Wednesday, July 30,  2014

Today's Update! 

New Sugaracane Variety Featured At Field Day 

 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. 
U.S. Department of Agriculture agronomist Ed Dufrene said L01-299 probably will be the next leading variety replacing HoCP 96-540, with good resistance to sugarcane borers and good cold tolerance. He also said sugarcane variety Ho7-613 is a new option with good disease resistance and moderate insect resistance, although it could have lodging problems.  
LSU AgCenter sugarcane specialist Kenneth Gravois said farmers are no longer likely to put more than half of the state's crop into one variety. "We learned that lesson with (LCP 85-) 384," he said. HoCP 96-540 has remained under 50 percent of the state's acreage, he said.
Herman Waguespack, agronomist for the American Sugar Cane League, demonstrated a planter that originated in Australia. The machine plants cane billets on two rows 24 inches apart. He said work continues on improving how the device covers the seed cane.  
LSU AgCenter entomologist Julien Beuzelin said wireworms have become a major insect problem in sugarcane. Planting early could make a crop more vulnerable to the pest that feeds on buds and roots. Keeping a field clean of grasses could reduce wireworm populations, he said. Insecticides Thimet and Mocap are effective, he said, but tests of neonicotinoids failed to show any benefits.
LSU AgCenter weed scientist Al Orgeron said eastern black nightshade is becoming more of a problem that is spreading throughout the cane-growing areas. He advised that the herbicides Brash and Calisto can control the weed when it is shorter than 6 inches tall.  
Jim Simon, American Sugar Cane League manager, said the Mexican sugar dumping investigation by the U.S. Department of Commerce continues, and a hearing will be held in Washington on a possible duty to be imposed on subsidized Mexican sugar. Mexico is considering a possible settlement, and that has helped boost sugar prices recently, he said.
Simon also said legislation was approved this year that requires the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry to investigate complaints about burning cane fields. The original intent of the legislation was to outlaw burning because of complaints in Lafayette Parish, he said. "We've got to do a better job of being good stewards." Simon also advised farmers to keep records of their burning activities. He said a Plaquemines Parish farmer was able to prevail in a lawsuit because he maintained proper records.



USDA  Announces Grants To Help Vets And Minority Farmers

USDA Deputy Secretary Krysta Harden has announced the availability of over $9 million in outreach and technical assistance for minority farmers and ranchers and military veterans that are new to farming and ranching. The funding, provided through the Outreach and Assistance for Socially Disadvantaged Farmers and Ranchers and Veteran Farmers and Ranchers Program, also known as the 2501 Program, will enable community-based organizations and other partners to work directly with these groups to successfully acquire, own and operate farms and ranches and equitably participate in all USDA programs.
Deputy Secretary Harden made this announcement at the White House during the Future of American Agriculture Champions of Change event celebrating the next generation of America's farmers and ranchers.
Through the 2501 Program, support is distributed to entities that work with minority or veteran farmers and ranchers -- 1890 Land Grant Institutions, 1994 Land Grant Institutions, American Indian Tribal community colleges and Alaska Native cooperative colleges, Hispanic-serving and other institutions of higher education, Tribal governments and organizations, or community-based organizations. The 2501 Program, administered by the USDA's Office of Advocacy and Outreach, has distributed over $57 million to 188 partners since 2010. The 2014 Farm Bill reauthorized the program and expanded targeted communities to include military veterans. Applications for 2501 Program funding will be accepted through August 25, 2014, and must be submitted More information about the 2501 Program is available at:
Conerly Named Louisiana FFA Executive Secretary 

Kathy Conerly has been named executive secretary of Louisiana FFA. In her new position, she hopes to expand programs and use FFA to promote agriculture to Louisiana's next generation. 
Conerly succeeds Ronald Mayeux, who passed away in April and was the executive secretary for seven years. FFA is affiliated with both the LSU AgCenter and the LSU College of Agriculture. 
Conerly holds bachelor's degrees in horticulture and agricultural education and a master's degree in agricultural education, all from LSU. She taught agriculture for more than 30 years at Zachary High School. 
FFA has great potential for growth in Louisiana, Conerly said. Many school officials are interested in improving or even starting agriculture programs, she said, because they provide unique experiential learning and career development opportunities. High school agriculture curricula cover a wide range of topics, exposing young people to career opportunities from agribusiness to veterinary science. 
High schoolers enrolled in agriculture programs can join FFA, which is a national organization that promotes leadership and career development. FFA participants can attend conferences and compete for awards. They also work on Supervised Agricultural Experiences (SAEs), which are projects or, sometimes, internships in an agriculture-related business or organization. 
Together, FFA, SAEs and agriculture courses provide young people with a scientific background as well as skills like public speaking and professionalism, Conerly said. That kind of experience is crucial today as the agriculture industry works to improve sustainability and meet increasing world demands. "Students need to be aware of how important agriculture is to Louisiana, their lives and the economy," Conerly said. 
While technology has provided teachers with valuable new tools, it has also led to more indoor time for students with fewer outdoor experiences. By ensuring FFA offers a variety of hands-on experiences in agriculture, Conerly believes the organization can give students the knowledge they need to enjoy successful careers and help the industry grow. 








Tuesday's  Closing   Market Prices

Nov  Soybeans                 1095 down 12.6
Oct Cotton                         6444 down 92
North & South
  Delta Cotton                   6844 down 92
Sept  Corn                         361.4 down 6.2
Sept Rice                           1313 up 20.5
Sept  Wheat                       520 down 14.6
#16 Sugar Sept                  2465 up 7
Aug   Live Cattle                158-90 down 15
Aug  Feeder Cattle             221-65 up 147.5

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