Louisiana Wheat Acres in Deep Valley Due To Pestilence, Prices (with video)

By Forrest Laws, Delta Farm Press

These are not the best of times for wheat growers in Louisiana or most of the Mid-South states, Steve Harrison, professor of agronomy and wheat breeder for the Louisiana State University AgCenter units says. Fusarium head blight, uncertain weather conditions and low prices and low basis for wheat have combined to push wheat acres to the lowest level – 16,000 acres according to USDA’s Farm Service Agency – in decades.

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Strawberry Supply Whittling Down with End of Season (with video)

By Ashley Rodrigue, WWL-TV, New Orleans

ST. TAMMANY -  If you've been to the grocery in the past week or two looking for Louisiana strawberries, you may have a similar story to Lois Patton. "There just hasn't been any in any of the stores in Bogalusa," she said. Local grocers like Acquistapace in Covington say it's just that time of year.

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Is the United States Ready for Offshore Aquaculture?

By Virginia Gewin, Freelance Science Journalist, via ensia.com

Harlon Pearce walks muck-booted past processors gutting wild drum and red snapper to showcase a half-full new 5,000-square-foot (500-square-meter) freezer he hopes will someday house a fresh boom of marine fish. Harlon’s LA Fish sits just across the railroad tracks from the Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport, perfectly positioned to ship fish out of Louisiana.

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Weather is Weather

By Jim Simon, American Sugar Cane League

Folks who are prone to quoting old adages like "Everybody complains about the weather, but nobody does anything about it,” often incorrectly attribute the famous saying to Mark Twain, but it was Twain’s contemporary, writer Charles Dudley Warner, who coined the phrase. Louisiana farmers often talk about the weather and I guess a few of them complain, but one thing is certain: no one can do anything about the weather.

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Scale Insect Causing Widespread Damage to Wetlands

By Bruce Schultz, LSU AgCenter

Rodrigo Diaz said the insect, called the Phragmites scale, has damaged a considerable amount of roseau cane in Plaquemines Parish from Venice to the mouth of the Mississippi River. Diaz said it’s not known what other grasses could be attacked by this scale. If relocated with cane, the insect could move to sugarcane, rice and grain sorghum, also grown in southwest Louisiana. Also, the scale potentially feed on native grasses essential for the marsh to thrive.

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Graduate Research Assistant Sought for Louisiana Forest Products Development Center

By the Louisiana Forestry Association

Dr. Richard Vlosky, director of the Louisiana Forest Products Development Center, Crosby Land & Resources Endowed Professor of Forest Sector Business Development, states LSU is seeking a graduate assistant for a Master of Science student in the center.

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Louisiana Milk Production Up 31 Percent from Previous Quarter

Louisiana milk production during the January - March 2017 quarter was 46 million pounds, down 13 percent from the same period in 2016 but up 31 percent from the October - December 2016 quarter. The average number of milk cows on farms during the quarter was 12,000 head, 1,000 head fewer than the same period last year but unchanged from the previous quarter.

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Kennedy's Mission: Stifle North Korea & Open Trade

By Ken Stickney, The Daily Advertiser

Speaking on Tuesday from Washington, Kennedy said the mission also included some trade discussions, especially with the Japanese, about Louisiana rice and energy. Japan keeps a high tariff and quotas on rice imports. “We have a great product. The Japanese like it,” Kennedy said. “Quotas they impose are not good for Japan or for the U.S.”

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2017 Rice Awards Application Open 

By Deborah Willenborg, USA Rice 

ARLINGTON, VA -- USA Rice, in conjunction with Horizon Ag and Rice Farming magazine, is seeking nominations for the 2017 Rice Awards to recognize rice leaders who exemplify dedication, determination, and innovation to the industry.

The recipients of last year's Rice Awards were Rice Farmer of the Year, Richard Fontenot, Ville Platte, Louisiana; Rice Industry Award, Steve Linscombe, director of the LSU AgCenter, Crowley, Louisiana; and Rice Lifetime Achievement Award, Gary Sebree, Stuttgart, Arkansas.

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