Timber Market Turndown Concerns Louisiana Landowners

By Johnny Morgan, LSU AgCenter

Forest landowners voiced concerns about a lack of mills where they can sell their crop during the Florida Parishes Forestry Forum April 5. The meeting came as landowners grapple with an overall downturn in the timber market — the effects of which have been compounded locally by the recent partial closure of the Georgia-Pacific paper mill north of Baton Rouge.

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Louisiana Weekly Broiler Report

Broiler-type chicks placed for meat production in Louisiana were 3.31 million during the week ending April 6, 2019. Placements were up 12 percent from the comparable week in 2018 but down slightly from the previous week. Louisiana hatcheries set 3.65 million broiler-type eggs during the week ending April 6, 2019, down 2 percent from the same period last year but unchanged from the previous week.

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Louisiana Corn Fields Flooded

By Dan Fromme, State Corn, Grain Sorghum, and Cotton Specialist, LSU AgCenter

During the past week, corn fields have received in excess of 4-6 inches in the northern corn growing areas of Louisiana. Many of these corn fields range from having seed that has just started the germination process through the 2-3 leaf stage. Corn is extremely vulnerable to flooding prior to the 6- leaf stage or when the growing point is near or below the soil surface.

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Louisiana Soybean and Grain Research and Promotion Board Meets Today

The purpose for our meeting will be to approve and rank nominations to the United Soybean Board (USB).  The LSGRPB nominates individuals to the US Secretary of Agriculture, USDA, for appointment to serve as a Board member on the USB. We will need to nominate two individuals and rank our nominations for the one USB position that is up for reappointment at this time.

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Making Sugar in Louisiana: Much More Than Meets the Eye

By Chris Hogan, Sugar Association Vice President of Communications

If you spend much time with folks who work in the sugar industry, you learn a few things pretty quickly. Sugar is not simply a crop or an ingredient, nor even just a livelihood, for the thousands of farmers who grow and process sugar beets and sugar cane. It’s a passion. It’s tradition. Often, it’s a family business, stretching back multiple generations.

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Looking to the Future in Branch: What’s Your Story?

By Daniel Phillips, KATC-TV 3, Lafayette

We found ourselves sitting in a dry office with Michael Fruge. “My brother and I both grew up on this farm in Branch,” says Fruge “We grew up driving tractors and working equipment.” Michael has been in the farming business most of his life, even if for a little while he didn’t think that would be the case.

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LSU College of Agriculture Honors Alumni, Faculty, Students at Awards Ceremony

By Tobie Blanchard, LSU AgCenter

BATON ROUGE —The LSU College of Agriculture recognized outstanding alumni, faculty and students at its Awards and Recognition ceremony on April 5 at The Club at LSU Union Square. Outstanding Alumni awards were presented to Luke LaBorde, former President of Willis Group North Carolina and current instructor in the LSU School of Renewable Natural Resources, and Julie Richard, a rice, crawfish and soybean farmer who farms 4,000 acres near Kaplan.

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Reward Offered for Info on Timber Fire

BATON ROUGE – A reward up to $2,000 is being offered by the Louisiana Forestry Association for the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for allegedly setting a fire that burned nearly 300 acres of pine timber in St. Tammany Parish. The fire happened around 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, April 3, 2019 on John Bennett Road off of Hwy 36 East in Abita Springs, La.

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