Louisiana DEKALB® Farmer Nolan Clark Wins First Place NCGA State Corn Yield

DEKALB® farmer Nolan Clark of Mer Rouge, Louisiana, captured a first place state yield award in the 2016 National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) National Corn Yield Contest. Clark achieved his winning yield of 275.3 bushels per acre in the Irrigated category with DEKALB DKC62-08 Brand corn.   That yield result was also the highest among all Louisiana state winners.

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NASDA Commends Nomination of Governor Perdue as Ag Secretary

The National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA) congratulates Governor Sonny Perdue on being named as the next Secretary of Agriculture by President-Elect Donald Trump today. As co-regulators with the federal government and advocates for agriculture producers in the states, NASDA and its members look forward to working with Secretary Designee Sonny Perdue to advance American agriculture and the rural economy.  

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Update: Plan to Release Horses at New Orleans Fair Grounds

The quarantine on the New Orleans Fair Grounds Racetrack facility could be lifted January 21, 2017. Testing indicates there are no new cases of the neurologic disease known as Equine Herpes Myeloencephalopathy (EHM). The last case of EHM was detected on December 31, 2016. Horses, however, are still being monitored for both EHM and the strain of Equine Herpes Virus-1 (EHV-1) which can progress to the more severe EHM.   

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Workshop Highlights Importance of Timely, Efficient Irrigation

By Olivia McClure, LSU AgCenter

Irrigation often is the key to a successful crop in Louisiana. But it can be difficult for farmers to time irrigation events so they are most beneficial and to apply the water in an efficient way. Those were among the topics discussed on Jan. 17 during the first in the LSU AgCenter’s second annual series of workshops on sustainable irrigation practices. 

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New Rice Herbicide, Crop Outlook Featured at Grower Meetings

By Bruce Schultz, LSU AgCenter 

ALEXANDRIA, La. – A new herbicide for rice, Provisia, has been approved by federal regulators, an LSU AgCenter weed scientist said recently.  Eric Webster made the announcement on Jan. 17 at a rice producers meeting at the LSU AgCenter DeWitt Livestock Facility in Alexandria.  

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Louisiana Rep. Abraham on Early Expectation for Trump Administration

by David Bennett, Delta Farm Press

When Donald Trump takes the oath of office in a few days, his pick for Secretary of Agriculture may still be a mystery. Any news on who might be the next Secretary of Agriculture? “No, we’re hearing what you are,” says Louisiana Rep. Ralph Abraham, a farmer and physician representing the state’s Fifth Congressional District.