Northeast Research Station Profile

The Northeast Research Station is located approximately 3 miles North of St. Joseph on La. Highway 605 in Tensas Parish and was established in 1929. The Northeast Research Station is located on 600 acres.Northeast Research Station

4589 Hwy. 605 St. Joseph, LA 71366
Phone: 318-766-4607
Fax: 318-766-4278
Office Hours: 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday

Contact: Dr. Donnie Miller, Resident Coordinator/Professor

Research Focus:
  • Cotton, Soybean, Corn, Rice, Grain Sorghum, Small Grains
  • Pest Management
  • IPM
  • Transgenic Technology
  • Agronomic Production
  • Conservation Tillage
  • Crop Rotation
  • Water Use Efficiency
  • Variety Evaluation
  • Precision Agriculture
  • Rotational Crops

Research Highlights

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.

Crop Production
Agronomic research attempts to address techniques affecting the economic and environmental well being 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
Pest management research focuses include evaluation of transgenic technology, pesticide interaction effects, GPS technology uses, and identification of resistance management strategies.

Significance of Research

  • Research conducted with respect to conservation tillage has resulted in widespread adoption among northeast Louisiana producers.
  • Research conducted is improving production efficiency and increasing yields while reducing overall production costs.
  • Research programs are focusing on utilization of newer transgenic technologies, integrated pest management and precision agriculture techniques, identifying benefits/pitfalls with each and potential for reduction in pesticide use.
  • Researchers are actively involved with training future agriculture professionals.

2015 Industry Facts

  • Total economic contribution of crops researched at the Northeast Research Station to Louisiana was more than $1.3 billion in 2015.
  • Total economic contribution of $1.3 billion represented over 36% of the total contribution of all crop enterprises.
  • The 12-parish Northeast Region served by the Northeast Research Station accounts for approximately 67, 85, 46, 70, 16, and 48 percent of the cotton, corn, grain sorghum, soybean, rice, and wheat, respectively, produced in Louisiana.

Data from the Louisiana Ag Summary Web site:

Future Plans

Research Programs
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.

2016 Northeast Research Station Pest Management and Crop Production Field Day

The Northeast Research Station will hold its annual Field day on June 16, 2016. The field day will highlight research in the areas of crop production, fertility, pest management, and irrigation.

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