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July 2009 Articles

Designing the Right Watering System for Your Cattle
Preventing Calf Scours Starts Now
Youth Beef Profect Selection Tips
Practical Riding Applications
Centipede grass ideal for sustanable landscapes
Brown-headed Cowbird
Experts supply keys to sucess for azaleas
Thanks, To our Cooperative Extension Service Employees
LSU AgCenter offers series on "agritourism' starting July 21
La to host national 4-H Wildlife Habitat Evaluation Program July 19-23
Heavenly Delight Cake
Plant Species Profile Mayhaw
Start a home vegetable garden now
Planting Spring Vegetables
Good Foods
First Important Lessons
Planning the summer flower garden
Wildlife Species Profile Purple Martin
La Dairy Farmers facing falling on-farm milk prices
Oak Grove Farmer named 2009 Farmer of the Year
Texas Cattle Trichomoniasis Program Adopted
Bovine Trichomoniasis
La Agribusiness Summit Forum
Foresty Forum
Did You Know?
Fire Ants
Farm Counties with Poultry Production significantly outperform

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Designing the Right Watering System for Your Cattle

Designing the Right Watering System for Your Cattle

Dr. Dirk Philipp, Assistant Professor

Water is often an overlooked and neglected factor in livestock operations, and watering systems on farms are sometimes in bad shape. While most producers ensure that pasture, hay and additional feed are of reasonable quality, some ignore the importance of clean drinking water to the herd. Drinking water quality and quantity directly influence animal health, grazing... read more

Preventing Calf Scours Starts Now

Preventing Calf Scours Starts Now

Dr. Jeremy Powell, Associate Professor and Extension Veterinarian

According to USDA data, calf scours leads to approximately 15 percent of all calf mortality, making it a leading cause of calf deaths in the U.S. Calves suffering from scours can become critically ill in a short period of time. Scours can quickly lead to dehydration and electrolyte depletion, which could eventually cause the animal’s death. It is important... read more

Youth Beef Profect Selection Tips

Youth Beef Project Selection Tips

Steve Jones, Associate Professor

The 4-H Beef Project allows youth to practice and demonstrate what they learn at numerous supporting activities like fairs, judging contests, shows and educational bowls and presentation contests. These programs also help youth become aware of career opportunities in animal agricultural industries.

These projects teach:

A. Responsible care and well-being of animals.

B. Life... read more

Practical Riding Applications

Practical Riding Applications
Steve Jones, Associate Professor
There are three general goals that should be on all horsemen’s or horsewomen’s agendas each time they ride. Safety for horse and rider is one. Improving or advancing your horsemanship skills is two. The third is improving the ability of the horse to perform to the rider’s expectations. The accomplishment of goal three is the result of a good training plan, including creating an environment that allows the horse to... read more

Centipede grass ideal for sustanable landscapes

Centipede grass ideal for sustainable landscapes

By LSU AgCenter Horticulturists Tom Koske, John Young, Allen Owings and Dan Gill The major grass produced on Louisiana sod farms and most widely planted in residential lawns is centipede grass (Eremochloa ophiuroides). It thrives with less care and usually requires less mowing than many other grasses.

Any low-maintenance grass like this certainly fits into the sustainable landscape formula.

Centipede grass... read more

Brown-headed Cowbird

Brown-headed Cowbird (Molothrus ater)   With Permission LSU AgCenter

The brown-headed cowbird, or simply cowbird as it is often called, is approximately the size of a house sparrow (6-8 inches in length). The entire head, neck and upper breast of males are buffy brown while the rest of the plumage is a metallic green-glossed black. Females are a dark buffy brown above and smokey gray below with a throat patch that is white or pale gray.

The brown-headed cowbird was once a bison-following... read more

Experts supply keys to sucess for azaleas

Experts supply keys to success for azaleas


By LSU AgCenter Horticulturists


Summer is rapidly approaching, the time when our evergreen azaleas often have difficulty dealing with our heat and humidity.


Azaleas are a prime example of a plant that needs to be in the right place. Proper cultural practices also are important to the long-term landscape enjoyment of Louisiana’s most popular flowering shrub.

