Agriculture

When pruning trees, work with their natural form. Do not butcher trees as has been done to these crape myrtles. (Photo by Dan Gill/LSU AgCenter)

How not to commit crape murder

“A tree which has lost its head will never recover it again, and will survive only as a monument of the ignorance and folly of its tormentor.” George William Curtis, American writer, editor and speaker
“Crape murder” is the term that has been coined to describe severely cutting back crape myrtle trees. Although perhaps a little overly dramatic, it is in use by horticulturist across the Southeast wherever crape myrtles are a popular and common tree.

Eunice Police radio logs

The following are experts from the Eunice Police Department radio dispatch logs.
Jan. 17
05:31 Theft in the 600 block of North 3rd.
08:50 Abandoned duffle bag behind Winn Dixie with keys and other items.
09:40 Disturbance at Acadian Medical Center OB unit.
14:05 Animal complaint on West Dudley.
15:03 Theft of package left on porch in the 1400 block of Darrell on Nov. 18.
15:23 Theft of a three-wheel bike in the 300 block of Cotton.
15:40 Wreck art True Value.
16:00 Animal complaint in the 1600 block of Duck.

A cluster of honey-colored mushrooms produced by Armillaria tabescens. (Photo by Raj Singh, LSU AgCenter)

Root rot appearing in shrubs, trees

Many homeowners and commercial landscapers are noticing clusters of honey-colored mushrooms in their landscapes. These mushrooms are fruiting bodies of Armillaria root rot caused by the species of the fungus Armillaria, said LSU AgCenter plant pathologist Raj Singh.
This destructive disease attacks a wide variety of woody ornamental shrubs and trees, Singh said. Common host plants include roses, camellias, azaleas, crape myrtles, bottle brush, Confederate jasmine, Chinese elms, oaks, pines, Leyland and Italian cypress, apples, peaches and pecans.

Citrus disease, insects causing concern for growers

Citrus harvest is in full swing in Louisiana, and people are enjoying the sweetness of satsumas, but some have complained about internal dry rot of fruit this year.
Mature fruit looks otherwise healthy from the outside, but internal dry rot can be seen after peeling the fruit, said LSU AgCenter “Plant Doctor” Raj Singh.
“This internal dry rot is caused by a yeast called Nematospora coryli, which is transmitted by the western leaf-footed bug,” Singh said.

Harvesting sugarcane in St. Mary Parish. (Photo by Colin Murphey/Franklin Banner-Tribune)

Sugarcane is one of agriculture’s sustainable crops

During this time of year in St. Mary Parish, the sugarcane industry is highly visible. From truck-after-truck lumbering down parish roads and highways, to combines chewing up row after row of towering cane stalks, to steam belching out from sugar mills and fields lit  on fire, the cane industry is in full swing.
And while many St. Mary Parish residents may look forward to the end of the cane harvest and all the activity associated with the cane industry, what they may not know is the positive impact and lack of negative impact the industry actually has on the region.

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