Sugarcane field day to be held July 17 in St. Gabriel

(07/03/24) ST. GABRIEL, La. — The LSU AgCenter will hold its sugarcane field day Wednesday, July 17, at the Sugar Research Station in St. Gabriel.

The day will begin with a field tour covering multiple topics from AgCenter specialists, such as:

— Sugarcane variety updates from specialists Collins Kimbeng and Michael Pontif, of the Sugar Research Station.

— Biostimulants and soil fertility from Brenda Tubaña and Bruno Nicchio, of the AgCenter School of Plant, Environment and Soil Sciences.

— Weed management from Matt Foster, of the Sugar Research Station.

— Pathology from Andre Gama, of the AgCenter Department of Plant Pathology.

After the field tour, an indoor program will be held, which will include the impact of the 2023 drought and 2024 hurricane season from Jay Grymes, interim state climatologist with the Louisiana Cooperative Extension Service.

There also will be updates on the LSU AgCenter and College of Agriculture from Matt Lee, LSU vice president for agriculture and dean of the College of Agriculture; Mike Salassi, director of the Louisiana Agricultural Experiment Station; and Tara Smith, director of the Louisiana Cooperative Extension Service.

The day will wrap up with a sugar industry update from Jim Simon, of the American Sugar Cane League, and a Louisiana agriculture update from Mike Strain, commissioner of the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry.

Lunch will be provided.

The Sugar Research Station is located at 5755 LSU Ag Road in St. Gabriel. For more information, call 225-642-0224 or email Al Orgeron at

7/3/2024 1:26:18 PM
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