History Made as Bonnet Carre Spillway Opens

The opening of the Bonnet Carre Spillway on Feb. 27 was the first time in history that it had been opened in consecutive years. It is also the third time in four years that it has been opened, and the 13th time it has been operated since construction was completed in 1931. Operation of the structure will relieve pressure on mainline levees, maintain river stages, and regulate the flow downriver from the spillway, according to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE).

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Tawny Crazy Ants Pushing Fire Ants Out of Sugarcane Fields

By Janet McConnaughey, Associated Press

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Tawny crazy ants are pushing fire ants out of some Louisiana sugar cane fields — one of the few places people are happy to see fire ants. Entomologists worry that the new invaders could hurt the crop. "Louisiana sugarcane farmers are some of the only folks in the southern U.S. that welcome fire ants into their property, because they do a great job controlling our No. 1 pest, the sugarcane borer," said Blake Wilson, an LSU AgCenter agronomist.

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Slow Start to Crawfish Season Doesn't Dampen Demand for Louisiana's Favorite Freshwater Crustacean

By Dan Boudreaux, The Acadian Advocate

It's the first full week of Lent, and in heavily Catholic South Louisiana, that means big business for the seafood industry. And when it comes to Louisiana seafood, crawfish is king. Unfortunately, a number of factors have contributed to a slow start to the 2019 crawfish season.

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Louisiana Sugarcane Podcast: Dr. Al Orgeron

Dr. Al Orgeron is the LSU AgCenter weed expert. He conducts a variety of experiments with herbicides to control weed populations in Louisiana’s sugarcane fields. He reports several times a year to the farming community. The Louisiana Sugarcane News Podcast recorded Al’s January 2019 presentation at the White Castle, Iberville Parish growers meeting. 

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Sugar’s Sweet Story – Farmers Share Importance of Sugar with Congress

For Pete DuFresne, a sugarcane farmer from Louisiana, it is important that Congress understand that a vibrant sugar industry means economic opportunities for communities across America. “We’ve grown sugar in Louisiana for more than 250 years. And if we didn’t raise sugar, the only thing we’d grow around here is the unemployment line,” Pete says.

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Listen to the Land - Slow and Steady

By Elton Robinson, Progressive Farmer Contributing Editor

As a teenager, Donavon Taves would spend hours thumbing through Popular Science magazines looking for new and interesting things to do, build or experience. Years later, the same curiosity was still strong when he heard about a different way of farming that had both environmental and financial benefits. "It was about being a better steward in the public eye. Something clicked," said Taves, who farms corn and soybeans in northeast Louisiana.

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LSU AgCenter to Host Horticulture Forum April 3 in Winnsboro

By Karol Osborne, LSU AgCenter

WINNSBORO — The LSU AgCenter will host a spring horticulture forum April 3 at the Tom H. Scott Research and Extension Educational Center in Winnsboro. This event is part of an expanded outreach in the region to offer enhanced learning opportunities for small horticulture crop producers, home gardeners and landscaping enthusiasts, said AgCenter regional director Melissa Cater.

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Moon Tree Mystery Unsolved, Still Funny

By Jeff Zeringue, Louisiana Forestry Association

Moon trees were not NASA’s effort to put a forest on the Earth’s only natural satellite ... though some might think they could be the butt of a joke. After more than four decades, however, the trees grown from seeds that once orbited the moon — and control trees grown from seeds that never left Earth but came from the same seed lots — do offer a bit of humor. At least the ones in Central Louisiana do.

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Charles “Chuck” Marohn Coming to Ruston, Louisiana

CAMPTI – Campti Field of Dreams is excited to announce that Charles “Chuck” Marohn, founder and president of Strong Towns will be leading a Curbside Chat at Back To Your Roots 2019 on Friday, March 8th from 12:30 – 1:00 pm followed by a roundtable discussion from 2:00 – 2:30 pm as part of the Back To Your Roots conference (March 7-9) at Louisiana Tech University Reese Hall. Back To Your Roots is an outreach event, funded in part by the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS).

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