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2021 is presenting its own challenges to the rice industry

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Last year had unpredictable ups and downs. Unprecedented hurricane and fire seasons wracked both the South and Northern California, international shipping logistics have been disrupted and some of our largest foreign markets are still reeling from the impact of COVID-19. The pandemic isn’t over quite yet, and of course the weather doesn’t follow anyone’s orders. But with the arrival of the ... Read More »

CSU researchers predict above-average hurricane season

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Colorado State University hurricane researchers are predicting an above-average Atlantic hurricane season in 2021, citing the likely absence of El Niño as a primary factor. Tropical Atlantic sea surface temperatures are near their long-term averages, while subtropical Atlantic sea surface temperatures are much warmer than their long-term average values. The warmer subtropical Atlantic also favors an active 2021 Atlantic hurricane ... Read More »

Goodbye and good riddance 2020!

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Louisiana crawfish producers hope to rebound from hurricanes, pandemic this season. • By Vicky Boyd, Editor • The 2021 Louisiana crawfish season started off on a slow note as producers hoped to rebound from a double whammy caused by coronavirus-induced restaurant closures and last year’s series of hurricanes. As crews return from the holidays and harvest ramps up, Louisiana State ... Read More »

‘Semper Gumby’ took on new meaning in 2020

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The Marines have a motto, “Semper fidelis,” which means always faithful or always loyal. A twist on that is “Semper Gumby,” the motto of Marine parents that means always flexible, according to a former coworker whose son served. Considering the strange twists and turns this year has taken, those Marine parents may be onto something. Farming has always required flexibility ... Read More »

Farmers, LSU AgCenter assess Hurricane Delta damage

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• By Bruce Schultz • Hurricane Delta cut a similar path through Louisiana as Hurricane Laura, with many crops still in the field affected by the second major storm to hit the state in six weeks. Jeremy Hebert, LSU AgCenter agent in Acadia Parish, said a few farmers had damaged bins. He said some rice fields ready for second-crop harvest ... Read More »

Déjà vu as Hurricane Delta hits Louisiana rice country

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• By Kane Webb • Let me begin by stating that those of us in southwest Louisiana, particularly in the rice industry, have decided we want to officially cancel our subscription to the Hurricane of the Month club! This past weekend, southwest Louisiana and areas northward felt the winds and heavy rains of Hurricane Delta, which made landfall on the ... Read More »

Rain from Tropical Storm Beta further bogs down Arkansas harvest

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• By Ryan McGeeney • In the month that followed the high winds and rain that Tropical Storm Laura swept into Arkansas as the corn and rice harvests were set to commence, the state’s growers have seen stop-and-start progress at best. Now, as a week of steady rain continues to bog fields, rice and soybean growers are likely to fall ... Read More »

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 »