LSU AgCenter Sugarcane Field Day Set For July 18

Kenneth Gravois, Bogren, Richard C.  |  7/6/2007 12:26:03 AM

News Release Distributed 07/05/07

One new sugarcane variety released earlier this year and two sugarcane varieties released last year will be featured at the LSU AgCenter’s annual sugarcane field day on July 18 at the Sugar Research Station on Louisiana Highway 30, 11 miles south of Tiger Stadium or 9 miles north of Gonzales in St. Gabriel.

The new variety – HoCP 00-950 – was developed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Sugarcane Research Unit in Houma in cooperation with the LSU AgCenter and the American Sugar Cane League in Thibodaux.

“Two varieties released last year – L 99-226 and L 99-233 – are being quickly expanded for planting this August and September,” said Dr. Kenneth Gravois, LSU AgCenter sugarcane breeder and resident coordinator of the Sugar Research Station.

“Growers are transitioning from LCP 85-384 to new varieties,” Gravois said. “There’s a good choice of varieties out there, and people are eager for more information.”

LCP 85-384 has been the leading sugarcane variety planted in Louisiana.

Along with the new varieties, field day visitors will have an opportunity to learn about cold tolerance in newer sugarcane varieties from Dr. Ben Legendre, LSU AgCenter sugarcane specialist.

As a result of early December freezes last year, Legendre was able to evaluate how newer sugarcane varieties reacted to cold conditions. He will present his observations during a stop on the field tour of sugarcane research.

In other stops on the tour Dr. Jeff Hoy and Dr. Gene Reagan will present information on insect and disease control, and Dr. Jim Griffin will discuss the latest in sugarcane weed control.

Following the field tours, Jim Simon, general manager of the American Sugar Cane League, will give an update on the status of the new farm bill in Washington, D.C., and LSU AgCenter climatologist Jay Grymes will take a look back on last year’s weather and offer some insights on what may be in store for the coming year.

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

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) 642‑8105 or kgravois@agcenter.lsu.edu

Writer: Rick Bogren at (225) 578‑5839 or rbogren@agcenter.lsu.edu

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