Agriculture

Nominations open for Ag Hall of Distinction

The Louisiana Agriculture Hall of Distinction is now accepting nominations for its induction ceremony, which will be held March 22, 2018, at the L’Auberge Hotel in Baton Rouge.
The nomination form can be obtained online at www.louisianaagriculturehallofdistinction.com or through any parish LSU AgCenter extension office. The deadline for the nominations is Nov. 20.

Robert Reigh, director of the LSU AgCenter Aquaculture Research Station, left, listens as a visitor asks questions about alligators on Sept. 7, 2017. Photo by Olivia McClure/LSU AgCenter

Chinese group learns about alligators at LSU AgCenter

A group of Chinese crocodile farmers, tanners and others who work in the industry visited the LSU AgCenter Aquaculture Research Station and Department of Textiles, Apparel Design and Merchandising during a trip to Louisiana from Sept. 6 to 8.
The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries organized the tour. The 10 visitors are from Hunan Province, which is located in southeast China and is one of the country’s most populous provinces.

Grinding time — An 18-wheeler load of sugar cane dumps its cargo at the LaSuCa mill at St. John earlier this week. Grinding got off to a smooth start and the mill is expected to complete harvest of the 2017 crop in early January. Motorists are cautioned to be wary of the big trucks and cane carts making their way to the mill located on La. 347/Resweber Hwy between St. Martinville and Parks.(Karl Jeter)

Sugar harvest off to a favorable start

The 2017 harvest of the parish’s sugar cane crop appears to be off to a good start, says County Agent Stuart Gauthier.
The LaSuCa mill at St. John cranked up last Wednesday, Sept. 20, for a season that is expected to stretch well into December.
“The current weather is very similar to what we were seeing at the beginning of last year’s harvest,” Gauthier said Tuesday. “But the crop is a bit different,” he added. “Last year we saw tonnage a bit on the low side but the sugar content was high. So far this year we’ve got decent tonnage but the sugar is not quite as high.”

Chefs from New Orleans and Baton Rouge examine a tray of brown rice at the milling lab of the LSU AgCenter H. Rouse Caffey Rice Research Station. The chefs attended the station’s annual field day as part of a tour arranged by Jazzmen Rice of New Orleans. (Photo by Bruce Schultz/LSU AgCenter)

An aerial photo taken with a drone shows LSU AgCenter rice breeders Steve Linscombe and Adam Famoso during the field day at the H. Rouse Caffey Rice Research Station on June 28. Photo by Brady Williams/LSU AgCenter

Farmers at the LSU AgCenter H. Rouse Caffey Rice Research Station Field Day watch a demonstration of a drone being used to pollinate an enclosed plot of hybrid rice. Photo by Bruce Schultz/LSU AgCenter

New rice lines featured at AgCenter field day

More than 400 people attended the LSU AgCenter H. Rouse Caffey Rice Research Station field day on June 28 to hear about the latest work being done to help rice farmers.
During the field tour, Steve Linscombe, LSU AgCenter rice breeder and station director, said the new Provisia rice technology has taken five years to develop, with one line ready for release as a variety and three new lines in the works.

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