Louisiana Corn Harvest Off to a Disappointing Start

By Bruce Schultz, LSU AgCenter

Corn harvest in Louisiana is underway, and this year’s crop is not expected to set any records. LSU AgCenter corn specialist Dan Fromme said yields appear to be down by 10% to 20% from last year, but there is considerable variation. Lower yields can be blamed on heavy rains or rain at the wrong time that delayed planting.

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LSU AgCenter Scientists to Study Sugarcane Cold Tolerance in Central Louisiana

By Olivia McClure, LSU AgCenter

The fields at the LSU AgCenter Dean Lee Research and Extension Center have seen all sorts of crop trials over the years — but never any involving sugarcane. That’s because the facility is located near Alexandria, long considered too far north to cultivate the tropical plant without putting it at significant risk of freeze damage in winter.

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Beef & Forage Field Day Set for September 19th Near Mangham

By Karol Osborne, LSU AgCenter

RAYVILLE – The LSU AgCenter will host the northeast Louisiana beef and forage field day Sept. 19 at Goldmine Plantation near Mangham. Registration is at 8:30 a.m. with presentations from 9 until noon followed by a sponsored lunch. Presentation topics will highlight fly control, mineral needs for cattle, hay feeding efficiency and hay sampling and testing.

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Louisiana Weekly Broiler Report

Broiler-type chicks placed for meat production in Louisiana were 3.14 million during the week ending August 17, 2019. Placements were down 7 percent from the comparable week in 2018 and down 2 percent from the previous week. Louisiana hatcheries set 3.71 million broiler-type eggs during the week ending August 17, 2019, up 3 percent from the same period last year and up slightly from the previous week.

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Louisiana Rice Farmers Look for a Silver Lining for 2019 Crop

By Kane Webb, USA Rice

LAKE CHARLES -- Rice harvest in Louisiana has been going on for a few weeks now, with some growers having just gotten started, and some just wrapping up. All in all, this was a more difficult year than anyone anticipated. Dr. Dustin Harrell recently wrote about this year's Louisiana crop in an article he titled: "What Could Go Wrong, Did Go Wrong."

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LDAF Launches Unwanted Pesticide Pick-Up Program

BATON ROUGE – This fall, the  Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry (LDAF) is launching a program to collect unwanted pesticides from agricultural producers across the state who need assistance disposing of them properly. Eligible items include but are not limited to partially full containers of pesticides and pesticide products that are cancelled or expired. 

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Louisiana 4-H Association Recognizes Outstanding Agents

By Johnny Morgan, LSU AgCenter

LSU AgCenter youth development professionals were recognized for achievement in service at the Louisiana Association of Extension 4-H Agents annual meeting held Aug. 13-16 in Baton Rouge. The annual convention offers youth development training and updates, leadership development and collaborative support for AgCenter extension agents conducting 4-H programming in all 64 Louisiana parishes.

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Rain Slowing Harvest in Many Areas of Louisiana

Rain is causing the Louisiana corn and rice harvest to fall behind the average pace, according to the latest Louisiana Crop Progress and Condition Report released Monday. The report shows corn harvest at 36 percent complete, compared to the five-year average pace of 46 percent. Rice harvest is now 50 percent done, versus the five-year average of 57 percent.

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Louisiana Farmers Paying the Price for Trade War With China

By Annie Ourso Landry, Greater Baton Rouge Business Report

As the trade war between the U.S. and China rages on into its second year, Louisiana soybean farmers are preparing for an upcoming harvesting season that will likely be even worse than the one they suffered last year. And that’s bad news for the state’s entire agriculture industry, as soybeans are Louisiana’s largest commodity in terms of acreage, says Andy Brown, soybean commodity director for the Louisiana Farm Bureau Federation.

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Farm to School Program Connects Generations

By Loren Lindler , Editorial Intern, DTN/Progressive Farmer

OMAHA -- More than $9 million has been set aside in USDA grants to help connect the next generation with farmers and ranchers in their communities. The Louisiana Department of Education hopes to take full advantage of the program, being one of this year's recipients of the grant money. The state's students have a good head start. Some of the Louisiana schools have gardens, which serve as a valuable resource to get kids involved in science, math, art and history.

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Prescribed Burner Certification – Forestland Workshop Set for October 16-18

This workshop will provide essential information for conducting prescribed burns safely and legally in your timberlands. Instructors will be from the LSU AgCenter and the LA Department of Ag and Forestry. Topics on the first two days will include fuels, fire behavior, fire weather, fire ecology, burning techniques, smoke management, fire lane establishment, burn planning and more.

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Louisiana Student Wins Cotton Scholarship

Louisiana Student Wins Cotton Scholarship

AMVAC®, an American Vanguard Company, is excited to announce the winners of the first annual 2019 Cotton Industry Advancement Scholarship. A total of seven students were selected from 26 qualified applicants. Each scholarship recipient was awarded $2,000.  The 2019 Cotton Industry Advancement Scholarship Winners include: Hunter Lipsey – from Monterey, Louisiana, Entering freshmen attending Mississippi State University in Starkville, Miss. Majoring in agronomy and integrated crop management. Nominated by Richard Griffing.

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