Agriculture

Wheat acreage affected by diseases, weather

Poor prices, weather and diseases have caused Louisiana wheat production to drop to 16,000 acres, LSU AgCenter experts said at a field day held April 19 at the Macon Ridge Research Station.
Statewide wheat acreage was about 150,000 just three years ago, according to the 2014 AgCenter Ag Summary.
Fusarium head blight, a fungal disease of wheat also known as scab, has been a big problem in Louisiana and is a main reason why acreage is down, said AgCenter plant pathologist Trey Price.

St. Landry Parish Sheriff's Office arrests

The following are arrests reported by the St. Landry Parish Sheriff’s Office.
March 27
Randy James Faul, 37, 1100 block of Praire Ronde Highway, Opelousas. Issuing worthless checks.
Dylan James Roberie, 28, 200 block of Herbert Ortego Road, Washington. Possession of stolen things, simple burglary.
Rikky Sabastian Dodge, 22, 200 block of Hickory Street, Port Barre. Principal to crime/burglary, simple battery.
Dijon Javontez Serialle Jr., 19, 300 block of Country Ridge Road, Opelousas. Domestic abuse battery, domestic abuse battery – child endangerment.

Participants at the LSU AgCenter drone workshop are photographed by a drone flying overhead at the Dean Lee Research Station on March 16. (Photo by Randy Price/LSU AgCenter)

Workshop features drones in agriculture

Drones can provide an aerial view of a crop’s progress and health, but they won’t replace scouting fields on foot, LSU AgCenter researchers advised on March 16 at a drone workshop held at the AgCenter Dean Lee Research Station.
Dennis Burns, LSU AgCenter county agent in Tensas Parish, said insects can’t be detected by air unless crop damage is extensive. “The images are only going to show so much,” he said.

St. Landry Parish Sheriff's Office arrests

The following are arrests reported by the St. Landry Parish Sheriff’s Office.
March 14
Carl J. Batiste, 45, 700 block of South West Railroad, Ville Platte. Bench warrant, simple burglary. Arrested by Opelousas Police.
Eugene Boxie, Jr., 31, 400 block of Vatican Road, Carencro. Four counts of distribution of schedule II drugs, distribution of schedule I drugs.
Jonathan Joseph Stelly, 27, 3500 block of Bayou Germound Road, Port Barre. Domestic abuse battery.

St. Landry Parish Sheriff's Office arrests

The following are arrests reported by the St. Landry Parish Sheriff’s Office.
March 10
Bryant K. Edwards, 46, 2100 block of Hwy. 167, Opelousas. Obstruction of justice, distribution-harmful material/publications-minors, possession of schedule II drugs, six counts of drug paraphernalia.
Kelwin Kyle Cassimere, 40, 2100 bock of Hwy. 167, Opelousas. Obstruction of justice, distribution –harmful material/publications-minors, possession of schedule II drugs.
Devin Dovoan Smith, 17, 2500 block of Belaire Cove Road, Ville Platte. Theft of a firearm.

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