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Hurricane Barry floodwaters affected Southwest Louisiana crops

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• By Bruce Schultz • Hurricane Barry had a minimal effect on Louisiana croplands, but its aftermath left a narrow strip of flooding rain that will cause damage. Some soybeans were flooded, and rice was submerged in areas that received heavy rain. There were reports of lodged sugarcane and some damage to corn. “For the most part, rice in the ... Read More »

The ‘Year of Weedy Rice’

Michael Fruge, Adam Famoso

Infestations point out need for Provisia system to clean up fields. • By Vicky Boyd, Editor • 2019 could very well be dubbed the “year of weedy rice” — at least in Southwest Louisiana. Even growers who have been diligent about rogueing Clearfield rice fields or rotating to soybeans have seen more weedy rice than usual. The jury is still ... Read More »

LSU AgCenter shows off its full pipeline of new varieties and hybrids

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• By Vicky Boyd, Editor • The Louisiana State University AgCenter breeding program continues on a roll with the potential release of a new Clearfield long-grain variety as well as a conventional long-grain in time for the 2020 season. If that comes to fruition, they would be grown for seed next season and be available commercially in 2021. Also in ... Read More »

Louisiana governor signs truth-in-labeling law

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Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards has signed a bill that would make it illegal to mislabel beef, pork, poultry, crawfish, shrimp, meat, sugar or rice products. Senate Bill 152, now referred to as Act 273, also sets strict definitions for each of the commodities. For rice, the legislation defines it as “whole or broken kernels obtained from the species 10 ... Read More »

Louisiana targets fake rice

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State Legislature mulls bill that addresses mislabeling of ag products. • By Vicky Boyd, Editor • Louisiana lawmakers are following their Arkansas counterparts and are taking up a bipartisan truth-in-labeling proposal for agricultural products. Sen. Francis Thompson, D-Delhi, introduced Senate Bill 152, the “Truth in Labeling of Agricultural Products Act,” into the Louisiana Senate April 8. Rep. John Stefanski, R-Crowley, ... Read More »

Rain hinders rice planting in Louisiana

drill seeding rice near crowley

Heavy rainfall has been a challenge as rice farmers strive to get their 2019 crop planted. Farmers were able to get much of their crop planted during almost three weeks of dry weather, but rainfall during the first week of April has created an obstacle for farmers who needed to complete the rest of their planting. Todd Fontenot, Louisiana State ... Read More »

Row rice gains interest in northeast Louisiana

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Rice farmers in northeast Louisiana, including those interested in trying row rice, heard advice from LSU AgCenter scientists about the upcoming 2019 season at a recent meeting in Rayville. They also heard some potentially good news from the president of USA Rice about possible rice sales to China. Row rice is becoming more popular with more than 100,000 acres in ... Read More »

Louisiana Ag Consultants Association awards six scholarships

LACA scholarship recipients

During its recent annual meeting, the Louisiana Agricultural Consultants Association awarded six scholarships totaling $12,000. Also recognized was Dennis Burns, who received the County Agent of the Year award. Burns serves Catahoula, Concordia and Tensas parishes, and he specializes in agricultural technology, including drones, irrigation and yield maps. “That’s just a small list of things he is well known for,” ... Read More »

2018 Rice Consultant of the Year

‘‘Growing up on a farm in Northeast Louisiana, I was always interested in agriculture,” says rice consultant Richard Costello. “I like watching the crops grow and progress. It gets in your blood. During my advanced postdoctoral training at Louisiana State University, my cousin Michael Costello recruited me to check their rice on the weekends. That’s where I got my rice ... Read More »

Four, including a rice leader, named to Louisiana Ag Hall of Distinction

Linda Zaunbrecher

Four Louisiana agricultural leaders, including a rice pioneer, will be inducted into the Agriculture Hall of Distinction during ceremonies in March. This year’s four inductees are Grady Coburn, Jack Hamilton, George LaCour and Linda Zaunbrecher. A native of Gueydan, Zaunbrecher is only the second woman to enter the Ag Hall of Distinction. Her career is distinguished by her pioneering work ... Read More »