LSU AgCenter researchers constantly search for ways to improve Louisiana agriculture by increasing yields and profitability. They also seek to understand new and less popular crops that could thrive in our region. Professor Yan Chen is helping develop the tea industry along the Gulf Coast, working closely with producers to understand how to grow tea (Camellia sinensis) in the region, and her work is featured in the latest issue of Louisiana Agriculture magazine. The magazine also includes a look into Grow Louisiana and Growing Farmers, two programs designed to help beginning farmers learn the business. Researchers from the AgCenter also share their findings from studies on new ways to kill weed seeds in fields and to use drones in agriculture.
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Yan Chen, Zhijun Liu and Javen Little
Researchers are studying whether the intense sun radiation and heat in Louisiana affect tea grown for consumers.
V. Todd MillerA Louisiana business has begun selling its tea, and specialized equipment is being created to help workers pick leaves from tea plants.
Kathryn K. Fontenot and Beth B. Putnam
During the COVID-19 pandemic, LSU AgCenter personnel created a pumpkin growing contest to teach young people about farming.Two of these young Louisianians spoke to editor Kyle Peveto about what they learned from growing their own pumpkins.
Maria Bampasidou, Carl Motsenbocker, Marcus Coleman, Kathryn Fontenot and Sydney Melhado
Two LSU AgCenter programs help new farmers learn about the business of agriculture while also making connections with others in the industry.
Tara Sanchez was intimidated by her new life as a farmer. The Grow Louisiana program helped her find confidence.
Kyle PevetoMonica Hernandez joined Grow Louisiana to learn more about agriculture after she started running a farm with her husband. The program connected her with like-minded entrepreneurs.
Phillip Lanza, Stacia Davis Conger, Jeffrey Beasley, Thanos Gentimis and Don La BonteUnmanned aerial vehicles provide agricultural producers with affordable, effective tools to map the elevation of fields.
Kun-Jun Han, Buddy Pitman and Wink AlisonDetermining the quality of agricultural commodities using near infrared spectroscopy is advantageous compared to conventional chemical analyses because it reduces cumbersome and time-consuming chemical analysis procedures.
Lauren LazaroHarvest weed seed control techniques use nonchemical practices to allow growers to target weed seed during harvest. These techniques can transform harvest equipment into weed seed predators.
Cecilia Stevens and Ruthie LosavioA community garden in Morehouse Parish provides donations to food pantry clients thanks to a partnership between the LSU AgCenter and the Robinson/Williams Restoration of Hope Community Center.
Whitney R. McKinzie and Maria Bampasidou
Louisiana is one of the states that promotes farm to school programs through legislation. Currently, the farm to school program is a partnership between the Louisiana Department of Education and the LSU AgCenter.
Kimberly DevilleThe Marcantel family in Evangeline Parish has built a legacy of service by working in 4-H for generations.
Randall MalletteNatchitoches Parish 4-H has produced strong teams for state and national forestry contests, and since 2015, 11 youth from the parish have competed in the state contest. All of them advanced to the National 4-H Forestry Invitational.
V. Todd Miller
LSU College of Agriculture News for Summer 2022