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For the first time, giant snails wipe out a Louisiana rice field

apple snail damage

• By Bruce Schultz • An invasive species of snails has wiped out a 50-acre field of rice, the first time the pest has been known to do that in Louisiana. LSU AgCenter entomologist Blake Wilson said damaged rice and channeled apple snails were found throughout the field. “There was no trace of rice. If you didn’t know better, you’d ... Read More »

Crawfish farmers urged not to drain ponds yet despite drop in sales

boiled crawfish

• By Bruce Schultz • Crawfish producer Allen McLain’s business has dropped dramatically because of the coronavirus’ impact on the restaurant business. “We’re struggling. It’s not looking good,” said McLain of Abbeville, Lousiana. A big portion of his business is selling his product to area restaurants, but he said that has been sharply reduced. Crawfish are plentiful and have grown ... Read More »

Louisiana farmers begin planting amid uncertain prices

michael fruge unloads grain

• 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 »

Louisiana governor issues ‘stay at home’ order

rice tillage

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 »

COVID-19 doesn’t stop planting season

christian richard

• 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 »

Louisiana’s John Denison to be inducted into Ag Hall of Distinction

John Denison

The seventh annual Louisiana Agriculture Hall of Distinction will honor four new inductees who have made major contributions to forestry, rice, cotton and sugarcane. The event, which had been scheduled for March 26 at L’Auberge Casino Hotel in Baton Rouge, has been postponed due to the novel coronavirus. The Hall of Distinction recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions to ... Read More »

LSU AgCenter students receive scholarships at LACA conference

scholarship winners

Four Louisiana State University College of Agriculture students received scholarships during the recent 2020 Louisiana Agricultural Technology and Management Conference. The conference, organized by the Louisiana Agricultural Consultants Association, allowed companies to showcase their latest products and services. Experts from the LSU AgCenter and other universities also were on hand to discuss their research projects. Colt Hardee, an undergraduate student ... Read More »

Louisiana farmers hear optimistic rice outlook

betsy ward, mike strain

• By Bruce Schultz • Farmers heard about several optimistic developments in the international rice trade at the 2020 meeting of the Louisiana Rice Council and Louisiana Rice Growers Association recently. Betsy Ward, USA Rice CEO, said Brexit has the potential to increase sales to the British market without the restrictions of the European Union. “We’re optimistic we can open ... Read More »

NRCS opens sign-up period for Louisiana conservation assistance

ducks in a winter-flooded rice field

The Natural Resources Conservation Service in Louisiana announced the 1st signup period for applications for the Environmental Quality Incentives Program and Regional Conservation Partnership Program in fiscal year 2020 ends on March 6. Financial assistance through these programs is available to help farmers and landowners plan and implement conservation practices to improve water quality, build healthier soil, improve grazing and ... Read More »