The winter 2014 issue of Louisiana Agriculture features articles on drone use in agriculture, new energycane crops, debunking crawfish myths, Cercospora leaf blight, efficient cattle production and more. 32 pages
Louisiana Agriculture Magazine
The aerial drone is a unique remote sensing platform that allows real-time collection of remote sensing data. LSU AgCenter researchers are exploring uses of these unmanned aerial vehicles in agriculture. One of the first projects involves flying a drone equipped with a sensor device to measure the vegetative index of a crop.
Nitrogen fertilization is a critical management practice required for producing maximum corn yield. Many factors, including soil type and crop management systems, determine optimum rates. Nitrogen is typically applied soon after the crop has emerged and an adequate stand has been established.
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The effect of ill temperament on heifer growth and development would be important to assess as early in the animal’s life as possible for making decisions regarding female herd replacements.
The LSU AgCenter Rice Research Station has as one of its goals to continuously develop and release new varieties that will benefit the Louisiana rice industry. The program works with many different types of rice, including conventional and Clearfield long-grain, medium-grain and specialty types.
Researchers from the Southern University Agricultural Research and Extension Center conducted a study to show the effect of whey protein and resistant starch in combination in the form of shakes and smoothies on weight loss.
Most beef operations in Louisiana are based on a cow-calf production system. Efficient use of available pasture is critical to the sustainability and economic viability of these operations.Stocking rate and method are managerial factors affecting frequency and height of defoliation of pasture forages.
The seafood industry has faced significant economic challenges over the past two decades, causing seafood businesses to search for cost reduction strategies, including those associated with labor. It has become difficult for seafood processors to recruit local workers. Most workers have found better-paying jobs in the construction and oil industries.
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Cattle approach their feed in the same way humans do. They don’t like single ingredients; they would rather have a mixed or complex diet.
Citrus canker is a devastating disease that causes defoliation, premature fruit drop, blemished fruit and tree decline. Citrus canker has been positively identified in Plaquemines Parish, where the majority of commercial citrus industry is located, along with Jefferson, Orleans and St. Charles parishes.
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Cercospora leaf blight is the predominant foliar soybean disease in Louisiana. Scientists have found resistance to certain fungicides used to treat it.
Louisiana shrimpers have received more than $18 million in the past three years from the federal Trade Assistance Adjustment for Farmers program (TAA). To receive these funds, shrimpers were required to complete several hours of training conducted by the LSU AgCenter and Louisiana Sea Grant.
Figures from "Investigating the Potential for Drone Use in Agriculture" by Charles Malveaux.
Varroa destructor, a mite that parasitizes honey bees, was accidentally introduced into the United States about 25 years ago. As it spread across the country, it killed honey bees, destroyed their colonies and created management challenges for beekeepers.
Researchers with the LSUAgCenter, Mississippi State University Cooperative Extension Service and the U.S. Department of Agricultureare working together to bring the high biomass version of sugarcane, known as energy cane, and sweet sorghum way north of Interstate 10, which runs east and west across south Louisiana.
Crawfish have been consumed in the southern United States for centuries, first by Native Americans, who later introduced the European settlers to this bountiful food resource.