Field Days Set Across Southwest Louisiana

Bruce Schultz  |  7/1/2006 3:13:07 AM

News Release Distributed 06/30/06

Four field days for farmers will be held in July in several Southwest Louisiana parishes.

On July 6, the 2006 Southwest Louisiana Rice Tour will start at 9 a.m. at Fenton Elementary School in Fenton.

Before the tour, the Farmer’s Appreciation Breakfast will be held at 7:30 a.m. at the school, sponsored by the Jefferson Davis Business Alliance.

The tour will include stops at the farm of Jimmy Hoppe, where talks will be given by Dr. Steve Linscombe, director of the LSU AgCenter Rice Research Station, and Dr. Xueyan Sha, LSU AgCenter rice breeder, on new rice varieties. Dr. Don Groth, LSU AgCenter plant pathologist, will discuss plant disease control. In addition, Dr. Robert Miller and Mark Spillman, both of RiceTec, will talk about their company’s varieties.

The tour will end at the Iowa Community Center where farmers will be updated on the proposed Port of Lake Charles rice loading facility and the rice market outlook. The tour will end with a lunch.

For more information, call the Jefferson Davis Parish LSU AgCenter Extension Office at (337) 824-1773.

On July 7, the Rice and Soybean Field Day for Acadia Parish will start at 7:30 a.m. at the LSU AgCenter Rice Research Station South Farm, south of Crowley on La. 13.

Farmers will get updates on soybean varieties from Barrett Courville, LSU AgCenter county agent in Acadia Parish; on Asian Soybean Rust control from Dr. Clayton Hollier, LSU AgCenter plant pathologist; and Group V varieties at the Glenn Simon farm.

Dr. Ronnie Levy, LSU AgCenter county agent in Acadia Parish, will give an update on rice varieties for farmers. Dr. Eric Webster, LSU AgCenter weed scientist, will provide information on weed control, and Dr. Ray McClain, LSU AgCenter aquaculture specialist, will talk about crawfish production.

For more information, call the Acadia Parish LSU AgCenter Extension office at (337) 788-8821.

On July 11, the Vermilion Parish Field Day will start at 3 p.m. at the Christian Richard farm on La. 35 north of Kaplan. Dr. Johnny Saichuk, LSU AgCenter rice specialist, will discuss the verification program and the DD50 computer program.

At 3:25 p.m., the tour moves to the farm of Kevin Landry, where Spillman will give information on the RiceTec’s variety test plots.

At 4:30 p.m. the tour moves to the Kent Lounsberry farm near Lake Arthur, where there will be remarks by Howard Cormier, LSU AgCenter county agent in Vermilion Parish; Dane Hebert, president of the Vermilion Rice Grower Association; and Ted Girouard, president of the Vermilion Farm Bureau.

Dr. Mike Salassi, LSU AgCenter economist, also will give an overview of the ethanol industry. Cormier and Stuart Gauthier, LSU AgCenter horticulturist, will demonstrate recalibrating a salinity meter.

Brian Naquin of the LSU AgCenter Master Farmer Program will update producers on the Master Farmer program, and Johnny Boudreaux, rice and cattle producer from Vermilion Parish, will provide a farmer’s perspective of the program.

Dr. Gary Breitenbeck, LSU AgCenter agronomist, will have information on remediation of salt-contaminated soil. He also will discuss research findings of localized decline being found in several rice fields.

Groth will brief farmers on rice disease control, and Sha and Linscombe will discuss new rice varieties under development.

Dr. Brooks Blanche, LSU AgCenter agronomist, will discuss rice fertilization. Dr. Jason Bond of Mississippi State University will talk about rice cultural practices.

Dr. Mike Stout, LSU AgCenter entomologist, will talk about rice insect control.

For more information, call the LSU AgCenter Extension Office in Vermilion Parish at (337) 898-4335.

On July 12, the Evangeline Parish Field Day will start at 8:30 a.m. at the farm of Larry and Kody Bieber west of Mamou.

For more information, call the LSU AgCenter Extension Office in Evangeline Parish at (337) 363-5646.


Writer: Bruce Schultz at (337) 788-8821 or

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