to start preparing yards for the impending frosts. Now is the time to survey landscapes to determine what is in need of winter protection. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
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Plant chrysanthemums for fantastic fall color
(Audio 11/02/09) Chrysanthemums are known as the queens of the fall garden. They provide landscapes with a wide range of beautiful colors. Here are some pointers for purchasing and planting chrysanthemums. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Fallen leaves can be useful in landscapes
(Audio 11/02/09) Although most gardeners consider raking a chore, the leaves that fall during the autumn months can serve a purpose. They make wonderful organic matter when used as mulch or in compost. Learn how these materials can be used for improving gardening efforts. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Irrigate landscapes as needed during fall
(Audio 11/02/09) Irrigating landscapes may still be necessary during the fall, especially for newly established plants. Even though the weather is becoming cooler, it can still be fairly dry. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Use oil sprays to control scale population
(Audio 11/02/09) Scale insects are a nuisance on ornamentals, and they are especially difficult to control. Using oil sprays is an effective way to manage scale insects. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Be a ‘best manager’ for your lawn and landscape
(Distributed 10/30/09) Well-managed lawns and landscaping are good for the environment as well as being attractive. Bad management, however, can negate a lot of the environmental benefits.
Diabetes month is reminder about healthful eating
(Distributed 10/29/09) Every November during American Diabetes Month, LSU AgCenter nutritionist Dr. Beth Reames reminds people healthful eating is important for managing diabetes.
Make mealtimes a chance for family connection
(Distributed 10/28/09) Today’s lifestyles might be causing people to miss out on the unique love and belonging that come from family bonds, according to LSU AgCenter family and child expert Diane Sasser.
LSU AgCenter awarded more than $300,000 in specialty crop grants
(Distributed 10/28/09) The LSU AgCenter has received two specialty crop block grants for two research and promotion projects to enhance the competitiveness of Louisiana-grown sweet potatoes and nursery crops.
New marketing program will boost Louisiana agriculture, seafood industry
(Distributed 10/26/09) Louisiana’s agricultural and seafood industries will have a new marketing tool in early 2010 when MarketMaker, a national Internet-driven service, is inaugurated in the state, according to officials with the LSU AgCenter.
Cut flower workshop scheduled for Nov. 17-18 in Memphis, Tenn.
(Distributed 10/21/09) Entrepreneurs considering cut flowers as a full-time or part-time business may want to attend the regional “Rolling the Dice with Cut Flowers” workshop Nov. 17-18 at the Hilton Hotel in Memphis, Tenn.
Precautions help avoid hunting accidents
(Radio News 11/2/09) Thousands of Louisianians enjoy hunting this time of the year, but LSU AgCenter hunting safety expert Dr. Don Reed says accidents can happen, even before hunting season opens. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Avoid shortcuts when it comes to gun safety
(Radio News 11/2/09) Hunters taking shortcuts could lead to serious injuries or death. LSU AgCenter hunting safety expert, Dr. Don Reed says a hunter should never climb into a stand with a gun on his or her back. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Tours, ‘home performance’ demos to highlight green Ponchatoula house Nov. 12
(Distributed 10/23/09) An affordable “high-performance” demonstration home in Ponchatoula will be open Nov. 12 for free tours and live demonstrations of home performance testing.
Shrubs serve landscape well
(Distributed 10/23/09) Shrubs are important background plants for any home landscape. They have definite growth habits in height, spread and form.
Expert gives clues about beef quality and production
(Distributed 10/22/09) BOSSIER CITY – Marbling is the No. 1 way to determine quality in a cut of meat, said LSU AgCenter county agent Johnny LeVasseur at the latest monthly Lunch and Ag Discovery program at the AgCenter’s Red River Research Station.
Christmas tree forecast merry
(Distributed 10/21/09) Everything looks good for the Christmas tree crop in Louisiana, according to Dr. Don Reed, LSU AgCenter forestry and wildlife specialist.
See Shreveport trees by bicycle
(Distributed 10/20/09) A leisurely bicycle tour of Shreveport’s most significant trees will be held Nov. 7, led by Shreveport native Dr. Hallie Dozier, an urban forester with the LSU AgCenter.
2010 Farmer of the Year nominations now being accepted
(Distributed 10/20/09) To recognize the exceptional contributions made to Louisiana through agriculture, the Louisiana Agri-News Network, Louisiana Farm Bureau Federation, LSU AgCenter and Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry will honor the 2010 Louisiana Farmer of the Year. Nominations for the award are being accepted now through Dec. 11, 2009.
Two new Clearfield rice lines released for 2010 season
(Distributed 10/19/09) The LSU AgCenter has approved the release of two new Clearfield lines for the 2010 rice-growing season, according to Dr. Steve Linscombe, LSU AgCenter rice breeder.
E-business training to make north Louisiana circuit
(Distributed 10/16/09) The LSU AgCenter and the Louisiana Department of Economic Development have partnered to bring e-business training to north Louisiana beginning Oct. 21.
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Plant azaleas in fall for best success
(Distributed 10/16/09) Azaleas are the most widely planted shrub in Louisiana, but few gardeners would ever think about planting them in the fall because many of the varieties aren’t blooming in the nurseries for gardeners to compare colors.
LSU AgCenter holds youth wetland camp at Lake D’Arbonne
(Distributed 10/16/09) FARMERVILLE, La. – A youth wetland camp in Union Parish on Oct. 10-11 included a variety of activities to let 4-H’ers know the importance of clean water in an area affected by the gradually diminishing Sparta Aquifer.
Landscape, horticulture professionals hear about latest research
(Distributed 10/15/09) More than 100 commercial turf and landscape professionals from across Louisiana heard about the latest research with ornamental plants and turfgrass at an LSU AgCenter field day Oct. 15.
5-mile trail system to open Nov. 7 at LSU AgCenter’s Burden Center in Baton Rouge
(Distributed 10/14/09) The Burden Horticulture Society will conduct a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 10 a.m. Nov. 7 to celebrate for the grand opening of Trees and Trails, a 5-mile system of pedestrian, recreational and educational trails located at the LSU AgCenter’s Burden Center in the heart of Baton Rouge.
Coastal marsh plants field day set for Oct. 28 at Rice Research Station
(Distributed 10/14/09) CROWLEY, La. – Coastal restoration using native marsh plants will be the focus of a field day at the LSU AgCenter’s Rice Research Station Oct. 28.
Zwolle Tamale Fiesta includes ag activities for kids
(Distributed 10/14/09) ZWOLLE, La. – AgCellent Expo, an educational event held at the Zwolle Tamale Fiesta Oct. 9, taught students about wildlife and furs, dairy products, nutrition and forestry.
Dairy field day will focus on animal waste, financial management Nov. 12
(Distributed 10/08/09) Managing animal waste and finances in these tight economic times will be two topics featured at the LSU AgCenter dairy field day Nov. 12 at the AgCenter’s Southeast Research Station in Franklinton.
LSU AgCenter receives $518,000 to develop blueberry Web site
(Distributed 10/13/09) The LSU AgCenter, along with a Mississippi agriculture agency and three other southern universities, has been awarded a $518,000 grant to develop an interactive, educational Web site about blueberries. The site’s initial purpose will be to teach people in the southeastern United States how to grow this commodity, which is increasingly popular, and to encourage consumers to eat more blueberries, which are a valuable source of many nutrients and fiber.
Rituals, traditions strengthen families
(Distributed 10/13/09) Family traditions and rituals have been shown to help strengthen families – both the individual members and the family as a whole, according to LSU AgCenter family life expert Dr. Diane D. Sasser.
Statewide extension group presents awards, installs officers at annual meeting
(Distributed 06/03/09) The Louisiana Extension Association of Family and Consumer Sciences presented its highest award along with others at its annual conference in Lafayette May 6. New officers also were chosen.
Prepare plants for a move indoors
(Audio 10/12/09) Many people move their houseplants outdoors for the summer. As the weather cools down, tropical plants should be prepared for a move back indoors, which includes getting them adjusted to lower light conditions. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Tips for growing and consuming persimmons
(Audio 10/12/09) Persimmons are an easy fruit to grow, and they're delicious, too. They produce seedless fruit and don't have to be pollinated for production to occur. Many varieties have to become soft before they should be eaten, however. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Venice Port Complex gives Plaquemines 4-H $7,500
(Distributed 10/09/09) The Venice Port Complex has donated $7,500 to Plaquemines Parish 4-H, according to Jan Morgan, LSU AgCenter 4-H agent.
Petunias remain popular bedding plants
(Distributed 10/09/09) Petunias continue to be one of our most popular bedding plants. They long have been relied on for their consistent landscape performance and can be used as either warm-season or cool-season ornamentals.
Farmers can make extra money from agritourism
(Distributed 10/08/09) CROWLEY, La. – Agriculture producers attending an LSU AgCenter seminar Oct. 6 learned how they can make extra income by opening their farms and ranches to tourists. “Across the state, people are learning they can make money off the family farm,” said Dora Ann Hatch, LSU AgCenter rural community development agent.
4-H’ers celebrate National Hunting and Fishing Day
(Distributed 10/08/09) FRANKLINTON, La. – LSU AgCenter 4-H agents, parents and volunteers celebrated National Hunting and Fishing Day Sept. 26 at the LSU AgCenter’s Southeast Research Station here.
Save seeds for future plantings
(Audio 10/12/09) Gardeners can save seeds their plants produce. Although it's not a good idea to try to grow woody plants from their seeds, annual and perennials are wonderful plants to save seeds from. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Plant sweet peas for fragrant spring flowers
(Audio 10/12/09) Sweet peas are one of the best flowering annual vines we can grow in Louisiana. The color and the fragrance of these flowers enliven any garden. These vines don't flower until spring, but now is the time to plant them. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Conference touts wood as ‘green’ building material
(Distributed 10/06/09) BATON ROUGE – Wood outperforms other building products because it requires less energy to produce, provides better insulation in buildings, stores carbon and can be fabricated into many advanced building products.
La. sweet potato harvest slowed by rain
(Distributed 10/06/09) Heavy rains since mid-September have severely delayed sweet potato harvest in some northern Louisiana parishes, according to the LSU AgCenter.
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LSU AgCenter sets horticulture meeting for Oct. 29
(Distributed 10/06/09)The 13th Louisiana Plant Materials Conference is scheduled for Oct. 29 at the LSU AgCenter’s Hammond Research Station.
