LSU AgCenter News for Fall 2021

AgCenter researcher gets $325,000 grant to study Cercospora disease

Woman in agricultural field standing next to a piece of equipment.

Nelomie Galagedara uses both the simple wind vane spore trap and the larger battery-powered spore trap, which has paraffin-coated tape, in her studies of Cercospora leaf blight, a major disease of soybeans. Photo by Maria Izabel Costa de Novaes

Cercospora leaf blight has been a bane to soybean farmers in the Midsouth for the better part of two decades, costing the industry more than $250 million in the past five years alone. Now, LSU AgCenter plant pathologist Sara Thomas-Sharma has garnered a three-year, $324,988 research grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture National Institute of Food and Agriculture to develop long-term solutions to the problem. The three objectives are:

·Determine the importance of airborne spores in the disease cycle and identify environmental predictors of disease development.

·Develop tools to monitor resistance to commonly used fungicides.

·Integrate improved fungicide application timing and host resistance in Cercospora disease management. V. Todd Miller

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Louisiana 4-H Hall of Fame inductees for 2021 and 2020 honored

Portrait of new hall of famers.

The 2021 4-H Hall of Fame class of inductees are, seated, from left, Cathy Mouton, Iberia Parish; Trishan Charles, St. Charles Parish; and JoAnn Hullum, Ascension Parish. Back row, from left, Paul Jackson, Calcasieu Parish; John Andrus, Vermilion Parish; Charnel Bailey, Vernon Parish; Charles Hymel, St. James Parish; and Felix Landry Jr., St. James Parish. Not pictured are Donald Aguillard, Lafayette Parish; the late Russell Guarino, Lafayette Parish; Harry Laws, West Baton Rouge Parish; and Amie Skipper, Lincoln Parish. This brings the total number of members to 256 since the inception of the Hall of Fame in 2008. Photo by Kali Zammit

4-H hall of famers from 2020 lined up for portrait.

The 2020 4-H Hall of Fame class of inductees are, seated, from left, Linda Coates, Livingston Parish; Cathy Falcon, Lafayette Parish; Denise Hymel, St. James Parish; and Traci Simon, Vermilion Parish. Standing, from left, Melissa Echols, Lincoln Parish; John Broussard, Natchitoches Parish; Norris Grabert Jr., Iberia Parish; and Jerry Whatley, Calcasieu Parish. Not pictured are Michelle Puissegur, Acadia Parish; Patti Rodrigue, St. John Parish; Camelia Soprano, St. Mary Parish; and Brian Spillman, West Feliciana Parish. Photo by Frankie Gould

“Louisiana 4-H Hall of Fame inducts new class, honors 2020 inductees” (Read the full story.)

Sweet potato producers learn latest at virtual field day

People standing in a sweet potato field.

Don La Bonte, left, LSU AgCenter sweet potato breeder, evaluates sweet potatoes while assistant Sarah Roberts, right, collects samples during advanced line trials done at the Larry Fontenot farm in Ville Platte in late September. Advanced line LA 19-20, seen on the right row, produced an amazing number of No. 1 storage roots. Initial impressions of the harvest were presented on video as part of the 2021 Sweet Potato Research Station virtual field day. Photo by Randy LaBauve

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Louisiana agriculture suffers $584 million in damage from Hurricane Ida

The Louisiana agriculture industry suffered at least $584 million in damage after Hurricane Ida walloped the southeastern portion of the state in late August with strong winds and flooding. Timber damage makes up about half that amount, according to economist Kurt Guidry.Another 35% is attributable to the loss of infrastructure such as fences, machinery, equipment and buildings. Sugarcane, fruit, vegetable and ornamental horticulture crops as well as livestock were affected too.

The $584 million figure includes Guidry’s estimates for impacts yet to fully play out, such as reduced yields for crops that remained in the field during the storm and the potential for increased production costs.

Guidry compiled a report of damage using information gathered by AgCenter agents and commodity specialists around the state along with personnel with the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry and the U.S. Forestry Service. Olivia McClure

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12/1/2021 5:05:08 PM
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