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Sugarcane yields near record high
[Image: sugarcane harvest]

(Video News 12/31/12) Many of Louisiana’s crops had record or near record high yields in 2012, and sugarcane is no exception. Most of the crop is in, and LSU AgCenter correspondent Tobie Blanchard says farmers have been pleased with the harvest. (Runtime: 1:15)

Control lawn weeds during winter
(Audio 12/31/12) Weed control is still necessary during winter. Cool-season weeds can withstand Louisiana's relatively mild winters. Lawn weeds are more obvious this time of the year, so consider controlling them with broadleaf weed killers. (Runtime: 60 seconds)

Take care of cool-season plants
(Audio 12/31/12) Gardeners should have planted their cool-season bedding plants by now. These plants will need water and fertilizer to keep them looking fresh during the winter. (Runtime: 60 seconds)

What to do with holiday plants
(Audio 12/31/12) With the holidays over, you may wonder what to do with the plants used to decorate during the Christmas season. Poinsettias should be composted, but Christmas cactus can live for many years. (Runtime: 60 seconds)

Keep the garden active with cold-tolerant vegetables
(Audio 12/31/12) January is usually the coldest month of the year in Louisiana. Vegetables planted this month must be able to withstand the cold. Some root crops and leafy vegetables can be direct seeded. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Gardeners can plant roses in midwinter
(Audio 12/31/12) Nurseries and garden centers are stocking roses that Louisiana gardeners can plant this time of the year. If mail-ordering roses, you need to get them in as soon as possible. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Wintertime landscapes may need cold protection
(Distributed 12/28/12) HAMMOND, La. – Winter is here, and this leads to many questions about protecting landscape plants during the cold months of December, January and February.
LSU AgCenter sets programs for Ag Expo
(Distributed 12/21/12) WEST MONROE, La. – The LSU AgCenter will conduct several educational programs during the 2013 Ag Expo scheduled for Jan. 18-19 at the Ike Hamilton Expo Center.
High yields, prices mark La. agriculture in 2012 [Image: Ag Wrap]
(Video News 12/21/12) 2012 was a good year for Louisiana farmers. They benefited from high yields and prices. LSU AgCenter correspondent Tobie Blanchard has the story. (Runtime: 1:55)
Holly plants aren’t just for the holidays [Image: Holly Plants]
(Video 12/31/12) Holly plants have always been synonymous with the Christmas season — because of their deep green foliage and bright red fruits. But even though Christmas and New Year’s Day are almost past, you can still plant these festive trees and shrubs in your landscape. On this edition of Get It Growing, LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill explains some of the best holly plants available at your local nurseries right now. (Runtime: 1:31)
Sugarcane farmers see high yields during most of harvest
(Audio News 12/21/12) Farmers have harvested approximately 80 percent of the state’s sugarcane crop. LSU AgCenter sugarcane specialist Kenneth Gravois says it’s been an ideal harvest. (Runtime: 1:10 seconds)
Fruit plants add diversity to landscapes [Image: figs]
(Distributed 12/21/12) HAMMOND, La., -- Plucking fresh fruit from your own orchard can be a delicious way to add beauty and taste to your home landscape. The best time to plant fruit trees in Louisiana is now through January. Plant now, and you can pick your own fruit at home later.
Rice grower meetings set for 6 La. locations in January
(Distributed 12/20/12) CROWLEY, La. – The LSU AgCenter will conduct six clinics for rice farmers to provide growers with valuable information for the 2013 crop.
Yield records mark 2012 in La. agriculture
(Audio 12/20/12) Drought conditions and a hurricane didn’t keep Louisiana farmers from having a really good year. Many of the state’s major commodities saw record yields and historically high prices. LSU AgCenter economist Kurt Guidry said good production practices and a lot of luck with the weather helped. (Runtime: 1:50)