Lincoln Parish group gives $11,600 to child health program
(Distributed 10/05/09) An $11,600 donation from the Lincoln Health Foundation will provide additional resources for teachers at two Ruston elementary schools for the Take 10! classroom program.
Rain reduces yield, quality of La. cotton crop
(Distributed 10/05/09) Frequent rains during September and continuing into October have kept cotton farmers out of their fields and have jeopardized the crop, according to LSU AgCenter cotton specialist, Don Boquet.
Post-storm dead spots in lawns require replanting
(Distributed 10/02/09) Who knows when we will get another bad storm blowing through Louisiana? We may get just a nasty wind from some front or tornado-like activity. In any case, there will be fallen limbs and branches to deal with.
Soybean harvest starts with low yields
(TV News 08/31/09) A long bout of dry weather midway through the growing season stunted some of Louisiana’s soybean crop. LSU AgCenter soybean specialist Dr. Ronnie Levy says some farmers are seeing very low yields per acre as the harvest begins. (Runtime: 1:27)
Researchers looking at big picture for ethanol production
(TV News 08/24/09) Crops such as sugarcane and sweet sorghum could be important sources of ethanol in Louisiana in the coming years. LSU AgCenter researchers are working on a conversion process but still have many hurdles to cross. (Runtime: 1:52)
Youth participate in national wildlife habitat program
(TV News 08/17/09) A group of 4-H’ers from across the country spent a few days trekking around a wooded area of Sabine Parish. The youngsters were in Louisiana for a national contest. LSU AgCenter correspondent Tobie Blanchard has the details. (Runtime: 1:33)
Rice station celebrates centennial
(TV News 07/27/09) For 100 years the LSU AgCenter’s Rice Research Station has been improving rice-growing techniques in Louisiana. The station recently celebrated its centennial during its annual field day. Station director and rice breeder Dr. Steve Linscombe said the station’s strong variety development program has contributed to the longevity of the state’s rice industry. (Runtime: 1:41)
Dry weather starts to hurt crops
(Audio 07/06/09) Farmers visiting the LSU AgCenter’s Northeast Research Station for its annual field day were greeted by dry, cracked earth, dusty fields and crops on the verge of drought stress. Much of the state has seen little or no rainfall for several weeks, and the crops are starting to show it. (Runtime: 1:23)
Louisiana blueberries are in season
(TV News 06/29/09) Blueberries are little berries with big health benefits -- and they are in season now. Louisiana has its share of blueberry growers, and the quality of this year’s crop is as high as its nutrition content. (Runtime: 56)
Early preparation eases stress of storm season
(TV News 06/22/09) Louisiana residents have lived through several major hurricanes in the past few years but some still neglect making adequate preparations for storm season. LSU AgCenter experts explain what you should be doing now to ensure you are ready if a storm heads your way. (Runtime: 1:37)
Individuals can still treat yards for fire ants
(TV News 06/15/09) If you haven’t treated your yard for fire ants, it’s not too late. April and October are the ideal times to treat with growth regulators, but LSU AgCenter entomologist Dr. Dale Pollet says you can still get good results in June. (Runtime: 1 minute, 22 seconds)
Make the 3 Rs of trash work for you
Trash is everyone’s problem. We all create it. Every time we empty a plastic milk jug or read a newspaper, we create eventual trash. Of course things wear out, spoil or are no longer useful.
Rice water weevil infesting rice fields
(TV News 06/08/09) Two insects have rice growers scouting their fields. An LSU AgCenter rice entomologist reports that a common insect in rice has a large population this year and an uncommon rice insect has damaged two fields. (Runtime: 1 minute, 36 seconds)
Problems emerging in sugarcane fields
(TV News 06/01/09) Late-planted sugarcane, a return of rust and sugar imports are causing concern for many Louisiana sugarcane farmers. As the cane grows taller across south Louisiana, farmers are seeing some problems, according to LSU AgCenter sugarcane specialist Dr. Ben Legendre. (Runtime: 1 minute, 55 seconds)
Military dependents pitch their tents at New Orleans zoo
(Distributed on 10/1/09) NEW ORLEANS – Military families had a chance to enjoy some quality time together at a camp at the Audubon Zoo in New Orleans September 18-19.Sponsored by Operation Military Kids, children and their parents got back to nature, complete with the sounds of the zoo animals in the background.
Wheat harvest revealing mixed crop
(TV News 05/25/09) Farmers are harvesting their wheat crops, and the condition of what they're harvesting in Louisiana is mixed. A wet March and April affected it. Before that, conditions were dry and that also hindered growth of the wheat, according to LSU AgCenter wheat specialist Dr. Ed Twidwell. (Runtime: 1 minute, 15 seconds)
Avoid potential illness with proper hand washing
(TV News 05/22/09) One of the easiest ways to avoid a potential illness is quite simple – wash your hands appropriately. Hands are the most common way to spread germs because they can be warm and moist and come in contact with many surfaces. To get the best benefit from a trip to the sink, you have to wash your hands correctly. (Runtime: 40 seconds)
Cotton acres decline in 2009
(TV News 05/11/09) Many farmers are wrapping up planting of their cotton crops. Cotton acreage in Louisiana has dwindled over the past few years, and acreage will drop again this year. (Runtime: 1 minute, 37 seconds)
Trash bash is one highlight of Youth Wetlands Week
(TV News 04/27/09) More than 50,000 youngsters across Louisiana participated in Youth Wetlands Week. The LSU AgCenter sponsors the week using lessons and activities to highlight the importance of the state’s wetlands. LSU AgCenter correspondent Tobie Blanchard attended one of these activities. (Runtime: 1 minute, 23 seconds)
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Corn acreage declines in Louisiana
(TV News 04/20/09) Most of Louisiana’s corn crop is in the ground. LSU AgCenter correspondent Tobie Blanchard reports many acres that saw corn a couple of years ago will likely be planted with a different crop this year. (Runtime: 1 minute, 24 seconds)
Mexican rice borer threatens Louisiana sugarcane and rice crops
(TV News 04/13/09) LSU AgCenter researchers have crossed state lines to monitor a pest that threatens Louisiana’s rice and sugarcane. LSU AgCenter correspondent Tobie Blanchard traveled to Beaumont, Texas, where entomologists are studying the Mexican rice borer. (Runtime: 1 minute, 51 seconds)
Farmers watching salinity levels in rice fields
(TV News 04/06/09) The rice industry in southwestern Louisiana was struggling to recover from Hurricane Rita when Hurricane Ike hit last year. LSU AgCenter correspondent Tobie Blanchard says salt levels could mean some of the region's rice fields are left bare this year. (Runtime: 1 minute, 52 seconds)
Louisiana poultry industry has setback
(TV News 03/30/09) Louisiana’s poultry industry suffered a blow when Pilgrim’s Pride announced plans to close it’s northeast Louisiana processing facility. The state is working on a deal to ensure the facility continues operating. LSU AgCenter correspondent Tobie Blanchard talked with a grower who is raising his last flock of birds for Pilgrim’s Pride. (Runtime: 1 minute, 16 seconds)
ACRE offers alternative to traditional farm subsidy programs
(TV News 03/23/09) Farm policy could shape farmers' decisions about their 2009 crops. The LSU AgCenter's AgOutlook conference featured updates on new legislation affecting agriculture. LSU AgCenter correspondent Tobie Blanchard was there and provides information, including details on a new program known as ACRE. (Runtime: 1 minute, 40 seconds)
LSU AgCenter works to conserve natural resources
(TV News 03/16/09) Our society is always plugged in, and a price for being plugged in is wasted energy. LSU AgCenter correspondent Tobie Blanchard looks at some ways we can cut energy consumption and reduce the size of our carbon footprints. (Runtime: 1 minute, 48 seconds)
Northeast farms show potential as tourist attraction
(TV News 03/09/09) Poverty is prevalent in Northeast Louisiana, but an LSU AgCenter entity is committed to helping people in rural areas overcome poverty and other barriers to economic prosperity. (Runtime: 1 minute, 34 seconds)
Students participate in LSU AgCenter Livestock Show
(TV News 03/02/09) Youngsters who show livestock prepare for the show every day. LSU AgCenter correspondent Tobie Blanchard visited with several students participating in the LSU AgCenter Livestock Show presented by Price LeBlanc. (Runtime: 1 minute, 18 seconds)
Students take ag adventure
(TV News 02/23/09) Many youngsters are far removed from farms and have little knowledge about crops and livestock. LSU AgCenter correspondent Tobie Blanchard reports about a program that fostered agricultural awareness in a fun and interactive way. (Runtime: 1 minute, 32 seconds)
Food safety concerns on the rise
(TV News 02/16/09) The recent outbreak of salmonella linked to peanut products is a national tragedy. People have died from the illness, and hundreds have been sickened. While the contamination has been linked to one facility, an LSU AgCenter nutritionist and food safety expert warns that consumers could breed illness-causing bacteria in their own homes. (Runtime: 1 minute, 31 seconds)
Smaller crawfish harvest expected this year
(TV News 02/09/09) When temperatures reach the 70s, some Louisianians start craving crawfish. LSU AgCenter correspondent Tobie Blanchard reports crawfish are available, but, unfortunately, in smaller numbers. (Runtime: 1 minute, 17 seconds)
Landscapers choose favorites at LSU AgCenter trial gardens
(Distributed 09/29/09) HAMMOND, La. – Landscape industry professionals attending the landscape horticulture field day at the LSU AgCenter’s Hammond Research Station this past summer chose Jade Princess, a new ornamental grass, as their favorite in a vote comparing 340 assorted warm-season plants.
Tropical plants need winter shelter
(For Release On Or After 10/30/09) As the weather cools down and nights get nippy over the next few weeks, gardeners need to decide what to do with their outdoor containerized tropical plants.
Pansies are popular for cool-season flowerbeds
(For Release On Or After 10/23/09) The pansy is a popular, cool-season annual used to beautify gardens in Louisiana during the fall, winter and spring. Pansies thrive in the chilly nights and cool-to-mild days of our cool season from November to April.
Here are some tips for selecting plants
(For Release On Or After 10/16/09) November through February is the prime planting season for hardy trees, shrubs, ground covers and perennials in our area, so this is a great time for planning landscaping projects.
Greens are a Southern favorite
(For Release On Or After 10/09/09) In the South, the term “greens” refers to vegetables whose leaves are eaten after they’re cooked until tender. During cool fall temperatures, mustard, turnip, collards and other greens flourish in the vegetable garden.
