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Field days

The LSU AgCenter field days at off-campus research stations during 2014.
Dates and locations are as follows:
April 16, Wheat and Oat Field Day at the Macon Ridge Research Station, Winnsboro.
LSU AgCenter experts will conduct a wheat and oat field day on April 16 at the Macon Ridge Research Station. Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m. The program will include a crop update and presentations on wheat waterlogging tolerance and wheat molecular studies.
A field tour will include presentations on fusarium head scab genotype screening; wheat breeding, Sungrains and seed increases; fungicide trials and disease control; wheat variety trials; and Hessian fly and aphid control.
More information is available from Donnie Miller at 318-435-2157 or
April 29, Northwest Beef and Forage Field Day at the Hill Farm Research Station, Homer.
May 3, Habitat Management for White-tailed Deer at the Bob R. Jones-Idlewild Research Station, Clinton.
May 21, Fruit and Vegetable Growers Field Day at the Botanic Gardens at Burden, Baton Rouge.
June 5, Nursery Industry Open House at the Hammond Research Station, Hammond.
June 17, Northeast Research Station Pest and Crop Production Field Day, St. Joseph.
June 21, Garden Fest at the Botanic Gardens at Burden, Baton Rouge.
June 25, 105th Rice Research Station Field Day, Crowley.
July 10, Northeast Region Field Crop Tour at the Macon Ridge Research Station, Winnsboro.
July 16, Sugarcane Field Day at the Sugar Research Station, St. Gabriel.
July 17, Dean Lee Research and Extension Center Field Day, Alexandria.
Aug. 7, Sweet Potato Field Day at the Sweet Potato Research Station, Chase.
Oct. 9, Landscape Horticulture Field Day at the Hammond Research Station, Hammond.
Details on times and topics covered will be available closer to the dates.

LSU AgCenter garden shows

March 26-27, Baton Rouge
The 12th annual Baton Rouge Spring Garden Show is set for March 29-30 at the John M. Parker Coliseum on Highland Road in Baton Rouge.
The show will run from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. and include local nurseries and other vendors selling plants and other garden wares, including tools, pots, ornaments and landscaping materials.
LSU AgCenter horticulturist David Himelrick said the floor of the coliseum will be transformed into a world of plants and gardens for the event.
"At this year's show, you also will be able to walk next door and talk to some of the world's best chili cooks," Himelrick said.
In addition to the garden show and the eighth annual Louisiana State and Regional Chili Cook-off, participants also can visit the fifth annual Baton Rouge Spring Car Show and the events' first Koi and Goldfish Show.
Children's activities also will be available.
For more information contact Himelrick at 225-578-2222.

April 5-6, New Orleans
The 2014 New Orleans Spring Garden Show will be held at the City Park Botanical Garden April 5-6 from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. each day.
This year the show is celebrating its 35th year. It will also highlight the 100th year of the Cooperative Extension Service.
Andrew Loyd, LSU AgCenter horticulture agent in Orleans Parish, said one addition to the show will be an exhibit promoting the AgMagic event that will be held in May at Docville Farms in Mereaux.
Speakers on April 5 will include Dan Gill, LSU AgCenter horticulturist; Bobby Fletcher, LSU AgCenter urban agriculture program leader, and Linda Auld from Barber Laboratories.
April 6 speakers will include Robin Tanner, Tanner Landscapes, Inc.; Melanie Lewis Ivey, LSU AgCenter extension plant pathologists and Linda Visanau, Master Gardener of Greater New Orleans.
Master Gardeners and LSU AgCenter horticulture experts will be available to answer questions from homeowners, who also may bring soil samples for analysis by the LSU AgCenter's Soil Testing Lab.
Exhibits and sales booths will be featured throughout the botanical garden. And again this year, 4-H members will be helping in the kid's discovery area.
Admission is $8 for adults and $4 for children ages 5-12. Children under 5 and members of Friends of City Park may enter for free.

May 3, Houma
The TARC Garden & Market Festival will be held Sat., May 3, at the Houma Airbase from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
This show will include plant sales, educational booths, Ask the LSU AgCenter Experts and children's activities.
Speakers on the program include Kathleen Cuneo, Master Gardener; Debbie Melvin, LSU AgCenter nutrition agent; and Allen Owings, LSU AgCenter horticulturist.
Admission is $3 for adults, and children 12 and under enter free.
For more information, contact Barton Joffrion at 985-873-6495.


