Marcia Mathews | 3/27/2013 6:54:09 PM
The LSU AgCenter’s Northeast Research Station was established in the Mississippi alluvial floodplain in Tensas Parish in 1929 at the request of producers in the Northeast Region of Louisiana. Police juries in 11 parishes in northeast Louisiana provided funds for construction of facilities, and Tensas Parish contributed 160 acres of land provided LSU establish and operate a branch experiment station, originally the Louisiana Delta Experiment Station.
Conservation Tillage Research
Numerous conservation tillage recommendations associated with crop production and pest management in Louisiana are based on research initiated at the Northeast Research Station. Current research continues to focus on weed management strategies for controlling native winter vegetation or cover crops. In addition, efficacy and economics associated with late fall/early winter herbicide programs are being evaluated.
Agronomic research attempts to address techniques affecting the economic and environmental wellbeing of the northeast Louisiana agriculture industry. Primary research focuses include variety testing, irrigation, soil fertility, optimum plating date and plant population, and crop rotation.
Pest management research focuses include evaluation of transgenic technology, pesticide interaction effects, GPS technology uses, and identification of resistance management strategies.
Data from the Louisiana Ag Summary Web site: LSUAgCenter.com/agsummary
Research programs at the Northeast Research Station will continue to focus on identification of techniques and programs that increase yields and profitability of northeast Louisiana producers. Research will continue aiming toward providing producers information for 21st century crop production through evaluation of newer technologies for pest management and precision agriculture. Variety evaluation and research focusing on all aspects of production agriculture will continue to be mainstays.
2013 Northeast Research Station Pest Management and Crop Production Field Day
The Northeast Research Station will hold its annual Field day on June 19, 2013. The field day will highlight research in the areas of crop production, fertility, pest management, and precision agriculture.