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La. youth headed for state livestock show Feb. 11-18
(Distributed 01/10/12) BATON ROUGE – Youth from across Louisiana are preparing to compete in the 77th annual LSU AgCenter Livestock Show next month at the Lamar-Dixon Expo Center in Gonzales.
[Image: Nemesia]Nemesia aromatica provides spectacular color
(Video 2/6/12) If you search your local nurseries, you can find lesser known plants that add nice variety to your landscape. On this edition of Get It Growing, LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill explains why the beautiful, but not well known, Nemesia can work well as a cool-season bedding plant or as a potted plant. (Runtime: 1:39)
[Image: Swiss Chard]Swiss chard is multipurpose plant
(Video 1/30/12) Plants can be grown for different reasons -- for instance, simply beautifying your landscape. Occasionally, though, we find plants that have dual uses. On this edition of Get It Growing, LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill introduces you to one of these multipurpose plants. (Runtime: 1:41)
Legal risk workshops scheduled for forest landowners, foresters
(Distributed 02/01/12) Three workshops will provide information on managing legal risk for forest landowners and foresters in Arkansas and Louisiana.
Camellia garden stroll scheduled for Feb. 26 in Hammond
(Distributed 01/31/12) HAMMOND, La. – The LSU AgCenter and the Tangipahoa Master Gardeners are sponsoring their annual camellia garden stroll from 1-4 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 26, at the Hammond Research Station.
[Image: Strawberries]Warm winter helps strawberry crop
(Video News 01/30/12) Strawberries are a springtime staple, but these berries already are plentiful this year. LSU AgCenter correspondent Tobie Blanchard reports warm weather is making strawberries abundant now. (Runtime: 1:23)
Grain quality becomes more important to rice buyers
(Distributed 01/27/12) RAYVILLE, La. – LSU AgCenter rice breeder Steve Linscombe told north Louisiana rice farmers at their annual meeting on Jan. 26 that grain quality is becoming more important to buyers.
Rice groups meet to hear updates
(Distributed 01/27/12) CROWLEY, La. – Dr. Mike Strain, commissioner of the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry, told rice farmers at a Jan. 25 meeting of the Louisiana Rice Council and Louisiana Rice Growers Association that he is working to address the problem of saltwater entering irrigation ditches.
[Image: pruning boxwood]Prune trees, shrubs carefully
(Distributed 01/27/12) Pruning is one of the activities that many home gardeners have questions about. When to prune? How to prune? Why prune?
Pruning freeze damage on tropical plants
(Audio 1/30/12) Tropical plants are popular across Louisiana, but cold weather can damage these plants. We grow both herbaceous and woody tropicals, and when you prune off any winter damage depends on what type of tropical plant you're dealing with. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Keep watch for indoor plant pests
(Audio 01/30/12) Many people have plants indoors during winter. The lack of wind, rain and predatory insects can allow indoor pest problems to thrive. Spider mites often are found on indoor plants. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Try Swiss chard in your vegetable garden
(Audio 01/30/12) Swiss chard is a great leafy vegetable. It is closely related to the beet but actually is grown for its foliage. Swiss chard is easy to grow and can be planted from seeds or transplants. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Early start to strawberry season
(Radio News 01/26/12) The mild weather across Louisiana makes it feel more like spring than winter. Another sign that this isn’t your typical winter is the abundance of strawberries. Although growers started harvesting early varieties in November, the normal seasonal onset of colder temperatures usually causes a dip in production, according to LSU AgCenter Hammond Research Station Director Regina Bracy.
La. landscape industry gearing up for spring
(Distributed 01/26/12) Retail garden center owners, wholesale nursery growers and landscapers are cautiously optimistic about having a good year in 2012, according to LSU AgCenter horticulturist Allen Owings.
Agricultural productivity depends on research
(Distributed 01/25/12) RAYVILLE, La. – Research by the LSU AgCenter is the reason ConAgra built a state-of-the-art sweet potato-processing facility near Delhi, state Sen. Francis Thompson, of Delhi, said at a farm forum.
[Image: Yaupon Holly]Yaupon holly is tough native plant
(Video 1/23/12) Many native Louisiana plants need special care to help them thrive. On this edition of Get It Growing, LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill explains why it’s a good idea to plant yaupon holly – a tough native plant that doesn’t need pampering. (Runtime: 1:37)
Plant hardy vegetables in February
(Audio 01/30/12) February can be a cold month, but there are hardy vegetables that can be planted into the vegetable garden. Some things to consider planting include beets, cabbage, cauliflower and kale. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Hardiness zones affect what you plant
(Audio 01/30/12) The United States is divided into hardiness zones. Louisiana falls into zones 8 and 9. You can figure out what zone you garden in by how low your winter temperatures get. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
[Image: Ag Alley]‘Ag Alley’ provides eye-opening experience for many young people
(Distributed 01/24/12) WEST MONROE, La – For more than 2,000 first-and fourth-graders from northeast Louisiana, the LSU AgCenter’s Ag Alley at the 30th annual Ag Expo on Jan. 18-19 offered a chance to get up close and personal with plants and animals.
Experts urge patience at forestry forum
(Distributed 01/24/12) WEST MONROE, La. – With excess houses on the market and no immediate sign of increased housing construction, forestland owners and others were told to be patient at the 2012 Ag Expo Forestry Forum presented by the LSU AgCenter Jan. 20 at the West Monroe Convention Center.
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