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LSU AgCenter extension rice specialist Dustin Harrell tells an audience at the National Conservation Systems Cotton and Rice Conference in Baton Rouge about using products to minimize fertilizer losses in rice. (Photos by Bruce Schultz/LSU AgCenter)

Farmer Wes Simon, of Acadia Parish, tells an audience at the National Conservation Systems Cotton and Rice Conference in Baton Rouge about the practices used on the Simon family farm to grow rice, soybeans, crawfish and cattle.

Rice production sustainability increasing

LSU AgCenter scientists and researchers were among the presenters at the National Conservation Systems Cotton and Rice Conference on Jan. 31 and Feb. 1.
AgCenter entomologist Sebe Brown said a new product to control soybean loopers infects the larvae with a virus that kills the pest and spreads naturally across soybean fields.
The product, Chrysogen, should be available in Louisiana by July, hopefully in time to treat fields where loopers are found, he said.

Attendees at the LSU AgCenter rice clinic in Crowley visit between presentations on Jan. 3. Photo by Bruce Schultz/LSU AgCenter

Farmers listen to presenters in Ville Platte at the rice clinic held by the LSU AgCenter on Jan. 9. Photo by Bruce Schultz/LSU AgCenter

LSU AgCenter holds rice clinics

In a series of meetings in southwest Louisiana, LSU AgCenter experts offered farmers advice for growing their 2019 crop.
Farmers met in Welsh, Abbeville, Ville Platte and Crowley and attended sessions held Jan. 3-10, only a few weeks from the start of planting season.
AgCenter rice breeder Adam Famoso said a new line of Provisia rice, PVL108, in development has outyielded the current Provisia offering, PVL01, and with low chalk. The grain size of PVL108 is shorter, but it has better second-crop yield potential of about 20 percent, he said.

Care must be taken when bringing potted plants indoors for the winter. Be sure there are no pests, diseases or critters. (Photo by Dan Gill/LSU AgCenter)

Move tender container plants inside for winter

Louisiana gardeners often use containers of tender tropical plants on decks, patios and porches and in courtyards to provide color and beauty through the summer. These plants thrive in outdoor conditions, but because they cannot withstand freezing temperatures, they must be protected over the winter. Generally, this means bringing them indoors.

Don Groth, right, is the new resident coordinator of the LSU AgCenter H. Rouse Caffey Rice Research Station, and Dustin Harrell is the new research coordinator. Both will continue their research and extension work with Groth working in plant pathology and Harrell maintaining his agronomy projects. (Photo by Bruce Schultz/LSU AgCenter)

LSU AgCenter names new rice research administrators

The LSU AgCenter has named Don Groth as the new resident coordinator of the H. Rouse Caffey Rice Research Station.
Kurt Guidry, director of the LSU AgCenter Southwest Region, made the announcement Oct. 3) at a meeting of the Louisiana Rice Research Board.
Guidry also announced that Dustin Harrell is the station’s research coordinator, a position Groth previously held.
“We’re excited about having both of these outstanding scientists in their new roles,” Guidry told the board.

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.

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