Horses Test Positive for Eastern Equine Encephalitis & West Nile Virus

Horses Test Positive for Eastern Equine Encephalitis & West Nile Virus

BATON ROUGE– Sixteen horses have tested positive for Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) and one has tested positive for West Nile Virus (WNV) since June 5, 2019.  Department of Agriculture and Forestry Commissioner Mike Strain, D.V.M., is reminding horse owners to vaccinate their animals for both EEE and WNV. “It’s been a wet season and we are seeing an unusually high number of cases at this time,” said Strain.

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Caddo Parish Timber Theft Arrest

Caddo Parish Timber Theft Arrest

BATON ROUGE – Two Texas men are accused of stealing timber from a landowner in Vivian, La. In July, the landowner, who resides in Beaumont, Tx., reported that sometime between January and June of 2019, someone cut timber on his 10 acre piece of property in Caddo Parish. “It is so important for landowners who live out of state to check or have someone they trust check their land frequently for stolen timber or damage to the property,” said LDAF Commissioner Mike Strain, D.V.M. 

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Gov. Edwards Requests Major Disaster Declaration Due to Record River Flood Fight in Louisiana

BATON ROUGE — Gov. John Bel Edwards has sent a letter to President Donald J. Trump requesting that he issue a Major Disaster Declaration for the State of Louisiana due to flooding that occurred along the Mississippi River and its tributaries this year. The Declaration would allow the federal government to supplement the flood fight costs for state and local agencies along with damages incurred.

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USDA Names 2019 as Worst Planting Season to Date - Louisiana Has Highest Percentage of Land Affected

Numbers released Monday by the U.S. Department of Agriculture confirm what many U.S. farmers already knew – that the weather has made this year the worst planting season on record. Taking into account all acres where crops either failed or farmers did not plant, Louisiana had the highest percentage of affected agricultural land, followed by Massachusetts and Ohio.

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What Could Go Wrong Did Go Wrong

By Dustin Harrell, LSU AgCenter Rice Specialist

Harvest is in full swing in southwest Louisiana and is about to begin in northeast Louisiana. The early rice yields in southwest Louisiana have been disappointing so far but are not unexpected considering the challenging season we have had this year. The first key event that played a part in reducing rice yields this year was the late start and uneven emergence of the rice due to wet and cold soils.

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Ratooning – Fine Points For Second Cropping

By Dustin Harrell, LSU AgCenter Rice Specialist

Research has been conducted on post- harvest stubble manipulation in ratoon rice production for many years. In general, post- harvest flail mowing or bush hogging to approximately 8-inches or post-harvest rolling the stubble increases ratoon rice yields. Both practices encourage the ratoon regrowth to come from the crown node of the plant.

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Louisiana Farmers Eligible for Non-Profit Community Awards

Louisiana Farmers Eligible for Non-Profit Community Awards

Over one thousand farmers across the country will be awarded $2500 to donate to a non-profit organization in their community under the Americas Farmers Grow Communities Program from Bayer. For over ten years, Bayer has awarded some $33-million to non-profits across the country with a lot of those dollars—some $400,000—going to non-profits in Louisiana.

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Product Approved to Fight Rice Pests in Louisiana & Texas

Delta Farm Press

Belchim Crop Protection USA (Belchim USA), a leading supplier of innovative crop protection products, has announced that Tenchu 20SG is approved for emergency usage in Texas and Louisiana to combat the non-native pest species, the rice delphacid. Rice delphacid (Tagosodes orizicolus) causes direct damage to rice by sucking up plant juices causing “hopperburn” that can lead to systematic dehydration of the plant.

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Flooded Louisiana Farmers Get Small Break From USDA on Insurance Premiums

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Risk Management Agency (RMA) Thursday announced it will defer accrual of interest for all agricultural producers’ spring 2019 crop year insurance premiums to help the wide swath of farmers and ranchers affected by extreme weather in 2019. Specifically, USDA will defer the accrual of interest on spring 2019 crop year insurance premiums to the earlier of the applicable termination date or for two months, until November 30, for all policies with a premium billing date of August 15, 2019.

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AgFax Rice - Louisiana

By AgFax Media LLC, AgFax.com

Rice harvest continues in the coastal belt of Texas and southwest Louisiana, and lackluster yields remain the norm. Irregular emergence in the spring continues to complicate crop management. To an extent, harvest has stalled in southwest Louisiana while growers wait for all the rice to fully mature in fields that otherwise seem ready. Grain is dry enough on plants that emerged early but remains too moist on plants that broke through later.

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Business Workshop for Farm, Ranch Women Set for September 19-20 Near Alexandria

By Johnny Morgan, LSU AgCenter

ALEXANDRIA — The LSU AgCenter Annie’s Project is sponsoring a two-day workshop to help farm and ranch women navigate the business side of their enterprises. The next course will be offered on Sept. 19-20 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. each day at the AgCenter Dean Lee Research and Extension Center near Alexandria. 

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National Rice Month Scholarship Contest Now Open

If you’re thinking about how to pay for college next year -- Think Rice -- because the National Rice Month (NRM) Scholarship video contest is here.  And it’s easy to participate! If you’re a high school graduating student from Arkansas, California, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, or Texas, submit a three-minute video that creates awareness and promotes U.S.-grown rice, September National Rice Month, and the importance of rice to your state. 

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LSU AgCenter Researcher Studies Use for Pecan Shells in Poland

By Johnny Morgan, LSU AgCenter

Developing a way to protect pecans and to keep them safe for consumption is the goal of an LSU student who just returned from Poland. Karuna Kharel, a doctoral student in the School of Nutrition and Food Science, spent one month this summer at the Warsaw University of Life Sciences to study the antimicrobial and antibacterial activity of pullulan film with extracts from pecan shells.

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LSU/Southern University Ag Centers Bring Buyers to Small Farmers

By Johnny Morgan, LSU AgCenter

Small-scale vegetable growers in St. Landry Parish recently met face-to-face with major produce buyers in the area to discuss ways to market their produce. Many times small farmers are left out of the equation when produce buyers go looking for products to buy, said LSU AgCenter extension associate Alessandro Holzapfel.

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