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The LSU AgCenter’s network of 15 research stations across the state supports Louisiana’s diverse agricultural industry with a broad range of research and extension programs. But these stations are more than satellite units of the AgCenter. They are vital parts of their communities, and their activities contribute to their local economies as well as to agricultural sustainability as a whole. This issue of Louisiana Agriculture provides a look at the value of these stations.

Louisiana Agriculture Magazine Fall 2021

Research Station Infographic

salassipngLSU AgCenter research stations support Louisiana’s diverse agricultural industry

Michael A. Salassi

Each of the AgCenter’s 15 research stations has faculty domiciled at those stations conducting a broad range of research activities. They also serve as locations for research conducted by faculty from campus departments.

redriverpngRed River Research Station focuses on water resources

Kyle Peveto

Scientists at the Red River Research Station, in Bossier City, focus on studies of water quality and use. They also study soybeans, cotton, grasses and legumes for forage, and greenhouse tomatoes.

pecanpngPecan Research Station serves Louisiana growers for 90 years

Kyle Peveto

The Pecan Research Station, near Shreveport, serves as a demonstration farm for production of alternative pecan varieties.

hillfarmpngHill Farm specialists seek to serve growers in northwest Louisiana

Kyle Peveto

At the Hill Farm Research Station in Homer, faculty conduct research in the production of pine timber, poultry, beef cattle and forage crops.

maconridgepngMacon Ridge: Research worth its salt

V. Todd Miller

Created to serve farmers in the drought-prone area in northeast Louisiana called the Macon Ridge, this station covers 815 acres near Winnsboro.

northeastpngNortheast Research Station: A small community with a big impact

V. Todd Miller

Based on the rich soil of the Mississippi River Delta, this station near St. Joseph was established to serve farmers, who grow cotton, corn, soybeans, wheat, grain sorghum and rice.

deanleepngEach day brings new challenges at the Dean Lee Research and Extension Center

Olivia McClure

The Dean Lee Research and Extension Center near Alexandria covers 3,155 acres, with 500 acres of field crops and 600 acres of pasture, and more than 1,000 acres of hardwood timber. Research focuses on crop variety testing; weed, insect and disease management; and forage for beef cattle.

sweetpotatopngSweet Potato Research Station uses team approach to help producers

Randy LaBauve

The Sweet Potato Research Station, in Chase, is the only research station in the nation solely dedicated to sweet potato research and development.

ricepngH. Rouse Caffey Rice Research Station: Nucleus for innovation in Louisiana

Derek Albert

Since its establishment in 1908, the Rice Research Station, near Crowley, has been a hub of research on rice, and scientists over the years have developed 57 new rice varieties.

sugarpngSweet Science of Sugar: Getting new varieties of sugarcane to Louisiana farmers is the goal of the Sugar Research Station

Craig Gautreaux

Researchers at the Sugar Research Station, in St Gabriel, develop new sugarcane varieties and study ways to prevent diseases and other threats to sugarcane production.

iberiapngCattle and cane at the Iberia Research Station

V. Todd Miller

Research at this station near Jeanerette is aimed at the farmers of Louisiana’s Gulf Coast and focuses on sugarcane and beef cattle production.

hammondpngHammond Research Station vital, accessible to the nursery and landscape industry

Olivia McClure

Surrounded by pine forest, the 150-acre Hammond Research Station focuses on landscape horticulture. Researchers evaluate more than 500 ornamental plants each year and name a list of Louisiana Super Plants that flourish all over the state.

southeastpngSoutheast Research Station focuses on dairy

Tobie Blanchard

Established in 1944 to assist the dairy industry that prospered in the region, today the Southeast Research Station also studies grasses and small grains. The station also serves as a hands-on laboratory for LSU agriculture students.

idelwildpngBob R. Jones-Idelwild Research Station focuses on wildlife management

Johnny Morgan

Researchers at this station, near Clinton, study deer management, control of feral hogs and ridding the state of the invasive aquatic weed, giant Salvinia.

centralpngCentral Research Station brings international acclaim

Linda Foster Benedict

A few miles south of the LSU Baton Rouge campus, the 3,000-acre Central Research Station comprises a handful of research sites used by researchers, teachers and students. It includes the Ben Hur Farm, where crops and livestock are raised.

BotanicpngLSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens: An urban oasis

Kyle Peveto

Located in the heart of Baton Rouge, the Botanic Gardens features gardens, walking trails, forests and educational opportunities for children and adults. The 400-plus acre property includes horticultural research plots and test gardens.

COApngLSU College of Agriculture News for Fall 2021

Annabelle Lang

New community garden for students; Ag econ students take first and second place in national competition; Rutherford named executive associate dean; Stair awarded honorary FFA degree

agcenterpngLSU AgCenter News for Fall 2021

Linda Foster Benedict

$325,000 grant awarded to study Cercospora disease; 4-H Hall of Famers for 2021 and 2020; Virtual sweet potato field day; Ag losses caused by Hurricane Ida mount to more than $584 million

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