Resident Coordinators Message

Howard Viator  |  7/19/2005 9:35:15 PM

Dr. H. P. Viator

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Thank you for showing interest in the Iberia Research Station. Formerly the responsibility of the Agricultural Research Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, the station is one of 17 research units within the Louisiana Agricultural Experiment Station, LSU Agricultural Center. The historical focus of the station has been animal husbandry research, but beginning in the 1980s the scope of research was expanded to include agronomic crops of economic importance to the area.  

The station is in Iberia Parish, just a few miles north of the Gulf of Mexico. It covers 500 acres of older sediments of the Mississippi River, soil that is typically used for sugarcane and pasture. Beef cattle, sugar, forage, grain and oil crops are the commodities emphasized in projects designed to address relevant production concerns of growers and ranchers. Animal resources are being used for projects on forage-fed beef and the behavior of animals utilizing forages. Sugarcane research focuses on the development of sugarcane cultivars. Emphasis is also given to the evaluation of application protocols for conventional fertilizer and biosolids. Considerable effort is directed toward the screening of adapted forage, grain and oil crop germplasm.  A new emphasis is on the evaluation of energy cane and sweet sorghum for biofuel production.  Collaborative efforts are ongoing with personnel in other academic units within the Louisiana Agricultural Experiment Station, other state experiment stations, the ARS-USDA and the Louisiana Cooperative Extension Service.

I encourage you to explore our Internet site to get acquainted with our personnel and the contributions they are making to agriculture.

H. P. "Sonny" Viator
Professor and Resident Coordinator

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