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Sugarcane farmers find good harvest weather, improving prices
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(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.

8 Sabine Parish 4-H’ers receive Discovering Tomorrow’s Leaders awards
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(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.

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)

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.
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.
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.
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)
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)
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)
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)