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LSU AgCenter Communications produces news releases for print, radio and television media and produces a special gardening service called Get It Growing, which also includes news releases for print, radio and television. All of the press releases are archived together by year, month and then by Headline News, Radio, TV and Get It Growing.

For more information on our news services, please contact  Linda Benedict, associate director of Communications, at (225) 578-2263 or 2937 or via e-mail.

Stored rice insect pest management workshop Feb. 25 in Crowley
(Distributed 01/23/15) CROWLEY, La. – The LSU AgCenter will hold a workshop on stored rice insect pest management on Feb. 25 at the Acadia Parish Extension Office.

Nicotiana – Ornamental Plant of the Week for January 26, 2015
[Image: Perfume Nicotiana]

(Distributed 01/23/15) Nicotianas are good alternative cool-season bedding plants for south Louisiana.

Old gardens, plants highlight seminar
[Image: Chris Wiesinger]

(Distributed 01/23/15) WEST MONROE, La. – Northeast Louisiana Master Gardeners continued their record of bringing in national gardening experts as speakers at the 5th Annual Ag Expo Gardening Seminar on Jan. 17.

Sweet alyssum hybrids enhance cool-season containers, landscape beds
[Image: Snow Princess]

(Distributed 01/23/15) HAMMOND, La. – New plants make gardening exciting. About five years ago, a new sweet alyssum variety started appearing in trial gardens and garden centers around the country. These are now well-established in the greenhouse trade and have added a great cool-season-to-warm-season transitional plant to the retail marketplace.

Emerald ash borer headlines forestry forum [Image: Forestry Forum at AgExpo]
(Distributed 01/22/15) WEST MONROE, La. – With the emerald ash borer yet to be detected in the state, experts speaking at the 2015 Ag Expo Forestry Forum at the West Monroe Convention Center on Jan. 16 said it’s time to prepare.
Cover crop benefits, management highlight workshop [Image: Josh Lofton]
(Distributed 01/22/15) WINNSBORO, La. – Cover crops can improve soil health, but it is important to make careful decisions when choosing and growing them. Farmers learned about the benefits of cover crops and how to manage them during a workshop at the LSU AgCenter Macon Ridge Research Station on Jan. 21.
Plant cool-season mahonias [Image: Mahonia]
(Audio 01/26/15) Now’s a great time to plant hardy trees and shrubs into your landscape. On this edition of Get It Growing, LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill introduces you to some diverse types of mahonia – shrubs that provide nice ground cover. (Runtime: 01:48)
Plant Pericallis to brighten any area [Image: Pericallis]
(Video 01/26/15) If you’re looking for a beautiful cool-season plant, then pericallis be a nice choice. On this edition of Get It Growing, LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill explains how this new container plant will certainly brighten up a patio or window sill. (Runtime: 01:45)
Ag Alley provides fun, education for all [Image: Health E. Hound]
(Distributed 01/22/15) WEST MONROE, La. – LSU AgCenter agents and volunteers from northeast Louisiana provided hands-on experience to deliver agricultural information to school children and adults during the annual Ag Expo at the Ike Hamilton Expo Center on Jan. 14-17.
Soybean harvest exceeds previous record [Image: Soybean]
(Video 01/21/15) The USDA estimates that U.S. farmers harvested approximately 4 billion bushels of soybeans, exceeding the previous record of nearly 3.4 billion bushels. Farmers in Louisiana, Arkansas and Mississippi heard the latest developments concerning soybeans, and LSU AgCenter correspondent Craig Gautreaux has the story.(Runtime: 02:02)
Control winter garden pests
(Audio 01/26/15) It's much easier to grow vegetables in winter vegetable gardens due to fewer insects and diseases. However, pests such as caterpillars, aphids, snails, and slugs are still a problem for winter gardens. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Plant delicious and nutritious beets
(Audio 01/26/15) Beets are a nutritious root crop that can be grown in gardens. They are delicious and extremely good for you and come in a wide variety of colors. Plant some beet seeds in your gardens today. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Water indoor plants properly
(Audio 01/26/15) Watering indoor plants properly is very important. Make sure the soil surface of indoor plants is about an inch below the rim of the container. Water generously and regularly. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Keep rose bushes healthy through pruning
(Audio 01/26/15) Due to mild winters in Louisiana, your roses may still be blooming when it's time to begin pruning. Don't let this deter you. Prune your roses and keep your bushes free of dead materials so that your roses continue to flourish. (Runtime: 60 seconds)