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Now is time to purchase those spring-flowering bulbs. Mid- to late November is the best time for buying daffodil, snowdrop, tulip, narcissus, hyacinth and crocus bulbs to allow them enough chilling hours to bloom in the spring.

ALEXANDRIA — The year 2020 may go down in history as one of the most uncertain and crazy years, but for the American Farm Bureau Federation’s annual cost survey of classic items found on the Thanksgiving Day dinner table, “the show must go on.”

Surprise! There was a hurricane, and these lilies might be telling you about the weather. Have you ever noticed the beautiful red flowers that just seem to pop up out of nowhere in late summer, usually in August and September? Their bloom just so happens to coincide with hurricane season, an…

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NEW ROADS -- The Louisiana High School Rodeo Association is coming to New Roads on Oct. 31-Nov. 1 for the 20th Annual Pointe Coupee Parish High School Rodeo at the Pointe Coupee Multi-Use Facility. 

The Louisiana High School Rodeo Association is coming to New Roads on Oct. 31-Nov. 1 for the 20th Annual Pointe Coupee Parish High School Rodeo at the Pointe Coupee Multi-Use Facility.

Louisiana has had its fair share of storms this year. Many people are dealing with damaged trees after hurricanes Laura and Delta. According to LSU AgCenter specialists, Hurricane Laura alone took out 757,538 acres of timber.

The past two weeks, I have had the pleasure of mentoring Bitsy Prudhomme, a Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University (Fran-U) dietetic intern.

October is all about pink in support of breast cancer awareness. According to the National Breast Cancer Foundation, one in eight women in the U.S. will develop breast cancer in her lifetime.

ST. GABRIEL — The COVID-19 pandemic is changing the way the LSU AgCenter conducts business but getting information to those who need it has not.

The year 2020 marks the 10th anniversary of the Louisiana Super Plants program. This year we celebrate by adding two true native woody plants: American beautyberry and our state tree, the bald cypress.

As the consumer horticulture extension specialist for Louisiana, I am interested in understanding how the stay-at-home orders during the COVID-19 pandemic affected the amount of gardening folks did while they were at home.

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Recently, a virtual class was held for those interested in learning more about the air fryer.

Fig season is well underway, and many fig varieties are wrapping up their production while others are still producing and ripening.

BATON ROUGE — The LSU AgCenter is using technology to transform the way it offers nutrition classes in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

It first showed up in Texas in 2004 and made its way across the Gulf States. Now, crape myrtle bark scale can be found as far west as New Mexico, as far north as Kansas and as far east as Virginia. It is most prevalent in Texas and Louisiana.

Foreign nationals with an interest in agricultural lands in the U.S. they are required to report their holdings and any transactions to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency (FSA).

It’s August in Louisiana, and we don’t recommend doing much in the garden or, shall we say, not much in this heat.

I have had the pleasure of precepting another Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University (Fran-U) dietetic intern for the past two weeks.

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As humans, we need water, food and sleep. OK — more than that. We also need a good immune system, among other things. But thanks to plants and the sun, we as humans can eat, breathe and live. Ultimately, our survival depends on them.

It is the time of year when we begin to see large machinery hit the fields. That is right – it is harvest season. Corn producers are heading to the field to see if their hard work during the growing season has paid off.

This weekend we will celebrate Independence Day, the day in which we honor America’s birthday. What are some of your favorite July 4 traditions?

Growing plants in containers can be very convenient. For one thing, it makes plants portable. Unlike plants in the ground, containers can be moved to the perfect location for their growth.

Have you harvested all your cucumbers, tomatoes, and eggplant?

It is officially summertime. How are you beating the heat this summer? Living in Louisiana, we know the heat can be pretty intense; therefore, it is extremely important to stay hydrated.

Do you ever dream of lush gardens filled with exotic, tropical plants? During this time when folks are still cautiously in quarantine, you can create a tranquil oasis of your own. When you can’t get to the tropics, why not bring the tropics to you?

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The Farm Service Agency (FSA) will host an informational meeting regarding the 2020 County Committee Election process at 7:30 a.m. July 21 at 3377 Major Parkway, New Roads.

As people are staying at home during the pandemic, many are developing a green thumb, passing the newfound time on their hands with gardening. For some, this newfound hobby and interest in gardening are an attempt to ensure they have access to fresh food caused by shortages of produce in gro…

As we move into June, the thing on everyone’s mind this year, other than COVID-19, is the start of hurricane season. The U.S. had one named storm last week, while we are watching a tropcial depression in the lower Gulf..

Working remotely comes with its own challenges, but one thing that is constant again this year is those pesky gnats hovering around my head as I work in own home landscape. These gnats have many common names and cover several species.

During this unprecedented time of the coronavirus, an exceptional increase in the number of first-time gardeners can be seen across Louisiana as well as across the nation. Due to quarantine requirements, people have time on their hands.

Anyone get intimidated by the oils at the store? Which ones are healthy? Which ones are good for cooking?

One of my favorite traditions this time of year is dyeing Easter eggs. Today, there are many tools and kits to make your eggs look super fancy.  

With spring in full swing, and the need to stay at home to keep everyone safe, we have been receiving numerous questions about starting a home vegetable garden.

If you want to add a splash of spicy color and unique foliage to a yard this spring, look no further. The LSU AgCenter has selected a unique series of plants that are sure to please for the 2020 Louisiana Super Plants program this spring.  

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