Louisiana Farm to School Conference Set for Oct. 22 In Baton Rouge

By Catherine Losavio, LSU AgCenter

The fourth annual Louisiana Farm to School Conference will be held Oct. 22-23 at LSU’s Pennington Biomedical Research Center. Hosted by the LSU AgCenter, the event will emphasize three main components of the farm to school concept: education, school gardens and local food procurement. The conference will feature success stories, discussion panels, best practices and networking opportunities.


USA Rice Launches New Consumer Newsletter

By Michael Klein, USA Rice

ARLINGTON, VA -- As the 29th National Rice Month kicked off this week, USA Rice added a new consumer outreach program to its arsenal, the Think Rice Newsletter. "Farmer stories are one of the most powerful tools we have to help us promote U.S.-grown rice and connect with consumers who more and more want to know 'the story of their rice,'" explained Robbie Trahan from Crowley, chair of the USA Rice Domestic Promotion Committee.


LSU AgCenter Hosts Groups in Search of International Business

By Johnny Morgan, LSU AgCenter

With tariffs and other trade issues leading the news, a recent delegation brought good news to the LSU AgCenter by showing their interest in generating new markets. The group included representatives from CzechTrade, a Czech Republic export agency, along with representatives from the World Trade Center of New Orleans. They are interested in developing business opportunities and relationships in Louisiana.


Ag Commissioner Visits Nicholls Farm

By Halle Parker, HoumaToday.com

Beneath today’s sun, the state commissioner of agriculture strolled through some of the work being done to grow plants to save the coast during a tour of Nicholls State University’s farm. Mike Strain, Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry commissioner, pointed to the farm’s young salt-resistant cypress trees, redevelopment of endangered live oaks and growth of various grasses as “a huge deal” for repopulating the coast.


Farmers Wait for Payment from Lakeland

The Franklin Sun

Lakeland Grain Company in Winnsboro has not paid farmers for their grain and faces possible take over by the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry as soon as Wednesday afternoon, said Mike Strain, Commissioner of Agriculture and Forestry. The situation emerged after Lakeland Grain lost its cash line of credit with Concordia Bank & Trust Company and did not have funds to pay for the grain.


Louisiana Business and Industry Association Honors American Sugar Cane League

The American Sugar Cane League has been honored by the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry (LABI) as the Economic Development Partner of the Year. The award recognizes exceptional leadership by an economic development or business organization. League president Greg Gravois and League manager Jim Simon will accept the award on the League’s behalf at the September 5, 2019 awards banquet.


Harvest Season Driving Tips

By Steve Borel, LSU AgCenter / Guest Contributor, Plaquemine Post South

The fall harvest season is upon us and drivers can expect to see large farm implements traveling on the roads. Farm implements need additional roadway space, so be prepared to slow down, pull to the side or stop. Drivers in rural areas must remain alert to the possibility of encountering slow moving farm machines and be prepared to slow or stop to avoid a rear-end collision or striking a farm machine that is turning into a field or driveway.


Cattle Pregnancy Determination Clinic Scheduled for October 11 in Homer

The LSU AgCenter in conjunction with Louisiana Tech University will be offering a Cattle Pregnancy Determination Clinic at the Hill Farm Research Station in Homer on Friday, October 11, 2019. Attendees will learn the basics of cattle reproductive anatomy, determining pregnancy by palpation, basics of pregnancy blood testing and will have the opportunity to practice on live cattle. Space is very limited and registration will be on a first come, first serve basis. This class will fill up quickly so producers are encouraged to call Kathy at the Hill Farm (318-927-2578) and reserve their spot.


Louisiana Man Connected to Cattle Rustling Ring Arrested Again

BATON ROUGE – The Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry (LDAF) Brand Commission arrested a Rapides Parish man who was wanted for livestock theft in the state of Texas. Justin G. Thompson of 127 Pilgrim Road, Hineston, La., was arrested on Tuesday, September 3, 2019 by LDAF brand inspectors on three warrants from the state of Texas for theft of livestock in excess of $91,000. 


Louisiana Field Reports: Soybean Harvest Moving Ahead In Southern Parishes

“Finally ,several days of dry weather were strung together and producers took full advantage. Sugarcane planting and rice harvest continued back at full force. Cattle and hay producers began making second hay cutting, a few third. Calves were being weaned and sold. Early soybean harvest began. Forecast calling for more dry weather should help producers continue to catch up following past month of wet weather.”


Don't Ignore Weeds Between Now & December

Dr. Daniel Stephenson, Extension Weed Scientist, LSU AgCenter

It’s not hard to notice how green corn fields are following harvest, and we all know what that color means: weeds. Managing weeds post-harvest is not popular with farmers; however, weed seed production and subsequent seed deposition on the soil should be a great concern, especially if glyphosate-resistant Palmer amaranth and/or waterhemp are present.


With Cover Crops, Pin Down Your Objective First

By Josh Copes, James Hendrix, Lisa Fultz, Syam Dodla & Naveen Adusumilli, LSU AgCenter

Corn harvest is in full swing across Louisiana, and soybean harvest has begun on a limited basis. As we move into the fall months, now is the time to begin planning your winter cover crop management strategy. Cover crops are used for several purposes, including protecting soil from erosion, improving soil structure, scavenging and cycling of soil nutrients, increasing organic matter, helping alleviate hardpans, etc.


Louisiana Weekly Broiler Report

Broiler-type chicks placed for meat production in Louisiana were 3.19 million during the week ending August 31, 2019. Placements were down 3 percent from the comparable week in 2018 and down 1 percent from the previous week. Louisiana hatcheries set 3.68 million broiler-type eggs during the week ending August 31, 2019, up 4 percent from the same period last year but down 3 percent from the previous week.