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[Image: Nutrition Month ]Your plate will influence your child's plate
(Video News 03/20/12) What you put on your plate will influence what your children want on theirs. Serving up healthful options is the goal during National Nutrition Month. LSU AgCenter correspondent Tobie Blanchard reports that changing what’s on your plate can help set up children for a healthier lifestyle. (Runtime: 1:48)
[Image: Corn Planting]Corn planting gets early start
(Video News 03/28/12) Louisiana farmers have gotten a good portion of the corn crop planted early. LSU AgCenter correspondent Tobie Blanchard says warm weather created ideal conditions for planting. (Runtime: 1:34)
[Image: Wheat ]Frequent rain starting to affect wheat crop
(Video News 03/12/12) Wet, warm conditions are affecting the state’s wheat crop. Planted back in the fall under drought conditions, the crop has seen its share of rain this winter. LSU AgCenter correspondent Tobie Blanchard has the story. (Runtime: 1:35)
[Image: Wetland Education]Students learn ways to protect La. wetlands
(Video News 03/23/12) Curious questions and muddy hands were part of a youth wetlands event in Tangipahoa Parish. LSU AgCenter correspondent Tobie Blanchard attended the program where fourth- through seventh-graders learned about the importance of Louisiana’s wetlands. (Runtime: 1:50)
[Image: Plant Diseases]Wet winter could lead to more plant diseases
(Video News 03/02/12) Temperatures rarely dipped below freezing in many areas of Louisiana this winter. While the warmer weather is a welcome for some, it could cause problems for farmers. LSU AgCenter correspondent Tobie Blanchard reports that crop diseases could be worse this year because of the above-average temperatures. (Runtime: 1:32)
[Image: Petunias]Plant some pretty petunias
(Video 03/19/12) Are you ready for some brilliant colors? Well, you’ve got them with petunias. In this edition of Get It Growing, LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill explains that it’s important to plant those pretty petunias right now.(Runtime: 1:30)
[Image: Spanish Moss]Draping your landscape with Spanish moss
(Video 03/26/12) Spring is a time that conjures images of the pinks and purples of azaleas. Well, in this edition of Get It Growing, LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill explains how one misunderstood plant -- that happens to be gray -- can provide a striking enhancement to azaleas and trees in your landscape. (Runtime: 1:29)
[Image: Transitional Plants]Choose correct transitional-season plants
(Video 3/5/12) Now is a transitional time for plants. So when you visit your nursery, it’s important to ask some questions. Is this plant a cool-season annual, a warm-season annual, or is it a perennial? LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill explains on this edition of Get It Growing. (Runtime: 1:36)
[Image: Banana Shrubs]Banana shrub provides nice fragrance
(Video 03/12/12) During the spring, it’s a great idea to stop and smell the flowers. And in this edition of Get it Growing, LSU AgCenter Horticulturist Dan Gill explains why the banana shrub might be one of the perfect plants to perk up those olfactory senses. (Runtime: 1:31)
White-tailed deer, feral hogs to be discussed at wildlife field day
(Distributed 03/05/12) The LSU AgCenter’s Bob R. Jones-Idlewild Research Station near Clinton will hold a wildlife field day on March 17.
LSU AgCenter develops first detector program for insects
(Distributed 03/06/12) Identifying insects as native or invasive species just got easier with help from the LSU AgCenter entomology department.
Smooth cordgrass variety field day scheduled for April 24 in Baton Rouge
(Distributed 03/30/12) A field day for wetland plant producers, agencies and private companies that specify smooth cordgrass in restoration projects throughout Louisiana is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 24 at the LSU AgCenter Burden Center in Baton Rouge.
Workshop to focus on creating healthful home environment
(Radio News 03/30/12) The seven principles of healthy housing can help homeowners live better. Diane Scimeca, LSU AgCenter healthy homes coordinator, says having a healthful home can lower health care costs. Scimeca will present a workshop on creating a healthful home environment. (Runtime: 1:20)
Wheat and oat field day set for April 11 at LSU AgCenter Macon Ridge Research Station
(Distributed 03/29/12) LSU AgCenter Macon Ridge Research Station will conduct a wheat and oat field day on April 11 at the station south of Winnsboro, La.
[Image: babywing begonia]These warm-weather plants do well in shade
(Distributed 03/30/12) As the peak of the spring bedding plant season arrives, you may want a few warm-season flowers in the shady areas around your landscape. Most of our warm-season flowers prefer full sun or at least more sun than shade. But many great bedding plants will provide desirable flowering and foliage for those shaded areas in your landscape through fall.
Workshop on making biodiesel set for April 25 in Baton Rouge
(Distributed 03/26/12) A one-day comprehensive workshop on how to make biodiesel from used vegetable oil will be offered in Baton Rouge on April 25 at the W. A. Callegari Environmental Center, a unit of the LSU AgCenter.
Value of La. agriculture rises in 2011
(Radio News 03/26/12) Agriculture was worth $10.7 billion to the state’s economy last year according to numbers from the LSU AgCenter’s 2011 Ag Summary. This was up seven percent from 2010 and represents a strong improvement in agricultural production in Louisiana over the past few years, says John Westra, LSU AgCenter economist. (Runtime: 1:50)
[Image: Gregg Henderson]LSU AgCenter faculty member recognized for urban entomology
(Distributed 03/26/12) Gregg Henderson, the Paul K. Adams Professor of Urban Entomology at the LSU AgCenter, recently received the 2012 Recognition Award in Urban Entomology from the Southeastern Branch of the Entomological Society of America.
Cotton acreage expected to dip this year
(Radio News 03/23/12) The start of cotton planting is still a few weeks away, and acreage is expected to be down. LSU AgCenter cotton specialist John Kruse says the strong prices that hit close to $1 a pound have moderated. (Runtime: 1:10 seconds)
[Image: Encore azalea]Azalea season is here
(Distributed 03/23/12) As we enter late March, we are enjoying the blooms of our main traditional southern garden shrub – the azalea. These plants are abundantly planted and represent a large percentage of landscape plants in Louisiana.
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