Louisiana Ag Industries Association Hosting Sporting Clays Fundraiser October 5

Mark your calendars for the 1st Annual LAIA Sporting Clay Shoot Fundraiser! All ag reps, clientele, and the public are invited to attend so bring your 5-person teams to Wild Wings Gun Club in Downsville, LA on October 5th. Registration begins at 8:30am and shooting starts at 9:00. All proceeds will help support the LAIA Freshman and Continuing Education Scholarships that are awarded to deserving students annually.

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End-of-Season Corn Checklist

By Josh Lofton, Haggard, Beatrix J, LSU AgCenter

With the month of July currently upon us, we begin to see how different two years can be. Last year many were greasing up the combines and some very early corn was about to come off the field. However, this will not be the true on a state-wide basis for 2013 with the majority of Louisiana’s corn ranging from silking through dent. With harvest comes a sense of completion and satisfaction from intense hours of labor and management.

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Horizon Ag: Farmers Anxiously Awaiting Combine Results

Harvest is in full swing in south Louisiana and, unfortunately, it has not made the year any better. I went back and looked at my field reports from last year, and on September 4, 2018, I started talking about rain in south Louisiana. It seems like I have not stopped since then. We have had a few dry spells here and there but, for the most part, we have been wet since that time last year. Since harvest began, we are now facing afternoon “pop-up” thunderstorms with heavy rainfall.

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AgFax Cotton - Louisiana

By AgFax Media LLC, AgFax.com

"A fresh bollworm egg lay is underway, and we are beginning to find more damage. With trickles of moths coming from late corn into cotton, this is about what we expected. Plant bug numbers have swung to the bad side over the past week in certain areas, and a good deal of the June-planted cotton is holding plant bugs. But in the early-planted cotton, plant bugs are mostly absent.”

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Log Trucking Big Challenge for Industry

By Jeff Zeringue, Louisiana Forestry Association

Louisiana is a great wood basket. Many forest landowners have lots of trees at different stages of growth, loggers can harvest them efficiently and mills are ready to process the wood, turning the fiber into all kinds of products people use every day. Getting the logs to the mills, however, is getting to be more of a challenge. 

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It’s Smokey Bear’s Birthday!

BATON ROUGE – Smokey Bear turns 75 on Friday, August 9, 2019. “Smokey Bear is an icon representing forest fire prevention,” said Commissioner Mike Strain, D.V.M. “Smokey also plays an important role in messaging that promotes wildfire prevention and forest conservation.” In June, the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry participated in a Smokey Bear 75th birthday challenge by throwing Smokey a birthday party.

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Ag Commissioner Mike Strain Lays Out Vision for Louisiana Agriculture

By Kevin Barnhart, Louisiana Radio Network

Agriculture Commissioner Mike Strain took questions from the media Tuesday after filing to run for reelection at the Secretary of State’s Office. Strain discussed a variety of issues from climate change to trade deal with China. Strain says some of the issues Louisiana farmers are now seeing is the ability to grow crops in a latitude further north than the crops’ typical for the area.

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Louisiana Farmers React to China's Refusal to Buy US Crops

By Robin Richardson, KPLC-TV 7, Lake Charles

China is officially refusing to buy U.S. Agricultural products, costing American farmers one of their biggest customers. 7News spoke with local farmers about the impact. The continuing trade war has left rice farmer Paul Johnson and former soybean farmer Kevin Berken worried. “In the U.S. rice industry we’re heavily dependent on exports we export about 50% of our crop," Johnson said.

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Port of Baton Rouge Returning to "Normal"

By Holly Duchmann, Greater Baton Rouge Business Report

After nearly six months of impacted operations, the Port of Greater Baton Rouge is returning to normal, says Jay Hardman, the port’s executive director, following the lowering of the Mississippi River. The record high water prompted port operators to change how they unloaded grain from vessels in March. A grain elevator allowed vessels to unload 1,500 pounds of grain in roughly 45 minutes to 1 hour, but without it, unloading the same amount of grain took an estimated three hours.

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The Mississippi River is Under Control—For Now

By Boyce Upholt, Time

By May 9, 2019, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers had been in a flood fight in Louisiana for nearly 200 days. Officials gathered every morning in a conference room in New Orleans that was—perhaps thankfully—windowless, keeping their opponent out of view: just below the office snarled the overladen Mississippi River, more than 8 million gallons of water ripping past each second.

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Louisiana Weekly Broiler Report

Broiler-type chicks placed for meat production in Louisiana were 3.23 million during the week ending August 3, 2019. Placements were up 7 percent from the comparable week in 2018 and up slightly from the previous week. Louisiana hatcheries set 3.71 million broiler-type eggs during the week ending August 3, 2019, up slightly from the same period last year and up 3 percent from the previous week.

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