The Macon Ridge Research Station is located immediately south of Winnsboro on Highway 15 in Franklin Parish. The office is on the west side of the highway. It was established in 1955. The Macon Ridge Research Station is located on 815 acres.
212A Macon Ridge Road Winnsboro, LA 71295
Contact:Trey Price, Resident Coordinator
This project is involved in integrated pest management (IPM) research to determine optimum strategies to reduce the destructive impact of insect pests on most agronomic crops while minimizing environmental risks. Significant effort has been focused on evaluating transgenic technology to determine the impact on overall strategies for insect pest management in row crop production. Research is also conducted to develop IPM strategies that minimize the potential for pesticide resistance in crop damaging insects.
Research in plant pathology is focused on evaluating strategies to control or minimize the impact of plant diseases on crop production and profitability. Input is provided to plant breeders to assist with development of varieties with resistance or tolerance to many of the prevalent diseases of row crops. Fungicide efficacy and potential benefit are routinely evaluated. Results from this program are used extensively by county agents, producers and agricultural consultants to determine needs for disease control in most agronomic row crops.
Row Crop Agronomy
There has been a significant research effort in conservation tillage for agronomic crops grown in northeast Louisiana. Results from these studies have led to widespread utilization of reduced tillage in crop production in the area. Other agronomic practices, such as plant population, planting date, row spacing, and fertilization are also evaluated. Varieties of most agronomic crops are evaluated at the research station and strategies are developed for producing multiple crops on a given land area within the same year.
Weed Science The research basis is to develop weed management strategies for rice, corn, soybean, cotton and grain sorghum. There are four main areas of work: 1) preplant, 2) in-season, 3) post-harvest and 4) fall weed management. Crop and weed response to new and existing herbicides and herbicide resistance management are important components of the research effort.
Biofuel Crops Evaluation of production practices for crops of potential use in the emerging biofuel industry.
Significance of Research
2017 Industry Facts
Data from Louisiana Ag Summary
Agriculture production is a mainstay of the Louisiana economy, and personnel at the Macon Ridge Research Station are dedicated to providing research information important to continuing profitability in agriculture production. Research efforts will continue to focus on evaluating new technologies available in agriculture to determine the potential benefits when utilized in production fields. New crop varieties and pest control technologies will be a part of these evaluations. Research with crop rotations, tillage, fertilization and management effects on disease, insect, and weed impacts will be conducted. Weed science efforts will continue to focus on resolving known and anticipated weed problems in northeast Louisiana. Research has been initiated and will continue with crops potentially useful in the emerging biofuels industry. All research efforts will focus on providing information to sustain long term agriculture production in an environmentally sound manner.
2018 LSU AgCenter Pest Management and Crop Production Field Day Expo
The Macon Ridge Research Station held the Field Day Expo on June 19, 2018 highlighting research in the areas of crop production, fertility, pest management, and irrigation. Next year the event will be held at Dean Lee Research, Extension, and Education Center.