Cattlemen's Field Day

A SW LA Cattlemen's Field Day will occur on Saturday, April 5, 2014 at the McNeese State University Farm, off Highway 14, in Lake Charles from 9 AM to 3 PM. Lunch will be served. Speakers will discuss the current topics affecting the beef cattle profession. Everyone is welcome. McNeese State University and the District V of the LA Cattlemen's Association. For more information or direction, please call Robert Rathburn, President, Beauregard Cattlemen's Association, 337-660-8216.


SW LA Beekeepers Association: Swarming: A Way to Start in Beekeeping Monday, April 7th , 7-9 PM, War Memorial Civic Center, 250 West 7th St., DeRidder, LA.
When honeybees swarm, a beginning beekeeper has an opportunity to start a new hive. The bees are "free", and fairly easy to capture. Learn more at this meeting. Another reason to attend this meeting is to learn more about having bees by asking experienced beekeepers for advice.
For more information call 337-463-7006. Also, you may obtain regular "beemail" updates about beekeeping by sending your request by email to

Central Louisiana Garden Expo

The 2014 Central Louisiana Garden Expo will be held at the State Evacuation Shelter in Alexandria on
April 11-12.
The expo will feature vendor booths, lawn and garden items, educational gardening seminars, and plants and supplies, according to LSU AgCenter regional director Boyd Padgett.
This two-day event will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day and is open to the public, Padgett said.
"We will have garden clubs and plant societies involved on this year's program, and we'll also have a question-and-answer booth," he said.
Padgett said the Central Louisiana Garden Expo is a non-profit event with the mission of educating the public about gardening, landscaping and horticultural practices.
Admission to the garden expo is $2. It is being sponsored by the Hickory Hill Nursery, Doug Young Nursery and the Louisiana Mayhaw Association, along with the AgCenter.
The State Evacuation Shelter is located south of the LSU-Alexandria campus on U.S. Highway 71.
For more information, contact Padgett at 318-427-4424.

11th Annual Bayou Teche Black Bear Festival

The 11th Annual Bayou Teche Black Bear Festival will take place April 11 - 13 in downtown Franklin, Louisiana. The focus of the festival is educating the public about the Louisiana black bear, a species listed as "threatened" by the US Fish and Wildlife Service, along with all the components of a traditional south Louisiana festival: great music and food, arts and crafts, and educational activities for both adults and children."
The 5th Annual Bayou Teche Wooden Boat Show will take place in conjunction with the Bayou Teche Black Bear Festival from April 11 - 13, 2014. View a collection of antique and newly built watercraft on display, all constructed of wood. Demonstrationson tying fishing flies, fly casting lessons and demonstrations, and boat building demonstrations are a few events that have been added to this year's show. The show will begin at 6:00 pm on Friday, April 11 and concludes at 6:00 pm on Sunday, April 13.

