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Rick Zaunbrecher, far right, manager of the foundation seed program at the LSU AgCenter H. Rouse Caffey Rice Research Station, tells a group of Africans about the station’s grain storage facilities. Photo by Bruce Schultz/LSU AgCenter

AgCenter rice station hosts leadership class, African visitors

The LSU AgCenter H. Rouse Caffey Rice Research Station hosted two agricultural groups on March 28.
The Rice Leadership Development Class made its annual tour of the station, and a group of 11 Africans also visited the facility.
Steve Linscombe, retired director of the AgCenter Rice Research Station, let the Rice Leadership class. This was the group’s first of several tours of rice-growing regions in the U.S.

Wheat crop survives below-freezing temperatures

Wheat producers may fare better than expected from the arctic blast that plunged temperatures into the mid- to upper 20s in early March and threatened the crop across Louisiana.
LSU AgCenter wheat specialist Boyd Padgett said the wheat crop may not have been hit as hard as anticipated in most areas.
“After speaking with others around the state, my gut feeling is we are in pretty good shape overall,” Padgett said.

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New rice varieties show promise

With planting only weeks away, LSU AgCenter rice experts held a meeting on Feb. in Manssura 21 to bring farmers up to date on what they should consider in the upcoming crop.
AgCenter rice specialist Dustin Harrell said the 2018 yields of Provisia rice in its first year of commercial production surprised many. “I think a lot of growers were pleased with the Provisia system,” he said.

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J.S. Aucoin garden teaches growing, eating veggies

AMELIA — Kmberly Perez ate her share of cauliflower, and then she asked for more.
“I normally don’t eat vegetables,” said the fourth-grader, a member of the garden club at J.S. Aucoin Elementary School in Amelia.
The cauliflower was grown in the school garden, and it was sautéed with bread crumbs by Jessica Randazzo, LSU AgCenter nutrition agent in St. Mary Parish.
While she cooked, Randazzo explained the benefits of cauliflower, including vitamin C, fiber and folates.

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