Fill your garden with late-season color
(For Release On Or After 10/02/09) Many plants seem to save up all summer for the spectacular display of flowers, fruit and foliage showing up in our gardens now. If you want to punch up the color level in your garden from late September through early December, you might consider including some of these trees, shrubs and perennials in your landscape.
Officials break ground for new Cameron Parish extension office
(Distributed 09/25/09) CAMERON, La. – Officials held groundbreaking ceremonies on Sept. 24 for a new LSU AgCenter Cameron Parish extension office, to be rebuilt on the site of the previous facility, which had been destroyed by Hurricane Rita in 2005.
Eat less or gain weight as you age
(Distributed 09/24/09) Here’s some more depressing news about losing weight – the older you get, the less you can eat. Heli Roy, LSU AgCenter nutritionist, says one reason people aren’t successful with weight-loss programs is as they age, they have to gear down the quantity and richness of the foods they eat. So even though they may be eating less calorie-dense food – and less food – their bodies need fewer and fewer calories.
LSU AgCenter presents AgMagic, a new event at State Fair of Louisiana
(Distributed 09/24/09) SHREVEPORT, La. – Enter the World of Wonder and follow a path through a forest as you listen to birds chirping and water trickling in the wetlands. Feel the soft fur of different types of animals, and count the years of growth on a large tree “cookie.”
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LSU AgCenter announces nursery and landscape field day Oct. 15 in Baton Rouge
(Distributed 09/23/09) The LSU AgCenter will conduct an ornamental and turfgrass field day for nursery and landscape professionals Oct. 15 at its Burden Center in Baton Rouge.
‘High-performance’ home to open for inspection
(Distributed 09/23/09) PONCHATOULA, La. – Construction will pause on a “high-performance” demonstration house on two separate dates to give the general public and housing professionals insider views of the innovative structure being built in the Pine Island subdivision.
LSU AgCenter agents recommend safe tailgating game plan
(Distributed 09/23/09) BOSSIER CITY, La. – Food handling precautions can prevent illness from sidelining football fans who enjoy tailgating, according to LSU AgCenter experts.
Youth wetlands education program gets $1.5 million for three more years
(Distributed 09/22/09) The LSU AgCenter’s Youth Wetlands Education and Outreach Program has received an additional three years of funding for $1.5 million from the Louisiana Office of Coastal Protection and Restoration. The program will receive $500,000 each year beginning in January 2010 and ending December 2012, according to Paul Coreil, LSU AgCenter vice chancellor for extension.
Agritourism conference set for Oct. 6 in Crowley
(Distributed 09/22/09) CROWLEY, La. – An information session to help farmers take advantage of the potential of agritourism will be held Oct. 6 at the LSU AgCenter Rice Research Station.
Shrinking economy causes rise in alligator population, loss in skin prices
(Distributed 09/22/09) HENRY, La. – Workers at Vermilion Gator Farm are busy curing the skins of some of 80,000 alligators the farm raises. But next year the skinning and curing sheds will sit mostly empty. The Sagrera family has operated the farm for more than 25 years, but they’ve never seen a year this bad. In June, they didn’t collect any alligator eggs and won’t raise a crop of alligators in 2010.
Good yields greet rice farmers
(TV News 09/21/09) Louisiana rice farmers could finally get a good year. Farmers have suffered in recent years because of storms and low prices, but LSU AgCenter correspondent Tobie Blanchard says farmers are harvesting what appears to be an excellent crop for 2009. (Runtime: 1:49)
Weather affects corn and cotton crops
(TV News 09/07/09) Weather conditions during the growing season have led to mixed results in the field for some crops. Yields are all over the board for the state’s corn, and cotton growers could see a similar situation. LSU AgCenter correspondent Tobie Blanchard looks at these two crops. (Runtime: 1: 26)
Yellow jackets are aggressive scavengers
(Radio News 09/21/09) Yellow jackets are aggressive scavengers, and they can be particularly bothersome this time of year, says LSU AgCenter entomologist Dr. Dale Pollet. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Lovebugs are active during early autumn
(Radio News 09/21/09) Early autumn remains an active time for insects in Louisiana, and September usually brings a resurgence in the love bug population. LSU AgCenter entomologist Dr. Dale Pollet says this fall we could see plenty of these amorous insects. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Fire ants forage during fall
(Radio News 09/21/09) Fire ants can be a terrible nuisance for homeowners and landowners. LSU AgCenter entomologist Dr. Dale Pollet recommends large-scale treatment during the spring and fall. Late September or early October is a good time to organize a treatment campaign in your neighborhood. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Try reusing caladium tubers
(Audio 09/21/09) Caladiums may not need to be replanted each year even though they become dormant during winter months. The tubers could be reused to produce more caladiums the following year. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Rayville mayor’s office takes lead in going wireless in northeast Louisiana
(Distributed 09/21/09) RAYVILLE, La. – “It’s up. It’s live. It’s running.” With those words, the Rayville mayor’s office became the first governmental entity to be connected to wireless Internet service through the Louisiana Delta Initiative’s Bricks to Clicks for Local Governments program, said Dr. James Barnes, director of the LSU AgCenter's Delta Rural Development Center.
Create your own compost
(Audio 09/21/09) Many gardeners simply discard the organic waste they clean out of their yards. Composting items such as grass clippings and leaves could be beneficial for future bed preparations. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
4-H’ers to make ethanol during National 4-H Week, Oct. 4-10
(Distributed 09/18/09) To help celebrate National 4-H Week, which is Oct. 4-10, Louisiana 4-H members will join millions of other 4-H’ers across the nation in participating in a science and technology project. They will make ethanol, one of the most common biofuels in the country. “Every parish will receive at least one Biofuel Blast experimental kit,” said David Boldt, state 4-H science and technology coordinator.
LSU AgCenter wood lab adds accreditation
(Distributed 09/18/09) The LSU AgCenter’s Wood Durability Laboratory recently received accreditation for additional test standards by the International Accreditation Services, according to the lab’s director.
LSU AgCenter provides literacy training to parents, educators
(Distributed 9/17/09) TALLULAH, La. – LSU AgCenter 4-H youth development staff members provided literacy training to more than 110 parents and Head Start and elementary school teachers from a three-parish area Aug. 19 to help prepare them for the upcoming school year.
Crazy ants poised to invade Louisiana
Distributed 09/17/09) A new invasive insect is threatening to move into Louisiana, according to experts with the LSU AgCenter. Rasberry crazy ants are lurking in Texas counties adjacent to Louisiana and are poised to invade the state, according to LSU AgCenter entomologist Linda Hooper- Bùi.
Harvest Days family event set for Sept. 26-27 at Burden Center
(Distributed 09/17/09) BATON ROUGE – The LSU AgCenter’s Burden Center and the LSU Rural Life Museum will host Harvest Days, an event for the whole family, on Sept. 26 and 27 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Ice cream now at 3 locations on LSU football game days
(Distributed 09/16/09) You can now scream for ice cream at LSU football games both inside and outside Tiger Stadium as well as at the LSU AgCenter Dairy Store on South Stadium Drive, which is open on game days from 10 a.m. until right before kickoff. The School of Animal Sciences, which operates the store, has opened two other venues for ice cream this football season.
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Allows kids to help pack evacuation kit
(Radio News 09/07/09) Allowing children to play a role in preparing for a storm could help alleviate some of their fears. LSU AgCenter child development specialist Dr. Becky White says one thing they could do is help gather their evacuation kit. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Storm season can cause anxieties for children
(Radio News 09/07/09) The names Katrina, Rita, Gustav and Ike can cause anxieties in adults, and while children may not remember the names of storms, they may remember living through them. LSU AgCenter child development specialist Dr. Becky White says parents should talk to their children during storm season. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
'PURPLE' crying peaks at baby's second month
(Radio News 09/07/09) Babies cry as a way of communicating needs – hunger, pain, diaper change. But sometimes babies cry for seemingly no reason. Researchers use PURPLE as an acronym to describe this crying. LSU AgCenter child and family life expert Dr. Linda Robinson explains that it is crying that peaks (the first P in the acronym) around two months. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
'Daily temperature reading' serves as communication guide for couples
(Radio News 09/0709) Couples can improve their relationships by improving communication. LSU AgCenter child and family life expert Dr. Linda Robinson says the "daily temperature reading" can be used as a communication guide. It consists of five areas partners share with each other. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Nutritionist encourages you to avoid trans fat
(Radio News 09/07/09) Steer clear of trans fats. That’s the recommendation from LSU AgCenter nutritionist Dr. Beth Reames. Trans fats come from liquid oil that has been made into solid fat. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Weevil concerns La. citrus industry
(Radio News 09/14/09) The diaprepes root weevil comes in multiple colors and can cause problems for multiple plants, according to LSU AgCenter entomologist Dr. Natalie Hummel. The biggest concern with the weevil in Louisiana is the state’s citrus crop. The insect, native to the Caribbean, was confirmed in a citrus orchard in lower Plaquemines Parish last fall andit has killed more than 20 trees there. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Insect found on 4-acre orchard
(Radio News 09/14/09) Jerry Ragas has been growing citrus in Plaquemines Parish, Louisiana, for four decades. He’s survived freezes and storms that have killed off his trees. He recently replanted his grove after Hurricane Katrina wiped out his stand. Now his orchard is threatened by an insect known as the diaprepes root weevil. He first noticed damage last fall but thought something else was causing it. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Plaquemines Parish keeping citrus psyllid under control
(Radio News 09/14/09) A year after it was discovered in the New Orleans area, the Asian citrus psyllid is still a concern for Louisiana citrus growers. The state's citrus production is centered in Plaquemines Parish, where aerial sprays have kept the pest under control, says LSU AgCenter entomologist Dr. Natalie Hummel. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Clearfield varieties make up large portion of rice crop