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Thanks, To our Cooperative Extension Service Employees

 Just Rambling: As a farmer, rancher, or just someone enjoying living the rural life, where do you go to gather information to meet your needs on the farm or for the rural life you are living? Many will say the internet or periodicals which they subscribe to. Others will say, especially farmers and ranchers, that they go to the sales representatives of the company’s from which they buy seed, chemicals, equipment, etc. The rural life people will probably tell you they go to their local farm supply, lumber supply, or hardware... read more

LSU AgCenter offers series on "agritourism' starting July 21

 LSU AgCenter offers series on ‘agritourism’ starting July 21 Writer: Mary Ann Van Osdell, mvanosdell@agcenter.lsu.edu     The LSU AgCenter is offering a series of educational programs across the state, beginning July 21, to help people get into the agritourism business.   Agritourism is a business venture on a working farm, ranch or agricultural enterprise that offers educational and fun experiences for visitors while generating supplemental income for the owner, according to Dora Ann Hatch, LSU AgCenter... read more

La to host national 4-H Wildlife Habitat Evaluation Program July 19-23

 La to host national 4-H Wildlife Habitat Evaluation Program July 19-23

Louisiana will be the host state for the 2009 national 4-H Wildlife Habitat Evaluation Program July 19-23 at the Wildwood Resort on Toledo Bend in Zwolle. The Wildlife Habitat Evaluation Program is a 4-H natural resources program that teaches wildlife and fisheries habitat management to youth. Louisiana 4-H’ers placed second out of 18 state teams in 2008. Organizers expect 16 teams of six to attend from as far as Maryland, Wisconsin and Utah.... read more

Heavenly Delight Cake

 My mother used to make this cake in the spring and I have always associated it with Easter. It is very simple and if you would like to color the icing yellow it would really look the part. I use a 11x13 cake pan

1 yellow cake mix

1 large strawberry jello

1 small box vanilla pudding

1 cool whip

1 can crushed pineapple

Prepare cake mix as directed. When you put the cake in the oven, prepare jello using 1/2cup water & ice cubes, stir, put in frig until... read more

Plant Species Profile Mayhaw

 Plant Species Profile Mayhaw (Crataegus opaca) The mayhaw, also known as riverflat hawthorn is a member of the plant family Rosaceae that is native to the south eastern United States. It grows to be a small tree 20-30 feet high with thorny branches & elliptic-to-oblong leaves, 2 -3 inches long. The foliage is dark green above with a rusty pubescent undersurface along the veins. The bark on mature trees is thin & flaky with a distinct salmon-colored inner bark. Beautiful pinkish flowers cover the trees in February & March. Fruit... read more

Start a home vegetable garden now

 Start a home vegetable garden now By Dan Gill, LSU AgCenter Visions of delicious home-grown vegetables can become a reality with a little planning and some work. As the economy slows, home vegetable gardening is becoming more popular – something we have seen in past economic downturns. The following information is particularly important for new gardeners just getting started. The planning part involves such considerations as where to place... read more

Planting Spring Vegetables

 Planting Spring Vegetables By Dan Gill, LSU AgCenter Horticulturist Louisiana gardeners can begin to plant spring and early-summer vegetables this month. You can plant after the last freeze date in your area, but be prepared to cover or protect tender plants in case of an unusually late freeze. Planting as early as possible does more than get you the first ripe tomatoes on the block. It also helps ensure abundant production before the intense heat... read more

Good Foods

 Good Foods It's been said that God first separated the salt water from the fresh, made dry land, planted a garden, made animals & fish... All before making a human. He made & provided what we'd need before we were born. These are best & more powerful when eaten raw. We're such slow learners… God left us a great clue as to what foods help what part of our body! God's Pharmacy! Amazing! A sliced Carrot looks like the human eye. The pupil, iris and radiating lines look just like the human eye... And YES, science now shows carrots... read more

First Important Lessons

 A friend sent me a list of important lessons First Important Lesson - Cleaning Lady

During my second month of college, our professor gave us a pop quiz. I was a conscientious student and had breezed through the questions until I read the last one: 'What is the first name of the woman who cleans the school?'

Surely this was some kind of joke. I had seen the cleaning woman several times.. She was tall, dark-haired and in her 50's, but how would I know her name? I handed in my paper, leaving the last question blank.... read more


 For a cool brownie treat, make brownies as directed. Melt Andes mints in double broiler and pour over warm brownies. Let set for a wonderful minty frosting.

