Agriculture

Louisiana cotton crop is harvested with mixed reactions

Louisiana’s 2018 cotton crop is being harvested with mixed reactions.
“A lot of people were happy; a lot of people were sad,” said LSU AgCenter cotton specialist Dan Fromme.
Northwest Louisiana was hit with drought during the growing season, while the northeast corner had good rainfall. Central Louisiana had areas of drought and adequate rainfall, so yields varied there. About half of Louisiana’s cotton crop is irrigated, he said, so those fields are not as dependent on rainfall.
This year’s Louisiana acreage totaled 189,000, compared to 212,000 acres in 2017.

Cane harvest in St. Mary Parish.

Frequent rain is hampering sugar cane harvest

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.”

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.”

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.

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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