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9:47am

Fri August 15, 2014
Science

Louisiana and Texas scientists run bait experiments to kill feral hogs

Feral hogs trapped at the LSU AgCenter Bob R. Jones Idlewild Research Station near Clinton are part of Glen Gentry's project on sodium nitrite tainted bait.
Credit LSU AgCenter

A lethal gummy bear is the latest weapon in the ongoing research to develop a reliable control for the feral hog population in the U.S.

LSU AgCenter animal science researcher Glen Gentry is developing baits laced with sodium nitrite that are masked with different flavors that pigs are attracted to – like strawberry.

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9:27am

Tue August 12, 2014
Science

'Smart' irrigation techniques slowly catch on in Louisiana

The LSU AgCenter's Naveen Adusumilli holds a doctorate in agricultural economics, and is working with Louisiana farmers to implement smart irrigation practices.
Credit LSU AgCenter

Three new water experts have joined the research staff at LSU AgCenter’s Red River Research Station in Bossier City.

Economist Naveen Adusumilli is crunching the numbers on how smart irrigation techniques can benefit Louisiana farmers. He wants them to rethink how they irrigate their land and introduce them to soil moisture sensors and bookkeeping strategies that would reduce the amount of water they use on their crops and put more money in their wallet.

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8:44am

Tue January 7, 2014
Local

LSU AgCenter: Give fragile plants the kid gloves treatment in cold snap

The LSU AgCenter is offering many tips for keeping plants and trees alive during this cold snap. The AgCenter’s Shreveport-based horticulture agent Melea Martin said fragile plants should’ve been covered or moved during the last two nights of the hard freeze, but with care.

“During the freeze you want to make sure that if you do cover your plants with plastic, that the plastic is not touching the plant at all. It can cause damage to the plant," Martin said.

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9:06am

Fri January 3, 2014
Science

LSU AgCenter ramps up statewide water research with Bossier City-based faculty

LSU AgCenter northwest region director Patrick Colyer shows off the Red River Research Station's "scrubbing pond."
Credit Kate Archer Kent

The LSU AgCenter is hiring four new faculty members who will be statewide water experts based at the Red River Research Station in Bossier City.

The new positions include an irrigation engineer, a water quality scientist, a plant soil scientist and a water policy economist.

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5:30am

Wed August 14, 2013
Business

Louisiana corn farmers expect bumper crop

Credit Delta Farm Press

The corn harvest in Louisiana is in full swing, and on the stalks are large ears of corn. Ronnie Levy, LSU AgCenter’s corn specialist, said Louisiana farmers are expecting a bumper crop. The state has about 700,000 acres of corn, a significant increase over recent years. But the difference this year, according to Levy, is the price of a bushel of corn is about half of what it was last year, since the harvest in the Midwest is expected to be equally abundant.

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