Evangeline and St. Landry Crop Production School scheduled

By: Keith Fontenot

Two of Evangeline and St. Landry Parish’s most economically important crops will be discussed at length at the 49th Annual Rice Production School and 42nd Annual Soybean Production School.

These production schools will be held together Wednesday, January 7, with registration beginning at 7:30 a.m. at the Ville Platte Civic Center.

Topics to be discussed by specialists and researchers with the LSU Agricultural Center will center around updated production practices concerning both crops.

Also offered on this day to all producers and/or homeowners, etc. needing recertification of their Private Pesticide Applicators Card. If you register, pay the $25 fee and attend the entire meeting, you will be recertified as a private pesticide applicator for another three year period.

These private applicator re-certification meetings will also be offered in February. At the meetings in February you will only be required to stay one-and-a-half hours to be re-certified.

The program agenda and speakers are as follows:

7:30-8 a.m. Registration, Coffee and Donuts

Register for Private

Pesticide Applicator


($2 fee and attend

entire meeting)

8-8:05 Welcome

and Introductions

Mr. Jeffery Sylvester

President, Evangeline

Rice Growers Association

8:05-8:25 Rice Variety; Breeding

Program Update

Dr. Steve Linscombe

Southwest Regional

Director, Rice Breeder

8:25-8:50 Review of 2008 Problems;

Production Practices

for 2009

Dr. Johnny Saichuk

Rice Specialist,

LSU AgCenter

8:50-9:15 Farm Bill; Acre Program

Dr. Mike Salassi

Water Well Power Unit



Professor of Ag


Production and Policy

9:15-9:35 Rice Fertilization:

The Importance of Zinc

Dr. Dustin Harrell

Basic NPK Fertilization

Agronomist, Rice

Research Station

9:35-9:45 BREAK

9:45- 10:05 Rice Insect Management;

Dermacor Update

Dr. Natalie Hummel


LSU AgCenter

10:05-10:30 Rice Herbicides;

Clearfield Stewardship;

Command Usage

Dr. Eric Webster

Weed Scientist,

Agronomy Dept, LSU

10:30-10:50 Rice Market Situation

and 2009 Outlook

Dr. Gene Johnson

Rice Economist,

LSU AgCenter

10:50-11:00 BREAK

11:00-11:20 Soybean Varieties

and Production Tips

Dr. Ronnie Levy

Soybean Specialist,

LSU AgCenter

11:20-11:45 Soybean and Grain

Sorghum Market

Situation and Outlook

Dr. Kurt Guidry

Associate Professor,

Ag Economics, LSU

11:45-12:15 Worker Protection

Standard for Farmers

Keith A Fontenot

Pesticide Re-Certification


County Agent,

Evangeline Parish

12:20 Sign Re-Certification



of Agriculture Personnel

(must have attended

entire meeting)

12:20 Lunch

Courtesy of Sponsors

Listed on Program

The Annual Rice and Soybean Schools are sponsored by the following agricultural supporting businesses and industries: Agriliance, Agrotain, Asgrow, Bayer Crop Science, BASF Corp, Basile Rice Drier and Storage, Basile State Bank, Central Farmers Co-op, Citizens Bank, Crop Production Services, DBA Acadiana Risk Management, Delta Grow Seed Co., Dupont Crop Protection, Evangeline Bank and Trust, Evangeline Farmers Co-op, Evangeline Parish Farm Bureau, Evangeline Rice Growers Association, FMC Corporation, First South Farm Credit ACA, G & H Seed Co., Gowan Company, Guaranty Bank of Mamou, Hollier Implement Co. Inc., Mamou Rice Drier and Warehouse, Manuel Hardware Inc., Monsanto, Ortego Services Inc (Chevron), Progressive Tractor and Implement, Rice Tec, Soileau Industries Inc., Syngenta, Tri Parish Bank of Eunice, United Phosphorus Inc., Valent USA and Ville Platte Rice Drier.

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