Rainy Weather is Slowing the Rice Harvest

By Eric Zurnich, KATC-TV 3, Lafayette

For the last year Acadiana has been in a relatively wet pattern pushing back the entire rice process in 2019. Rice farmer Alan Lawson says "we weren't able to get the fall work done in the fields like we normally like to, it delayed the planting in the spring which is delayed the harvest until now, so it's a couple weeks later than we like to be."


USDA Expands Citrus Disease Quarantine Areas in 3 States

By Chris Koger, AgWeb.com

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has expanded quarantined areas for citrus greening in California, Texas and Louisiana after the disease was detected in plant tissue samples in multiple locations in the states. The USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service added these areas to quarantines: California — Portions of Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino counties; Texas — Kleberg, Kenedy and Webb counties; and Louisiana — Plaquemines and Saint Bernard parishes.


LSU AgCenter Small Grain Variety Suggestions

Producers are making choices of what small grain varieties they will plant this year across Louisiana. Information concerning variety performance in the LSU AgCenter Official Variety Trials is now available. In 2019, separate trials were grown for entries that are known to be at least five days earlier than the average heading date in north and south Louisiana, based on previous data. This created 'Early' and 'Normal' trials in the Variety Performance trials conducted in northern Louisiana.


LDAF Launches Unwanted Pesticide Pick-Up Program - Here's the Form

LSU AgCenter extension agents will assist LDAF in compiling an inventory of pesticide products in each parish. The inventory list will provide valuable information regarding the quantity and types of pesticides that need to be properly disposed. Information gathered from the inventory will enable LDAF to determine the best drop-off locations across the state. Click the link below for the inventory form.


Aerovironment Steps Up to Move Drones in Agriculture Forward with Major Donation to University of Louisiana Monroe

SIMI VALLEY, Calif. AeroVironment has donated 87 Quantix™ hybrid drone and AV DSS™ ecosystems to the agricultural departments of 35 universities throughout the U.S., including Purdue University, The Ohio State University, Cornell University, University of Louisiana-Monroe, University of Florida, University of Georgia, North Dakota State University, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and many others.


Louisiana Corn Harvest Off to a Disappointing Start

By Bruce Schultz, LSU AgCenter

Corn harvest in Louisiana is underway, and this year’s crop is not expected to set any records. LSU AgCenter corn specialist Dan Fromme said yields appear to be down by 10% to 20% from last year, but there is considerable variation. Lower yields can be blamed on heavy rains or rain at the wrong time that delayed planting.


LSU AgCenter Scientists to Study Sugarcane Cold Tolerance in Central Louisiana

By Olivia McClure, LSU AgCenter

The fields at the LSU AgCenter Dean Lee Research and Extension Center have seen all sorts of crop trials over the years — but never any involving sugarcane. That’s because the facility is located near Alexandria, long considered too far north to cultivate the tropical plant without putting it at significant risk of freeze damage in winter.


Beef & Forage Field Day Set for September 19th Near Mangham

By Karol Osborne, LSU AgCenter

RAYVILLE – The LSU AgCenter will host the northeast Louisiana beef and forage field day Sept. 19 at Goldmine Plantation near Mangham. Registration is at 8:30 a.m. with presentations from 9 until noon followed by a sponsored lunch. Presentation topics will highlight fly control, mineral needs for cattle, hay feeding efficiency and hay sampling and testing.


Louisiana Weekly Broiler Report

Broiler-type chicks placed for meat production in Louisiana were 3.14 million during the week ending August 17, 2019. Placements were down 7 percent from the comparable week in 2018 and down 2 percent from the previous week. Louisiana hatcheries set 3.71 million broiler-type eggs during the week ending August 17, 2019, up 3 percent from the same period last year and up slightly from the previous week.


Louisiana Rice Farmers Look for a Silver Lining for 2019 Crop

By Kane Webb, USA Rice

LAKE CHARLES -- Rice harvest in Louisiana has been going on for a few weeks now, with some growers having just gotten started, and some just wrapping up. All in all, this was a more difficult year than anyone anticipated. Dr. Dustin Harrell recently wrote about this year's Louisiana crop in an article he titled: "What Could Go Wrong, Did Go Wrong."


LDAF Launches Unwanted Pesticide Pick-Up Program

BATON ROUGE – This fall, the  Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry (LDAF) is launching a program to collect unwanted pesticides from agricultural producers across the state who need assistance disposing of them properly. Eligible items include but are not limited to partially full containers of pesticides and pesticide products that are cancelled or expired.