(Radio News 09/14/09) Rice farmers are harvesting their crop, and LSU AgCenter rice specialist Dr. Johnny Saichuk says this is the biggest crop of Clearfield rice the state has seen. This year farmers also planted more medium-grain varieties than in recent years. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Record yields level off as rice harvest continues
(Radio News 09/14/09) The Louisiana rice harvest was off to a record start. LSU AgCenter rice specialist Dr. Johnny Saichuk says farmers were harvesting around 60 barrels to the acre early on -- where they typically get around 40 barrels per acre. But yields began dropping off as farmers got into later-planted fields. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Sedum is good plant for busy gardeners
(Video 09/07/09) If you don’t have time to water your plants frequently during the summer, you might be interested in a less water-needy plant that flowers most of the year. On this edition of Get It Growing, LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill introduces you to that very type of plant – a tough and beautiful species of the perennial plant known as sedum. (Runtime: 1:42)
Plant coleus for fabulous fall color
(Video 09/14/09) It’s definitely not fall yet, but one plant that’s showing beautiful fall color right now is the coleus. On this edition of Get It Growing, LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill explains a basic consideration when selecting a coleus plant. (Runtime: 1:34)
September is busy month for vegetable gardeners
(Audio 09/07/09) The home vegetable garden is very active in September. Many of the same vegetables that grew in the spring and early summer are planted for a fall crop. Gardeners also can plant cool-season vegetables. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Construction could harm shade trees
(Audio 09/07/09) Mature shade trees are among the most valuable and irreplaceable plants in our landscape. But when you undertake a construction project on a lot with existing trees, the activity can affect the trees. Hire an arborist to make sure trees you want to spare are not harmed during construction. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Gardeners can plant allium vegetables this month
(Audio 09/07/09) Vegetables such as leeks, shallots and bunching onions are part of the allium family. They are easy to grow and productive in the home garden. They grow over a long period before they can be harvested, and September is a good month for planting them. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Mushrooms are nuisance in lawns
(Audio 09/07/09) Mushrooms may pop in your yard this month. These can be a nuisance, and there is always the possibility that they can be toxic. To be on the safe side, remove mushrooms before allowing pets or children to play in the area. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Self-pruning occurs with pecan trees
(Audio 09/07/09) The load of nuts on a pecan tree may be fairly heavy this time of the year. As trees get older, healthy branches can snap off because of the weight of the nuts. That's why you should not plant pecan trees near homes or structures. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Fertilize with caution as fall begins
(Audio 09/14/09) September is still hot in Louisiana, but most plants are slowing down in preparation for fall and winter. Gardeners should be cautious about what they fertilize this time of the year. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Prepare beds for fall plantings
(Audio 09/14/09) As the weather starts to turn cooler this time of year, many gardeners begin preparing beds for fall plantings. Gardeners can plant a variety of cool-season vegetables and flowers in their landscape during the fall. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Plants need to prepare for winter
(Audio 09/14/09) The days get shorter in September, and fall is around the corner. We need to be aware of the changing of the seasons and to stop pruning to let plants begin to harden off. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
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Hot, dry weather encourages chinch bug development
(Audio 09/14/09) Lawns haven't slowed down their growth yet, so you need to continue mowing and caring for yours. In early fall, the weather can be very hot and dry, and such weather can encourage chinch bugs. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Beds may need more mulch to keep weeds away
(Audio 09/14/09) Louisiana gardeners rely on mulch to help control weeds during the summer. The organic matter we use as mulch eventually decays and breaks down. So check your mulch and add more, if needed. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Maintain air conditioner for financial and health benefits
(Radio News 05/04/09) Maintaining your air conditioner can save you money and help your health in the long run. LSU AgCenter housing specialist Dr. Claudette Reichel says changing the filter regularly can increase airflow into the system and prevent dirt from building up. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Red-banded stink bug causes problems in soybeans
(Radio News 05/04/09) Insects pose problems for farmers, and a relatively new pest is proving to be a big problem for soybean growers. LSU AgCenter soybean specialist Dr. Ronnie Levy says the red-banded stink bug has been showing up in soybean fields in recent years. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Nurturing results in postive outcomes for children
(Radio News 05/04/09) Infants have basic physical needs to eat and sleep, but beyond that, babies and children need to be nurtured. LSU AgCenter family development specialist Dr. Becky White says being a nurturer is the most important role for parents. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Family specialist says parents need breaks
(Radio News 05/04/09) In order to be successful parents, individuals shouldn’t neglect themselves. LSU AgCenter family development specialist Dr. Becky White says parenting is especially challenging in today’s society and that parents need to take breaks to care for themselves. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Wheat residue has value to farmers
(Radio News 05/04/09) The value of wheat residue was an important topic at the LSU AgCenter’s Wheat and Oat Field Day in Winnsboro. LSU AgCenter researcher Dr. Don Boquet explains. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Agriculture contributes $9.5 billion to La. economy
(Radio News 05/11/09) Agriculture contributed nearly $10 billion to the state’s economy in 2008. The LSU AgCenter recently released its 2008 Louisiana Summary of Agriculture and Natural Resources. LSU AgCenter economist Dr. John Westra said slightly more than half of the $9.5 billion came from the farm-gate values. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Low cotton acres hurt rural economy
(Radio News 05/11/09) The continuing decline in the state's cotton acreage is bad news for rural Louisiana’s economy. LSU AgCenter cotton specialist Dr. Don Boquet says producing cotton requires many inputs, which help support local businesses. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Cotton acres drop again in 2009
(Radio News 05/11/09) This year’s Louisiana cotton crop will be the smallest the state has seen since the 1800s. Louisiana farmers will plant around 240,000 acres of cotton – nearly 60,000 fewer acres than last year. Despite the small crop, however, LSU AgCenter cotton specialist Dr. Don Boquet still says he expects it to be a good crop. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Ag Leadership Program accepting applications
(Radio News 05/18/09) The LSU AgCenter leadership program is accepting applications for its 12th class. Dr. Bobby Soileau, the program's director, says a goal of the program is to provide participants with the tools to become effective voices for agriculture. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
National Women's Week observed
(Radio News 05/11/09) Mother’s Day kicked off National Women’s Health Week. LSU AgCenter nutritionist Dr. Beth Reames says the week emphasizes the need for women to get adequate exercise and eat a healthful diet. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Pork products not associated with flu
(Radio News 05/11/09) Although many are calling the latest outbreak, "swine flu," the disease is not transmitted by eating pork products, says LSU AgCenter nutritionist Dr. Beth Reames. She says eating properly handled and cooked pork and pork products is safe. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
New cotton seed technology helps guard against pests
(Radio News 05/18/09) Farmers have new options when planting cotton. LSU AgCenter cotton specialist Dr. Don Boquet says new seed technology helps control pests. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Diet can control high blood pressure
(Radio News 05/18/09) High blood pressure doesn’t always have symptoms, so many people may have it without even knowing it. LSU AgCenter nutritionist Dr. Beth Reames says blood pressure is the force of blood against the walls of the arteries. Simple lifestyle changes can control high blood pressure, she points out. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Landcape roses popular with home gardeners
(Radio News 05/18/09) Roses are enjoying a renewed popularity among gardeners, and low-maintenance shrub roses are a big reason for the increased interest, says LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dr. Allen Owings. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
LSU AgCenter garden receives national maintenance award
(Radio News 05/18/09) More than 1,500 plants grace the All-America Rose Selections garden at the LSU AgCenter’s Burden Research Station in Baton Rouge. And AgCenter horticulturist reports the garden recently won an Outstanding Rose Garden Maintenance Award from All-America Rose Selections. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Rust appears in popular sugarcane variety
(Radio News 05/25/09) The disease rust is showing up in a popular sugarcane variety. LSU AgCenter sugarcane specialist Dr. Ben Legendre says rust also has been a problem for growers in the past. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Proper hand washing takes at least 20 seconds
(Radio News 05/25/09) One of the easiest ways to avoid a potential illness is quite simple – wash your hands appropriately. Hands are the most common way to spread germs because they are warm and moist and come in contact with many surfaces. LSU AgCenter family development associate Emily Braud says proper hand washing is especially important for children. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Farmers harvesting 'mixed' wheat crop
(Radio News 05/25/09) Farmers are harvesting their wheat crops, and the conditions of what they're harvesting are mixed. LSU AgCenter wheat specialist Dr. Ed Twidwell says conditions were dry in January and February and that hindered the growth of the wheat. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
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Hessian flies affecting wheat in some areas
(Radio News 05/25/09) Hessian flies have been a problem in some wheat fields in recent years. These flies are small insects that feed on wheat seedlings and leave behind a toxin that can make a plant develop poorly. LSU AgCenter wheat specialist Dr. Ed Twidwell explains. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Sugarcane stands of 'plant cane' are weak
(Radio News 05/25/09) Hurricanes Gustav and Ike delayed last year’s sugarcane planting. As a result, 60 percent of the crop was planted in September and October. LSU AgCenter sugarcane specialist Dr. Ben Legendre says this hurt the crop.
