Louisiana Rice: Bird-Repellent — Rebate, Update On Headed Rice Label

By Dustin Harrell, LSU AgCenter Rice Specialist and Research Coordinator

Predation of rice seed by birds is problematic in Louisiana rice annually. Typically, we see the highest bird pressure in rice planted south of I-10. In 2017, we also saw a higher than normal blackbird pressure on rice north of I-10. Several fields had to be replanted due to bird predation in that region last year.


Jeff Davis Crawfish Farmers Teach Visitors About Their Trade

By Doris Maricle, American Press, Lake Charles

ROANOKE — A crawfish tour in rural Jeff Davis Parish on Friday gave visitors a chance to learn how the mudbugs make it from the farm to the dinner table. The group, which included 16 visitors from Canada, Minnesota, South Dakota, North Carolina and Texas, spent the day touring a crawfish farm and processing facility as part of a tour sponsored by the Jeff Davis Parish Tourism Commission.


Jack Dillard: Growers are Getting Anxious to Plant

By Jack Dillard, The Times, Shreveport

We in agriculture are arriving at that time when we know that it is too early to plant, but we are anxious. I noticed on our planting guides, the dates for planting are listed “1st Date Spring.” We can always go later, but not a lot later, under most conditions. So far our temperatures, moisture and Easter are in good alignment.