Heavy rains put many Louisiana crop fields under water last week, according to the latest Louisiana Crop Progress and Condition Report. Most crop planting is complete, and winter wheat harvest is reaching the halfway mark.
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By Scott McDonald, Newsweek
The Mississippi River was expected to crest on Saturday, but experts predict the mighty river will now keep rising through Monday. Hundreds of barges carrying cargo up and down the water artery have been stalled, and railway and highway shutdowns have affected farmers in the Midwest. Meanwhile, other major river cities like Natchez, Mississippi, and Baton Rouge, Louisiana, have felt the downstream flow — having set records for flood level by terms of weeks.
LAFAYETTE — The Louisiana-based McIlhenny Co., which produces Tabasco sauce, has named the great-great-grandson of Tabasco creator Edmund McIlhenny as its new president and chief executive officer. News outlets report Monday that Harold Osborn will take over the company, popularly known for creating the Tabasco brand and distributing Tabasco Pepper Sauce.
Vicky Boyd, Editor, Rice Farming Magazine
We don’t come up with the award recipients’ names ourselves — we rely on you, as their peers, to nominate them. The submissions are then judged by a panel of rice producers and/or allied industry representatives. That’s what makes these awards even more meaningful. We’re recognizing these folks with lagniappe — something extra, as they say in Louisiana — for what they believe is “just the right thing to do.”Read More
By Olivia McClure, LSU AgCenter
A recent LSU AgCenter symposium highlighted research on sugar crops and new ways to use them in food products. More than 50 people registered for the event, held June 6 at the Lod Cook Alumni Center at LSU. It was sponsored by the AgCenter Audubon Sugar Institute.
By Dennis Burns, LSU AgCenter
The LSU AgCenter’s Northeast Research Station will host a Row Rice and Soybean Tour on Tuesday, July 9, 2019. The event will begin at 4:30 pm with registration and a self-guided tour of the station projects. The program will begin at 5:30 pm in the Row Rice Field with talks on varieties, disease, insects and weed control.
By Wyatt Bechtel, Drovers
Before the Morganza Spillway gates opened and flooded nearly 350 acres of pasture, Ricky Rivet, owner of Ricky Rivet Farms near Morganza, Louisiana, moved his whole herd out of the path on May 29. “I don’t want to do this at all, but it’s something I have to do. I mean, this is the reality.
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.
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.
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.
Rain began falling in the middle of the week through much of our coverage area. For the Midsouth, it was welcomed. In the coastal rice belt, totals were overwhelming in places. See comments by Dustin Harrell. Diseases are turning up in southwest Louisiana. A little sheath blight and leaf blast have been detected.Read More
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.
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.
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.
Pollinator health continues to be the buzzword among researchers working to enhance pollinator populations responsible for sustaining world food production. Farmers and ranchers play a critical role in sustaining pollinator populations by providing habitat for common species of bees and other pollinators.