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Researchers work to develop rice varieties for different irrigation regimes

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• By Niranjan Baisakh, Adam Famoso, Jonalyn Yabes, Rodante Tabien and Dustin Harrell • New varieties are the life blood of the Louisiana rice industry. Rice variety development is primarily focused on the enhancement of yield, grain quality, disease and insect resistance and production traits. Nearly 45 percent of all water used for global crop irrigation goes toward rice production, ... Read More »

LSU AgCenter rebuilds flood-damaged Vermilion Parish office

new LSU AgCenter parish office in Abbeville

Vermilion Parish and Abbeville, Louisiana, officials recently cut the ribbon on a new Louisiana State University AgCenter parish office, replacing the old one that as damaged by August 2016 flooding. AgCenter agent Andrew Granger thanked the Vermilion Parish Police Jury for funding the construction. The police jury called a special election for a proposition to rededicate money to fund the ... 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 »

Lessons learned

Provisia Rice

Researchers fine-tuned N, seeding recommendations for Provisia rice during 2018 season. The 2018 season was the first year the Provisia variety, PVL01, was grown commercially. Louisiana grew approximately 10,000 acres of PVL01, and the average yield was about 42-43 barrels per acre statewide (6,804-6,966 pounds per acre; 151-155 bushels per acre). Many growers were satisfied with the Provisia system, and ... Read More »

LSU-bred high-protein rice brings value, nutrition

LSU AgCenter Herry Utomo evaluates high-protein rice

More than 750 million people don’t get enough nutrients from their food, and more than two-thirds of those live in places that consume a lot of rice. Can rice bred for extra protein be the answer? “There are hundreds of millions of people around the world who depend on rice and eat it three times a day, but their access ... Read More »

Southwest Louisiana meetings provide production advice to farmers

2019 Crowley LSU AgCenter winter rice meeting

• By Bruce Schultz • In a series of meetings in southwest Louisiana, Louisiana State University AgCenter experts offered farmers advice for growing their 2019 crop. Farmers met recently in Welsh, Abbeville, Ville Platte and Crowley only a few weeks from the start of planting season. AgCenter rice breeder Adam Famoso says a new line of Provisia rice, PVL108, in development ... Read More »

LSU AgCenter sets rice grower meetings for January, February

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The LSU AgCenter will hold a series of meetings to help rice farmers prepare for their 2019 crop. The educational sessions will provide farmers with advice on choosing varieties, land preparation, controlling pests and the new farm bill. Farmers also will hear updated information on new technologies, including herbicides, fungicides and insecticides registered last season. The sessions, which will include ... Read More »

Will the 2018-19 marketing year repeat 2016-17 low prices? It depends…

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• By Kurt Guidry • When examining the market situation for a commodity and trying to project where that market may trend, it can often be useful to look back at similar years. When looking at the current rice market, the one thing that becomes apparent from a supply and demand numbers standpoint is that it is very similar to what ... Read More »

LSU researcher assembles an economical drone field-mapping system

economic drone system

• By Randy Price • If you have ever tried mapping a field with a drone for crop scouting, you will quickly find out that producing an image map of a field requires some amount of work and usually a trip back to the office. For this reason, drone systems have not been fully realized for crop scouting purpose. Still, several ... Read More »