Agriculture

New sugarcane variety featured at field day

U.S. Department of Agriculture agronomist Ed Dufrene, far right, tells farmers about the characteristics of new sugarcane varieties during the Sugarcane Field Day for St. Martin, St. Landry and Lafayette parishes on July 25. (Photo by Bruce Schultz)

With planting season around the corner, sugarcane farmers learned about new varieties and an automated planting machine demonstrated at the St. Martin, Lafayette and St. Landry parishes sugarcane field day held July 25.

Rice maturing, soybeans in the homestretch

Steve Linscombe, LSU AgCenter rice breeder, far right, talks about the performance of rice grown in the off-station trial at the farm of Charlie Fontenot near Palmetto during a field tour on July 22. Photo by Bruce Schultz

Rice farmers and crop consultants heard from a wide variety of LSU AgCenter experts at the St. Landry Parish rice and soybean field tour.

Harrell next rice extension specialist

Dustin Harrell gives details on his agronomy research at the Rice Research Station Field Day. Harrell has been chosen as the next LSU AgCenter rice specialist. Photo by Bruce Schultz

Dustin Harrell, LSU AgCenter agronomist, has been selected to become the next Louisiana rice extension specialist. He will start the new job in January with the retirement of the existing rice specialist, Johnny Saichuk.

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