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Louisiana farmer-leader advances national cotton sustainability strategy

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Kellon Lee, a fourth-generation cotton farmer, is advancing sustainability both by implementing conservation practices on his own operation in Louisiana and by promoting grower involvement in sustainability initiatives nationwide. For Lee, the sustainability conversation doesn’t end at the farm gate — it is has opened up a whole new world of possibilities and partnerships. “The world we live in now, ... Read More »

LACA reschedules in-person annual meeting to virtual event, Feb. 10-11

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The Louisiana Agricultural Consultants Association has moved its in-person meeting to virtual presentations, Feb. 10-11. Many of the former in-person conference presentations were kept intact. For time’s sake, some had to be postponed until the in-person conference scheduled for February 2022. Each webinar is $20 and payment can be made by credit or debit card by logging onto the LACA ... Read More »

LSU AgCenter weed scientist named to endowed cotton research chair

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• By Olivia McClure • Daniel Stephenson, a Louisiana State University AgCenter weed scientist, has been named to the Jack Hamilton Chair in Cotton Production, effective Feb. 1. Stephenson has been with the AgCenter since 2008 and is based at the Dean Lee Research and Extension Center near Alexandria. His work focuses on identifying effective weed control strategies in row ... Read More »

Louisiana Master Farmer Program graduates 2020 class

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The Louisiana Master Farmer Program, a Louisiana State University AgCenter-led initiative that teaches about conservation, recently graduated its 2020 class. Five new Master Farmer certifications as well as 14 recertifications were awarded  recently during a virtual meeting of the Louisiana Association of Conservation Districts. Also, Mead Hardwick of Tensas Parish was named the 2020 Louisiana Outstanding Master Farmer. To become ... Read More »

LSU AgCenter project examines wide-row cotton

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An LSU AgCenter project is examining the benefits and challenges of growing cotton on wider rows that line up with configurations used for other crops, potentially saving farmers money. Cotton rows are typically either 38 or 40 inches wide. But interest is growing in 60-inch rows, and the AgCenter as well as two northeast Louisiana farmers gave it a try ... Read More »

LSU AgCenter names new cotton and grains specialist

Matt Foster

• By Bruce Schultz • The LSU AgCenter has named Matt Foster as the statewide specialist for cotton, corn and grain sorghum starting Jan. 19, 2021. He’s ready to go to work. “My first day is already planned out with a grower meeting to meet producers,” Foster said. “I’m already putting things on my calendar.” Melissa Cater, director of the ... Read More »

60-Inch Rows: Our Hail Mary Pass At Growing Cotton

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• By Darrell VandeVen • When we started picking cotton in the fall of 2019, my brother, Donnie, and I finally faced the reality that the crop just wasn’t working for us anymore. Our cost of production was too high, and the price we usually received was too low for the numbers to pencil out. We seriously considered quitting it ... Read More »