March Edition of the Louisiana Crops Newsletter

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Louisiana Crops Newsletter March 2015

Transform Granted Section 18 for Control of Sugarcane Aphid in Louisiana Sorghum (Forage, Grain or Stover) for 2015 Production Season

Transform Section 18 Letter for 2015

Please follow the link above to access the section 18 letter. The approval letter outlines the effective and expiration dates for the use of Transform in sorghum, as well as specifics regarding number of applications and maximum acreage treated in Louisiana.

If you have any questions or concerns about

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Cold snap could have impact on winter wheat crop

Josh Lofton and Steve Harrison- LSU AgCenter

Louisiana has experienced a relatively mild winter across much of the state. This has allowed for some “catch-up” growth for a winter wheat crop that was planted in poor conditions early in the season or with better conditions very late in the fall. However, recent colder conditions have

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Spring Edition of LSU AgCenter Northeast Region Ag News

Please see the link below for more information.

Northeast Region Ag News

Louisiana Rice Notes – Issue 2


Acephate found on exported rice

A detectable a level of acephate (an organophosphate insecticide) was identified in a recent shipment of rice by a receiving country’s grain inspection service. This is the third time acephate has been detected in U.S. exported rice the past three months.

In Louisiana, acephate is

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Cover crop management decisions

Reproductive structure of the Brassica cover crops.

Josh Lofton and Beatrix Haggard, LSU AgCenter

Now is the time when most cover crops shift from fall and winter growth to spring growth. Evaluate spring management of cover crops based on intended purpose, cover crop planted, and successive crop. Termination needs to have already occurred or needs to occur shortly. For soybeans and cotton

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Wheat Disease Management Update

Stripe rust in wheat.

Trey Price and Boyd Padgett- LSU AgCenter


If not properly managed, diseases can negatively impact yield and quality. Leaf rust and stripe rust are the most troublesome diseases producers have to manage. Based on LSU AgCenter tests, yields may be reduced by 50 percent by rusts. This demonstrates the need to effectively manage these

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N management in wheat

Josh Lofton, Steve Harrison, and Beatrix Haggard- LSU AgCenter

As we transition from January to February and wheat begins to show spring growth, it’s time to think about applying topdress N fertilizer. Most wheat is around Feekes 5 (green-up; growth stage, and it’s time to begin applying topdress N. Decisions on N fertilization rate

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Louisiana Rice Notes – Issue 1 – January 21, 2015

Please find the first issue of the 2015 Louisiana Rice Notes below.

Link for pdf LA Rice notes 1 21 2015_1.

If you have any questions or comments please contact:

Dr. Dustin Harrell


2014 Grain Sorghum Research and Extension Summary

By: Rick Mascagni and Josh Lofton, LSU AgCenter




For further questions, please contact:

Josh Lofton, Field crop agronomist, LSU AgCenter,