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Crawfish farmers urged not to drain ponds yet despite drop in sales

ABBEVILLE — Crawfish producer Allen McLain’s business has dropped dramatically because of the coronavirus’ impact on the restaurant business.
“We’re struggling. It’s not looking good,” said McLain, of Abbeville.
A big portion of his business is selling his product to area restaurants, but he said that has been sharply reduced.
Crawfish are plentiful and have grown to a large size, but there’s a limited market. He said sales during the week are a fraction of his normal volume.
“The weekends are about average,” he said.

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Rice planting for 2020 is nearing completion in southwest Louisiana. Alan Lawson is drill seeding his rice fields in Acadia Parish on April 3, 2019. (Photo by Bruce Schultz/LSU AgCenter)

Rice crop starting well, planting continues

Rice planting is nearing completion in southwest Louisiana, where most of the state’s rice is grown, and it has begun in northeast Louisiana.
LSU AgCenter state rice specialist Dustin Harrell said farmers took advantage of favorable planting conditions beginning around March 10 and planted much of the crop during the past two weeks in southwest Louisiana. Warm weather has helped the crop emerge quickly.
“Last week we already had some rice at 3 inches and two leaves,” Harrell said. “It’s moving along much differently than last year. It’s growing much faster.”

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A total of 44 graduates of the Louisiana Master Cattleman Program graduated during the Acadiana beef cattle producers field day at the LSU AgCenter Iberia Research Station on March 7, 2020. Shown here are, back row, Michael Marino, Lawrence Thompson, Jody Stelly, Geno Delafose, Joshua Renard, Yvette Delafose, Robert Duhon, Jarrod Neal, Anthony Sagrera. Second row, AgCenter agent Andrew Granger, Colby Gothreaux, Shannon Neveaux, Richard Gothreaux, Carroll Boudreaux, Rane Sills, Keysa Delino, Emily Miller, Ted Miller, Coy Fitch, Ronald Roy, Monique Ledet, Dwayne Martin, Melanie Martin, Lisa Patout, Kristi Broussard, Lisa Neal, Lisa Robillard, Michael Neal, Brett Robillard, AgCenter agent Stan Dutile. Kneeling, Shanon Gaspard, Rene Prejean, Vernon Trahan, Thomas Menard, John Franques, Peter Menard, Allen Blanchard. Not shown are Brady Bourgeois, Allen Bourgeois, David Billings, Kirk Bernard, Sally Neal, Travis Thibeaux, Shann Comeaux, Lee Krouse and Amanda Vanya. (Photo by Bruce Schultz/LSU AgCenter)

44 graduate from Louisiana Master Cattleman course

The LSU AgCenter recognized 44 graduates from the Louisiana Master Cattleman program during a field day on March 7.
The Louisiana Master Cattleman Program is a commodity-specific program designed to help beef producers become more profitable and environmentally sustainable.
The program, which covers all aspects of beef production, began in 2004.
Graduates from Lafayette Parish included Kirk Bernard, Shann Comeaux, Dwayne Martin, Melanie Martin, Rene Prejean and Travis Thibeaux.

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LSU AgCenter plant pathologist Don Groth received the Distinguished Service Award from the Rice Technical Working Group on Feb. 26.
The working group is an organization of researchers and academicians that meets every two years to share information, coordinate research and find solutions for rice industry problems.

AgCenter researcher receives distinguished service award

LSU AgCenter plant pathologist Don Groth received the Distinguished Service Award from the Rice Technical Working Group on Feb. 26.
The working group is an organization of researchers and academicians that meets every two years to share information, coordinate research and find solutions for rice industry problems.

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Rice farmers preparing for the 2020 crop heard recently from LSU AgCenter experts about what they should be considering before they get into the fields.

AgCenter experts offer rice farmers tips

Rice farmers preparing for the 2020 crop heard recently from LSU AgCenter experts about what they should be considering before they get into the fields.
The meetings were held in Welsh, Vidrine and Crowley, and more are scheduled.
Don Groth, resident coordinator of the LSU AgCenter H. Rouse Caffey Rice Research Station, said the medium-grain variety Titan has been accepted by the Kellogg Co. for its products. Groth said acreage of that variety probably will increase.

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