Mississippi River Hits Dangerous Flood Levels, Stalls Barges and Roadways While Affecting Farmers

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.


McIlhenny Co. Names Descendant of Tabasco Founder as CEO

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.


Rice Farming Magazine Needs Help In Recognizing Deserving Industry Leaders

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.” 

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Row Rice and Soybean Tour, St. Joseph, July 9

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. 


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.