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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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Thanos Gentimis, an assistant professor in the LSU AgCenter Department of Experimental Statistics, recently “taught” a computer program to analyze this aerial photograph of a rice field and automatically distinguish the different plots. Now he is using data to formulate an algorithm directing the computer to rate the plots for vigor, a measure of plant growth. (Photo provided by Thanos Gentimis)

‘Big data’ presents new opportunities, challenges in agriculture

Every summer, scientists at agriculture research stations spend hours with clipboards in hand walking down row after row of plants, going about a tedious chore known as rating plots.
Often, the process involves assigning a numeric value to each small-scale plot where the scientist is growing crops for research. Those ratings are subjective, but they offer insight into how well a variety performs, whether an insecticide treatment is effective or if an extra application of fertilizer resulted in a better yield.

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Eunice Police dispatch radio logs

The following are excerpts from the Eunice Police Department radio dispatch logs.
Oct. 8
05:15 Caller from 100 block of Prairie asked for extra patrol after verbal altercation with friends.
06:23 Caller from the Chevron on La. 13 said the car broke down and needs assistance with an autistic child.
08:31 Caller from South 6th may be intoxicated. Female with no shoes and just shirt.
08:31 Lobby complaint about chickens.
11:01 Break-in at rental property in the 200 block of North St. George.
11:06 Reckless driver on Auto Zone parking lot.

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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.

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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.


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