Agriculture

The Louisiana rice industry celebrates National Rice Month in Crowley with a 50,000-pound donation of rice to the Second Harvest Food Bank. Pictured here are, left to right, Philip Bertrand, of Farmers Rice Mill of Lake Charles; Robbie Trahan, of Falcon Rice Mill of Crowley; State Rep. Mark Abraham, of Lake Charles; John Dziurgot, with the Second Harvest Food Bank; Crowley Mayor Pro Tem Stephen Primeaux; U.S. Rep. Clay Higgins; rice farmer and Louisiana Rice Promotion Board Chairman John Owen, of Richland Parish; and State Rep. Johnny Guinn, of Jennings. (Photo by Bruce Schultz/LSU AgCenter)

Food bank donations highlight National Rice Month

The Louisiana rice industry donated more than 100,000 pounds of rice this week to feed the state’s hungry as part of National Rice Month.
Monday, south Louisiana rice mills donated approximately 50,000 pounds of rice to the Second Harvest Food Bank, and the Kennedy Rice Mill of Mer Rouge donated 48,000 pounds on Tuesday in West Monroe for the Food Bank of Northeast Louisiana. The Richard family of Indian Bayou donated 4,000 pounds.

Two combines harvest soybeans in Avoyelles Parish on the Ike and Joey Boudreaux farm. Statewide, the soybean crop is more than half harvested, and yields are down slightly from last year because of weather conditions. Farmers in some areas are dealing with grain quality issues. (Photo by Bruce Schultz/LSU AgCenter)

Louisiana soybean farmers harvesting good crop

With more than half the Louisiana soybean crop harvested, many farmers are looking at a good year, according to LSU AgCenter soybean specialist Todd Spivey.
“About 60 percent of the crop is out of the field,” he said.
Farmers were reporting better yields and grain quality before Tropical Storm Gordon moved inland after Sept. 4, Spivey said. After the storm, however, grain quality slipped, with a damage total of 5 to 10 percent, compared to 1 to 3 percent before Gordon.

St. Landry Parish Sheriff's Office arrests

The following are arrests reported by the St. Landry Parish Sheriff’s Office.
Sept. 19
Sherry Michelle Laughlin, 44, 100 block of Nicole Lane, Opelousas. Possession with intent to distribute schedule IV. Arrested by Opelousas Police.
Tylor Mundy, 24, 600 block of South Maple Street, Bunkie. Resisting arrest, resisting by false name, simple kidnapping. Arrested by Louisiana State Police.
Penny Martin, 33, 1000 block of Olivier Guidry Road, Arnaudville. Theft. Arrested by Opelousas Police.

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.

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