Greetings from Louisiana rice country! This year, the blog will concentrate research conducted at the LSU AgCenter Rice Research Station, in addition to showing the progress of a 6-acre field of rice planted March 19 to produce foundation seed. We encourage your comments and thoughts to help improve this online tool. If you would like a photograph of a particular piece of equipment or a better explanation of a process, let us know.

Friday, August 3, 2012

2102 blog field harvested

Harvest of the blog field Tuesday (July 31) resulted in a respectable yield of 50.25 barrels per acre, or 8,141 pounds per acre, according to Larry White, manager of the Rice Research Station’s foundation seed program.

No second crop will be grown, and the field will now be allowed to remain fallow for 2 years before it is planted in rice again.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Blog field visitor

A critter recently traipsed through the blog field, as shown by the photo below of the tracks. The animal entered the east side of the field and made a bee-line for the west side.

Monday, April 30, 2012

Weeds under attack

Larry White, foundation seed manager at the LSU AgCenter Rice Research Station, sprayed a mixtures of the herbicides propanil, Permit and Londax. The chemicals will address a spectrum of weeds that includes grasses, sedges and aquatic plants, including alligatorweed.

Fertilizer is scheduled to be applied this week, followed by the permanent flood.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Leadership class visits Rice Research Station

The USA Rice Leadership Class of 2012 visited the Rice Research Station for supper Wednesday night. They were treated with Cajun music and heard from Dr. Mike Strain, secretary of the state Department of Agriculture and Forestry, who talked about the healthy condition of the state’s  agricultural industry.

Thursday, the class was given a tour of the Rice Research Station, then visited the Zaubrecher farm near Rayne to watch different farming techniques. They later dined on crawfish at the home of farmer Christian Richard and his wife Julie.

Farmers in the class are Brian Barrett, Arbuckle, Calif.; Rance Daniels, Hornersville, Mo.; Timothy Gertson, Lissie, Texas; Noble Guedon, Natchez, Miss.; and Clint Roth, Stuttgart, Ark..

The industry-related class members are Dr. Natalie Hummel, LSU  AgCenter entomologist, and Brice Lauppe, rice buyer from Farmer’s Rice Cooperative in Roseville, Calif.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

After the rain

Rice seedlings received a welcome dose of rain, 1.35 inches to be exact, on Monday. More rain is expected Wednesday as farmers work to get their crops planted. Shown above  are rice seedlings in the wet soil.

 In the picture below, Bill Leonards, Rice Research Station farm manager, takes measurements to repair a plastic fitting in the blog field.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Breaking through the crust

Despite last week’s torrential rain, the surface of the blog field is dry and crusty. Shown above is a rice sprout breaking through the soil within a small animal footprint. Below is a picture of the seedling.

Larry White, director of the LSU AgCenter’s foundation seed program, expects emergence of the crop will be visible in a day or two.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Check the progress of the blog field

You can see how the rice crop is doing on the blog field in real time.
Here's how: on the right side of the screen, you'll see "Rice Field WEBCAM." Click on the link right below it that says