Agriculture

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LSU AgCenter and Louisiana Sea Grant agent Mark Shirley checks a dipnet for young crawfish while a combine harvests a second crop of rice on a field at the South Farm of the AgCenter H. Rouse Caffey Rice Research Station near Crowley. Shirley is studying how crawfish production is affected by harvesting a second rice crop. (Photo by Bruce Schultz/LSU AgCenter)

Study looks at second-crop rice, crawfish production

An LSU AgCenter and Louisiana Sea Grant agent is studying the effects of crawfish production following a second crop of rice.
Mark Shirley is conducting the study requested by farmers who want to know to what extent harvesting a second rice crop will affect their crawfish.
“These days, rice farmers are trying to get every bit of value out of their crawfish crop in addition to their rice crop,” Shirley said.

Tea production, processing workshops conducted for prospective Louisiana growers

LSU AgCenter scientists and agents have begun a series of workshops to help develop the tea industry in Louisiana.
With collaborations among AgCenter faculty, extension agents and tea growers, two recent workshops focused on growing the tea plant and processing tea leaves. The program is designed for prospective specialty growers who are considering commercial production of tea as a new adventure, said AgCenter horticulture researcher Yan Chen.

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Graduates from the 2019 Central Region of the Louisiana Master Cattleman Program were recognized Oct. 17 at the Dean Lee Research Station Seventh Annual Beef Cattle and Forage Field Day. Pictured from left to right are, top row, Vince Deshotel, LSU AgCenter Master Cattleman coordinator; Mike Salassi, incoming AgCenter associate vice president of for plants, soils and water resources; graduates Sherwood Poret, Justin Moreau, Bailey Wilkes, David Bordelon, Al Mahfouz, Joe Bordelon, Austin Pitcher, Terry Grady Sr., Douglas Saucier, Chris Dupuy, Brent Dauzat, Jeffery Lacombe, Kaleb Bordelon; bottom row, left-right, Rogers Leonard, AgCenter associate vice president for plants, soils and water resources; graduates Kirk Garber, John Laborde, Charles Webster, Kendrick Fontenot, Randal Brown, Jessica Brown, Kenneth Bordelon, Kurt Moreau, Steven Mayeux, Vickie Mayeux, Sherry Dauzat and Ronnie Bardwell. Graduates not pictured were Jessica Hunt, Taylon Hunt, Patrick Gillespie, and Brent Winegeart, Terry Grady Jr., Marcus Wilkes, Karen Garber, Chris Barkley, Travis Gremillion, Mark Gremillion and Scott Couvillion. Photo by Bruce Schultz/LSU AgCenter

Cattle health featured at AgCenter field day

Newly obtained cattle should be quarantined until they have been tested for the possibility of disease, an LSU AgCenter veterinarian said at the Seventh Annual Beef Cattle and Forage Field Day at the LSU AgCenter Dean Lee Research Station on Oct. 17.
Dr. Christine Navarre said new cattle should be kept separated from an existing herd. “Just a fence is not enough,” she said.
But keeping cattle in a barn is not required. “Sunlight is our best disinfectant,” she said.

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LSU AgCenter plans crawfish workshops

The LSU AgCenter will host five crawfish meetings in south Louisiana to help producers get ready for the upcoming season.
“Pond management, including water and vegetation management, are among the topics that will be addressed,” said Mark Shirley, LSU AgCenter crawfish specialist.
Shirley and Greg Lutz, also an LSU AgCenter crawfish specialist, will lead the discussions and answer questions.
Lutz said crawfish production is all about creating a healthy aquatic habitat for crawfish to reproduce and grow throughout the season.

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Duane Smith, left, discusses his rice and crawfish operation with growers as Terreca Bates-Wells, the director of special projects at Capitol City Produce, right, looks on during the Meet the Buyer Day hosted by the LSU and Southern University ag centers in St. Landry Parish on Aug. 6. Smith is considering adding strawberries to his rice and crawfish operation. (Photo by Johnny Morgan/LSU AgCenter)

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Kevin Cazeaux, the local produce buyer for Rouses Markets, right, discusses with a small farmer the type produce he’s in search of during the LSU and Southern University ag centers’ Meet the Buyer Day in St. Landry Parish on Aug. 6. (Photo by Johnny Morgan/LSU AgCenter)

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A group of next-generation St. Landry Parish farmers discuss crops they need to grow to meet the demand of produce buyers. The growers were participating in the LSU and Southern University ag centers’ Meet the Buyer meeting in Opelousas on Aug. 6. (Photo by Johnny Morgan/LSU AgCenter)

Ag centers bring buyers to small farmers

Small-scale vegetable growers in St. Landry Parish recently met face-to-face with major produce buyers in the area to discuss ways to market their produce.
Many times small farmers are left out of the equation when produce buyers go looking for products to buy, said LSU AgCenter extension associate Alessandro Holzapfel.
Holzapfel, along with Antonio Harris, director of sustainable agriculture and rural development with the Southern University Ag Center, coordinated the Meet the Buyer Day in Opelousas.
Harris said the goal of the meeting was two-fold.

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