Agriculture

It’s hummingbird time in the landscape

A hummingbird feeds on a firebush blossom. (Photo by Louisiana Master Gardener Norman Balliviero; used with permission)

Many people think attracting hummingbirds is as easy as hanging a feeder. But that is not always successful because many hummingbirds are not accustomed to using feeders. It can be frustrating to put out a feeder and never see a hummingbird.

Research station helps rice farmers achieve record yields

LSU President F. King Alexander speaks at the LSU AgCenter Rice Research Station Field Day on Wednesday, June 25. Alexander said advances at the station enabled rice farmers to harvest record yields last year. (Photo by Bruce Schultz)

The threat of rain kept activities indoors at the LSU AgCenter Rice Research Station’s 105th annual field day, but that didn’t dampen enthusiasm for the event Thursday (June 25) with roughly 400 people in attendance.

Wanted: New herbicides for stubborn weeds

A drone flown by LSU AgCenter engineer Randy Price hovers above the crowd at the Northeast Research Station Field Day. Price said the devices can be used to survey and scout fields quickly, but limited battery life restricts flight time to a few minutes. Photo by Bruce Schultz

Farmers and crop consultants attending a field day at the LSU AgCenter Northeast Research Station learned about new herbicide technologies that will help control stubborn weeds in their soybeans.

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