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Planning the summer flower garden

 Planning the summer flower garden Dan Gill, LSU AgCenter Horticulturist As we move into April, we can enjoy the peak blooming season of our cool-season annuals. But it’s not too early to begin to plan our summer gardens. If you have empty flowerbeds, you may even begin to plant summer flowers in late March (in south La) or early to mid-April (in north La). Thoughtful planning, carefully considered plant choices and well-prepared garden beds will produce the best results.... read more

Wildlife Species Profile Purple Martin

 Wildlife Species Profile Purple Martin (Progne subis)

Purple martins are the largest member of the swallow family measuring from 7 ¼ to 8 ½ inches in length. Males are a glossy purplish black with a fairly long, moderately forked tail. Females are much duller and lighter gray below, with a light gray forehead. It is estimated that more than 1 million Americans have housing erected for attracting purple martins. The birds historically used natural cavities in trees and rocks for nesting but the alteration of many habitats has made these areas... read more

La Dairy Farmers facing falling on-farm milk prices

 La. dairy farmers facing falling on-farm milk prices With Permission LSU AgCenter

Rising costs to retailers and heavy worldwide demand pushed up the cost of milk for U.S. consumers, but recent events have put dairy farmers in a bind, according to an agricultural economist with the LSU AgCenter. “The outlook for dairying for 2009 is a year of declines in milk prices larger than the declines in feed and other input costs,” Said Dr. Wayne Gauthier. “The net effect will result in an exit of dairy farms and a reduction in cow numbers, which... read more

Oak Grove Farmer named 2009 Farmer of the Year

 Oak Grove farmer named 2009 Farmer of the Year Fred Bolding has spent nearly his entire adult life farming the fertile bottomlands & ridges in West Carroll Parish. And he does it quite well. So well, in fact, he was named the 2009 Louisiana Farmer of the Year. He farms 1,500 acres just outside the town of Oak Grove. His primary crop is soybeans, but he also grows milo & wheat. When he started his farming operation more than 40 years ago, he focused his efforts on soybeans which went against the advice of his county agent. “I decided early on I didn’t... read more

Texas Cattle Trichomoniasis Program Adopted

 Texas Cattle Trichomoniasis Program Adopted: Interstate Rules Effective April 1, 2009; In-State Rules Effective 1/ 1 / 2010

Beginning April 1, 2009, breeding bulls entering Texas from any other state must be either 24 months of age or younger and certified as a virgin, or be tested negative for cattle trichomoniasis within 30 days prior to entry. The entry requirements are part of a regulatory package adopted by the commissioners for the Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC) February 24 to address trichomoniasis, a venereal disease of cattle that causes infertility... read more

Bovine Trichomoniasis

 Bovine Trichomoniasis   Trichomoniasis is a bovine venereal disease that can cause substantial reproductive and economic losses in cow-calf operations that use natural service. The disease is caused by the protozoan Tritrichomonas foetus (T. foetus), and is commonly referred to as ‘Trich’. Bulls can become chronic, asymptomatic carriers of T. foetus, because the organism can live in the microscopic folds of a bull’s penis and prepuce. Infections in cows can result in early embryonic death, abortion, pyometra (pus-filled uterus detected at pregnancy exam), or... read more

La Agribusiness Summit Forum

 Louisiana Agribusiness Summit Forum hears industry outlook      The lingering effects of years of hurricane damage & the current economic downturn are dampening La agriculture, a group of industry observers told an Agribusiness Leadership Summit Forum recently. Dr. P Jordan, director of the USDA’s Southern Regional Research Center in New Orleans & president Agribusiness Council of La, told the audience of industry leaders, producers & elected officials that agriculture is not the only industry that’s in trouble. “There are a lot of other... read more

Foresty Forum

 LSU AgCenter Forestry Forum provides landowners suggestions, safety lessons       SHREVEPORT, La. – The 25th annual Ark-La-Tex Forestry Forum held here March 12 offered suggestions for forest owners to make progress in hard economic times and included a safety lesson for when they are in the woods. The forum was sponsored by the LSU AgCenter, Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry, Louisiana Forestry Association, Northwest Louisiana Extension Forestry Advisory Committee and the Ark-La-Tex Ag Council. Bill Hubbard, a southern regional... read more


 Quote: Be careful about reading health books. You may die of a misprint. - Mark Twain


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Did You Know?

 Did You Know? The 'spot' on 7UP comes from its inventor, who had red eyes. He was albino.

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 Quote from Ronald Reagan - "If we ever forget  that we're one nation under God, then we will be a nation gone  under."

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Fire Ants

 Fire ants can be costly on farms Fire ants can be an aggravation around the house, but they can be a costly pest on the farm, too. Dale Pollet, LSU AgCenter entomologist, met with homeowners and farmers in Evangeline Parish on March 17 to tell them how to control fire ants. He said the best months to start a control program are April and October. Keith Fontenot, LSU AgCenter county agent in Evangeline Parish, said... read more

Farm Counties with Poultry Production significantly outperform


Local Zoning Restrictions against Poultry Are Hurting Rural Economies & Local Tax Revenues, According to the PSA-Member and University of Georgia Poultry Science Professor Who Authored the Study

SAVOY, IL (March 9, 2009) – A recent comparative study of farm incomes in southern Georgia concludes... read more

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