Fun is at heart of livestock show
(Radio News 03/02/09) Showing livestock helps youngsters develop valuable skills, but at the heart of it is the enjoyment participants get out of the experience. Cobey Hendry says working with his Brahman bull is hard work, but he also says he's having fun. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Agritourism adds value to farms
(Radio News 03/02/09) If you’ve taken a tour of a pumpkin patch or visited a working dairy farm, you have participated in agritourism. LSU AgCenter community rural development agent Dora Ann Hatch explains. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Tax preparation help available
(Radio News 03/02/09) Need help preparing your tax return? Many resources are available to taxpayers. LSU AgCenter family economist Dr. Jeanette Tucker says the IRS is a good place to start. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Watch out for mistakes on tax returns
(Radio News 03/02/09) In the last minute rush to get tax returns completed, taxpayers often make mistakes. LSU AgCenter family economist Dr. Jeanette Tucker warns about mistakes to avoid. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Delta Initiative addresses issues in region
(Radio News 03/09/09 LSU AgCenter's Delta Rural Development Center in Oak Grove, La., is working to change conditions in northeast Louisiana. Louisiana Delta Initiative joins the development center with other organizations hoping to improve the economic conditions of the Delta region. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Lead Louisiana grows community leaders
(Radio News 03/09/09) The LSU AgCenter piloted a 12-hour leadership training course in Tensas Parish. Lead Louisiana attracted elected officials, community volunteers and emerging community leaders. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
E-business class helps stores go "from bricks to clicks"
(Radio News 03/09/09) The Delta Rural Development Center is offering classes on how to do business over the Internet. These classes promote expanded entrepreneurship in the 12-parish Delta region. LSU AgCenter agent Dora Ann Hatch teaches part of the class. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Farmers make decisions about ACRE
(Radio News 03/16/09) Agricultural producers will have to make decisions based on new federal legislation. The 2008 farm bill offers an alternative to traditional farm subsidy programs. The Average Crop Revenue Election program, or ACRE, will require farmers that enroll in the program to give up 20 percent of their direct payments but will grant them a 30 percent lower loan rate. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
New provisions added to SURE program
(Radio News 03/16/09) The economic stimulus package brings changes to the 2008 farm bill’s disaster assistance program. Under the supplemental revenue assistance or SURE program, agricultural producers would have a revenue guaranty for their commodities based on level of crop insurance. LSU AgCenter economist Dr. Kurt Guidry explains. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Aquaculture block grant may not help crawfish producers
(Radio News 03/16/09) Congress recently passed an economic stimulus package that includes a $50 million aquaculture block grant. The money is to assist aquaculture producers with the high cost of feed in 2008. LSU AgCenter economist Dr. Kurt Guidry says while Louisiana has an important aquaculture industry, it is unclear whether crawfish will receive much money from this grant. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Stimulus package includes several provisions for rural America
(Radio News 03/16/09) The economic stimulus package includes several provisions for farmers and rural America. LSU AgCenter economist Dr. Kurt Guidry explains. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Ag industry faring better than other sectors of economy
(Radio News 03/16/09) Agriculture revenue has grown in the past five years, according to an economist with the American Farm Bureau Federation. Dr. Robert Young says in 2002, the agriculture industry recorded $250 billion in sales. Last year industry sales totaled more than $360 billion. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Agent suggests ways to reduce carbon footprint
(Radio News 03/23/09) Americans leave a large carbon footprint on the Earth. Making small changes can reduce the size of that footprint and help conserve natural resources. LSU AgCenter area housing agent Stephen Picou says a good place to start is by replacing incandescent bulbs with compact fluorescents, which use 60 percent less energy. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Evangeline sweet potato makes up for lack of disease resistance with better taste
(Radio News 03/23/09) Sweet potato breeders recently released a new variety that could rival the long-dominant variety Beauregard. The variety Evangeline was grown commercially last year, and experts say that while it doesn't rival Beauregard's resistance to plant diseases it does excel in taste. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Variety can revolutionize crop industry
(Radio News 03/23/09) New varieties can revolutionize a crop’s industry. Beauregard is the leading variety of sweet potatoes in Louisiana. After the variety became available in the late 1980s, the state’s sweet potato industry grew, says LSU AgCenter sweet potato researcher Chris Clark. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Entomologist bikes for multiple benefits
(Radio News 03/23/09) It is not unusual to see Natalie Hummel in a skirt and heels carrying a bicycle helmet. On many days Hummel bikes to work. Hummel, an LSU AgCenter entomologist, says riding her bike allows her to conveniently fit in 40 minutes of exercise a day. She moved to Baton Rouge from Texas where she was driving close to 100 miles a day. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Buy local: save resources, support local economy
(Radio News 03/23/09) Have you considered where your food comes from? Not just from farmers and farms -- but where those farms are located and how the food got to you? Emily Neustrom works with the LSU AgCenter’s Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program and talks about the importance of buying local. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Poultry processing facility set to change hands
(Radio News 03/30/09) The poultry industry is vital to north Louisiana’s economy, but nearly 200 poultry producers in the area may find themselves with empty chicken houses for a while. Pilgrim’s Pride plans to stop operating its poultry processing facility in Farmerville in May, and the plant could see some down time as it transitions to new owners. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
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Interest in rice farming increases as production costs decrease
(Radio News 03/30/09) Hurricane Ike took some rice fields out of production in southwest Louisiana, but acreage is likely to go up in other parts of the state thanks to renewed interest in the crop brought by decreasing production costs. Experts say the state's overall rice acreage probably will hold steady at around 400,000 acres in production. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
LSU AgCenter agents sampling salinity levels in rice fields
(Radio News 03/30/09) The water that surged into Vermilion Parish during Hurricane Ike has long since retreated, but that water left the soil it flowed over contaminated with salt. LSU AgCenter county agent Stuart Gauthier has been sampling sites around the parish. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Medium-grain rice acreage to expand in 2009
(Radio News 03/30/09) Louisiana rice acreage likely will see a slight shift in varieties being grown this season. Australia is a major producer of medium-grain rice, but several years of drought has reduced the amount of rice that country is growing. California also has reduced its medium-grain acreage, according to LSU AgCenter rice specialist Dr. Johnny Saichuk, who says those circumstances present opportunities for Louisiana farmers. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Poultry industry has ups and downs for Jackson Parish producer
(Radio News 03/30/09) Tod Hibbard figures he has grown nearly 10 million chickens in the 16 years he has been a poultry producer. Hibbard has eight chicken houses on rolling land in Jackson Parish. He said business was good initially but has had ups and downs over the years. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Mexican sugar industry increasing sugar imports
(Radio News 06/01/09) A devalued peso could lead to a million tons of Mexican sugar coming into the United States. LSU AgCenter sugarcane specialist Dr. Ben Legendre says that amount would be much more than Louisiana’s sugar industry expected. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
'Tweens' need a mix of structure and independence
(Radio News 06/01/09) Some children experience homesickness when they are away from home during the summer. LSU AgCenter family development specialist Dr. Diane Sasser says parents must be careful when dealing with or anticipating homesickness.
Parents are guides for their youngsters
(Radio News 06/01/09) An important part of parenting is providing guidance to your child. LSU AgCenter family development specialist Dr. Becky White says parents need to provide a safe and loving environment where children can learn and grow. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Knowing 'ages and stages' helps parents have realistic goals
(Radio News 06/01/09) Parents need to have realistic, research-supported expectations about what their children can do and accomplish at a particular age or stage in life, says LSU AgCenter family development specialist Dr. Becky White. She says expecting too much too soon can have a negative affect on a child. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Summer camps provide fun activities for children
(Radio News 06/01/09) Summer camps provide fun and educational experiences for youngsters, and parents have many options when choosing where to send their children. LSU AgCenter family development specialist Dr. Diane Sasser has advice for picking the right camp. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Rice water weevil is infesting rice fields
(Radio News 06/08/09) The rice water weevil is a major pest of rice, and the population this year appears as large as ever. Researchers aren’t sure what caused the increase in weevils, but LSU AgCenter entomologist Dr. Natalie Hummel says the damage is already noticeable in some fields. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Entomologist urges rice farmers to look out for grape colaspis beetle
(Radio News 06/08/09) An insect not seen in Louisiana rice fields in more than two decades has damaged two fields. LSU AgCenter entomologist Dr. Natalie Hummel says the grape colaspis is a problem in rice in Arkansas. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
It's not too late to treat for fire ants
(Radio News 06/08/09) If you haven’t treated your yard for fire ants, it’s not too late. April and October are the ideal time to treat, but you can still get good results in June, says LSU AgCenter entomologist Dr. Dale Pollet. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Growth regulators provide long-lasting fire ant control
(Radio News 06/08/09) Individuals looking for extensive control of fire ants should look for growth regulators, says an LSU AgCenter entomologist. Dr. Dale Pollet says these baits work by sterilizing the ants. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Children need an advocate
(Radio News 06/08/09) Every child needs an advocate – someone who is on their side, says LSU AgCenter family development specialist Dr. Becky White. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Beetles can damage pine and cypress tree foliage
(Radio News 06/15/09) Pine colaspis beetles may be feeding on your pine and cypress trees. Dr. Dale Pollet, an entomologist with the LSU AgCenter, says these golden beetles are foliage feeders. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Bark lice won't harm trees
(Radio News 06/15/09) It is not unusual this time of the year to notice a large mass of tiny insects on the bark of certain trees. These are psocids or bark lice, explains LSU AgCenter entomologist Dr. Dale Pollet, who says they won't harm trees. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Let children help with storm preparation
(Radio News 06/15/09) Most children are naturally inquisitive and when a storm is approaching your child may have many questions. LSU AgCenter family life specialist Dr. Diane Sasser says you should be prepared to answer these questions before they are asked. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Parents can provide motivation for learning
(Radio News 06/15/09) Babies are like sponges, soaking in new things every day. Parents can provide babies and young children with the motivation to learn. LSU AgCenter family development specialist Dr. Becky White explains. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Fathers are central part of babies' lives
(Radio News 06/15/09) Each June Father’s Day highlights the important roles dads play in children's lives. LSU AgCenter family and child development associate Courtney Pitts says fathers need to be involved throughout their children's lives. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Hurricane season requires preparation
(Radio News 06/22/09) Hurricanes generally are less frequent during the early part of the summer storm season, but now still is a good time to prepare for potential storms, says LSU AgCenter disaster programs coordinator Pat Skinner. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
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'Grab and go' box keeps important items together
(Radio News 06/22/09) Gathering important supplies before a disaster occurs is important. LSU AgCenter family economist Dr. Jeanette Tucker recommends putting together a "grab and go" box. She says this box should include items such as backup copies of important computer files, negatives of treasured photographs and keys to the safe deposit box. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Find Louisiana blueberries in season
(Radio News 06/22/09) Blueberries have big health benefits, and they are in season now. Louisiana has its share of blueberry growers, and the quality of this year’s crop is as high as its nutrition content. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Blueberries are brimming with nutrients
(Radio News 06/29/09) Blueberries are brimming with nutrients and flavor, says LSU AgCenter nutritionist Dr. Beth Reames. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Blueberries are low-maintenance fruit crop
(Radio News 06/22/09) Home gardeners can have fresh, delicious and nutritious blueberries right outside of their doors. Blueberries are a great fruit crop for the home landscape, says LSU AgCenter county agent Kenny Sharpe. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Food safety important during cookouts
(Radio News 06/29/09) Keep it clean when cooking or eating outdoors, says LSU AgCenter nutritionist Dr. Beth Reames. No one wants a picnic or cookout spoiled by foodborne illness. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Primitive living supplies necessary during hurricane season
