Cotton Planting May 2016

Linda Benedict  |  6/2/2016 8:20:02 PM

These photos were taken by Tammi Arender and Bruce Schultz, both writers and photographers with LSU AgCenter Communications. They are all downloadable, and we encourage people to use them, but please give credit to the LSU AgCenter and the photographer. Arender is based in Monroe, and Schultz is based at the H. Rouse Caffey Rice Research Station in Crowley. If you need more information about a photo, please contact Arender, Schultz or Linda Benedict, associate director.

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Cotton being planted on Frogmore Plantation in Concordia Parish. In the background is a church built in the 1800s and still standing. Photo by Tammi Arender

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This is one parcel of cotton being planted of the 4,500 acres of cotton, part of the 11,000-acre Frogmore Plantation in Concordia Parish farmed by the Ater family. Photo by Tammi Arender

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Drew Keahey, left, and Frankie Martinez are planting cotton in Caldwell Parish in a field that would normally be in corn but it was flooded so Keahey decided to do cotton instead. Photo by Tammi Arender

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Planting cotton on Frogmore Plantation in Concordia Parish. The Ater family farms cotton, corn and rice and also owns a cotton gin. This year only 16 or 17 gins will be in operation in Louisiana as compared to 54 a few years ago, according to LSU AgCenter cotton specialist Dan Fromme. Photo by Tammi Arender

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Charlie Fontenot loads cotton seed into his planter while other workers vacuum seed of a different variety out of the hoppers. Fontenot planted several varieties to determine which one grows best on his farm near Palmetto in St. Landry Parish. Photo by Bruce Schultz

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Newly emerged cotton plants in a research field at the LSU AgCenter Dean Lee Research and Extension Station in Alexandria. Cotton acres remain low in Louisiana for 2016 with the crop consisting of about 160,000 acres. Ten years ago, cotton was one of the larger crops in Louisiana with more than 600,000 acres. Photo by Craig Gautreaux

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Cotton planting in full swing in Concordia Parish on the Frogmore Plantation. The Ater family farms mostly cotton but also has corn and rice in their operation. Photo by Tammi Arender

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Charlie Fontenot, who farms in St. Landry Parish, checks the depth of his cotton seed. Photo by Bruce Schultz

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Cotton is planted in St. Landry Parish near Palmetto by farmer Charlie Fontenot. He has a 5-acre test field to determine which varieties grow best on his farm. Photo by Bruce Schultz

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