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[Image: Sugarcane]Researchers search for better burn for sugarcane
(Video News 01/09/12) Burning a sugarcane field is a long-standing practice among farmers. But how they burn has evolved over the years to make it cleaner and safer. LSU AgCenter correspondent Tobie Blanchard reports that researchers are looking at reducing emissions from this and other agriculture practices.
[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)
[Image: Soybean Forum]Farmers gather for tri-state soybean forum
(Video News 01/16/12) Soybean growers from three states met in north Louisiana for a soybean forum. Market outlooks and priority issues for growers were discussion topics. LSU AgCenter correspondent Tobie Blanchard was there. (Runtime: 1:44)
[Image: Winter Weeds ]Weed scientist encourages farmers to tackle winter weeds early
(Video News 01/23/12) As farmers reduced the amount of tillage they did in their fields to conserve soil, they began relying on herbicides to remove winter weeds from their fields. LSU AgCenter correspondent Tobie Blanchard reports that removing these weeds now will give crops a healthy start. (Runtime: 1:48)
[Image: Color in winter]Color in Winter
(Video 01/16/12) Winter creates visions of dead or dying plants. But that’s not the whole picture. On this edition of Get It Growing, LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill explains how you can grow plenty of colorful plants – even with colder weather. (Runtime: 1:32)
[Image: Cyclamen]Cyclamen blooms through winter and spring
(Video 01/09/12) Certainly, not as many plants bloom during the winter as at other times. But the cyclamen is a popular winter-blooming plant that will keep its flowers through most of the spring as well. On this edition of Get It Growing, LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill explains how to take care of this spectacular winter bloomer. (Runtime: 1:38)
[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)
[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)
[Image: Sansevieria]Sansevieria is nearly indestructible house plant
(Video 01/02/12) Indoor plants can be very temperamental. That’s why some people choose fake plants that look real. On this edition of Get It Growing, LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill introduces you to a real plant that, believe it or not, is almost as indestructible as a silk or plastic one. (Runtime: 1:36)
[Image: MasterFarmergroup]11 more join ranks of Louisiana Master Farmers
(Distributed 01/13/12) LAFAYETTE, La. – Eleven men and women were honored on Jan.12 for completing the Louisiana Master Farmer Program part of the annual convention of the Louisiana Association of Conservation Districts. “This is one of the most rewarding things we do – recognize farmers who have gone through this rigorous program,” said Bill Richardson, LSU AgCenter chancellor.
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.
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.
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)
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