Louisiana State University Agricultural Center is to receive new rice lines as the rice crop in Louisiana is ready for harvest also the soybean has entered at the ending point discovered by the farmers of Louisiana on the field tour at the farm of Charlie Fontenot near Palmetto, La.The Soybeans of the Charlie Frontenot farms have grown between knee and wasit high.Also other products of the farm like sorghum and corn are ready to cut
The gathering of farmers at the field tour discussed with many of the LSU AgCenter experts.
Steve Linscombe, LSU AgCenter rice breeder told the farmers the a wide variety of hybrid rice is being developed at the Rice Research Station in Crowleyto be used as the new lines at the farms.Adding to his words he also said that the hybrid rice will be experimental test at 250 rice lines.This testing will be for the Provisia rice system announced earlier this year by BASF.The Rice produced there will be resistant to herbicides and also control red rice.
Linscombe said the rice crop this year has approximately grown in 60,000 acres in medium grain because of the higher cost as a result of water shortage in California.
Last year Louisiana has grown Jazzman rice to compete with foreign aromatic rice has exported to countries that now are buying Vietnamese aromatic rice.“The Vietnamese came in and severely undercut us,” Linscombe said.
LSU AgCenter economist ,Kurt Guidry, told farmers that although the soybean area has increased 8-million-acre this year ,there may be stable price rice but because demand is still stronger and weather problem could affect the prices.
The soybeans prices were at $12 soybeans, but may be prices get dropped to $11 to $11.50 a bushel for soybeans.
Since the area for the long grain rice have also added 500,000-acre more the overall production of long grain rice is likely to increase.
Trey Price, LSU AgCenter plant pathologist sid that they are getting calls from farmers whose soyabean crops had been damaged by the root rot disease.In this disease the leaves become yellow and this happen at R-5 to R-6 growth stage.
He said no-till farming results in dead plant material that harbors disease during the winter.
Dustin Harrell, LSU AgCenter agronomist, said that the recommendation to use the rice fertilizers has to reconsider as excess use of fertilizers make the crop less nutritious .He said that maximum use of fertilizers is done at the time of planting the crop.
LSU AgCenter weed scientist, Eric Webster, said that he is studying several new herbicides, including two new Gowan products that offer different modes of action.
Don Groth, LSU AgCenter plant pathologist, said rice disease has been light this year. Some blast is being found on CL261 and Jupiter varieties, he said.He suggested to start A resistance management program