Agriculture

Chad Evans, a corn producer in Catahoula Parish, harvests an experimental verification cornfield near Harrisonburg. Corn farmers are trying to wrap up this year’s harvest, which was hampered in the beginning by rain. Yields are considered to be average, according to Dan Fromme, the LSU AgCenter state corn specialist. (Photo by Craig Gautreaux/LSU AgCenter)

Farmers busy harvesting corn

Corn producers are working quickly to get this year’s corn harvest complete. Spotty afternoon rain showers slowed the harvest for some, but more favorable weather recently has allowed farmers the opportunity to try to catch up.
“Average” seems the word to best describe this year’s corn yields. The crop got off to a late start due to wet weather. Planting was delayed as growers waited for their fields to dry.

Cutline: A ship is loaded with soybeans at the Louis Dreyfuss Grain Elevator in Port Allen on the Mississippi River. An LSU AgCenter analysis of soybean trade tensions with China projects the state’s ports will likely be affected by reduced shipments to China. Photo by Bruce Schultz/LSU AgCenter

Soybean demand is strong

Worldwide demand for U.S. soybeans remains strong in the midst of a trade war, and China still needs America’s soybeans, according to an LSU AgCenter report on trade tensions with China.
“There are, as yet, no signs of slowing global demand for U.S. soybeans, which is positive,” the report says.
In the short term, China will continue to buy U.S. soybeans at a reduced volume, even with the tariffs, but a bigger reduction is likely if the continued conflict becomes a long-term, according to the report.

High tariffs cause soybean price to plummet

American farmers receive billions of dollars in federal aid every year to protect them when prices fall due to weather or market fluctuations.

President Donald Trump’s proposal to place tariffs on imported goods has affected farmers in Avoyelles Parish and across the nation as prices drop and supplies pile up as other countries impose tariffs to counter Trump's actions.

Furrow irrigation noted at rice field day

Farmers heard about the benefits and challenges of growing furrow-irrigated rice at an LSU AgCenter row rice field day on July 18.
The event was held at the Elliot Colvin Farm near Rayville, where the LSU AgCenter has one of three research fields in a project funded by the Louisiana Rice Research Board. The other two sites are in Tensas and Morehouse parishes.
Keith Collins, AgCenter agent in Richland Parish, estimated that about 10 percent of the 60,000 acres of rice grown in northeast Louisiana use this practice.

LSU AgCenter sets rice field days

The LSU AgCenter will hold a series of field days to help rice farmers learn about the latest recommended practices to improve their crop production.
Experts will make presentations on variety development, fertility, growing soybeans and controlling problems of diseases, insects and weeds.
“These field days give us the chance to provide details about our research projects,” said Don Groth, resident coordinator of the AgCenter H. Rouse Caffey Rice Research Station. “Also, our scientists will be available to answer questions from growers.”

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