The LSU AgCenter hosted the Assumption Parish Sugarcane Field Day in Napoleonville yesterday. It was the 51st time local farmers, researchers and others connected to the Louisiana sugarcane industry have gathered to learn about the latest in sugarcane research in this Bayou Lafourche town. LSU AgCenter agriculture agent Renee Castro put together the program that included two field stops and an indoor program.
Field events were held at the Carmouche Planting shop, where attendees heard about new varieties from American Sugar Cane League agronomist Atticus Finger. After the presentation, the group traveled to Woods Farm and heard League agronomist Wilson Judice discuss top row fertilizing techniques.
A crop update was presented indoors at the LSU AgCenter Extension office by AgCenter sugarcane specialist Kenneth Gravois and League manager Jim Simon commented on the future outlook for the sugarcane industry. Other presentations included an overview of billet planting research from the United States Department of Agriculture’s Paul White and new harvesting technology from Michael Reith and Billy Lawson for the future.
Bobby Simoneaux presented the U.B. Simoneaux Achievement Award to Daniel Arcement and the Young Farmer Award to Dramon Davis.
Information on other area sugarcane field days can be found at https://www.lsuagcenter.com/topics/crops/sugarcane/calendar
Other Assumption Parish AgCenter personnel that organized the program included Margo Castro, Mariah Simoneaux, Maria Gonzales, Kela Jackson, and Loretta Templet