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
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
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 throughwww.grants.gov. More information
about the 2501 Program is available at: http://www.outreach.usda.gov/grants/index.htm.
Conerly Named Louisiana FFA Executive
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
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
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
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.
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