Agriculture

Attendees at the LSU AgCenter rice clinic in Crowley visit between presentations on Jan. 3. Photo by Bruce Schultz/LSU AgCenter

Farmers listen to presenters in Ville Platte at the rice clinic held by the LSU AgCenter on Jan. 9. Photo by Bruce Schultz/LSU AgCenter

LSU AgCenter holds rice clinics

In a series of meetings in southwest Louisiana, LSU AgCenter experts offered farmers advice for growing their 2019 crop.
Farmers met in Welsh, Abbeville, Ville Platte and Crowley and attended sessions held Jan. 3-10, only a few weeks from the start of planting season.
AgCenter rice breeder Adam Famoso said a new line of Provisia rice, PVL108, in development has outyielded the current Provisia offering, PVL01, and with low chalk. The grain size of PVL108 is shorter, but it has better second-crop yield potential of about 20 percent, he said.

The Louisiana Rice Research Board presents a $1 million check to fund an academic chair for rice research in the LSU AgCenter. The presentation was made at the joint meeting on Jan. 9 of the Louisiana Rice Council and the Louisiana Rice Growers Association. Shown left to right are Dane Hebert, LRRB vice chairman; Brian Wild, former LRRB member; Mike Strain, commissioner of the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry and LRRB ex officio member; Donald Berken, former LRRB member; Damian Bollich, LRRB member; Ronald Sonnier, former LRRB member; Mike Fruge, former LRRB member; Alan Lawson, LRRB member; Jeffrey Sylvester, LRRB member; Bill Richardson, LSU vice president for agriculture; Rogers Leonard, LSU AgCenter associate vice president; Fred Zaunbrecher, former LRRB member; Jackie Loewer, former LRRB chairman; Clarence Berken, former LRRB vice chairman; John Denison, former LRRB chairman; Richard Fontenot, LRRB chairman; John Denison Jr., LRRB secretary-treasurer; Steve Linscombe, former director of the LSU AgCenter H. Rouse Caffey Rice Research Station. (Photo by Bruce Schultz/LSU AgCenter)

La. rice industry gives $1M for research

The Louisiana Rice Research Board has given $1 million to fund an academic chair dedicated for rice research in the LSU AgCenter.
The presentation was made on Jan. 9 at the annual joint meeting of the Louisiana Rice Council and the Louisiana Rice Growers Association.
The board has pledged to provide an additional $500,000 later this year for the Louisiana Rice Research Board Chair for Excellence in Rice Research with the hope of more allocations in the next few years to growing the chair over time.

Louisiana cotton crop is harvested with mixed reactions

Louisiana’s 2018 cotton crop is being harvested with mixed reactions.
“A lot of people were happy; a lot of people were sad,” said LSU AgCenter cotton specialist Dan Fromme.
Northwest Louisiana was hit with drought during the growing season, while the northeast corner had good rainfall. Central Louisiana had areas of drought and adequate rainfall, so yields varied there. About half of Louisiana’s cotton crop is irrigated, he said, so those fields are not as dependent on rainfall.
This year’s Louisiana acreage totaled 189,000, compared to 212,000 acres in 2017.

Cane harvest in St. Mary Parish.

Frequent rain is hampering sugar cane harvest

Consistently rainy weather during recent weeks and months has hampered sugar cane farmers from harvesting this year’s crop and planting for next year.
Sugar cane harvest season started around the beginning of October.
Louisiana sugar cane farmers began seeing wet weather a couple of months ago after a mostly dry summer.
“Beginning in August, the rains turned on,” said Jim Simon, general manager of the American Sugar Cane League. “And they’ve been hitting us pretty consistently since, for the last month and a half or so.”

Despite the rain, work in this sugar cane field near Garden City continues Thursday morning. (The Daily Review/Bill Decker)

Frequent rain tough on sugar cane farmers

Consistently rainy weather during recent weeks and months has hampered sugar cane farmers from harvesting this year’s crop and planting for next year.

Sugar cane harvest season started around the beginning of October.

Louisiana sugar cane farmers began seeing wet weather a couple of months ago after a mostly dry summer.

“Beginning in August, the rains turned on,” said Jim Simon, general manager of the American Sugar Cane League. “And they’ve been hitting us pretty consistently since, for the last month and a half or so.”

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