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Baton Rouge Spring Garden Show, Chili Cook-off, Car Show scheduled for March 24-25
(Distributed 02/29/12) A weekend full of food, flowers and fun is scheduled for Baton Rouge on March 24-25 when the LSU AgCenter presents the 10th Annual Baton Rouge Spring Garden Show, the sixth Annual Louisiana State and Regional Chili Cook-off and the third annual Baton Rouge Spring Car Show.

La. Young Ag Producers participants selected
(Distributed 02/28/12) Thirteen youth from around the state have been selected for the LSU AgCenter’s 2012-2013 Louisiana Young Ag Producers Program.

Florida Parishes forestry forum scheduled for March 16
(Distributed 02/28/12) HAMMOND, La. – The 23rd annual Florida Parishes Forestry Forum be held Friday, March 16, at the University Center at Southeastern Louisiana University.

LSU AgCenter offers 3 guides for managing pests, diseases, weeds
(Distributed 02/24/12) The LSU AgCenter is offering three updated guides online or printed about managing pests, plant diseases and weeds. The guides – the 2012 Louisiana Insect Pest Management Guide, 2012 Louisiana Plant Disease Management Guide and 2012 Louisiana Suggested Weed Management Guide – can be purchased for $12 per printed copy or downloaded free of charge.

Keep ‘your plate in shape’ for March Nutrition Month [Image: ChooseMyPlate]
(Distributed 02/24/12) “Get Your Plate in Shape” is the theme for the annual March National Nutrition Month, according to Beth Reames, LSU AgCenter nutritionist. The “plate” refers to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s ChooseMyPlate.gov website, which provides nutritional advice to help people live a healthier lifestyle and lose weight.
Agriculture industry boosts rural Louisiana economy
(Distributed 02/24/12) YOUNGSVILLE, La. – The prosperity of many small, rural communities rises and falls with agriculture, and that sector of the economy had a $7.3 billion impact in Louisiana last year, according to Mike Salassi, LSU AgCenter economist.
It’s time to start rose care [Image: double Knock Out rose]
(Distributed 02/24/12) Home gardeners need to increase their knowledge and awareness of cultural practices recommended for roses in our landscapes. February and March is the time of the year to get started with your rose garden maintenance.
Spring garden shows occurring across La.
(Radio News 02/24/12) Garden shows happening across Louisiana in March and April offer gardeners opportunities to learn, get inspired and shop. (Runtime: 1:25)
Hank Rabb named 2012 La. Farmer of the Year [Image: Hank Rabb accepts award]
(Distributed 02/24/12) The Louisiana delta is known for its sprawling and fertile fields, and it’s where Hank Rabb has spent a lifetime working the land watching corn, cotton and soybeans grow into a bountiful harvest. For his dedication, Rabb was chosen as the 2012 Louisiana Farmer of the Year.
Use herbicides before weeds emerge
(Audio 02/27/12) Herbicides are divided into two groups: pre-emergence and post-emergence. Pre-emergence herbicides are applied before weeds sprout. Early March is the ideal time to apply a pre-emergence herbicide over lawns and in flower beds. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Vegetable gardens get active in March
(Audio 02/27/12) March is an active month in the home vegetable garden. You can begin planting warm-season vegetables, especially in southern areas of the state. Tomatoes and peppers can be transplanted later in the month. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Stay on top of weeding
(Audio 02/27/12) Cool-season weeds are active in lawns, flower beds and vegetable gardens this time of the year. You don't want to allow these weeds to flower and set seeds. Get rid of them as best you can to keep them under control. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Save spring-flowering bulbs that will bloom again
(Audio 02/27/12) Spring-flowering bulbs can add a lot to our landscapes. Many of these do not re-bloom well in our climate. These bulbs should be pulled up and discarded. Bulbs such as narcissus and daffodils will bloom again, however, and can be kept. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Fertilize roses for best performance
(Audio 02/27/12) This is a good time to fertilize roses. Roses that are fertilized perform better and produce larger, more attractive flowers. You generally can use an all-purpose fertilizer to get the job done. (Runtime: 60 seconds)