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
The Latest News in Louisiana Agriculture
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
"The U.S. is currently an open market for rice and levies effectively zero duties against imported rice, regardless of its origin, yet China currently does not accept U.S.-grown rice," said Bobby Hanks, Louisiana miller and chair of the USA Rice International Trade Policy Committee.Read More
BATON ROUGE – The Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry (LDAF) will hold four outreach meetings around the state to update produce industry stakeholders on the implementation of the new Produce Safety Rule from the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).Read More
Broiler-type chicks placed for meat production in Louisiana were 3.28 million during the week ending September 15, 2018. Placements were up 1 percent from the comparable week in 2017 and up 1 percent from the previous week.
The 2018 Louisiana soybean harvest has now passed the half-way point, with 51 percent of the crop now harvested, according to the latest Louisiana Crop Progress and Condition Report released Monday.
By Bruce Schultz, LSU AgCenter
ABBEVILLE — It’s almost time to flood crawfish ponds and get started on another season, said Mark Shirley, aquaculture specialist with the LSU AgCenter and Louisiana Sea Grant. But he recommends that farmers wait a few more weeks when temperatures moderate a bit before beginning to flood.