North Central Louisiana Master Gardeners Plant Sale

The annual North Central Louisiana Master Gardeners Plant Sale will be held Saturday, April 12, from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. at the Ruston Lincoln Parish Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) located at 2111 North Trenton Street in Ruston, Louisiana.
Rosemary's Kitchen, one of Ruston's favorite lunch spots, will be on site with lunch for purchase. In addition, pets will be available for adoption from the Union Parish Humane Society, and the Outdoor Wilderness Learning Center (OWL) will be there selling ferns. Blue bird and bat houses will also be available for purchase.
According to Plant Sale Chairman Dee Hutson, "This will be our biggest sale of the year and will include a variety of herbs and flowering plants grown specifically for the sale as well as plants from our own Master Gardeners's gardens."
Over 50 varieties of plants are being grown for the sale including hollyhock, morning glory, zinnia, coreopsis, gomphrena, browallia "blue bells", rudbeckia, rose campion, yarrow, veronica, and more. Over 20 different herbs are being propagated as well, including hard to find herbs like fennel, marjoram, and bee balm.
The OWL Center will offer a large selection of ferns including the beautiful Macho Gigantic along with native perennial and annual ferns.
"We won't know what plants will be offered from the Master Gardeners' gardens until closer to the sale; however, given the fact that Master Gardeners pride themselves in having unusual plant varieties in their own yards, I'm confident you will easily find a plant or two that you just can't live without," Hutson said.
The Convention and Visitors Bureau is located on US 167N a little less than a mile north of I-20 at Exit 85.
The North Central Louisiana Master Gardeners serve the Parishes of Jackson and Lincoln. Proceeds from the plant sale will be used to advance horticulture projects in the two-parish area. Projects include school gardens and maintenance of two gardens at the Lincoln Parish Park.
Also, a portion of the proceeds will be donated to the horticulture department at LA Tech University for their continued support of our Master Gardener Program.
The Master Gardener organization is a service and education activity sponsored by the LSU AgCenter. Master Gardeners support the AgCenter and their communities through volunteer activities and participation in local gardening and horticulture education and projects. If you are interested in joining, a new class is slated to begin August 20, 2014. Contact Gary Stockton at 318-251-5234 for more information.

Piney Hills Louisiana Master Gardeners annual garden tour

Spring is right around the corner and the Piney Hills Louisiana Master Gardeners will host their annual garden tour, Trails & Trellises, for the ninth consecutive year.
Four lovely gardens will be available to enjoy as well as vendors, a plant sale, and artists in the garden. The tour is
April 26, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
On the tour this year are the gardens of Denton and Dr. Savanna Culpepper, Mike and Whitney Harper, and Master Gardener Evalyn Cabell and husband, Ben. Included also this year is the Piney Hills Louisiana Master Gardener Teaching Garden located at the Webster Parish Extension Office.
To purchase your $10 ticket in advance, call the Webster Parish Extension Office at 371-1371, email
gcollums@agcenter.lsu.edu , Pixley_s@bellsouth.net or rdwhiterx@yahoo.com . Tickets may also be purchased the day of the tour for $12 at any of the gardens.

Small-ruminant field day

Baton Rouge
A field day for people who raise sheep and goats is scheduled for
April 26 at the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine on Skip Bertman Dr.
Registration for the small-ruminant event will start at 7:30 a.m., and the program will begin at 8:30. The field day will cover topics such as farm biosecurity, improving pastures, controlling parasites and managing the integration of cattle with small ruminants on a farm.
The cost is $5 per person or $10 per family with a maximum of five people. Lunch will be provided.
The field day also will offer certification in FAMACHA, a diagnostic tool to help farmers identify parasite infection in small ruminants, and training for parasite control. The training will require an additional $10 fee.
The small-ruminant field day is sponsored by the LSU AgCenter, the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine and the Southern University Agricultural Research and Extension Center.
For more information about the field day, contact Kenneth McMillin at 225-578-3438 or


More than 100 Arts and Crafts vendors will set up their tents and display their creations beneath the giant spreading live oak trees at the Melrose Plantation house May 3 - 4, 2014 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. until 3p.m. Sunday. Several thousand visitors attend the festival each year to enjoy the great food and to examine the original and hand made work of juried vendors. The Festival is located on the beautiful grounds of Melrose Plantation at 3533 Highway 119, Melrose just south of Natchitoches, Louisiana.
Exhibits include water color and oil paintings, stained glass, wind chimes, bird houses, gourmet jellies and pickles, jewelry, clothing, photography, plants, toys, furniture, pottery, and dozens of other outstanding arts and crafts.
The Melrose "big house" was completed in 1833 and became an important center for Southern regional art. It served many years as a retreat and workshop for visiting artists and Southern authors who practiced their craft and produced significant works while in residence at Melrose.
Melrose Plantation is a National Historic Landmark.
The Arts and Crafts Festival provides the major funding for the upkeep and preservation of the historic buildings on the grounds of Melrose. Tickets are $5.00 and available at the gate. For additional information visit