(Radio News 06/22/09) When a hurricane hits, residents in its path may have to live without water or electricity for a while. LSU AgCenter disaster programs coordinator Pat Skinner says Louisiana residents need to be prepared for primitive living conditions. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
4-H'ers pledge to live healthfully
(Radio News 06/29/09) 4-H’ers pledge to live healthfully, and the LSU AgCenter is helping youngsters keep that pledge. From Smart Bodies to Smart Choices, the LSU AgCenter has a variety of programs that teach children about healthy living, according to LSU AgCenter nutritionist Denise Holston. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Interstate 69 will not affect Pecan Research Station
(Radio News 06/29/09) The LSU AgCenter Pecan Research-Extension Station in Shreveport will not be affected by the latest alignment of Interstate 69 in southern Caddo Parish, according to the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development. Dr. Patrick Colyer, the LSU AgCenter's Northwest Region director, says this is great news. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Dry weather a topic at Northeast Field Day
(Radio News 07/06/09) Farmers visiting the LSU AgCenter’s Northeast Research Station for its annual field day were greeted by dry, cracked earth, dusty fields and crops on the verge of drought stress. Much of the state has seen little or no rainfall for several weeks, and the crops are starting to show it, according to LSU AgCenter research coordinator Dr. Donnie Miller. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Quality tomatoes can come from a greenhouse
(Radio News 07/06/09) Quality tomatoes can come from a greenhouse. LSU AgCenter researcher Dr. H.Y. Hanna spent the past 13 years proving it. Hanna says his work benefits small growers. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Greenhouse tomatoes are easy on the environment
(Radio News 07/06/09) Growing tomatoes in a greenhouse is better for the environment, says LSU AgCenter researcher Dr. H.Y. Hanna. He says growers don’t have to use pesticides because they can control the environment in the greenhouse. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Farmers fighting 'volunteer' weeds
(Radio News 07/06/09) Some farmers are fighting volunteer weeds – crops from a previous planting growing among a new crop. LSU AgCenter researcher Dr. Donnie Miller explains that a Roundup Ready corn plant growing in a soybean field is a weed, and it competes for nutrients and can reduce yields of the desired crop. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Dry weather could encourage development of alfatoxin
(Radio News 07/06/09) Aflatoxin is a major concern for corn growers. This naturally occurring fungus is a potent carcinogen that can grow on corn. Dr. Ken Damann conducts research on aflatoxin for the LSU AgCenter. He says the pathogen thrives in hot, dry conditions like those the state has experienced recently. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Researcher discusses disease control on row crops
(Radio News 07/13/09) Dr. Boyd Padgett, a plant pathologist with the LSU AgCenter, spoke to farmers at the LSU AgCenter’s Northeast Research Station and Red River Research Station field days. Padgett is evaluating the use of fungicides on corn at certain stages and says more research is needed. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Downy mildew disease affects cucurbit plants
(Radio News 07/13/09) A disease is affecting cucurbit plants, which include fruits and vegetables such as melons, squash and cucumbers. Downy mildew can cause serious damage to these plants, says LSU AgCenter plant pathologist Dr. Don Ferrin. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Dry weather affecting state's soybean crop
(Radio News 07/13/09) Louisiana’s soybean crop is in the middle of its growing season. LSU AgCenter soybean specialist Dr. Ronnie Levy says dry weather is starting to affect the crop. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Insects on soybeans active in Louisiana
(Radio News 07/13/09) Insects on soybeans are active in Louisiana, says LSU AgCenter entomologist Dr. Jeff Davis. If a grower's crop is at the R3 stage or higher, Davis recommends treating for pests if there are high numbers of insects present. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
'Windywood' property expands 4-H camp
(Radio News 07/20/09) The LSU AgCenter’s 4-H camp near Pollock, La., increased its size to 82 acres as the Louisiana 4-H Foundation officially donated a vacant piece of property for camp expansion. 4-H Foundation Executive Director Eric Eskew explains. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
LSU AgCenter researchers release weevil to fight weed
(Radio News 07/20/09) The aquatic weed giant salvinia is suffocating thousands of acres of Lake Bisteneau in northwest Louisiana. So the LSU AgCenter is working with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries to dump even more salvinia into the lake – but this salvinia is infested with a weevil that feeds only on the weed. Over time, the weevils can keep the salvinia in check. (Runtime: 1 minute, 30 seconds)
Imported weed infests waterways
(Radio News 07/20/09) Giant salvinia has been a problem in Louisiana for nearly a decade. The noxious weed can clog waterways and chokes the life out of lakes and ponds. The weed isn’t native to this area and has no natural predators. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
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Rice Research Station celebrates its centennial
(Radio News 07/20/09) The LSU AgCenter's Rice Research Station recently celebrated its centennial during its annual field day. Station director and rice breeder Dr. Steve Linscombe said the station has had a strong rice variety development program over the years. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Dry weather has rice farmers running pumps
(Radio News 0720/09) Louisiana’s rice crop appears to be in good shape. But farmers have had to pump more water because of dry weather, says LSU AgCenter rice specialist Dr. Johnny Saichuk. Growers also are concerned about high nighttime temperatures, which can interfere with pollination of the rice plants. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
New Clearfield rice varieties on the horizon
(Radio News 07/27/09) LSU AgCenter rice breeders constantly are working on experimental lines, and Dr. Steve Linscombe says two Clearfield lines in development show promise. The first is an early maturing, long-grain variety that if released would be called CL 111. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
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)
Recycling programs reuse Christmas trees
(Radio News 01/05/09) Even when the holidays are over and the decorations have come down, your Christmas tree can still have some value to it, says LSU AgCenter forestry specialist Dr. Don Reed. Some communities collect trees to use for mulch or to stop erosion. Check with your city or parish government to see if they recycle trees and when to set your tree out by the curb. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Take control of finances in 2009
(Radio News 01/05/09) If you are attempting to take control of your finances in 2009, an LSU AgCenter family economist has some tips to help. Dr. Jeanette Tucker says a financial resolution should start with determining your net worth and developing a working budget.
Farmers experienced ups and downs in 2008
(Radio News 01/05/09) 2008 had many ups and downs for Louisiana farmers. Farmers headed into the year with a good deal of optimism, says LSU AgCenter economist Dr. Kurt Guidry, but he points out things changed along the way. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Ag economist looks ahead into 2009
(Radio News 01/05/09) LSU AgCenter economist Dr. Kurt Guidry makes predictions about Louisiana’s crop outlook for the new year. Guidry expects soybean and rice acreage to increase in 2009. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Insects can live in firewood
(Radio News 01/05/09) A roaring fireplace can add warmth and ambiance to the home. The drawback is that you can bring unwanted pests inside along with the firewood, says LSU AgCenter entomologist Dr. Dale Pollet. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Financial crisis slow to affect ag lending
(Radio News 01/05/09) Financial woes are affecting most sectors of the economy. LSU AgCenter economist Dr. Kurt Guidry says agricultural lending hasn’t felt the full brunt of the economic crisis. Guidry says the question isn’t whether there will be money to lend to producers this year but whether producers can convince lenders to make the loans. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Tips to reduce energy consumption and bills
(Radio News 01/12/09) If you are looking for ways to save money this winter, try cutting energy costs. LSU AgCenter housing specialist Dr. Claudette Reichel has some tips – starting with curbing air leakage around your home. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Agents tackling nutritional needs
(Radio News 01/12/09) LSU AgCenter agents are tackling nutritional needs in their communities. Agents are involved in a nutrition coalition taking on three issues. LSU AgCenter family and consumer sciences agent Terri Crawford explains. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Gardens cultivate communities
(Radio News 01/12/09) Community gardens are providing access to fresh vegetables for residents of some low-income neighborhoods in Shreveport. The LSU AgCenter program also is bringing neighbors together and changing communities for the better, according to LSU AgCenter horticulture agent Grace Peterson. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Gardening program provides fresh produce for neighborhoods
(Radio News 01/12/09) Several gardens in Shreveport are providing more than just food to members of the community. The gardens are empowering neighborhoods and giving neighbors a sense of accomplishment. LSU AgCenter horticulturists and nutritionists, such as Grace Peterson, are working to revitalize communities by setting up vegetable gardens. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Garden teaches nutrition to elementary students
(Radio News 01/19/09) Growing your own vegetables is one way to learn about nutrition, and that’s the approach Valverda Elementary School in Pointe Coupee Parish is taking. A variety of vegetables are being grown in the school's courtyard, says fourth-grade teacher Catherine Olinde. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Elementary school incorporates garden into daily lessons
(Radio News 01/19/09) Broccoli on the school’s cafeteria menu may not excite many students, but broccoli growing in Valverda Elementary School’s courtyard excited two classes of fourth graders on a crisp winter morning. Fourth-grade teacher Joann Hebert says the garden is part of the curriculum for many classes at this Pointe Coupee Parish School. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Strawberry acreage stabilizing
(Radio News 01/19/09) Early Louisiana strawberries are arriving in grocery stores and farmers markets. Louisiana growers produce plenty of high-quality berries, but the state doesn’t have as many acres of strawberries as it did 10 years ago, according to Dr. Regina Bracy, director of the LSU AgCenter's Hammond Research Station. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
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Snow damages nursery stock, greenhouses
(Radio News 01/19/09) Snow in mid-December inflicted considerable damage to plant nurseries in the Florida parishes and the Forest Hill area. Dr. Regina Bracy, director of the LSU AgCenter's Hammond Research Station, says around 80 percent of that area's greenhouses were damaged. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Strawberry season starts early
(Radio News 01/19/09) Louisiana strawberries are a springtime favorite, but consumers don’t have to wait this year to enjoy them. Some farmers started harvesting their crops back in November, says Dr. Regina Bracy, director of the LSU AgCenter's Hammond Research Station. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Winter doesn't bring an end to yard care
(Radio News 01/26/09) The weather outside may be frightful for gardeners, but there are still opportunities to work outdoors, says LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dr. Tom Koske. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Lead Louisiana program creating parish-level leaders
(Radio News 01/26/09) The LSU AgCenter’s Delta Rural Development Center is working to create parish-level leaders. Dr. James Barnes is heading up the Lead Louisiana program. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Garden needs attention in winter
(Radio News 01/26/09) Think there is nothing to do in the yard or garden this time of the year? LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dr. Tom Koske says think again. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Spinach loves cool weather
(Radio News 01/26/09) Spinach loves cool weather, and for gardeners who love spinach, now is the time to get it in the ground. LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dr. Tom Koske says you need to plant spinach at least 60 days before the heat settles in and that hybrid varieties work best. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
King cake OK in moderation
(Radio News 01/26/09) You can have your king cake and eat it too; just do it moderation, says LSU AgCenter nutritionist Dr. Heli Roy. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Hurricane Gustav decreased crawfish population
(Radio News 02/02/09) Hurricane Gustav knocked down trees, cut off power and may be partly responsible for a smaller crawfish harvest this year. LSU AgCenter aquaculture specialist Dr. Greg Lutz says the heavy rainfall associated with the storm affected crawfish ponds. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Early crawfish harvest is down
(Radio News 02/02/09) Almost immediately after the holidays, Louisiana consumers start thinking about crawfish. But early harvests are down this year, according to LSU AgCenter aquaculture specialist Dr. Greg Lutz. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Researchers look for ways to lower crawfish harvest costs
(Radio News 02/02/09) Nearly two-thirds of the production costs in crawfish farming are associated with harvest. Researchers at the LSU AgCenter’s Aquaculture Research Station have focused on baiting and harvesting techniques that would make the process more cost effective for producers. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
AgOutlook Conference scheduled for Feb. 26
(Radio News 02/02/09) The LSU AgCenter will host the 2009 Agricultural Outlook Conference Feb. 26 in Baton Rouge. The theme for the program is "Keeping Louisiana’s Agriculture Competitive." The event will take place at the Lod Cook Conference Center on the LSU campus in Baton Rouge and will focus on current issues facing the state’s farmers and agribusinesses. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Certified Louisiana Master Farmers add new members
(Radio News 02/02/09) Louisianans certified as Louisiana Master Farmers recently added new members to the elite rank. Twenty-seven farmers graduated from the program which teaches them how to implement conservation practices on their farming operations. Ernest Girouard directs the LSU AgCenter’s Master Farmer program.
