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‘Semper Gumby’ took on new meaning in 2020

Vicky Boyd

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 »

Hurricane Laura takes a toll on Louisiana agriculture

Floodwater surrounds a seafood store in Delcambre.

• 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 »