This issue includes articles on a variety of topics that affect Louisiana’s agriculture industry and the environment.
Summer issue of Louisiana Agriculture. 36 pages.
The sugarcane aphid first appeared in Louisiana in 1999 in sugarcane. Although this aphid is a known pest of sorghum in other areas of the world, it was relegated as a pest of sugarcane in the United States.
4-H members from across the state are finding their voice in making their communities safer from disaster by participating in hazard mitigation projects aimed at strengthening public facilities.
Catahoula Lake, which covers about 30,000 acres in central Louisiana, is one of the most important habitats for water birds in the Lower Mississippi Valley.
Corn grown in Louisiana has the potential to be very productive. Additionally, the Midsouth states, especially Louisiana, have the ability for corn to be planted and harvested much earlier compared to other corn-growing regions.
Bioenvironmental and aquacultural engineers are using smart and biological solutions to address water quality issues in rivers, lakes, ponds and coastal areas. Autonomous vehicles can help assess and enhance water quality, while bioengineered solutions such as artificial reefs may contribute to enhanced coastal protection as well as improved water quality.
A large percentage of reported sources of water quality impairments in Louisiana are related to what is collectively known as nonpoint-source pollution. This source of pollution is a result of stormwater runoff from land uses including agricultural fields, construction, urban areas, forestry and any other source that can’t be directly correlated with the impairment.
Although a rule that revises which bodies of water are subject to Clean Water Act regulations has taken effect, the agricultural community continues to be concerned about how strict federal scrutiny will be.
Water, water everywhere! Huge quantities of the nutrient-laden wet stuff spilling through thousands of inlets and bays provide a popular perception of why Louisiana’s coastal estuaries and waterways are some of the most productive waters in the world for seafood and fisheries.
The Mermentau and Vermilion river basins are among the most intensive agriculture areas in Louisiana. Previous studies conducted in the region by LSU AgCenter researchers have shown that crop, dairy and aquaculture production can cause higher nitrogen and phosphorus release into the bayous and streams in river basins.
Two of the biggest challenges for today’s Louisiana farmer are finding more land and getting public policy to fit the best interests of agriculture.That’s according to Danielle Yerby, 32, of Colfax in Grant Parish. She was recognized at the Louisiana Farm Bureau Federation annual meeting in New Orleans June 25-28 as the 2015 Outstanding Young Farm Woman
About three decades ago, as fields in Louisiana choked on nearly uncontrollable weed populations, the 1981 state average soybean yield was a low 21 bushels per acre.
Agricultural water is the water that is likely to contact the edible portion of fresh produce during growing, harvesting, processing or packing. Water quality is critical, especially when dealing with food that is consumed raw.
Starting this year the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in New Orleans will be installing high-performance turf reinforcement mats on levees to reduce erosion and failure associated with wave overtopping. High-performance turf reinforcement mats are erosion products that gain part of their strength to withstand strong hydrodynamic forces through the establishment and interaction with vegetation.
Proper irrigation management is essential to producing a quality nursery crop, reducing cost and optimizing plant growth. Many believe the nursery industry uses excessive irrigation when producing a large crop, but irrigation analysis at the nurseries in both Forest Hill and Folsom indicated that in some cases below-optimum irrigation volume was used.
The Louisiana Master Farmer program serves as a bridge between regulatory agencies and agriculture.
The LSU AgCenter is moving its facility for growing weevils to eradicate the aquatic weed called salvinia.A location in Terrebonne Parish on the property of Michael St. Martin had been used for the past four years.
University Lake on the Louisiana State University Baton Rouge campus is an invaluable asset to citizens in the state’s capital city. Beyond serving local residents, this lake is greatly enjoyed by out-of-town visitors.