Sustainable landscapes offer low-maintenance options
(Radio News 02/09/09) Sustainable landscaping is a hot topic among gardeners right now. LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dr. Allen Owings says sustainable landscapes involve using plants that are native to the area and that have low insect and disease problems and low irrigation and fertilizer needs. An example of a sustainable landscape is on display at the LSU AgCenter’s showcase home LaHouse on the LSU campus in Baton Rouge.(Runtime: 60 seconds)
All-America Rose Selection winners announced
(Radio News 02/09/09) Three roses are 2009 All-America Rose Selection winners. Pink Promise is a hybrid tea; Cinco de Mayo is a floribunda; and Carefree Spirit is a landscape shrub. LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dr. Allen Owings explains.
Improving credit score helps when looking for loans
(Radio News 02/09/09) Credit can be hard to come by these days. LSU AgCenter family economist Dr. Jeanette Tucker says it’s a good idea to try to improve your credit score before looking for a loan. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Researcher discusses herbicide-resistant weeds
(Radio News 02/09/09) Weed management was an important topic at the LSU AgCenter’s Northeast Louisiana Crop Forum. States such as Arkansas, Georgia, Mississippi and Tennessee have experienced herbicide-resistant weeds. Dr. Daniel Stephenson, an LSU AgCenter weed scientist, says Louisiana farmers have to be vigilant with their weed management programs. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Expert focused on diseases at soybean forum
(Radio News 02/09/09) Soybean growers from Louisiana, Arkansas and Mississippi met in Oak Grove for the 2009 Tri-state Soybean Forum. Soybean experts spoke with growers about the latest research and improving production. LSU AgCenter plant pathologist Dr. Boyd Padgett discussed disease issues. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Salmonella outbreak highlights the need for food safety
(Radio News 02/16/09) The recent outbreak of salmonella linked to peanut products is a national tragedy – people have died from the illness, and hundreds have been sickened. This outbreak calls attention to the importance of food safety issues, says LSU AgCenter nutritionist and food safety expert Dr. Beth Reames. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Consumers must be vigilant when food safety issues arise
(Radio News 02/16/09) During the past few years, consumers have dealt with contaminated spinach, contaminated tomatoes and, most recently, products containing peanut butter and peanut paste tainted with salmonella. LSU AgCenter nutritionist and food safety expert Dr. Beth Reames talks about this issue. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Healthy heart starts with healthy lifestyle
(Radio News 02/16/09) The heart is a focus during February -- not only because of Valentine’s Day but also because this month the American Heart Association calls attention to the threat of heart disease. LSU AgCenter nutritionist Dr. Beth Reames says a healthy diet can guard against a heart attack. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
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Workers should have emergency fund
(Radio News 02/16/09) The number of people claiming unemployment benefits has reached a record high, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. If you haven’t lost your job yet, but are suspecting a layoff could be possible, don’t wait for it to happen before acting. LSU AgCenter family economist Dr. Jeanette Tuckers says to start putting money into an emergency fund if you haven't done so already. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Grieving process occurs after job loss
(Radio News 02/16/09) Dozens of big businesses recently announced massive layoffs, and jobs are being cut at an alarming rate. LSU AgCenter economist Dr. Jeanette Tucker says surviving a layoff is tough and that most people will go through a grieving process. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Kindergarteners journey through ag adventure
(Radio News 02/23/09) Sheep showing isn’t part of a typical kindergartener’s day. But on this day, students were stepping outside of the classroom and into an ag adventure. The LSU AgCenter hosted the program at Burton Coliseum in Lake Charles. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Entomologists pilot school pest management program
(Radio News 02/22/09) LSU AgCenter entomologists are piloting an integrated pest management program in Ascension Parish schools. Called School IPM, the program is an effort of the Southern Region Integrated Pest Management Center, says LSU AgCenter entomologist Dr. Dale Pollet. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Start gathering documents for tax preparation
(Radio News 02/23/09) Income tax returns are not due for several more weeks, but this is a good time to get important documents in order, says LSU AgCenter family economist Dr. Jeanette Tucker. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Insects active during winter
(Radio News 02/23/09) Winter typically is a quiet time for insects, but in Louisiana insects remain active all year long. LSU AgCenter entomologist Dr. Dale Pollet says inconsistent temperatures can lead to pest problems. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Economist offers ways to cut costs
(Radio News 02/23/09) "Gloomy" continues to be an often-used term to describe the nation’s economic outlook, and workers are losing jobs or having their paychecks slashed. LSU AgCenter family economist Dr. Jeanette Tucker talks about ways to cut costs. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Museum houses items 'dear to hearts'
(Radio News 08/03/09) 4-H has been developing youth in Louisiana for more than 100 years, and a new museum in Avoyelles Parish shows how important the organization has been to so many. Rose Anne St. Romain, coordinator for the Louisiana 4-H Museum, talks about it. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Louisiana 4-H Museum opens
(Radio News 08/03/09) A group of 4-H’ers recently cut the ribbon at the grand opening of the Louisiana 4-H Museum in Avoyelles Parish. More than 500 people attended the July 18 opening and got to see the origins and evolution of Louisiana 4-H. Museum coordinator Rose Anne St. Romain explains. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Block grant could offset rising aquaculture feed costs
(Radio News 08/03/09) Feed costs for aquaculture crops have risen dramatically in the past year. A grant program is helping offset the increased costs. Money from the program comes from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. LSU AgCenter economist Dr. Kurt Guidry explains. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Hurricane recovery program helps farmers
(Radio News 08/03/09) A loan and grant program is assisting farmers affected by hurricanes Gustav and Ike. LSU AgCenter economist Dr. Kurt Guidry says the program offers low-interest loans to producers who suffered at least $10,000 worth of losses because of the 2008 hurricanes. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Agribusinesses can apply for recovery loans
(Radio News 08/03/09) The 2008 hurricanes hurt many of the state’s agribusinesses. The Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry is administering a loan program for businesses that had at least $10,000 in losses. LSU AgCenter economist Dr. Kurt Guidry has more details.
Sugarcane growers face rust problems
(Radio News 08/10/09) The disease rust has been a problem in Louisiana’s sugarcane crop. LSU AgCenter sugarcane specialist Dr. Ben Legendre says growers saw an influx of the disease in late winter in varieties thought to have good rust resistance. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Sugar prices rise slightly
(Radio News 08/10/09) LSU AgCenter sugarcane specialist Dr. Ben Legendre says many growers are facing tough financial situations. Growers gathered recently at the LSU AgCenter sugarcane field day where they heard good news about prices. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
College employment has pros and cons
(Radio News 08/10/09) Students must consider pros and cons when deciding whether or not to work during their college years. LSU AgCenter family economist Dr. Jeanette Tucker says employment can enhance career opportunities but could hinder studies. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
College can be financial eye-opener for teens
(Radio News 08/10/09) Moving away to college can be a financial eye-opener says LSU AgCenter family economist Dr. Jeanette Tucker. Students should determine their fixed and flexible costs, then prepare a livable budget before they make the big move. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Researcher working with unique protein
(Radio News 08/10/09) Soy products contain a protein called the Bowman-Birk inhibitor. This protein has numerous health benefits, such as inhibiting cancer cell growth and reducing inflammation. LSU AgCenter food scientist Dr. Jack Losso is conducting research on this protein. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Researchers convert plants into ethanol
(Radio News 08/17/09) The LSU AgCenter’s Audubon Sugar Institute is converting crops such as sugarcane and sweet sorghum into ethanol. Two parts of a plant can be made into biofuel, says LSU AgCenter researcher Dr. Donal Day. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Byproducts are important part of biofuel process
(Radio News 08/17/09) Researchers are looking for ways to make ethanol from cellulosic material such as sugarcane economically feasible. One way to make the math work is to find high-value byproducts of the refining process. Dr. Donal Day is conducting research at the LSU AgCenter’s Audubon Sugar Institute. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Keep food-borne illness out of school lunch box
(Radio News 08/17/09) Backpacks aren’t the only thing youngsters are carrying to school. Many students bring their own lunches. LSU AgCenter nutritionist and food safety expert Dr. Beth Reames says parents should be sure their child’s food is packed safely to prevent food-borne illnesses. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
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National wildlife contest comes to Louisiana
(Radio News 08/17/09) More than 60 youngsters from 16 states competed in the 4-H National Wildlife Habitat Evaluation Program held recently in Sabine Parish. This three-day contest wasn’t just a walk in the woods. Participants observed a woody tract of land and had to make recommendations for certain wildlife species. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Youngsters compete in wildlife habitat program
(Radio News 08/17/09) A.J. Carlson had never been in Louisiana before participating in the 4-H National Wildlife Habitat Evaluation Program. But within a day he had gained extensive knowledge about the wildlife that thrive in the state. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Biofuels are small portion of energy production
(Radio News 08/24/09) LSU AgCenter economist Dr. Mike Salassi recently spoke at the Louisiana Natural Resources Symposium about the current market outlook for biofuels such as ethanol. He says biofuel represents only a small percentage of energy production. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Food scientist extracting beneficial lutein from corn
(Radio News 08/24/09) Dr. Jack Losso is working to extract the antioxidant lutein from corn. The LSU AgCenter food scientist says corn appears to be the most economical source of lutein. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
4-H has plenty to offer students heading back to school
(Radio News 08/24/09) As the new school year begins, many youngsters are looking to participate in clubs and organizations. 4-H has a strong presence in Louisiana schools, and the LSU AgCenter's head of its statewide youth development program says event where 4-H is not in the schools, youngsters can find it in their parish. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Dehydration can affect senior citizens
(Radio News 08/24/09) It’s hot out there, and staying hydrated can help you avoid heat-related illness. LSU AgCenter nutritionist Dr. Beth Reames says this is especially important for senior citizens. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Words stimulate baby's brain
