A Flooding Reprieve for 25000 Acres of Louisiana Farmland

By Leah Douglas, Successful Farming

A spillway on the Mississippi River, designed to prevent the river from overflowing its levees and inundating towns and cities in Louisiana, was set to be opened for only the third time in history this Sunday. But farmers with 25,000 acres of crops at stake won a last minute reprieve when the Army Corps of Engineers decided Thursday to hold off action for now.

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Louisiana Corn: Wet Spring Conducive to Potassium Deficiency

By Dr. Dan Fromme, LSU AgCenter Corn Specialist

The wet spring has created soil conditions that are not conducive to good corn root growth and development. Potassium (K) deficiency in corn is one result of these conditions. The peak period of K uptake occurs between four to eight weeks after seedling emergence. During this period, the crop takes up as much as 5 pounds of K per acre per day.

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Louisiana Rice: Flash Flood Warning; Watch for Green Stink Bugs

By Dr. Dustin Harrell, LSU AgCenter Rice Specialist

Louisiana’s two-week dry reprieve from the frequent rainfall events this growing season ends today (Wednesday, June 5th). A tropical disturbance now in the Gulf will move northward and bring with it a lot of rain over the next three days. In southwest Louisiana there is a moderate chance of flooding and the National Weather Service models are predicting between 4 – and 8-inches of rain in Southwest Louisiana where 75% of Louisiana’s rice crop is grown.

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Industrial Hemp and CBD Are Now Legal in Louisiana

By Caroline Marcello, KLFY-TV 10, Lafayette

LAFAYETTE - Governor Jon Bel Edwards legalized the production of industrial hemp and the regulation of CBD sales Thursday in the state of Louisiana. The legality of the sale of CBD products has caused debate for months in the state, coming to a head with the arrest of the owner of Cajun Cannabis here in Lafayette. For months retailers operated in the gray area of the law selling CBD products in Louisiana when most officials dubbed it illegal.

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New Provisia Rice Variety Approved for Release

Bruce Schultz, Delta Farm Press

A new Provisia rice variety recently approved by the LSU AgCenter Rice Variety Release Committee should be available for farmers next year. The new variety, PVL02, is a long-grain variety, with typical Southern U.S. long-grain cooking characteristics, said AgCenter rice breeder Adam Famoso, who developed the variety with Steve Linscombe, retired AgCenter rice breeder.

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Prospects Look Good for LSU AgCenter

By Bruce Schultz, LSU AgCenter

The 2019 legislative session appears to be ending favorably for the LSU AgCenter, the LSU vice president for agriculture told Louisiana County Agricultural Agents Association at their annual meeting on June 4. “They’re not taking anything away,” Bill Richardson said, adding that the legislative session has included an increase in funding for the AgCenter.

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Opening of Morganza Spillway Pushed Back for Third Time; No New Date Set

By Emma Kennedy, The Advocate, Baton Rouge

The Morganza Spillway's opening has been postponed for the third time this month, this time indefinitely. The Army Corps of Engineers' Thursday afternoon announcement spells good news for an already saturated region, but south Louisiana isn't out of the thick of flooding season yet. Corps of Engineers spokesman Ricky Boyett said Thursday that high water levels will continue through the forecast period — 28 days — but they will not exceed the level that area levees and the Morganza Spillway can handle.

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Horizon Ag: Crop Progressing Rapidly Despite Rains, Flooding

The crop is progressing along nicely and is starting to look like a decent rice crop. We have had major challenges to get to this point, but it is now going pretty smoothly. It has been several weeks since our last rain, but we have a good chance of 2 inches to 4 inches forecasted for Thursday. My territory hasn’t been dealing with all the flooding like many of our friends to the north.

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AgFax Cotton - Louisiana

Rain began falling across parts of the Midsouth on Wednesday and more is expected. It's generally needed after a long stretch of hot, dry weather. However, more rain now will compound the misery where rivers are out of their banks or backwater flooding pushed into fields. Depending on the area, the forecast says that several inches could fall between now and Sunday. More cotton is squaring, although that's mostly still in the earlier fields.

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Yellow Rails and Rice Festival One Key to Enhancing Biodiversity in Rice

By Lesley Dixon, USA Rice

ARLINGTON, VA -- Rice, by nature, is an aquatic plant.  Before it was cultivated thousands of years ago, it grew wild in wet, marshy areas rich in biodiversity.  Today, rice fields are a crucial refuge for many species of birds, fish, amphibians, and even mammals who have lost their habitat to development and coastal erosion, providing approximately 700,000 acres that nature conservationists would be loath to see growing other crops. 

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