Register now for Bayouland Cook-off 

The Lafourche Parish Special Olympics is hosting its first Bayouland Cook-off from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 24 at the Cut Off Youth Center Pavilion, 205 W. 79th St., Cut Off.

There’s no entry fee to compete, though competitors must register before June 13. There are no categories, and participants are welcome to enter dishes of choice. Awards for first, second and third place will be given.

The cook-off will also feature entertainment, games and a raffle. Admission is free to the public, but a $12 donation to the Lafourche Parish Special Olympics is required for samples, and donors are allowed to sample all the food entered in the cook-off.

For information or to register, call Misty Cheramie 278-3521.

La. vegetables in danger of bacterial disease

Recent hot and wet weather in Louisiana has led to the onset of one of the most serious diseases of solanaceous crops, Johnny Morgan with the LSU AgCenter says.

That includes tomatoes, eggplant and bell peppers, according to LSU AgCenter “Plant Doctor” Raj Singh.

The disease is called southern bacterial wilt and is caused by the soil-borne bacterium Ralstonia solanacearum. Infected plants rapidly wilt due to loss of turgidity of leaves and stems, giving the plants a limp appearance. Initially, these plants may recover overnight, but as the disease develops, rapid drying of the foliage occurs, leading to permanent wilting and death of the plant.

Cultural management of southern bacterial wilt includes avoiding planting susceptible crops in infested fields, planting on raised beds, avoiding late plantings of tomatoes in areas known to be infested and using long-term rotations with non-host crops such as corn, beans and cabbage.

Commercial as well as home growers must follow good sanitation practices to reduce the spread of the disease including avoiding movement of infested soils, avoiding the movement of stakes from known infested sites to new sites and proper cleaning of tools.

Taste of Terrebonne to be held Saturday

The second annual Taste of Terrebonne cook-off is scheduled for 5-9:30 p.m. Saturday in Houma's Courthouse Square.

Sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Houma, categories include gumbo, jambalaya and miscellaneous savory Cajun dishes. Winners will be determined by the cook-off attendees, who will cast tickets as votes.

Set up for teams begins at 2 p.m., and the event opens to the public at 5 p.m. Bandit, a local rock cover band, will perform from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

For information, check out the Kiwanis Club of Houma Facebook page.

RUMble at Cannata's 

The Wine and Spirits Department at Cannata’s Market, 6307 W. Park Ave., Houma, will host "Let's get ready to RUMble," a rum tasting event from 6-8 p.m. today featuring rums from the Caribbean and South America.

Admission is free, and attendees must be 21 or older to sample liquors. For information, call Cannata’s at 879-3574.