New rice herbicides available this year

With the start of rice planting roughly a month away, farmers will have new herbicides to fight weeds in the upcoming growing season.
LSU AgCenter weed scientist Eric Webster, talking at rice meetings in Mansura on Feb. 1 and Rayville on Feb. 6, said the new herbicide Loyant is effective against grasses and aquatic weeds such as ducksalad, but it will cause injury to young rice on fields that have been recently laser-leveled.
The new Gambit herbicide is good on aquatic weeds, such as alligatorweed, he said.

La. Farm Bureau to hold grain bin safety workshops

Farming remains one of the most dangerous occupations in the United States, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Rice growers in Southwest Louisiana received a stark reminder of that fact this past September when 45-year-old Wayne Richard of Acadia Parish died after falling into a rice bin.
In the hopes of preventing another death, the Louisiana Farm Bureau Federation partnered with the Mississippi Farm Bureau to host a series of grain bin safety and rescue workshops Feb. 26-28.

Polotzola, Hampton elected to Farm Service leadership posts

St. Landry Parish U.S. Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency County Executive Director Courtney Francois announced that County Committee elections are over and the ballots have been counted.
Carlos Polotzola of Melville was elected to represent local administrative area (LAA) 1 and Lee Hampton of Opelousas will serve as the first alternate.

Granger jersey holds special honor

It was his dream to play college baseball, but Ross Granger never threw a pitch for LSU Eunice.
On April 10, 2015, Granger signed with the Bengals and the left-hander pitcher was just 10 days away from starting his collegiate career before cancer ended his dream of playing college ball.
The son of Natham and Dana Granger from was diagnosed with an astrocytoma in his brain stem and the 19-year old died on Nov. 11, 2016, as his former Erath football team beat Eunice High in the Class 3-A playoffs.
He was buried on Nov. 14 in his LSUE baseball jersey.

Wheat plants show tip burn on leafs seven days after below-freezing temperatures. Photo by Boyd Padgett/LSU AgCenter

Sugarcane, wheat crops withstand freeze

By Craig Gautreaux,
Tobie Blanchard,
BATON ROUGE — Louisiana farmers and experts are remaining “cautiously optimistic” that the recent freezing weather did not significantly damage the state’s sugarcane or wheat crops.


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