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Louisiana farmers begin planting amid uncertain prices

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• By Bruce Schultz • Planting is underway or about to start for most crops in Louisiana, and farmers are watching the markets closely as the world economy reels from the fallout created by the novel coronavirus. Louisiana State University AgCenter economist Michael Deliberto said commodities are looking better this week, and the stock market has improved. But uncertainty from ... Read More »

Use the DD50 rice management program to stay ahead in 2020

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• By Jarrod Hardke • Each year, I’m surprised at the number of producers not currently using the DD50 Rice Management Program on their farms. This program is designed to take much of the guesswork out of in-season management for producers and consultants. In general, projected dates of key timings are accurate within a couple of days throughout the season. ... Read More »

Research tests how California rice fields can benefit fish

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• By Ching Lee • Winter-flooded rice fields already provide essential habitat for migratory birds, but could they also provide benefits to help the state’s salmon populations? Scientists at the University of California, Davis, are finalizing their fieldwork on an experiment to find out what management practices farmers might adopt in their fields to maximize fish survival. At River Garden ... Read More »

Louisiana governor issues ‘stay at home’ order

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Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards issued a statewide stay at home order beginning at 5 p.m., Monday, March 23, for non-essential workers and businesses to stem the spread of coronavirus. Louisiana will join California, New York, New Jersey, Illinois, Ohio, Delaware and Connecticut that already have stay at home orders, sometimes referred to as shelter in place orders. The order ... Read More »

Louisiana’s rice crop gets going

• By Kane Webb • While things have slowed down across the country because of COVID-19, the past week and a half were busy for rice farmers in southwest Louisiana. Planting is underway and moving quickly, according to Dr. Dustin Harrell, rice specialist with the LSU AgCenter Rice Research Station in Crowley. “A lot of rice has been water seeded, ... Read More »

Crawfish glut hits the market as restaurants close, switch to takeout

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With a glut of crawfish on the market, prices are dropping, and consumers might be interested in boiling and freezing crawfish at home. Many restaurants have closed or switched to takeout- and drive-through-only operations amid concerns about spreading the novel coronavirus. That means restaurants aren’t buying nearly as much crawfish as they usually do. Evelyn Watts, Louisiana State University AgCenter ... Read More »

COVID-19 doesn’t stop planting season

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• By Bruce Schultz • Many  schools and workplaces have  closed up shop amid the coronavirus pandemic. But in the world of agriculture,  the show must go on. In Louisiana, this  is rice and corn  planting season —  a busy and important time of year for farmers, who also will soon begin planting other crops  such as  soybeans  and  cotton. ... Read More »

USA Rice addresses domestic rice supply during COVID-19 outbreak

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As the effects of COVID-19 are being felt in the United States and around the world, consumers are rushing to stockpile groceries and household supplies in fear of being quarantined in their homes for weeks. This has led to a run on household cleaning products, paper products, and nonperishable foods, including rice. Social media platforms are full of pictures of ... Read More »

At-planting herbicide selection for rice and corn acres

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• By Tom Barber • I have had numerous calls and texts over the past week with questions about burndown herbicides and plant-back intervals. Although there is not much we can do about the rain (it will eventually stop), one thing we can do is be prepared and ready to roll when the weather clears. Regardless if early burndown programs ... Read More »

Outstanding in their field

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RTWG Awards Luncheon recognizes peers for exemplary work. Every two years, rice researchers from around the United States and even the globe get together for the Rice Technical Working Group. This year, the two-day event was hosted by Mississippi State University and held recently in Orange Beach, Alabama. During the awards luncheon, researchers recognize peers who have made outstanding contributions ... Read More »