This issue of the magazine features a variety of topics. These include herbicide-resistant weeds, clover value in pastures, the calf-to-carcass program, disease management in wheat, rice hybrids, ag awareness programs for children, ryegrass management and more. Vol 53, No. 3. 28 pages
Crates of crabs sit on the bustling dock of Pontchartrain Blues, a crab processing facility in Slidell, La., on the shores of Lake Pontchartrain.
A quick way to test for salmonella in vegetable fields may be in the offing if research by an LSU AgCenter scientist proves its worth.
Thomas E. “Gene” Reagan, LSUAgCenter professor of entomology, has been selected as the Entomological Society of America’s2010 Subject Matter Expert.
Louisiana Agriculture Magazine
The LSU AgCenter’s research andeducational outreach programs are an integral piece of Louisiana’s agriculturalframework.
With sweet potato consumption rising and a shift in the industry toward more processed products, LSU AgCenter scientists showed growers how to optimize production at a field day held at theSweet Potato Research Station in Chase on Aug. 24.
Table 1. Outfield variety trials conducted across south Louisiana comparing L 03-371 with other commercial sugarcane varieties in 53 combine-harvested trials conducted from 2007 to 2009.
These articles were published in the summer 2010 issues of the Louisiana Agriculture Magazine.
Since their introduction into the U.S. rice market, hybrid rice varieties have been grown on an increasing amount of Louisiana acreage.
Ryegrass, a popular cool-season forage,may be desirable in some pastures, but it is a serious weed in wheat and rowcrops.
On Aug. 28, 2009, sugarcane variety L 01-299 was released to the Louisiana sugar industry by the LSU AgCenter in cooperation with the USDA-ARS and the American Sugar Cane League.
The bull performance testing program at the LSU AgCenter, which identifies the best genetics of a producer’s bulls, has been under way, twice annually,since 1958.
The LSU AgCenter’s Calf to Carcass Program helps beef cattle producers learn how their animals perform after they are weaned and in the marketplace.
Warm-season grasses are the most valuable forage resource in Louisiana livestock production, filling the forage demand during the summer and providing hay for winter feed.
A dozen new members of the Louisiana 4-H Hall of Fame were recognized at a ceremony Aug. 11 at the Louisiana 4-H Museumin Mansura for their years of service to 4-H clubs across the state.
The next time you travel to New Orleans, look for the Jesuit church for Immaculate Conception Parish, which is on Baronne St. just off Canal St. and across from the Roosevelt Hotel. That all used to be sugarcane.
The tarnished plant bug is the most yield-limiting and costly arthropod pest attacking Louisiana cotton. Integrated pest management tactics are limited for tarnished plant bug, and infestations are controlled almost exclusively with chemicals.
The LSU AgCenter Forage Quality Laboratory at the Southeast Research Station provides feed and forage analysis for Louisiana and Mississippi forage and livestock producers.
Herbicide-resistant weeds have been causing havoc in crop fields across the South, and they appear to be “just an eyelash away” from being confirmed as a problem in Louisiana, an LSU AgCenter weed scientist told the participants at the at the Aug. 4 field day at the Dean Lee Research Stationin Alexandria.
Entomologists for many years have dealt with insect resistance to insecticides. For weed scientists, however, weed resistance to herbicides is relatively new.
In Louisiana, most row crops are produced on “stale” seedbeds, which means the fields are prepared in the fall,allowing vegetation to cover the field over the winter and help prevent soil erosion.
If not properly managed, diseases can reduce grain yield and quality,adversely affecting the profitability of wheat production in Louisiana. The major diseases of Louisiana wheat are leaf rust and stripe rust.
Community gardens are blossoming in Shreveport neighborhoods and providing access to cheap, healthy food for the people who live there.