Agriculture

Participants at the LSU AgCenter drone workshop are photographed by a drone flying overhead at the Dean Lee Research Station on March 16. (Photo by Randy Price/LSU AgCenter)

Workshop features drones in agriculture

Drones can provide an aerial view of a crop’s progress and health, but they won’t replace scouting fields on foot, LSU AgCenter researchers advised on March 16 at a drone workshop held at the AgCenter Dean Lee Research Station.
Dennis Burns, LSU AgCenter county agent in Tensas Parish, said insects can’t be detected by air unless crop damage is extensive. “The images are only going to show so much,” he said.

St. Landry Parish Sheriff's Office arrests

The following are arrests reported by the St. Landry Parish Sheriff’s Office.
March 14
Carl J. Batiste, 45, 700 block of South West Railroad, Ville Platte. Bench warrant, simple burglary. Arrested by Opelousas Police.
Eugene Boxie, Jr., 31, 400 block of Vatican Road, Carencro. Four counts of distribution of schedule II drugs, distribution of schedule I drugs.
Jonathan Joseph Stelly, 27, 3500 block of Bayou Germound Road, Port Barre. Domestic abuse battery.

St. Landry Parish Sheriff's Office arrests

The following are arrests reported by the St. Landry Parish Sheriff’s Office.
March 10
Bryant K. Edwards, 46, 2100 block of Hwy. 167, Opelousas. Obstruction of justice, distribution-harmful material/publications-minors, possession of schedule II drugs, six counts of drug paraphernalia.
Kelwin Kyle Cassimere, 40, 2100 bock of Hwy. 167, Opelousas. Obstruction of justice, distribution –harmful material/publications-minors, possession of schedule II drugs.
Devin Dovoan Smith, 17, 2500 block of Belaire Cove Road, Ville Platte. Theft of a firearm.

When pruning trees, work with their natural form. Do not butcher trees as has been done to these crape myrtles. (Photo by Dan Gill/LSU AgCenter)

How not to commit crape murder

“A tree which has lost its head will never recover it again, and will survive only as a monument of the ignorance and folly of its tormentor.” George William Curtis, American writer, editor and speaker
“Crape murder” is the term that has been coined to describe severely cutting back crape myrtle trees. Although perhaps a little overly dramatic, it is in use by horticulturist across the Southeast wherever crape myrtles are a popular and common tree.

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