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 Home>News Archive>2011>October>Radio & TV>
Sweet potato farmers harvest a good crop
(Radio News 10/31/11) Louisiana sweet potato growers are harvesting an average to above average crop. LSU AgCenter sweet potato specialist Tara Smith says good weather during the harvest season has helped farmers get their potatoes in. (Runtime: 1:20)

AgCenter names three new Super Plants
(Audio 10/28/11) The LSU AgCenter has released three new Louisiana Super Plants for fall 2011: Belinda’s Dream rose, Redbor kale and Swan columbine. These plants have undergone extensive research and are considered high-performing plants for all areas of Louisiana. (Runtime: 60 seconds)

Forester looks at switchgrass as energy source
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(Video News 10/26/11) Switchgrass could be another source of energy from Louisiana and another source of income for landowners. LSU AgCenter correspondent Tobie Blanchard spoke with a researcher growing switchgrass with pine trees. (Runtime: 1:54)

4-H Museum offers educational programs for children
(Radio News 10/25/11) The Louisiana 4-H Museum is now offering “Discovery Days,” an educational program series for groups of children ages 3 - 8. Children can learn about health and nature during these one-hour programs which include hands-on activities, stories, songs and rhymes. (Runtime: 1:10)

Field day participants learn about research behind beautiful plants
(Radio News 10/24/11) Beautiful plants and the research that goes into them were on display at the LSU AgCenter’s Hammond Research Station’s annual landscape horticulture field day. LSU AgCenter horticulturist Allen Owings says a focus of the station is to evaluate bedding plants, herbaceous perennials and roses in landscape situations. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Try toys as treats for Halloween
(Radio News 10/21/11) Costumes and candy go hand in hand on Halloween, but LSU AgCenter nutritionist Beth Reames suggests making some treats toys this year. Research shows children enjoy non-food favors just as much as candy. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Diet can help reduce risk of cancer
(Radio News 10/19/11) Pink abounds in October during National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. LSU AgCenter nutritionists are promoting a healthful diet that can help prevent breast cancer and other forms of the disease. Heli Roy says the amounts and types of dietary fat you consume are important in cancer prevention. (Runtime: 1:45)
Master Horseman program elevates horse skills [Image: Master Horseman]
(Video News 10/18/11) Trail riders, horse trainers and wanna-be cowgirls gathered with their horses at Parker Coliseum on LSU’s campus to learn to become Master Horsemen. LSU AgCenter correspondent Tobie Blanchard has the story. (Runtime: 1:36)
Switchgrass under pine trees could be source of energy, income
(Radio News 10/17/11) An LSU AgCenter forestry researcher is working on expanding Louisiana’s energy portfolio. Michael Blazier says Louisiana is fourth in the nation in terms of its fossil fuel production, and in its potential for producing biofuels from diverse biomass. Blazier is looking at growing switchgrass for bioenergy. (Runtime: 1:45)
Program promotes horsemanship across La.
(Radio News 10/10/11) Participants of the LSU AgCenter's Master Horseman program attend eight, three-hour sessions where they learn knot tying, nutrition, groundwork and establishing communication and trust with their horse. LSU AgCenter horse specialist Neely Heidorn says that horse people tend to learn from other horse enthusiasts. (Runtime: 1:35)
Listeria outbreak raises food safety concerns
(Radio News 10/07/11) The outbreak of Listeria has raised food safety concerns. LSU AgCenter nutritionist and food safety expert Beth Reames says Listeria is a common microorganism. Most Listeria does not cause illness, but Listeria monocytogenes, found in the Colorado cantaloupes blamed for the outbreak, is deadly. (Runtime: 1:30)
Drought reduces soybean, cotton yields [Image: Drought ]
(Video News 10/10/11) Drought conditions throughout most of the summer affected yields of Louisiana’s soybean and cotton crops. LSU AgCenter correspondent Tobie Blanchard reports that despite challenges, yields are fair. (Runtime: 1:35)
Drought causes mixed yields across La. cotton
(Radio News 10/05/11) Louisiana’s cotton harvest started back in September with good harvesting conditions, but LSU AgCenter cotton specialist John Kruse says drought conditions during much of the growing season caused about $26 million in damage to the crop. (Runtime: 1:20)
Soybean crop suffers losses from drought
(Radio News 10/04/11) Farmers are close to wrapping up their soybean harvest. Harvest conditions have been ideal, but the growing season was not. Much of the state suffered with drought during spring and summer. LSU AgCenter soybean specialist Ronnie Levy explains. (Runtime: 1:20)