Agriculture

LSU AgCenter plant pathologist Don Groth holds a tray of blast-infested rice during the annual LSU AgCenter H. Rouse Caffey Rice Research Station field day on June 26. (Photo by Bruce Schultz/LSU AgCenter)

Don Groth named to rice research chair

The Louisiana Rice Research Board provided an additional $500,000 earmarked for research during the annual LSU AgCenter H. Rouse Caffey Rice Research Station field day on June 26.
Those funds bring the total to $1.5 million set aside from Colombian Free Trade Agreement money that must be designated for rice research in Louisiana. Interest generated by the account will be used to fund an endowed chair to enhance efforts at the rice station.

A cluster of rabbiteye blueberries. LSU AgCenter file photo by Allen Owings

It’s blueberry time

Grab a bucket. The blueberries are ready to pick.
Louisianians are fortunate to live in a state that supports blueberry growth. Blueberries are easy to grow and one of the most nutritionally dense foods on Earth. They are a significant source of vitamins and secondary metabolites that are widely studied for health benefits.

LSU AgCenter announces spring rice meetings

The LSU AgCenter has scheduled a series of meetings for AgCenter experts to inform rice farmers about the latest research findings.
“These meetings are a good opportunity for farmers to learn from our studies what they can do to make their operations more efficient,” said Don Groth, resident coordinator of the AgCenter H. Rouse Caffey Rice Research Station.
Presentations will include controlling insect pests, weeds and diseases, Groth said. Fertilizer recommendations and an economic outlook will be included in the presentations.

Ag census released

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) released the 2017 Census of Agriculture final results today, Louisiana Agriculture and Forestry Commissioner Mike Strain, D.V.M., said.
The Census of Agriculture, taken every five years, is the only source of uniform, comprehensive and impartial agricultural data for every state and county/parish in the nation.

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