Crawfish prices abnormally high to start the season
Posted on 2/16/2018 4:27:00 AM.

Some crawfish crazies are heating up over the higher prices and smaller size of the crop this year. LSU Ag Center Professor Greg Lutz says suppliers aren’t trying to rip you off, farmers are just having a hard time finding enough crop after the historic winter to justify pulling their traps.

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Invasive snail invades crawfish ponds
Posted on 2/13/2018 3:26:00 AM.
An invasive species of snail is posing a threat to bayou crawfish harvests, after recently shutting down a 220 acre farm. The apple snail is indigenous to South America, and can devour vegetation crucial to the development of Louisiana crawfish.
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Tropical plants once frozen may recover later when weather warms up
Posted on 1/30/2018 4:00:00 AM.
This winter’s extremely cold weather in Louisiana has stunted or even killed many of the tropical plants that normally flourish in Louisiana. Horticulture expert Dan Gill with the LSU Ag Center says it’s a good idea to not be in a hurry to give up on a plant this soon after the extreme cold snap. He says they aren’t used to the chilly weather, but could rebound.More
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Invasive pest Emerald Ash Borer found in Union Parish
Posted on 5/19/2016 3:01:00 AM.

The federally regulated insect pest of Ash Trees, the Emerald Ash Borer, has been found in Union Parish. Agriculture and Forestry Commissioner Dr. Mike Strain says the pest originates in Asia and was first found in the U.S. in 2002 and is now in four Louisiana parishes. He says the main way Emerald Ash Borer is transmitted is by the moving of firewood.

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Wet weather impacting the corn crop
Posted on 4/2/2016 3:36:00 AM.

This season’s corn crop is off to a soggy start after record amounts of rainfall during March. LSU Ag Center corn specialist Dan Fromme says it’s been a challenging year so far. He say we’ve seen rain in excess of 20 inches and some corn fields are still underwater.

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Flooding impacting strawberry crop
Posted on 3/16/2016 12:21:00 PM.

Flooding in Livingston and Tangipahoa parishes will impact the strawberry crop this year. Whitney Wallace, with the LSU Ag Center, says we won’t know how much the crop was damaged until farmers harvest their strawberries.

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LSU studying body types to develop information for apparel industry
Posted on 2/2/2016 3:58:00 AM.
Michelle Southern reporting.
LSU researchers are studying body shapes to try to get a better idea of what types of clothing sizes would best fit individual consumers, especially those losing weight. Casey Stannard, an assistant professor at LSU Ag's Department of Textiles, Apparel Design and Merchandising, says there are a lot of misconceptions in the industry about the human form in general.
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Bird flu won't have an effect on turkey supply but could increase price
Posted on 11/16/2015 3:51:00 AM.

Due to this year’s outbreak of avian influenza, will there be enough turkeys for Thanksgiving? Professor and Poultry Extension Specialist with the LSU Ag Center Theresia Lavergne says the last confirmed case of this flu was in June and it affected almost four percent of turkeys in the country. She says but you’ll still be able to find a turkey.

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Crawfish season kicking off
Posted on 11/12/2015 5:44:00 PM.
Michelle Southern reporting.
Ready for mudbugs? Crawfish are already starting to pop up in stores across some coastal parishes in Louisiana. Marine extension agent with the LSU Ag Center Alan Matherne says the reason the crawfish season tends to start around this time of year is because the farmers flood their ponds.
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Strain: More questions than answers on medical marijuana
Posted on 7/6/2015 3:44:00 PM.
The State Department of Agriculture has been put in charge of establishing the regulations for the legal dispensing of medical marijuana and Ag Commissioner Mike Strain says one of the big questions is how much they will need. Stain says he's in talks with the Louisiana Board of Pharmacy.
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