Michael E. McCormick, Morgan, Johnny W. | 3/28/2005 11:56:56 PM
The LSU AgCenter’s Southeast Research Station in Franklinton has scheduled a March 31 field day to report on ongoing dairy research projects.
Participants also will hear more details about two additional LSU AgCenter agents who will be devoting all of their time to the dairy industry. Dr. Pam Hodson, the LSU AgCenter’s regional director for southeastern Louisiana, said county agents Dr. Ronnie Bardwell of St. Helena Parish and Aubrey Posey of Washington Parish are being moved to the Southeast Station and will work with dairy producers.
"Both Mr. Posey and Dr. Bardwell have long relationships with the dairy producers in the Florida Parishes, and we feel that this is a perfect fit to have them both here on the station where they are close to the research as well as being close to the farmers," Hodson said. "We think the team we have at the Southeast Research Station will greatly enhance the LSU AgCenter’s role in getting information to dairy producers in a timely manner."
As for the 2005 field day at the LSU AgCenter’s Southeast Research Station, that program will begin with registration and viewing of exhibits at 9 a.m. March 31. Field tours will be conducted from 9:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m.
Dr. Mike McCormick, professor and coordinator of the Southeast Research Station, said this year’s field tours will include three educational stops.
At the first stop, LSU AgCenter assistant professor Dr. Vinicius Moreira will discuss phosphorus supplementation for lactating dairy cows, and Tara Taylor, a graduate student in the LSU Dairy Science Department, will discuss variations in the ratio of male to female Holstein calves.
At the second stop, Dr. Richard Watson, forage agronomist for the Mississippi Agriculture and Forestry Experiment Station in Starkville, and LSU AgCenter agent Bardwell will discuss ryegrass pasture management, forage budgeting techniques and ryegrass bale silage production.
At the final stop, LSU AgCenter water quality specialist Dr. Brian LeBlanc will present information on the use of wetlands to improve water quality. Tony Beaubouef from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service also will discuss federal funding that is available for dairy lagoons and soil conservation practices.
In another educational event that will follow the field tours, LSU AgCenter dairy specialist Dr. Gary Hay will discuss heifer mastitis and milk quality.
A sponsored lunch will be included. In addition, producers who are interested are encouraged to view forage test plots, new farm equipment and new facilities at the station during the early afternoon.
For further information on the field day, call the Southeast Research Station at (985) 839-2322.