Carol Pinnell-Alison, Thornton, Amy, Lafferty, Kelly
The LSU AgCenter is dedicated to providing innovative research, information, and education to improve people’s lives. Working in a unique statewide network of parish extension offices, research stations and academic departments, the LSU AgCenter helps Louisiana citizens make the best use of natural resources, protect the environment, enhance agricultural enterprises, and develop human and community resources
The LSU AgCenter’s Northeast Region Extension and Research employees have been busy providing virtual field days since we were unable to hold in-person events.We started with the Wheat and Oat Field Day in April, followed by the Row Rice Field Day in July, the Sweet Potato and Beef and Forage Field Days in September.These virtual field days may be viewed at: LSU AgCenter Virtual Field Days.
The Franklin Parish On-farm grower corn hybrid core block demonstration was harvested with seven hybrids in the demonstration.The hybrids yielded between 201 and 222 bushels per acre.These on-farm demonstrations give producers an opportunity to see how corn hybrids will perform in our growing conditions.
Preliminary certified planted crop acres in Franklin Parish shows corn acres around 89,000 which is down from the 98,000 acres last year.Soybean acres increased to 43,000 from 22,000 and cotton acres decreased to 10,300 from 20,500.Rice and sweet potatoes also lost some acres.There is a renewed interest in catfish with the number of acres in production increasing to over 300 acres from 50.Fortunately, most of our producers were able to complete corn harvest before Hurricane Laura passed through the parish.Unfortunately, before soybeans and cotton could be harvested tropical storm Beta brought rain for several days that amounted to over five inches in some places.Some crop quality issues may result from that rainfall.
This summer 4-H University was held in a virtual format.Franklin Parish had three new 4-H members who attended and competed in different contests.We had two youths’ interview for state boards, and they were successful in getting selected for those boards.
Samantha Shelton, an incoming Freshmen at FPHS, was selected as one of the Northeast Regional Representatives.Samantha will have the opportunity to serve on the State 4-H Executive Board as well as the Northeast 4-H Regional Leadership Board come this fall.One of her duties will be to help plan and put on the Junior Leadership Conference held at Camp Grant Walker sometime next year.Samantha has been active in the Franklin parish 4-H program since the 4th grade and is involved in the shooting sports program.
Lauren Ricard was named to the State Citizenship Board.Lauren had to participate in an interview process where she told of her many community service projects she participated in as well as her expectations to assist the board with future projects.Lauren will be a senior this year at FPHS.She has been a member of 4-H junior leaders, a member of the 4-H Northeast Regional Leadership Board and a member of the 4-H FPHS school club.
Three youth have been named to the Regional Leadership Board for Franklin parish for the 2020-2021 year.They are Kade Powers, Lauren Ricard, and Matthew Kramer.They will begin in September and go through April meeting once a month.These youth help with regional events and work on community service projects relating to the state focus.This year’s focus is special needs.This year, the youth may be responsible for a community service project in the parish as several of our regional events have been canceled due to the COVID-19 situation.
Franklin Parish 4-H agent, Kelly Lafferty, is planning several options in delivering the 4-H club experience this year due to the COVID-19 situation.Several delivery methods include virtual club meetings through Microsoft Teams, community clubs for 4th-6th grades/7th-12th grades and pre-recorded videos and lessons.The community clubs will be held at the Scott Center and will have limited seating for social distancing.Contests such as leaf ID, beef and dairy poster, art contest, recycle reuse contest and Lego building contest will still be offered this year.Some changes to other contests, events, and camps maybe coming due to the current situation.The 4-H program does have a Facebook page and has used that as a way to get information out to 4-H families.