Evangeline and St. Landry Parish Crop Production School Scheduled

Keith Fontenot  |  12/8/2011 1:31:25 AM

Two of Evangeline and St. Landry Parish's most economically important crops will be discussed at length at the 52nd Annual Rice Production School and 45th Annual Soybean Production School. These production schools will be held together on Wednesday, January 4, 2012, with registration beginning at 7:30 a.m. at the Ville Platte Civic Center.

Topics to be discussed by specialists and researchers with the LSU Agricultural Center will center on updated production practices concerning both crops.

Recertification is also offered on this day to all producers or homeowners needing recertification of their Private Pesticide Applicators Card. If you register, pay the $25.00 fee and attend the entire meeting, you will be recertified as a private pesticide applicator for another 3 year period.

These private applicator recertification meetings will also be offered in February. At the meetings in February 2012, you will only be required to stay 1 ½ hours to be recertified.

The morning program agenda and speakers are as follows:

7:30 -8:00 Registration, Coffee and Donuts, Register for Private Pesticide Applicator
Recertification ($25.00 fee and attend entire meeting.)
8:00 - 8:05 Welcome and Introductions by Jeffery Sylvester, President, Evangeline Rice Growers Association
8:05 - 8:25 Rice Varieties, Breeding Program Update by Dr. Steve Linscombe, Southwest Regional
Director, Rice Breeder
8:25 - 8:50 Effects of High Temperatures on Rice by Dr. Johnny Saichuk, Rice Specialist, LSU AgCenter
8:50 - 9:15 SPCC Regulations by Dr. Ernest Girouard, Coordinator, La. Master Farmer Program, LSU AgCenter
9:15 - 9:35 Rice Weed Management by Dr. Eric Webster, Weed Scientist, Agronomy Department, LSU AgCenter
9:35 - 9:45 Break
9:45 - 10:05 Nitrogen Soil Testing, N-Star Program Testing by Dr. Dustin Harrell, Agronomist, Rice Research Station
10:05 -10:25 Rice Disease Management and Fungicide Usage by Dr. Don Groth, Pathologist, Rice
Research Station, LSU AgCenter
10:25 - 10:45 Rice Market Situation and Outlook by Dr. Mike Salassi, Professor, Ag Economics, LSU AgCenter
10:45 - 10:55 Break
10:55 - 11:20 Soybean Varieties and Management Practices by Dr. Ronnie Levy, Soybean Specialist, LSU AgCenter
11:20 - 11:45 Soybean and Grain Sorghum Market Situation and Outlook by Dr. Kurt Guidry,
Associate Professor, Ag Economics, LSU AgCenter
11:45 - 12:15      Worker Protection Standard for Farmers, Drift Minimalization, and Pesticide
Recertification Training by Keith Fontenot, County Agent, Evangeline Parish
12:15 Sign recertification forms by Department of Agriculture Personnel (Must attend entire
meeting for form to be signed.)
12:15 Lunch, courtesy of agriculture businesses and suppliers listed on program

The Annual Rice and Soybean Schools are sponsored by the following agricultural supporting businesses and industries:

Acadiana Risk Management
Agriliance/Retail Ag Solutions
Agrotain
BASF
Basile State Bank
Bayer Crop Science
Central Farmers Co-op
Citizens Bank
Crop Production Services
Delta Grow Seed Co.
Dupont Crop Protection
Evangeline Rice Growers Assn
Evangeline Bank and Trust
Evangeline Farm Bureau
Evangeline Farmers Co-op
First South Farm Credit ACA
G and H Seed Co.
Gowan Company
Guaranty Bank of Mamou
Hancock Bank
Mamou Rice Drier
Manuel Hardware Inc.
Ortego Services Inc.
Pioneer
Progressive Tractor
Quality Equipment - Eunice
RiceTec
Soileau Industries Inc.
Syngenta
Terral Seed
Tri-Parish Bank of Eunice
Valent USA
Ville Platte Rice Drier

The LSU AgCenter prohibits discrimination in all its programs and activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, religion, age, disabilities, political beliefs, sexual orientation, and marital or family status. Persons with disabilities, who require alternative means for communication of program information or other assistance, should contact the Evangeline Parish Office of the LSU AgCenter at 337-363-5646.

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