Southwest Louisiana Longleaf Pine Landowner Field Day

Forest landowners are invited to the Southwest Louisiana Longleaf Pine Landowner Field Day at CM Farms near Dry Creek in Beauregard Parish on Saturday, May 10.
The event is at CM Farms, 200 John Broussard Road, Dry Creek, south of the intersection of LA Hwy 113 and 1147. Topics include Longleaf pine management, invasive plant species, use of prescribed fire, landowner cost share, and contractor access.
Registration, $10 per person, is at 8 a.m., and the program begins at 9 a.m., with a landowner bus tour to follow. The event concludes at 3 p.m. Lunch will be served, with fried catfish and crawfish etouffe.
Send registration to Kennedy Landry, Beauregard NRCS, 597 Mahlan St., DeRidder, LA 70634, or contact Mr. Landry, at 318-463-8555, ext. 3, or email

Expo 2015

The Southern Forest Products Association (SFPA) has revised the dates for its 33rd Forest Products Machinery & Equipment Exposition - Expo 2015. The show will now be held June 10-12, 2015 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, with the theme: "Your Show. Your Business. Your Success".
Sponsored and conducted by SFPA since 1950, this event includes many of the biggest names in the forest products industry, displaying everything from sawmill machinery to materials handling equipment, attracting key representatives from the nation's largest wood products manufacturers.
The Southern Forest Products Association, represents Southern Pine lumber manufacturers from Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Arkansas, Oklahoma and Texas. SFPA's member companies produce about 45 percent of the nation's Southern Pine lumber.

Prescribed Burning Workshop

SW Louisiana Forestry Association: Prescribed Burning Workshop - Thursday (8 AM - 4:30 PM), Friday (8 AM - 4:30 PM) , Saturday (8 AM - 12 Noon), June 12-14, War Memorial Civic Center, 250 West 7th St., DeRidder, LA
The SW LA Forestry Association, the LSU AgCenter, and the LA Department of Agriculture and Forestry (LDAF) will be having a workshop to enable forest landowners to burn their lands safely and legally. Topics will include: fuels, burning techniques, proper tools, optimal weather conditions, smoke management, liability management, planning, fire behavior and more. The cost is $130. Class size is limited to the first 25 applicants. Please make check payable to: LSU AgCenter, and send to LSU AgCenter, PO Box 609, DeRidder, LA 70634.
For more information on any of the above topics or events, call 337-463-7006 or

Southern Region Master Gardener ConferenceBaton Rouge

More than 500 gardeners from throughout the southeast are expected in Baton Rouge for the Southern Region Master Gardener Conference Oct. 21-24.
Gardening enthusiasts have been invited to hear speakers on a wide range of topics focused on plants, according to Donna Montgomery, publicity chair for the event.
"The East Baton Rouge Master Gardener Association is hosting this conference, which will be based at the Crowne Plaza Hotel at College Drive and I-10," Montgomery said. "The theme for this year's conference is Sharing Our Southern Roots."
Because anyone interested in gardening may register for the conference, Montgomery is encouraging attendees to invite a spouse or a friend.
A Southern garden marketplace will be open throughout the conference for participants to see and buy new and established plant products from associated businesses.
"There will be product displays from horticulture vendors and participants will tour many local landmarks and well-known sights of interest," she said.
Tours will include guided excursions to Imahara's Botanical Garden and Afton Villa Gardens, Rosedown Plantation and The Myrtles, Houmas House Plantation, Burden Museum and Gardens, Hammond Research Station, a Cajun night at White Oak Plantation featuring Cajun food and music, a tour of Manchac Swamp and lunch at Frenier Landing.
Keynote speakers at the conference will include:
- Marcelle Bienvenu, researcher and consultant on Creole and Acadian cooking and author of "Who's Your Mama? Are You Catholic? and Can You Make a Roux?," talking about her personal culinary journey.
- Mary Palmer Dargan will speak on healing the earth one garden at a time; Norman Winter focusing on the color presentation in your garden each season.
- Joe Lamp'l giving the "dirt" on healthy soil.
- Douglas Tallamy explaining how to bring nature home.
Also on the agenda are 24 breakout sessions where presenters will give information on a wide range of topics from hummingbirds, butterflies and natural habitats to choosing the right plants and your cooking style, Montgomery said.
"Conference registration can be done only online at the conference website," Montgomery said. "
Early registration is open now and ends on July 15."
More information about speakers and their topics, tours and registration is available at the conference website


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