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LSU AgCenter plant pathologist Don Groth received the Distinguished Service Award from the Rice Technical Working Group on Feb. 26.
The working group is an organization of researchers and academicians that meets every two years to share information, coordinate research and find solutions for rice industry problems.

AgCenter researcher receives distinguished service award

LSU AgCenter plant pathologist Don Groth received the Distinguished Service Award from the Rice Technical Working Group on Feb. 26.
The working group is an organization of researchers and academicians that meets every two years to share information, coordinate research and find solutions for rice industry problems.

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Rice farmers preparing for the 2020 crop heard recently from LSU AgCenter experts about what they should be considering before they get into the fields.

AgCenter experts offer rice farmers tips

Rice farmers preparing for the 2020 crop heard recently from LSU AgCenter experts about what they should be considering before they get into the fields.
The meetings were held in Welsh, Vidrine and Crowley, and more are scheduled.
Don Groth, resident coordinator of the LSU AgCenter H. Rouse Caffey Rice Research Station, said the medium-grain variety Titan has been accepted by the Kellogg Co. for its products. Groth said acreage of that variety probably will increase.

Arrests made for livestock theft in Avoyelles Parish

The Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry (LDAF) Livestock Brand Commission arrested five men on Tuesday for their alleged involvement in the theft of two horses in two separate incidents in Avoyelles Parish.
Armaud R. Walter, 18, Mansura, was arrested on two counts of theft of livestock and one count of simple criminal damage to property.
The four men who were arrested for illegal possession of stolen things include: Dontel J. Hollis, 18, Lecompte; Joquaris R. Jones, 21, Pineville; Dewayne Lair Jr., 18, Lecompte; Wilbert L. Williams Jr., 19, Cheneyville.

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Pecan trees in a grove require significant space between them. (Photo by Olivia McClure/LSU AgCenter)

Winter is the best time to plant pecans

Cooler weather is perfect for planting trees and shrubs in Louisiana. Fall and winter are both great times, but especially winter. Trees and shrubs slow their growth in winter, particularly the above-ground portion of the plants. Deciduous plants drop their leaves to conserve energy during the cold months. More important, the roots remain active, but at a much slower pace because soil temperatures remain fairly constant throughout the year.

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Don Groth, resident coordinator at the LSU AgCenter H. Rouse Caffey Rice Research Station, shows Chinese rice buyers how rice is grown in greenhouses to be genetically screened for potential variety development. (Photo by Bruce Schultz/LSU AgCenter)

Chinese rice buyers tour LSU AgCenter facility

A group of seven Chinese rice buyers visited the LSU AgCenter H. Rouse Caffey Rice Research Station Dec. 12 as part of their tour through U.S. rice-growing areas.
During the visit, China and the U.S. reached a preliminary trade agreement that increases Chinese purchases of a wide range of agricultural products, including rice. A Chinese company bought 40 tons of U.S. rice earlier this year.
Don Groth, Rice Research Station resident coordinator, showed the group how genetic markers are being used to expedite breeding work to develop new varieties.

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