LSU AgCenter Sugarcane Field Day Set For July 20

Kenneth Gravois  |  6/28/2005 2:47:37 AM

News Release Distributed 06/27/05

Continuing looks at new sugarcane varieties will highlight the LSU AgCenter’s annual sugarcane field day July 20 at the Sugar Research Station in St. Gabriel.

Visitors will have the opportunity to see several new releases – Ho95-988 HOCP96-540 and L97-128. Officials say these promising new sugarcane varieties will take the pressure off older varieties that are facing reduced yields and problems from rust diseases.

"With greater than 90 percent of the state’s acreage in LCP 89-384, there’s a lot of anticipation in new varieties," said Dr. Kenneth Gravois, resident coordinator of the Sugarcane Station for the LSU AgCenter.

Gravois said two new 1999-series varieties that are up for release next year look good and will be showcased at the field day, as well.

In addition, Dr. Jeff Hoy will present an update on the rust disease situation, while Dr. Gene Reagan will have an entomology update and Dr. Jim Griffin’s graduate students will present information on no-till alternatives.

Griffin also will present information on herbicide alternatives and combinations, said Dr. Ben Legendre, LSU AgCenter sugarcane specialist.

Legendre said Griffin’s information will help growers make decisions based on a combination of potential weed control options and costs.

Following the field tours, Jim Simon, president and general manager of the American Sugar Cane League, will give an update on CAFTA.

Sugarcane growers whose certification for sugarcane burning expires this year also will have an opportunity for recertification during the field day.

Registration will begin at 8 a.m. with field tours starting at 9 a.m.

The Sugar Station is at the LSU AgCenter’s St. Gabriel Research Station on La. Highway 30, 11 miles south of Tiger Stadium or 9 miles north of Gonzales.

A sponsored lunch will be provided at noon. Further information may be obtained by calling the station at (225) 642-8105.

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Contact: Kenneth Gravois at (225) 642-0224 or skgravois@agcenter.lsu.edu
Writer: Rick Bogren at (225) 578-5839 or rbogren@agcenter.lsu.edu

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