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[Image: picture]Wheat crop maturing early
(Video News 04/25/12) Louisiana’s wheat crop is in good condition despite the warm and wet weather conditions. LSU AgCenter correspondent Craig Gautreaux reports that farmers will begin harvesting much earlier than normal. (Runtime: 1:50)
[Image: Autumn Fern]Autumn fern is evergreen with copper color
(Video 04/16/12) Ferns can dot landscapes with a lush-looking appeal. Some types are evergreen, and some types are not. One unique evergreen fern garners attention not only because of its green display, but also thanks to some bonus color. On this edition of Get It Growing, LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill introduces you to the autumn fern. (Runtime: 1:31)
Agricultural land rents increase with commodity prices
(Distributed 04/12/12) High commodity prices benefit farmers, but they could be driving up rents farmers pay for land. Farmers in some areas of Louisiana are seeing land rents increase dramatically, according to Kurt Guidry, LSU AgCenter economist, and this could hurt their bottom line and affect production decisions.
[Image: picture]Land rents an issue for farmers
(Video News 04/20/12) Renting land is part of farmers’ expenses. But high land rents could affect crop production. LSU AgCenter correspondent Tobie Blanchard reports that higher commodity prices are influencing rent costs. (Runtime: 1:40)
Family Nutrition Night combating obesity
(Radio News 04/26/12) Louisiana has one of the highest obesity rates in the nation. A statewide LSU AgCenter program is looking to minimize the problem by getting entire families to participate in their Family Nutrition Night. (Runtime 1:00)
Consider environments for summer landscape planning
(Distributed 04/26/12) Keep environmental conditions in mind when you select plant materials for a home landscape. The size of the planting area is important along with other site characteristics, such as sun or shade exposure, wet or dry locations, and exposure to windy conditions.
12 to join 4-H Hall of Fame on May 19
(Distributed 04/16/12) MANSURA, La. – A dozen supporters of 4-H will be honored May 19 when they are inducted into the Louisiana 4-H Hall of Fame. The ceremony will be from 1-3 p.m. at the 4-H Museum at 8592 La. Highway 1, also the LSU AgCenter Extension Office for Avoyelles Parish.
Harvest cool-season herbs while you can
(Audio 04/30/12) As the weather gets warmer in May, many cool-season herbs start to languish. Harvest these herbs generously. Freeze or dry the extras and use them throughout the year. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Give houseplants summer vacation
(Audio 04/30/12) Many people use tropical plants as houseplants. These plants must be indoors during cold weather, but will thrive if placed outside during the summer. Gradually allow them to adjust to outdoor conditions. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Palm trees like warm weather plantings
(Audio 04/30/12) Most trees are best planted in the fall. The one exception is palm trees. Plant these while the weather is warm. Make sure the palm tree is hardy for your area. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Plant heat-tolerant vegetables this month
(Audio 04/30/12) Summer is right around the corner, but there are still plenty of vegetables we can plant in our gardens. Plant heat-tolerant vegetables that can withstand our summer temperatures. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Bell peppers change colors over time
(Audio 04/30/12) You can find bell peppers in a variety of colors. Colored bell peppers are simply ripe green bell peppers. If you leave a green bell pepper on the plant, it will change colors. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Agritourism workshop set for June 6 in Vidalia
(Distributed 04/24/12) VIDALIA, La. – The LSU AgCenter will hold a workshop for landowners to start or extend an outdoor recreational business on their property held June 6 at the Vidalia Conference and Convention Center at 112 Front St. Registration will begin at 8 a.m., with the program running from 9 a.m. until 3:15 p.m.
LSU AgCenter to establish Master Rice Grower program
(Distributed 04/20/12) CROWLEY, La. – Officials with the LSU AgCenter and the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry met on April 18 with representatives of the Kellogg Co. to work on details for a Master Rice Grower program that will encourage sustainable farming practices.
[Image: Farm Day]Kids get the farm feel for a day
(Distributed 04/20/12) Many students have seen cows, but not many had touched one until they attended Farm Day at the LSU AgCenter campus dairy on April 18-20.
[Image: Louisiana Red copper plant]Tropical-like plants can highlight summer landscapes
(Distributed 04/20/12) Mid- to late spring is when we start seeing tropical-like plants take off and start growing as we enter our warmest time of year. Instead of summer being a “down time” in the landscape, you can use these plants to enhance your warm-season efforts.
Master Gardener Mother’s Day plant sale at Burden May 12
(Distributed 04/20/12) East Baton Rouge Master Gardeners will hold their annual Mother’s Day Plant Sale May 12 at LSU AgCenter’s Burden Center from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Atypical weather affects wheat trials
(Radio News 04/20/12) Weather was an issue for plant breeders and their wheat variety trials. Some varieties that had shown promise in previous years failed to mature in 2012 because of the warmer-than-normal conditions. Others suffered damage from wind and rain. Steve Harrison, an LSU AgCenter wheat breeder, says there is some benefit from a season like this.
Wheat crop in good condition
(Radio News 04/20/12) Wheat producers have had some anxious moments this season. A warm and wet winter is ideal for diseases that target wheat. And the warm and drier weather over the past several weeks has caused the wheat to mature early according to LSU AgCenter wheat specialist Ed Twidwell. (Runtime 1:04)
[Image: AgMagic logo]LSU AgCenter presenting AgMagic April 23-29 in Baton Rouge
(Distributed 04/18/12) The LSU AgCenter will spotlight Louisiana agriculture in a fun, interactive educational setting during its annual AgMagic event April 23-29 at the Parker Coliseum on the LSU campus in Baton Rouge. AgMagic is designed to give children and adults an enjoyable way to learn how food, clothing, lumber and other products are all part of a complex agricultural system. It also shows them the important connections among agriculture, the environment and their lives.
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