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LSU AgCenter Communications produces news releases for print, radio and television media and produces a special gardening service called Get It Growing, which also includes news releases for print, radio and television. All of the press releases are archived together by year, month and then by Headline News, Radio, TV and Get It Growing.

For more information on our news services, please contact  Linda Benedict, associate director of Communications, at (225) 578-2263 or 2937 or via e-mail.

State 4-H, FFA horse show headed for Lake Charles
(Distributed 04/15/14) BATON ROUGE, La. – The LSU AgCenter has announced that after eight years in West Monroe, the 4-H and FFA State Horse Show and Contest will be held July 8-12, 2014, at the Burton Complex in Lake Charles.

Wildlife field day to be held May 3
(Distributed 04/15/14) CLINTON, La. – The LSU AgCenter Bob R. Jones-Idlewild Research Station near Clinton will hold a wildlife field day on May 3.

Farmers must contend with another herbicide-resistant weed
[Image: Italian ryegrass]

(Distributed 04/14/14) ALEXANDRIA, La. – LSU AgCenter weed scientists confirmed that farmers will now have to contend with another herbicide-resistant weed, Italian ryegrass.

It’s time to control fire ants
[Image: fire ant mound]

(Distributed 04/14/14) BATON ROUGE, La. – Warmer weather brings many things to our landscapes – including fire ants.

Deadheading keeps your plants looking fresh and attractive
(Audio 4/21/14) Deadheading refers to the removal of faded flowers that are past their time. This grooming process keeps the plant looking fresh and attractive. Listen to learn more about how and when to deadhead your plants. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Pay close attention to your container plants during the summer
(Audio 4/21/14) Louisiana gardeners use lots of containers in their landscapes. During the summer these plants grow very rapidly. Because of this you need to pay close attention to know when to fertilize. Listen to learn more about which fertilizers to use. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
The new buddleia brings beauty to your garden
(Audio 4/21/14) The new buddleia, Flutterby Petite Tutti Fruitti Pink, is a Louisiana Super Plant. This new form of buddleia has an amazing compact growth habit. It also has a great fragrance and attracts butterflies. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Caladiums perform well in shady areas
(Audio 4/14/14) Caladiums are great plants for shady areas. They are reliable and provide nice color in your landscape. Gardeners can plant caladiums this time of the year. Hear more to learn how to plant them. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Gardens transition to warm-season plants in April
(Audio 4/14/14) The weather is starting to warm up across the state, and that means gardeners can starting planting warm-season bedding plants. These plants will bloom throughout the summer. Choose plants that will work best in your location with colors that harmonize with their surroundings. (Runtime: 60 seconds)
Begonia – Ornamental Plant of the Week for April 14, 2014 [Image: BabyWing pink begonia]
(Distributed 04/11/14) Dragon Wing and BabyWing begonias, along with many other series and varieties of begonias, can and should be considered for the warm-season, shady landscape. Dragon Wing and BabyWing have some of the best genetics available.
Students in Food FUNdamentals use natural dyes for Easter eggs [Image: dyeing eggs]
(Distributed 04/11/14) BATON ROUGE, La. – Bags of lavender tea, cranberries and red onion skins simmered together to make a natural red dye. Students in Judy Myhand’s Food FUNdamentals class in the LSU College of Agriculture were preparing to dye eggs using items found around the kitchen to make the dyes.
It’s time to take care of azaleas [Image: bed preparation]
(Distributed 04/11/14) HAMMOND, La. – Azalea blooms were outstanding this spring, even though the flowers were about two to three weeks later than normal and the cold weather this winter limited the early bloom. In the end, however, many plants bloomed in unison beginning in mid-March. Flowers are continuing now, and bloom on some varieties will stretch through May.
Landscape open house set for May 2 at Hammond Research Station
(Distributed 04/11/14) HAMMOND, La. – The LSU AgCenter Hammond Research Station will hold an open house from 9 a.m. to noon on May 2.
Urban gardening project starts in New Orleans [Image: urban garden]
(Distributed 04/10/14) NEW ORLEANS – Residents in the Crescent Region interested in urban gardening are invited to a ribbon-cutting ceremony at a new LSU AgCenter vegetable plot next door to the New Orleans Convention Center on the corner of Tchoupitoulas and Henderson St. on April 23 at 11 a.m.