(Radio News 08/24/09) Reading or simply talking to a baby is a critical way to stimulate his or her brain. Dr. Linda Robinson, a family development specialist with the LSU AgCenter, says this early brain stimulation can help a child prepare for success in school, relationships and the work world. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Drought affects early-harvested soybeans
(Radio News 08/31/09) Louisiana’s soybean harvest is just getting started. A small portion of the crop is out of the fields, and those early-harvested beans revealed lingering effects of the midsummer drought. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Asian soybean rust not threatening crop
(Radio News 08/31/09) Asian soybean rust is spreading across Louisiana but probably won’t harm Louisiana’s soybean crop. LSU AgCenter plant pathologist Dr. Boyd Padgett says the disease is likely in every soybean-producing parish but that its presence is no cause for alarm. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Corn harvest reveals varied yields
(Radio News 08/31/09) Louisiana farmers are harvesting their corn crops, and yields vary dramatically. Some farmers are getting near-record levels of almost 200 bushels to the acre while others are seeing yields as low as 50 bushels to the acre. LSU AgCenter extension associate Rob Ferguson explains. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Cotton crop in good shape
(Radio News 08/31/09) During the next few weeks Louisiana farmers will start harvesting their cotton. Dry weather hurt some fields, but LSU AgCenter cotton specialist Dr. Don Boquet says the state's crop looks good overall. Boquet says insects have been a problem in some fields and have required growers to use more insecticides. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Too much nitrogen can affect cotton harvest
(Radio News 08/31/09) Nitrogen helps keep cotton plants healthy, but too much nitrogen could be detrimental. Cotton is a perennial plant, and more nitrogen than is recommended could cause the plant to keep growing past the appropriate time, says LSU AgCenter cotton specialist Dr. Don Boquet. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Youth Wetlands Week set for April 20-24
(Radio News 04/06/09) The LSU AgCenter is partnering with the Louisiana Department of Natural Resources to sponsor Youth Wetlands Week, a program aimed at fourth- through 12th-graders that raises awareness about the need for wetland rehabilitation. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Master Horseman Program raises skill levels
(Radio News 04/06/09) The LSU AgCenter’s Master Horseman program was started after a survey of horse owners across Louisiana found that many lacked adequate horsemanship skills. LSU AgCenter horse specialist Dr. Clint Depew explains. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Honeybees active as flowers bloom
(Radio News 04/06/09) With the weather warming and flowers blooming, honeybees are becoming active. LSU AgCenter entomologist Dr. Dale Pollet says if you find a swarm in your yard, you should leave it alone or leave it to a professional. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Crane flies are nuisance, not harmful
(Radio News 04/06/09) A large number of crane flies are active this time of year. These giant flies and their larva can be a nuisance but aren't harmful, explains LSU AgCenter entomologist Dr. Dale Pollet. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Rice industry still suffering from 2008 hurricane damage
(Radio News 04/13/09) Hurricanes Gustav and Ike caused $91 million worth of damage to Louisiana’s 2008 rice crop, and some areas are still feeling the economic effects. LSU AgCenter economist Dr. Kurt Guidry says southwest Louisiana will continue to see losses because of salt contamination in rice fields. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Entomologists studying Mexican rice borer
(Radio News 04/13/09) LSU AgCenter entomologists have crossed state lines to monitor a pest that threatens Louisiana’s rice and sugarcane industry. The Mexican rice borer has been in Texas for 30 years but recently was found in traps at Vinton, La. Entomology graduate student Julien Beuzelin is working in Texas to study this insect. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Heavy rain causes problems for corn growers
(Radio News 04/13/09) Most of the state’s corn has been planted. Some growers were able to get their crops planted early, but heavy rains may have washed off fertilizer applications, according to LSU AgCenter corn specialist Rob Ferguson. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Corn acreage down across Louisiana
(Radio News 04/13/09) Corn acreage reached record levels in Louisiana several years ago, but the acres dedicated to this feed grain will drop again this year. LSU AgCenter corn specialist Rob Ferguson predicts Louisiana corn growers will plant around 510,000 acres. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
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AgMagic takes youngsters on agricultural journey
(Radio News 04/13/09) Youngsters can take an interactive journey through Louisiana agriculture at AgMagic. The LSU AgCenter sponsors the event which is in its sixth year. LSU AgCenter poultry specialist and AgMagic tour guide Dr. Theresia Lavergne says the event includes exhibits on forestry, insects, fisheries, crops and livestock. Each exhibit includes something exciting for visitors. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Mexican rice borer threatens Louisiana's sugarcane industry
(Radio News 04/20/09) LSU AgCenter entomologist Dr. Gene Reagan has been studying the Mexican rice borer in Texas as it moved northeast toward Louisiana. He says estimates show it could have a significant effect on Louisiana’s sugarcane and rice crops. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
AgMagic provides take-home lessons
(Radio News 04/20/09) Students can learn about Louisiana agriculture before and after they visit the LSU AgCenter’s interactive exhibit AgMagic. LSU AgCenter poultry specialist and AgMagic tour guide Dr. Theresia Lavergne says teachers receive packets that include lessons they can use when they get back to their classroom. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Treat fire ants in April
(Radio News 04/20/09) April is the ideal time to treat for fire ants. LSU AgCenter entomologist Dr. Dale Pollet says insecticides can give you immediate results, but growth regulators will give you longer-lasting results. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Allergies can cause severe reaction to fire ant bites
(Radio News 04/20/09) Anyone whose been bitten by a fire ant knows the sting these little pests can inflict. A fire ant can bite several times within seconds. By quickly removing the ants from your body, you can avoid additional stings. LSU AgCenter entomologist Dr. Dale Pollet explains how to treat a bite. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
LSU AgCenter and Texas A&M cooperate on pest research
(Radio News 04/20/09) The Mexican rice borer has been a problem for rice and sugarcane growers in Texas for nearly three decades. LSU AgCenter entomologist Dr. Gene Reagan has worked with Texas A&M researchers to learn more about the pest. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Youngsters see the magic of agriculture at AgMagic
(Radio News 04/27/09) Dozens of youngsters gathered around a bin of baby chicks -- all eager to pet and maybe even hold one. These kindergarteners from Northwestern Elementary in Zachary were immersed in AgMagic, the LSU AgCenter’s interactive journey through Louisiana agriculture. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Corps working to conserve Louisiana's wetlands
(Radio News 04/27/09) Youth across the state participated in Youth Wetlands Week. The LSU AgCenter sponsored the week of lessons and activities to highlight the importance of the state’s wetlands. But the members of America’s Wetland Conservation Corps – a group of AmeriCorps members working thoughout Louisiana – dedicate a year to raising awareness of wetland conservation. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Louisiana soybean acreage to increase in 2009
(Radio News 04/27/09) Louisiana is likely to have a large soybean crop this year, according to experts. LSU AgCenter’s soybean specialist Dr Ronnie Levy is expecting as much as 1.2 million acres. Mid- to late April is the optimum time to plant soybeans, but weather delayed some farmers. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Sentinel plots guard against Asian soybean rust
(Radio News 04/27/09) Researchers at the LSU AgCenter’s Dean Lee Research Station have planted a sentinel plot of soybeans. The purpose of this plot and others like it across the state is to warn against diseases like Asian soybean rust that could affect the crop, says LSU AgCenter soybean specialist Dr. Ronnie Levy. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Trash bash kicks off Youth Wetlands Week
(Radio News 04/27/09) The LSU and City Park lakes are popular destinations for recreation in the Baton Rouge area, but the lakes popularity can lead to litter problems. Youth Wetlands Week Coordinator Ashley Mullens kicked off the week of wetland awareness by holding a trash bash around the lakes. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
April is a great time to plant caladium tubers
(Video (04/06/09) If you want to plant caladiums, you can either use pre-started plants or you can use tubers. On this edition of Get it Growing, LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill explains the different types of caladium tubers you can choose from. (Runtime: 1 minute, 49 seconds)
Knock Out roses have a lot to offer
(Video 04/13/09) Roses are beautiful in the landscape. But which ones are right for you? On this edition of Get it Growing, LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill takes a look at the shade-tolerant and relatively disease-resistant, Knock Out rose and its different variations. (Runtime: 1 minute, 41 seconds)
Tomato plants need proper support
(Audio 04/06/09) Tomato plants have a tendency to sprawl on the ground if they are not properly supprted. Supporting the plants will help keep the fruit healthy and disease-free. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Early planted tomatoes have fewer pest problems
(Audion 04/06/09) By the time we get into April, we can plant tomatoes. We could have some late freezes, so be prepared to cover them if this happens. Planting tomatoes early will lead to an early harvest and fewer insect and disease problems on your plants. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Cool-season herbs are ready for harvest
(Audio 04/06/09) Louisiana gardeners grow a wide vartiety of herbs in their herb gardens, and many of these grow well during the cooler season. These cool-season herbs should be ready for harvest soon. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Cool-season bedding plants on display in April
(Audio 04/06/09) In April, you can look around and see flower beds full of cool-season bedding plants. It is really too late to plant these flowers into your landscapes. Concentrate on getting warm-season plants into your beds later this month. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Potted Easter lilies make good garden plants
(Audio 04/06/09) Easter lilies are always available around Easter even though the date moves around. Growers can manipulate the growing conditions. You can keep your potted Easter lily and plant it into your garden after the holiday. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Plant perennials for more color
(Audio 04/13/09) Many Louisiana gardeners primarily use annuals to provide color in their flower beds. We also can use perennials to provide color, and those will supply it while growing in your garden year after year. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
April is a good time to fertilize lawns
(Audio 04/13/09) In Louisiana we generally apply the first fertilizer of the season to our lawns in early April. It is important to allow the lawn to green up and establish a good root system before applying fertilizer. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
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