Broiler-type chicks placed for meat production in Louisiana were 3.26 million during the week ending August 5, 2017. Placements were up 5 percent from the comparable week in 2016 and up slightly from the previous week.
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Louisiana farmers are well ahead of the average pace harvesting the 2017 rice, corn and sorghum crops, but constant rain showers continue to slow their progress. The latest Louisiana Crop Progress and Condition report shows rice harvest at 43 percent complete, corn harvest at 30 percent done and sorghum at 28 percent.
By Mike Wells, ESPN
While many football players like to spend their offseasons in places like Florida, Arizona or California, Woods packs up his house and heads home to Elton, Louisiana, a town of only about 1,130 people, where he works on his family’s farm.
The Feral Hog Management Advisory Task Force will meet Sept. 6 at 9 a.m. at Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) headquarters in Baton Rouge (2000 Quail Drive) in the Louisiana Room. The meeting was previously scheduled for July.
Grayson Close, grain marketing specialist for the Louisiana Farm Bureau Marketing Association, gives his analysis of Tuesday's soybean and corn markets on The Voice of Louisiana Agriculture Radio Network.Read More
With funds from a Healthy Behaviors Program Grant from The Rapides Foundation, CLEDA hired a Farmers Market Program Developer, Allison Tohme, to increase market visibility and success across the region. As part of her role, Tohme manages the Alexandria Farmers Market (AFM), which is hosting Kids Day on Tuesday, August 8, to celebrate NFMW.
Billy Patout was an internationally recognized sugar industry leader. He was truly visionary in his approach to the Louisiana sugar industry and he will be sorely missed by America's beet and cane producers and processors.Read More
By Sarah Sneath, The Times-Picayune, New Orleans
KAPLAN -- On a sweltering summer day, Raywood Stelly sits in a rocking chair on his front porch overlooking the business he has built from the ground up twice. Surrounding his 40 acres is a 16-foot levee, the work of a man determined not to start over a third time.
By Jack Dillard, The Times, Shreveport
The cattle numbers in our beef herd in the Ark-La-Tex is not the determining factor on most farms and ranches in our area, as most farmers are good managers and lots have mineral interests that keep our places solvent. Yet a profit or loss can come from the way we handle our livestock.
Mark Tall, rice marketer with the Louisiana Farm Bureau Marketing Association's rice marketing office in Crowley, provides his analysis of the rice market on the Voice of Louisiana Agriculture Radio Network.Read More
By Don Molino, The Voice of Louisiana Agriculture Radio Network
The new Louisiana soybean specialist at the LSU AgCenter, Dr. Todd Spivey at the Dean Lee Research Station just south of Alexandria, reports this year's crop appears to be doing quite well at this time.Read More
By Chris Meaux, KMDL-FM, 97.3 The Dawg, Lafayette
Michigan’s Department of Natural Resources is actually worried – almost scared, even – of ‘red swamp crayfish’ that have ‘invaded’ their ecosystem. Reporter Paula Tutman of WDIV-TV Local 4 News in Detroit, MI dramatically covers the presence of what Michigan’s DNR is actually calling an ‘invasive species:’ red Louisiana crawfish.
MICHIGAN - The crawfish we know and love here in Louisiana is being hunted in Michigan, but not for eating. In the state, the red swamp "crayfish," as they call it, is listed as an invasive species. Local stations there say it has been found in two Michigan locations prompting an alert from the Department of Natural Resources.
BATON ROUGE – August 6-13, 2017 has been declared National Farmers Market Week by U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Sonny Perdue. “This is a reminder to support your local farmers and vendors at your area farmers market. Remember, buy fresh, buy local,” said Louisiana Agriculture and Forestry Commissioner Mike Strain, D.V.M.
By Miranda Klein, The Town Talk, Alexandria
FOREST HILL — A partnership created to restore a depleted longleaf pine population to 8 million acres was the focus of a morning tour during a three-day regional conference of the National Association of Conservation Districts.
The Louisiana cotton crop is extremely variable this year due to high rainfall amounts received in April, May and into June. Planting dates ranged from the last week of March through the first week of June. Plant bug numbers have been high during June and July.
By AgFax Media LLC, AgFax.com
Rain continues to bedevil farmers in southwest Louisiana. Growers caught a short break in the weather late last week and into this week and were able to make some headway. While a big portion of the crop is ready for harvest, another extended rainy period is taking shape.Read More
By Lester Duhe, KLFY-TV 10, Lafayette
CROWLEY – Because Acadiana had a lot of rain during the month of July, the LSU AgCenter says that rice yields could be just around average for this rice season. Farmers are in the middle of harvesting this year’s rice crop. The season typically starts during mid-February or March, depending on the weather, and ends in the middle of August.