The 2022 harvest brought a host of challenges to our soybean and grain farmers in Louisiana.
LSU AgCenter weed experts Daniel O. Stephenson and Donnie Miller have been working this past year to combat herbicide-resistance in johnsongrass and ryegrass.
LSU AgCenter soybean specialist David Moseley is completing his third year of research to determine strategies to increase yield and minimize risk.
Over the course of the last few years, LSU AgCenter plant pathologist Jonathan Richards has been focusing his research on screening different soybean varieties.
This year, wheat prices remain high, and Louisiana producers are again taking an interest in planting the grain crop in 2023.
After eight years of work, LSU AgCenter animal scientist Glen Gentry and his team closed in on a sodium nitrite-based bait that kills hogs.
LSU AgCenter scientists are studying the best ways to use precision agriculture technologies to help make management decisions for crops.
LSU AgCenter entomologists are focusing on several fronts to protect soybean plants from insect pests.
Lisa Fultz, an AgCenter soil microbiologist, is examining soil conservation trials that have been conducted over the last eight to 10 years.
LSU plant pathologist and crop physiologist Zhi-Yuan Chen and his colleagues have been working to prevent Cercospora from reaching farmers’ fields.
LSU AgCenter plant pathologists Vinson Doyle and Trey Price have spent the past several years trying to demystify taproot decline.
LSU AgCenter researchers across the state are looking at the various nutrients needed to produce a heathy crop.
David Moseley sees a great deal of Louisiana through his core block variety trials. These trials are found at 17 locations in in 14 parishes.
Tristan Watson has been busy for three years adapting strategies to combat nematodes in soybean production.
LSU AgCenter plant pathologist Jong Ham is investigating whether good bacteria can help a plant resist stress in the environment.
LSU AgCenter entomologist Fangneng Huang has spent the last few years trying to get to the bottom of protein resistance.
Plant pathologists Boyd Padgett and Trey Price have begun a three-year study to develop disease management programs for central and south Louisiana.
AgCenter economist Naveen Adusumilli is finding ways to reach out to agricultural producers and educate them on federal and state programs.
After rises in costs for chemicals, fertilizer and fuel over the past two years, LSU AgCenter economist Michael Deliberto expects to see a slowdown in 2023.
DeWitt is originally from North Florida and earned a Bachelor of Science in plant genetics from the University of Florida.
Kevin Hoffseth has digitally imaged and analyzed bone quality for many years and relied on that expertise to evaluate soybeans.
According to LSU AgCenter pathologists, the weather hasn’t slowed down the research on behalf of growers.
Plant pathologists are often focused on bad bacteria — the ones causing disease in plants.
High wheat prices have spurred many Louisiana producers to take an interest in planting the grain crop in 2022.
For nearly 10 years, AgCenter agents Dennis Burns in Tensas Parish and R.L. Frazier in Madison Parish have used drones to assess the health of plants.
A technological solution could soon aid soybean producers and crop inspectors in determining the quality of soybeans bound for sale.
Cercospora has long been the prime foliar disease in soybeans throughout the South.
This year one of the biggest issues soybean farmers have faced is glyphosate-resistant johnsongrass and ryegrass.
LSU AgCenter research indicates there could be lower recommended rates of phosphorous and potassium fertilizer for soybeans and corn, which could save money.
Matt Foster is finishing his second corn crop as the LSU AgCenter corn specialist, and he is becoming more comfortable in the role.
On-farm crop demonstrations are a long-standing tradition in agriculture. It is a tradition that Seaman A. Knapp instilled in the extension service.
Many people may not know that nematodes are the most numerous multicellular animals on earth, but farmers are well aware of the damage these animals can cause.
LSU AgCenter scientists are working to help farmers protect, improve and better understand the soil.
Xi Zhang, James Villegas, and Tri Setiyono have joined the LSU AgCenter team.
Stink bugs, especially the redbanded stink bug, do well when the temperatures stay in the mild range through the winter months.
Keeping producers on the cutting edge of marketing is the goal of LSU AgCenter economists Naveen Adusumilli and Michael Deliberto.
The LSU AgCenter is studying some lesser-known elements that may play a vital role in producing viable, profitable soybean and grain crops.
Continuous research and promotion is important as farmers face challenges.
In the first year of a three-year project, the LSU AgCenter has focused on the redbanded stink bug and others.
The Louisiana Soybean & Grain Research & Promotion Board 2022 Report
Louisiana soybeans are susceptible to damage from a variety of insects, the most economically impactful of which are stink bugs.
Because of the complicated winter, LSU AgCenter entomologist Jeff Davis said he’s not sure what to expect from insect pressure this growing season.
Matt Foster was drawn to agriculture at an early age, even though no one in his family was involved in farming.
Supplying soybeans and other plants with the nutrients they need to thrive is crucial for producing a profitable crop.
Precision agriculture is anything that helps grow crops more efficiently.
Heavy rains early in the growing season caused damage to corn and other crops around the state. But that’s not the only problem producers saw.
