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|Wheat gains popularity|
The Macon Ridge Research Station will host a wheat field day for Franklin Parish wheat producers on Thurs., Oct. 10, at 8:30 a.m.
"This Thursday would be a good time for producers to come and see what's going on in wheat production," said LSU AgCenter's Carol Pinnell-Alison.
Participants in the wheat field day will first attend a series of talks on controlling disease and weeds in wheat crops. Following the talks, Pinnell-Alison said participants could take to the fields.
"In the field, participants will examine varieties and how those varieties are performing and how to conduct examinations for disease," Pinnell-Alison said.
The wheat field day comes as area wheat crops are just beginning to pollinate, according to Pinnell-Alison.
"The plants have gone from the vegetative to where they have their seed heads out," Pinnell-Alison said.
Area cotton farmers are looking to next week, Louisiana's recommended planting window for cotton.
The 2008 cotton season is expected to mark the lowest number of cotton acreage planted in Louisiana since the 1800s.
Statewide, Pinnell-Alison said officials are projecting only 280,000 acres of cotton will be planted.
That projection follows a nation-wide trend in which 2008 is predicted to be the smallest American cotton crop since 1983.
Pinnell-Alison said two main factors have contributed to the low projections.
Cotton costs farmers more to produce because of rising fuel prices and increased fertilizer costs. Also, high grain futures continue to drive farmers away from cotton and to soybeans and corn, Pinnell-Alison said.