In this article:
|‘We can really take a hit’ from redbanded stink bugs, researcher says|
|2021 Louisiana Soybean and Grain Research and Promotion Board Report|
|2021 Soybean and Grain Research and Promotion Board-funded projects|
|AgCenter economists analyze crop insurance, other tools|
|AgCenter scientist tests specific weeds for herbicide resistance|
|Corn tests compare hybrids, analyze phosphorous and potassium rates|
|Feral pig baits showing promise|
|From the Louisiana Soybean and Grain Research and Promotion Board|
|Fungicide efficacy trials help scientist make recommendations for reducing diseases in grain crops|
|Loopers, stink bugs, other soybean bugs focus of research|
|Matt Foster is doing what he always wanted to do|
|Nematode Advisory Service eyes familiar, new nematodes|
|Ongoing research may lead to increased corn, soybean yields|
|Perseverance leads to results in small grain breeding, variety development and testing|
|Precision ag research could help farmers make better decisions|
|Researchers explore many fronts for managing diseases|
|Researchers seek solutions to Bt resistance in corn|
|Researchers study innovative nutrient management techniques|
|Soybean varieties tested across 12 Louisiana parishes|
|Weed management researchers seek to improve the bottom line for soybean farmers|
Louisiana soybeans are susceptible to damage from a variety of insects, the most economically impactful of which are stink bugs.
From insurance and policy issues to productions costs, LSU AgCenter economists are researching a number of topics to help farmers maximize profits.
Controlling weeds is one of the biggest obstacles to a good crop of any kind in Louisiana.
Lately that job has been getting tougher as various weeds have become resistant to conventional herbicides.
Feral pigs are a nuisance in many areas of the country, causing billions of dollars in damage. Scientists with the LSU AgCenter and the LSU Department of Chemistry are working on a bait and delivery system to help reduce the population of feral hogs.
The year 2020 — as well as 2021 — will be remembered in history for the COVID-19 pandemic. For farmers, it was another year of resiliency, proving how essential it is for us to continue to produce food, fuel, fiber and shelter for our neighbors.
Louisiana’s hot, humid conditions are conducive to many crop diseases. LSU AgCenter plant pathologist Trey Price’s research aims to make some of those diseases less of a threat to corn, wheat and grain sorghum.
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.
“I was fascinated with cotton as a child,” Foster said. “When I was young, my family would always have to stop the car and let me walk through cotton fields.”
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 strategies for two nematodes that have been around for years.
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.
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 Plant, Soil and Environmental Sciences.
Precision agriculture is anything that helps grow crops more efficiently. LSU AgCenter researchers have continued to research precision ag technology like drones and sensors to help farmers gather more accurate crop and field information. This can give farmers more control over their fields.
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. Waiting too late can lower yields and invite diseases.
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.
Supplying soybeans and other plants with the nutrients they need to thrive is crucial for producing a profitable crop.
Brenda Tubaña, an LSU AgCenter soil fertility specialist, compares the nutrient management of crops to humans eating a proper diet.
There are many variables a farmer cannot control, including rain, extreme temperatures and pest pressure.
One extremely important variable is within the producer’s control, said David Moseley, state soybean specialist for the LSU AgCenter.
With variables like weather, insects and weeds always a danger, Louisiana’s soybean farmers can never rest easy.
But they can have some peace of mind knowing that LSU AgCenter weed scientists’ top priority is to improve their bottom line.