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Glyphosate-resistant Italian ryegrass management: Now is the time!

ryegrass

• By Daniel Stephenson and Josh Copes • Glyphosate-resistant Italian ryegrass has been an issue in the mid-South for the past 10 to 15 years. In Louisiana, growers have been battling this pest for five to 10 years, and the problem is spreading each year. Louisiana does not have ryegrass issues like Mississippi, but if control strategies are not implemented, ... Read More »

Louisiana farmers rushed to harvest crops ahead of Hurricane Laura

louisiana corn harvest

• By Bruce Schultz • North Louisiana farmers were rushing to get their corn crop out of the field before Hurricane Laura hit Aug. 27, and so far, the crop looked good. Laura also has the potential to inflict serious damage to the state’s soybean crop. Keith Collins, Louisiana State University AgCenter agent in Richland, Franklin and Ouachita parishes, said ... Read More »

COVID-19 doesn’t stop planting season

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• By Bruce Schultz • Many  schools and workplaces have  closed up shop amid the coronavirus pandemic. But in the world of agriculture,  the show must go on. In Louisiana, this  is rice and corn  planting season —  a busy and important time of year for farmers, who also will soon begin planting other crops  such as  soybeans  and  cotton. ... Read More »

Examine bag tag on seed carefully to avoid planting same hybrid

seed relabing

• By Dan Fromme • Before you plant, check the tag on that bag of corn seed. Often in the seed industry, the same variety is sold under multiple brand names. In other words, just because the seed is in a different bag does not mean it is not the same variety. This creates two significant problems for farmers: Overpaying ... Read More »

Should you apply an in-furrow or starter fertilizer to corn?

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• By Josh Copes, Rasel Parvej, Syam Dodla and Dan Fromme • Phone calls have been coming in regarding applying an in-furrow starter fertilizer at corn planting. An in-furrow starter is commonly called a “pop-up” fertilizer and is applied in the seed furrow (in-furrow). This allows for ease of application and placing the nutrients close to the germinating seed which ... Read More »

LSU AgCenter names soil fertility, agronomy specialist

rasel parvej

Rasel Parvej recently joined the LSU AgCenter Northeast Region faculty as assistant professor serving as a soil fertility and agronomy specialist. Parvej will have statewide responsibilities in row crop soil fertility. With research experience in cropping systems that include soybean, rice, corn, cotton and cover crops, he plans to work with producers to improve soil fertility through better nutrient management. ... Read More »