Do waterfowl have varietal preferences? The LSU AgCenter wants to know

ducks in a winter-flooded rice field
In return for financial assistance, rice growers agree to plug the drains in their fields to capture winter rains to create winter waterfowl habitat—photo by Mike Checkett

If you farm rice in Louisiana and flood your rice fields for waterfowl, the Louisiana State University AgCenter needs your help. It is working several public and private organizations to develop preliminary data on whether waterfowl have varietal preferences.

If you flooded rice fields planted to more than one variety this past winter or previous years and saw a varietal preference, please contact LSU AgCenter Extension rice specialist Ronnie Levy at

Please note the variety or varieties preferred by the waterfowl.

The deadline to respond is this Friday, Feb. 26.


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