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LSU AgCenter: Hurricane Laura ag, forestry losses top $1.6 billion

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• By Bruce Schultz • Hurricane Laura caused $525.4 million in damage to Louisiana farmers and $1.1 billion to the Louisiana timber industry, according to preliminary estimates by the Louisiana State University AgCenter. Laura devastated 757,538 acres of timber from the southwest to northeast parts of the state, according to a report by AgCenter economist Kurt Guidry and AgCenter forestry ... Read More »

Louisiana growers continue to assess Hurricane Laura damage

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• By Steve Linscombe, Josh Hankins and Emily Woodall • It’s been a week since Hurricane Laura made landfall in the rice country of southwest Louisiana, carving a path of destruction with winds and rain that then moved on through neighboring states to the north. Effects on the 2020 rice crop are still being assessed to determine the extent of ... Read More »

Laura’s wind, rain deal blow to harvested rice in Louisiana

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• By Bruce Schultz • Rice farmers without electricity across southwest Louisiana are struggling to save their rice crop in storage. Farmer Paul Johnson of Bell City had a good rice crop harvested long before Hurricane Laura hit the Louisiana coast Aug. 27. He stored his grain at a dryer facility in Thornwell, but the storm blew parts of the ... Read More »

Hurricane Laura takes a toll on Louisiana agriculture

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• By Bruce Schultz • Although definitive results won’t be available for a few days, the effects on agriculture appear to be less destructive than most people feared before Hurricane Laura struck, but forests and residences sustained significant damage. Blair Hebert, LSU AgCenter agent for sugarcane in the Bayou Teche area, said cane plants have been blown down, or lodged, ... Read More »

Laura’s wicked winds twist soybeans, flatten rice in Arkansas

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• By Mary Hightower • Bryce Baldridge, a Lawrence County Extension staff chair for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture, heard the warnings Thursday night. “They said a tornado was headed for Bono which is where I live,” he said on Friday. “My daughter got the dog and headed for the bathtub,” Baldridge said, adding that he was ... Read More »

Rice growers check for damage from Laura, make repairs

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Since September 2005, Hurricane Rita has been southwest Louisiana’s reference for measuring the severity of weather events.  Yesterday, thanks to Hurricane Laura, this area received a new reference point and a wound from which it will take some time to recover. The city of Lake Charles felt the brunt of the storm, although the port and the rail facility there ... Read More »

Louisiana farmers prepare for Hurricane Laura

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• By Bruce Schultz • Farmers are preparing for Hurricane Laura by getting their crops out of the fields and moving livestock away from coastal areas. A previous storm that hit the Cameron Parish coast almost 15 years ago is being used as a reference with expectations Laura will bring a devastating storm surge. “It’s looking like Hurricane Rita,” said ... Read More »

Hurricane could confound crawfish production

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• Richard Bogren • Widespread flooding from Hurricane Laura could affect crawfish production for the upcoming season, but the extent of any damage will depend on whether crawfish producers are able to get the unwanted water off their fields in a timely manner. When storm-related flood waters cover pond levees in July, August or September, crawfish have no choice but ... Read More »

Hurricane Laura may affect early Arkansas harvest efforts

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• By Ryan McGeeney • High winds and heavy rainfall from what forecasters expect will be a major hurricane — Hurricane Laura — will likely sweep through most of Arkansas by Friday, just as harvest nears for several major crops across the state. Laura is predicted to push into Arkansas before turning northeastward toward Missouri, Mississippi and Tennessee. The National ... Read More »

Texas rice dodges Hurricane Hanna; some ratooning in question

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• By Dr. Steve Linscombe • Hurricane Hanna made landfall Saturday evening on Padre Island south of Corpus Christi, Texas, as a Category 1 storm with sustained winds of 90 mph. Fortunately, this is southwest of the major Texas rice-producing area west of Houston. While a small amount of the crop had some lodging associated with storm winds, the storm’s ... Read More »