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Rain stalls planting in Northeast Louisiana

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• By Bruce Schultz • Rice planting is wrapping up in south Louisiana, but wet weather has kept farmers out of the fields in the north. “It’s moving along pretty fast,” said Todd Fontenot, Louisiana State University AgCenter agent in Evangeline Parish. “A lot of rice has been planted in a short period of time.” He estimated 80% to 85% ... Read More »

Tall wading bird has ravenous appetite for apple snails


A visitor from Florida that has taken up residence in Terrebonne Parish could be good news in Louisiana’s fight against the invasive apple snail. At least three pairs of limpkins (Aramus guarauna), a wading bird found primarily in Florida’s freshwater marshes, are now breeding in Terrebonne Parish. The upside is that limpkins have a ravenous appetite for apple snails, an ... Read More »

Invasive apple snails threaten Louisiana rice, crawfish production

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• By Blake Wilson, Julian Lucero and Mark Shirley • Invasive apple snails — sometimes called giant, golden or channeled apple snails — are native to South America but have been introduced into many regions. Several species of apple snails are invasive pests in many parts of Europe, Asia, and North and South America. But the species that has been ... Read More »

Three to be inducted into Louisiana Ag Hall of Distinction

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Three fixtures in Louisiana agriculture will be inducted into the Louisiana Agriculture Hall of Distinction during a ceremony at L’Auberge Hotel in Baton Rouge March 4. The new inductees are former Louisiana Farm Bureau President Ronnie Anderson, of Ethel; sugarcane farmer John Gay, of Plaquemine; and Paul “Jackie” Loewer of Branch, a rice farmer who has been a strong advocate ... Read More »

LACA reschedules in-person annual meeting to virtual event, Feb. 10-11

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The Louisiana Agricultural Consultants Association has moved its in-person Louisiana Agricultural Technology & Management Conference to virtual presentations, Feb. 10-11. Many of the former in-person conference presentations were kept intact. For time’s sake, some had to be postponed until the in-person conference scheduled for February 2022. Each webinar is $20 and payment can be made by credit or debit card ... Read More »

Louisiana Master Farmer Program graduates 2020 class

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The Louisiana Master Farmer Program, a Louisiana State University AgCenter-led initiative that teaches about conservation, recently graduated its 2020 class. Five new Master Farmer certifications as well as 14 recertifications were awarded  recently during a virtual meeting of the Louisiana Association of Conservation Districts. Also, Mead Hardwick of Tensas Parish was named the 2020 Louisiana Outstanding Master Farmer. To become ... Read More »

Passing down the passion


SW Louisiana farm family continues and expands the conservation practices that previous generations started. • By Amy Robertson Fuselier • Located in Louisiana’s Acadia and Vermilion parishes is Simon Farms, a multi-generational family farm known far and wide for their dedication to conservation. This close-knit family has a passion for soil health and a thirst for knowledge about ways to ... Read More »

LSU AgCenter experts review 2020 rice season

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• By Bruce Schultz • Two Louisiana State University AgCenter rice experts gave their perspectives on the past growing season in Louisiana during a recent online presentation for the 2020 USA Rice Outlook Conference. The event is usually held in one of the six rice-producing states — it was scheduled for Austin, Texas, in 2020 — but it was held ... Read More »

Rice market remains resilient but could face headwinds later in 2021

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• By Kurt M. Guidry • Despite several challenges in 2020, the rice market has been resilient and has remained fairly stable. The first challenge was the large increase in acres in 2020, most of which were in long grain. Total acres harvested this season are estimated at just under 3 million acres, roughly 21% more than in 2019. A ... Read More »

‘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 »