Louisiana cotton harvest is well ahead of schedule this year, according to the latest Louisiana Crop Progress and Condition Report. Cotton harvest is now 36 percent complete, well ahead of the five-year average pace of 20 percent.
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The first leg of the road trip kicks off on September 24 from the historic Rice Theatre in Crowley, Louisiana, where the team will take part in the annual Louisiana rice industry food donation to the Louisiana Food Bank Association.
LAFAYETTE - The LSU AgCenter is offering a class for people who want certification to perform prescribed burns on marshland they own, manage or lease. Coastal resources specialist Mark Shirley said that done right, fire can remove years of old, dead vegetation and let new growth sprout.
By Bruce Schultz, LSU AgCenter
ALEXANDRIA — With more than half the Louisiana soybean crop harvested, many farmers are looking at a good year, according to LSU AgCenter soybean specialist Todd Spivey. “About 60 percent of the crop is out of the field,” he said.
By Bria Jones, MyArkLaMiss.com
LAKE PROVIDENCE - It's a win for the waterways. Congress is awarding money to four projects on the water, including the Port of Lake Providence. Farmers are the backbone of the Delta, and the Port of Lake Providence is the largest inland port on the Mississippi River.
By Jack Dillard, The Times, Shreveport
The first day of autumn began last night at 8:54 p.m., and I doubt that anyone noticed a change, but we will. We are reducing our daylight hours about 15 minutes a week, which means the armyworms will have more work to do in the dark.
By Karol Osborne, LSU AgCenter
SHREVEPORT — The LSU AgCenter will present AgMagic beginning Oct. 25 at the State Fair of Louisiana in Shreveport, showcasing the impact agriculture has on daily life through hands-on activities to delight both youth and adult visitors.
CROWLEY – The 82nd International Rice Festival will recognize Gerard Frey as the 2018 Farmer of the Year. Gerard was born and raised in a rural community called Shortbread, northeast of Iota in Acadia Parish. He is a fourth-generation farmer, fourth and youngest child of Sylvester and Helen Reiners Frey.Read More
By David Bennett, Delta Farm Press
The Louisiana soybean crop began the growing season a bit slow out of the chute. “We had some beans planted in late March/early April and then we caught a really bad cold spell like a lot of folks across the South,” says Todd Spivey, LSU AgCenter soybean specialist.
Things have gotten really slow and quiet in the South. The first crop is done with the exception of a few late fields that farmers planted behind crawfish or other reasons. Most farmers in south Louisiana are trying to harvest beans. Soybean harvest has been very difficult because of all of the rain we’ve been getting.Read More
By Johnny Morgan, LSU AgCenter
BATON ROUGE — Young farmers and those new to the sugarcane industry recently went back to school at the LSU AgCenter to get a better understanding of how the industry operates. Mike Salassi, head of the AgCenter Department of Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness, said the AgCenter is currently hosting the 2018 Sugarcane Production School.
By Bruce Schultz, LSU AgCenter
LAFAYETTE — A marsh prescribed burning certification class will be held Oct. 23 at the U.S. Geological Survey National Wetlands Center in Lafayette. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. and the class starts at 9. It is expected to end at 1:30 p.m.
NEW ROADS – A man trapped inside a grain silo Tuesday afternoon has been pronounced dead, the Pointe Coupee Sheriff's Office told WBRZ. Burciaga Martinez, 47, became trapped inside a grain silo at Beaud Farms and slipped deeper into the bin as rescuers attempted to reach him.
By Don Molino, The Voice of Louisiana Agriculture Radio Network
Jody Meche is a Louisiana crawfish producer from St. Martin Parish. He says quite a lot goes into bringing Louisiana crawfish to the consumer. “This past crawfish season I started in February. Sometime it’s a little slower that time of year but sometimes you can catch a significant amount of crawfish to make money,” said Meche.Read More