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Look to soil temp, not calendar, for optimal planting time

soil temperature

Cotton farmers should look to soil temperature rather than the calendar for optimal planting time, according to Louisiana State University AgCenter experts. Cotton is usually planted between mid-April and mid-May in Louisiana; however, recent cooler temperatures may have slowed seasonal spring soil warming and could significantly affect the critical germination period required for the tropical plant. That is why it ... Read More »

LSU AgCenter students receive scholarships at LACA conference

LACA scholarship winners, 2020

Four Louisiana State University College of Agriculture students received scholarships during the recent 2020 Louisiana Agricultural Technology and Management Conference. The conference, organized by the Louisiana Agricultural Consultants Association, allowed companies to showcase their latest products and services. Experts from the LSU AgCenter and other universities also were on hand to discuss their research projects. Colt Hardee, an undergraduate student ... Read More »

Louisiana Ag Hall of Distinction seeking nominations

Louisiana Agriculture Hall of Distinction

The Louisiana Agriculture Hall of Distinction is accepting nominations for its annual induction ceremony, which will be held March 26, 2020, in Baton Rouge. The nomination form can be obtained online at www.louisianaagriculturehallofdistinction.com or through any parish Louisiana State University AgCenter Extension office. The deadline for receiving nominations is Nov. 22. The Hall of Distinction is a program of the ... Read More »

Louisiana Strong

tap parker

Layers Of Support Contribute To Success • By Carroll Smith, Editor • Thomas “Tap” Parker says he always loved everything about farming but did not step into a large, multi-generational operation. His mother and father, Marie “Tweet” and Bill, owned 300 acres of farmland near Lake Providence, Louisiana, along with a small gas station and fuel distributorship. “After my father died ... Read More »

A Busy Man’s Gift Of Time Is Priceless

carroll smith

An anonymous quote that popped up recently on my social media feed says, “A rich man buying you something means nothing, but a busy man giving you his time means everything.” I am not sure I agree with the first part of the quote. I believe any gift from someone should be appreciated no matter what the person’s financial status ... Read More »

Nothing Says Farming Like Family

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When a new baby comes into the world, everyone scrutinizes each little detail to see what has been passed down from one generation to the next.[adinser[ Does the child have Daddy’s eyes or maybe Mama’s big smile? Feel the grip of these strong fingers. Gonna be a good cotton picker driver! As the years go by, assessing physical attributes gives ... Read More »

Water-Use Efficiency Supports Sustainability

cotton planted into rye

• By Brent Murphree, Memphis, Tennessee • Throughout the Mid-South, Cotton Incorporated-funded water research is making huge impacts on how cotton farmers manage their irrigated crop. Over the past 30 years, producers have improved irrigation efficiency in cotton 82 percent, according to Field to Market, an alliance of stakeholders that emphasizes sustainable resources across the agricultural supply chain. The Cotton Sustainability ... Read More »