From insurance and policy issues to productions costs, LSU AgCenter economists are researching a number of topics to help farmers maximize profits.
LSU AgCenter researchers are comparing commercially available corn hybrids from six seed companies in 15 on-farm demonstrations in corn-growing parishes of the
There are many variables a farmer cannot control, including rain, extreme temperatures and pest pressure.
Louisiana’s hot, humid conditions are conducive to many crop diseases.
Picking a planting date isn’t always an easy decision for soybean growers. Planting too early in cool or wet soils can result in replanting.
2021 Soybean and Grain Research and Promotion Board-funded projects
Andre Reis was born and raised in the big city of Sao Paulo, Brazil, but at 16, he decided he wanted to go to the countryside and study agriculture.
Controlling weeds is one of the biggest obstacles to a good crop of any kind in Louisiana.
Feral pigs are a nuisance in many areas of the country, causing billions of dollars in damage.
It’s been a trying year for researchers in general in terms of collecting good data, according to LSU AgCenter plant breeder Stephen Harrison of the School of
LSU AgCenter Nematode Advisory Service researchers are working to learn more about a nematode that’s new to Louisiana while also taking a fresh look at control
Row width is one of the management practices most often considered by growers and researchers as important for increasing corn and soybean yields and profits.
The year 2020 — as well as 2021 — will be remembered in history for the COVID-19 pandemic.
With variables like weather, insects and weeds always a danger, Louisiana’s soybean farmers can never rest easy.
Many fungicides are available to help farmers fight the diseases that attack their crops.
In 2018, the guava root-knot nematode was discovered on a farm in northern Louisiana. It was the first — and so far, the only — sighting of the destructive pes
Retirements and new hires
Diseases continually threaten yield and profitability of soybean, corn, wheat and sorghum crops in Louisiana.
Weeds will decrease crop yield if they are not properly managed, but successfully tackling weeds means keeping pace with their developing resistance to herbici
LSU AgCenter sugarcane pest specialist Al Orgeron has two projects underway that could help soybean yields.
Producers in Louisiana have used cover crops for years to help protect their soil, and now two LSU AgCenter researchers are studying the practice to precisely
Demonstration plots of new soybean and wheat varieties along with new corn hybrids is a tradition that would make Seaman Knapp proud.
LSU AgCenter entomologists and graduate students are conducting two research projects to determine ways to improve the economics of soybean farming.
Drones have been used for years to help identify the overall plant health of crops, but the cost of that equipment has been a limitation for many farmers.
2020 Soybean and Grain Research and Promotion Board-funded projects
LSU AgCenter entomologist Sebe Brown has several research projects for controlling insect pests on corn, soybeans and grain sorghum.
Improving soybean seed quality is the goal of LSU AgCenter research that has been ongoing for the past three years.
On-farm precision agriculture experimentation allows farmers to better select crop varieties and allocate needed resources to targeted zones in their fields, s
LSU AgCenter researchers exploring new approaches for managing Cercospora leaf blight are learning more about what triggers toxin production, when mitigation ef
Rasel Parvej, LSU AgCenter soil fertility specialist, is in the first year of a study on soybean yield response to phosphorus and potassium levels at different
A new type of nanoparticle could aid in protecting soybean seeds from fungal pathogens.
AgCenter economist Lawson Connor is evaluating the rating methods and returns to crop insurance in Louisiana.
A biomedical engineer accustomed to studying the composition of human bone is turning his eye toward determining the quality of soybeans.
Corn and grain sorghum producers in Louisiana encounter similar challenges when trying to manage foliar diseases that threaten crop yields and quality.
Cover crops have become an important tool for maintaining soil health and controlling winter weeds for Louisiana farmers. AgCenter researchers are exploring...
The search for a soybean variety resistant to Cercospora leaf blight (CLB) has proven to be incredibly difficult for LSU AgCenter researchers.
Scientists researching soybean planting dates and fertility rates for southwest Louisiana are pinpointing the optimal time to plant.
Sebe Brown, an LSU AgCenter entomologist, has several ongoing projects to study the best ways to treat corn and soybeans against insect pests.
A study by an LSU AgCenter entomologist is questioning whether products sprayed to control redbanded stink bugs also kill natural enemies of soybean loopers.
For more than five years LSU AgCenter researchers have looked for ways to deliver lethal bait to feral hogs to control the population of the invasive species.
A great deal of time and money are spent by researchers and seed companies to develop new soybean varieties and corn hybrids.
LSU AgCenter plant pathologists are screening crop varieties to see if any of them have traits that deter the guava root-knot nematode, an aggressive pest...
2019 Soybean and Grain Research and Promotion Board-funded projects
2019 Staff changes at the LSU AgCenter.
Now that soybeans with Enlist technology have been commercialized, LSU AgCenter weed scientists are able to fully evaluate the product.
Harvest weed seed control techniques might sound old-fashioned, but some scientists think they could become an important part of the future of American...
LSU AgCenter researchers exploring new approaches for managing Cercospora leaf blight are learning more about what triggers toxin production, when mitigation...