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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The first Louisiana Crop Progress and Condition report for 2019 was released yesterday. This early in the season, there isn’t much information to report, but it does show that rice planting is getting underway, with one percent of the crop in the ground.
By Allison Bruhl, KLFY-TV 10, Lafayette
LAFAYETTE - Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser and the Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board will hold the 3rd Annual Pardoning of the Crawfish at Cypress Lake Plaza Tuesday on the campus of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.
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.
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.
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.
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.
By Gloria Gonzalez, Business Insurance.com
A Louisiana sugar cane farm employer does not enjoy immunity from a lawsuit over severe injuries suffered by two employees of its independent contractor while on the employer’s worksite, the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans affirmed Thursday.
By Josh Hankins, USA Rice
ARLINGTON, VA -- Rice producers in Texas have until March 15 to apply for a special Regional Conservation Partnership (RCPP) Environmental Quality Incentives (EQIP) program, while rice producers in Louisiana have until April 19 to apply for two RCPP EQIP programs.Read More
The roller coaster we’ve been on with the weather could be affecting your wallet if you’re a crawfish fan. Burt Tietje, owner of Tallgrass Farms says in his 25 years, this has been the strangest crawfish season yet. “We’ve had week after week of cloudy rainy weather,” Tietje said.
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.
#WomenInAg recognizes the contributions of women involved in agriculture during Women’s History Month (March). AFBF is proud to salute Denise “Denny” Hymel, a Louisiana farmer and Farm Bureau leader! Hymel currently serves on the boards of directors for the American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture and Louisiana Ag in the Classroom.
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.
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.
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).Read More