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LSU AgCenter Communications produces news releases for print, radio and television media and a special gardening service called Get It Growing, which also includes news releases for print, radio and television.




Switchgrass – Ornamental Plant of the Week for August 3, 2015
[Image: Panicum Northwind ]

(Distributed 07/31/15) An ornamental grass worthy of increased use in Louisiana is switchgrass, also known as panicum.

LSU College of Agriculture students receive student teaching scholarships
[Image: Nicholas Adams]

(Distributed 07/31/15) BATON ROUGE, La. – Nicholas Adams and Chelsea Sutherland, both seniors in the LSU College of Agriculture studying agricultural education, have been selected for the Upper Division Agricultural Education Scholarship from the National Association of Agricultural Educators.

Cassias add golden yellow flowers to fall landscape
[Image: candlestick tree]

(Distributed 07/31/15) HAMMOND, La. – We are still a couple months away from fall, but there are several plants to consider now that will be showstoppers come October.

Provide plants with sufficient water
(Audio 08/03/15) Watering plants is extremely important this time of year. Make it a point to monitor container plants and walk your landscape in order to keep track of needed watering. Listen for more information on providing plants with necessary moisture. (Runtime: 60 seconds)

Control spider mites and white flies
(Audio 08/03/15) When late summer rolls around, spider mites and white flies begin to appear in larger numbers. Although both of these pests cause damage to plants, they are easily controlled with light horticultural oil sprays. Listen for more information on preventing damage from these pests. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Control insect pests in your summer garden
(Audio 08/03/15) Due to a short winter and early spring, insects and pests have been particularly bad this summer. Insect pests have shown up earlier and sustained larger populations this year. Listen for information on controlling insect pests. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Prune overgrown summer plants
(Audio 08/03/15) With the long growing season we have in the summer, it's not uncommon for plants to become tall and overgrown. Early August is a great time to prune those plants to allow for more healthy and attractive growth. Listen for more information on pruning summer plants. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Plant vegetables in August
(Audio 08/03/15) There's a wide variety of vegetables that can be planted in August. Visit your local nursery for seeds of vegetables such as cucumbers, snap beans, and lima beans or transplants of tomatoes, bell peppers, and eggplants. Listen for more information on growing vegetables in August. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Survey aims to find ways to better serve ag industry
(Distributed 07/29/15) BATON ROUGE, La. – LSU AgCenter economist Kurt Guidry is conducting a survey to find out how the AgCenter can better serve industry stakeholders through research and extension programs.
Nicaraguan nonprofit strives to improve rural life through agriculture research [Image: group around table]
(Distributed 07/29/15) BATON ROUGE, La. – Representatives from a Nicaraguan organization that works to improve rural life through agriculture research and outreach visited the LSU AgCenter this week (July 27-28) to learn about its programs.
Two 4-H’ers turn personal tragedy into successful speech on hazards of impaired driving [Image: Jacqueline and Hailli]
(Distributed 07/28/15) RACELAND, La. – Two 4-H students have used their personal tragedies to warn others about the deadly hazards of impaired driving.
North La. farm tour informs youth, community about ag technology, research [Image: Terry Erwin]
(Distributed 07/28/15) BASTROP, La. – Blistering hot temperatures didn’t deter growers and interested community members from attending the annual Black Farmers Field Day in Collinston on July 24.
Researchers study double-drill rows for sugarcane [Image: drill]
(Distributed 07/27/15) ST. MARTINVILLE, La. – The yield advantage of growing double-drill rows of sugarcane on 8-foot beds is being explored by the Louisiana sugar industry, said Kenneth Gravois, LSU AgCenter sugarcane specialist.
Natchez Crape Myrtle – Ornamental Plant of the Week for July 27, 2015 [Image: Natchez Crape Myrtle ]
(Distributed 07/24/15) The premier crape myrtle in Louisiana historically has been Natchez.