LSU AgCenter

8:57am

Tue March 17, 2015
Local

LSU AgCenter: State's forestry industry is healthy and growing

Credit German Pellets

More than 150 timber landowners are participating in Tuesday’s Central Louisiana Forestry Forum. LSU AgCenter forestry extension agent Robbie Hutchins organized the meeting. He says the state’s timber industry has fully recovered from the 2008 financial crisis, due in large part to an emerging market for woody biomass.

“Forestry has bounced back and is now stronger than ever. That’s a great plus for Louisiana. But the big thing for us as forest landowners is the opportunity for alternate markets, nontraditional markets to market our resource,” Hutchins said.

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9:22am

Fri February 6, 2015
Local

Horticulturists to explain how to simplify Louisiana gardens at Ruston workshop

Horticulturist Greg Grant of Arcadia, Texas, says he's always digging up and moving around plants in his country cottage garden, but that's just because he likes to.

A half-day workshop Saturday at Louisiana Tech University in Ruston will show gardeners how to simplify their landscape so that maintaining it takes less time.

Greg Grant, a research associate at Stephen F. Austin State University’s Pineywoods Native Plant Center, is all-consumed by his country cottage garden in Arcadia, Texas. But he’s OK with that. He will tell gardeners to exercise discipline when they buy plants at the nursery, and to think about how the foliage will look well into the future.

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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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