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Tips for a healthy cotton stand

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• By Matt Foster • With cotton planting just around the corner, a couple key factors should be taken into consideration. Early planting is a key component of successful cotton production; however, if planted too early, yield potential can be reduced. Growing up, I often heard farmers say, “The day you plant cotton is the most important day for the ... Read More »

Feral pig baits show promise

feral hog bait

• Kenneth Gautreaux • Feral pigs are a nuisance in many areas of the country, causing billions of dollars in damage. Scientists with the LSU AgCenter and the LSU Department of Chemistry are working on a bait and delivery system to help reduce the population of feral hogs. Glen Gentry, LSU AgCenter feral hog specialist, and John Pojman, a chemistry ... Read More »

LSU AgCenter to host soil health forum March 17

wide row cotton

The Louisiana State University AgCenter Northeast Research Station will host a soil health forum March 17. It is supported by the Patrick F. Taylor Foundation and National Resource Conservation Service. The Patrick F. Taylor Foundation awarded a grant to the LSU AgCenter to fund a four-year research project on reducing nutrient runoff from crop fields. The primary goal of the ... Read More »

New LSU AgCenter Specialist Has Local Roots

Matt Foster

Louisiana State University AgCenter has named Matt Foster as the statewide specialist for cotton, corn and grain sorghum. He started Jan. 19 and was ready to go to work. “My first day was already planned out with a grower meeting to meet producers,” Foster says. “I’m already putting things on my calendar.” “He will get the program up to speed ... Read More »

LSU AgCenter weed scientist named to endowed cotton research chair

daniel stephenson

• 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 »

Effect of cover crop, seed treatment on stand establishment in cotton, corn and soybeans

cover crop in wheat

• By Sebe Brown, Trey Price, Tyler Towles, Renada Davis, Myra Purvis, Karla Emfinger, Wade Walker and Dustin Ezell • Cover crops can provide producers a variety of benefits including nutrient cycling , soil cover, nitrogen fixation and pollinator food sources. These cover crops come in many types, including grasses, legumes (mostly clovers) and brassicas (generally tillage radish and rapeseed). ... Read More »