Share your harvest photos & videos with TWILA!

Share your harvest photos & videos with TWILA!

Last week, This Week in Louisiana Agriculture kicked off their annual TWILA Harvest Social Media Campaign to showcase the work Louisiana's farmers and ranchers are doing during harvest season.  

If you're a farmer, they need your help!  Whether you're planting sugar cane or harvesting grain, TWILA wants to see all of your photos and videos while you’re in the field.  Share your harvest posts with #TWILAharvest for a chance to win a special YETI themed TWILA prize pack. 

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Invasive Ants Cover Most of Louisiana

By Dr. Dennis Ring, LSU AgCenter Entomologist

BATON ROUGE -- Crazy Ants can cause a lot of damage.

The section 18 quarantine exemption use label for Termidor SC insecticide to be used in management of tawny crazy ants in Louisiana has been renewed.  This exemption was authorized on April 1, 2016 and will expire April 1, 2019.  The following parishes are included in the exemption:  Ascension, Beauregard, Calcasieu, East Baton Rouge, Iberia, Iberville, Jefferson, Lafayette, Lafourche, Livingston, Morehouse, Orleans, Rapides, St. Bernard, St. Charles, St. Landry, St. Martin, St. Mary, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa, Terrebonne, Vermilion, Vernon, Washington, and West Baton Rouge.  See information below on this insect.

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Nominations sought for USDA Fruit and Vegetable Industry Advisory Committee (FVIAC).

Nominations sought for USDA Fruit and Vegetable Industry Advisory Committee (FVIAC).

By USDA & Delta Farm Press

Involved in the fruit and vegetable industry?

Nominations are sought to fill vacancies expiring in 2017 on the Fruit and Vegetable Industry Advisory Committee (FVIAC). 

FVIAC, administered by USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service, was established in 2001. Members of the committee meet up to two times a year to develop recommendations on issues affecting the U.S. produce industry. Committee members represent a broad cross-section of the industry.

Written nominations must be received by Sept. 1, 2017.

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Total Eclipse of a Farm

Total Eclipse of a Farm

By Terena Bell, Successful Farming

CHRISTIAN COUNTY, KY -- A blizzard in August: That’s the closest gauge David Cansler has for what’s coming. In his 58 years as a farmer, he’s never seen anything like it. “Never before in history and never probably again,” he says, shaking his head from side to side. His sister, Lisa Beth Bell, agrees. “It’s just so hard to figure it out. You have no comparison.”

Like others in Christian County, Kentucky, Cansler and Bell are concerned about how a solar eclipse will impact their farm.

 

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Expanded access for U.S. rice exports to Colombia announced

Expanded access for U.S. rice exports to Colombia announced

By Delta Farm Press & USDA

An agreement has been reached with the government of Colombia to allow for expanded market access for U.S. exports of paddy rice.

A previous agreement in 2012 between both countries enabled exports of U.S. paddy rice to Colombia, but under strict and costly requirements related to phytosanitary concerns.  The new agreement lifts these requirements and expands access beyond the single port of Barranquilla, which was the only port previously open to U.S. exporters. 
 

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Sweet potato farmers hear about AgCenter research at field day

Sweet potato farmers hear about AgCenter research at field day

By Olivia McClure, LSU AgCenter

BASTROP — The LSU AgCenter is working to develop early-maturing sweet potato varieties that would allow farmers to shave up to 20 days off the growing period and sell to the market sooner.

That and other research efforts aimed at improving farmers’ profits highlighted a field day on Aug. 17. About 115 people, including a group of about 35 small farmers from Washington Parish, attended the event at Venoy Kinnaird’s sweet potato farm north of Bastrop in Morehouse Parish.

Don La Bonte, AgCenter sweet potato breeder, said he is evaluating seven varieties that mature in about 90 days instead of the 100 to 110 days required for the Beauregard and other traditional varieties that dominate Louisiana’s 10,000 acres of sweet potatoes.

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Wildlife Expo Set for September 16th Near Clinton

By Olivia McClure  LSU AgCenter

CLINTON — A daylong event featuring wildlife presentations and demonstrations will be held on Sept. 16 near Clinton.

The LSU AgCenter Bob R. Jones-Idlewild Research Station, located at 4419 Idlewild Road, will host the inaugural Feliciana Wildlife Expo. The AgCenter, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, the Bob R. Jones Wildlife Research Institute and the East Feliciana Tourist Commission are organizing the event.

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LSU AgCenter researchers studying use of crawfish as more than a meal

By Advocate News Services

BATON ROUGE -- Crawfish might make for more than just a good meal.

Tail meat is the main reason farmers raise crawfish, but LSU AgCenter researcher Subramaniam Sathivel sees benefits in the entire crustacean.

He and other researchers are working on ways to add value to the Louisiana crawfish crop: potentially as minced meat; a source of chemicals for anti-aging products; and omega-3 oil for its potential health benefits or as a red food coloring.

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Louisiana 4-H'ers Take Third Place at National Wildlife Competition

Members of the Louisiana 4-H wildlife team won third place at the National Wildlife Habitat Evaluation Program contest held in Eatonton, Georgia, July 30 to Aug. 2.Team members included Haley Farmer, of Sabine Parish, who placed 14th at the contest; Thomas Bergeron and Paycen Brouillette, of West Feliciana Parish, who placed eighth and 11th respectively; and Bridget Seghers, of St. Tammany Parish, who placed second in the nation as the high score individual. (Photo by Don Reed)

Members of the Louisiana 4-H wildlife team won third place at the National Wildlife Habitat Evaluation Program contest held in Eatonton, Georgia, July 30 to Aug. 2.Team members included Haley Farmer, of Sabine Parish, who placed 14th at the contest; Thomas Bergeron and Paycen Brouillette, of West Feliciana Parish, who placed eighth and 11th respectively; and Bridget Seghers, of St. Tammany Parish, who placed second in the nation as the high score individual. (Photo by Don Reed)

By Johnny Morgan , LSU AgCenter

BATON ROUGE — Members of the Louisiana 4-H wildlife team won third place at the National Wildlife Habitat Evaluation Program contest held in Eatonton, Georgia, July 30 to Aug. 2.

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Hybrid Rice Helping Furrow-Irrigated Rice Make Good Start

By Forrest Laws, Delta Farm Press

Hybrid vigor, increased root mass, disease resistance can be pluses for row rice.

Planting rice on beds or in a row-rice system can be stressful. That’s why many of the growers experimenting with furrow-irrigated rice are planting rice hybrids to take advantage of their hybrid vigor, larger root mass and resistance to diseases.

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More than Meat: LSU AgCenter Researcher Sees Benefit in All Parts of Crawfish

By Tobie Blanchard, LSU AgCenter

BATON ROUGE --  An LSU AgCenter researcher is working on ways to add value to the Louisiana crawfish crop. Tail meat is the main reason farmers raise crawfish, but Subramaniam Sathivel sees benefits in the entire crustacean.

Sathivel, an AgCenter food processing and engineering professor, is working on a minced meat made from undersized crawfish, which have low economic value. Sathivel is also helping a local crawfish farmer start a crawfish minced meat company.

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