Archive for January, 2011

Delta Farm Press recently published an article I wrote on how social media can be used in agriculture. You can read the article at the following link:

Also, for those of you that tweet, you can now follow me on twitter @NatHummel.

Happy Friday!

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On Wednesday I’ll be speaking at the LSU AgCenter Rice Forum in Rayville, LA.  I hope to see you at the meeting.

Northeast Louisiana Rice Forum

9:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.       


9:30 a.m. – 9:50 a.m. 

                               Rice Varieties/Breeding program update

                               Dr. Steven Linscombe, Southwest Regional Director/ Rice Breeder, LSU AgCenter, Crowley,   LA

9:50 a.m. – 10:10 a.m.

                                Rice Fertility Research/Recommendations

                                Dr. Dustin Harrell, Agronomist, Rice Research Station, Crowley, LA

10:10 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.          

                                Rice Insects/Insecticide update

                                Dr. Natalie Hummel, Extension Rice Entomologist, Baton Rouge, LA

10:30 a.m. – 10:50 a.m.          

                                Verification and Production Issues

                                 Dr. Johnny Saichuk, Extension Rice Specialist, Crowley, LA

10:50 a.m. – 11:20 a.m.           Break

11:20 a.m. – 11:40 a.m.          

                                USA Rice Federation Activities Update

                                Betsy Ward, President/CEO USA Rice Federation

11:40 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

                                Farm Bill and Regulatory Update

                                Reece Langley, Vice President, Government Affairs, USA Rice Federation

12:00 noon             Lunch

SPONSORED BY: LSU AgCenter, Northeast Louisiana Rice Grower’s Association, USA Rice Federation, Louisiana Land Bank.

For more information please contact County Agent Keith Collins.

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I received the notice below from some of the LSU AgCenter rice County Agents.  I plan on attending and hope to see many of you at the dinner.  Last year I found the speakers to be very engaging and informative.


On Tuesday, January 25th, the LA Rice Growers Association and the LA Rice Council will hold their joint annual meeting in Crowley at 5:00 pm.  USA Rice senior staff will be in town for the meeting, including Betsy Ward, President and CEO; Reece Langley, VP-Government Affairs; Patricia Alderson, VP-Meetings & Member Services; and Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd, Senior Director-Communication.


Information on the meeting follows:

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

International Rice Festival Building

717 West Mill St. – Crowley, Louisiana

5:00 p.m. – Join us for cookies & coffee

5:45 p.m. – Program & Dinner


Program: USA Rice Federation Activities and Results

Reports on your rice promotion checkoff at work and on policy, legislative and regulatory issues important to you

Betsy Ward – USA Rice President & CEO

Reece Langley – USA Rice VP, Government Affairs

Door Prizes to date: Farmers Rice Mill Remington 877 Nitro Magnum 12gauge shotgun in camouflage Farmers Rice Mill Rich-N-Tone Duck Call Louisiana Rice Council A trip for two to the 2011 USA Rice Outlook Conference in Austin, TX USA Rice Federation 1 Aroma Rice Cooker And More!

For more information, contact Randy Jemison @ 337-738-7009, rjemison@usarice.com

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County Agent Rob Ferguson sent me this announcement yesterday.  Hope to see many of you at the meeting.

Avoyelles Parish Rice Production Clinic


Masonic Lodge – Bunkie, LA 

8:30                 Welcome

8:40                 Rice Variety and Breeding Update

                        Dr. Steve Linscombe

                        Rice Research Station

9:05                 Rice Fertility and Management Tips

                        Dr. Dustin Harrell

                        Rice Research Station

9:30                 Rice Situation and Outlook

                        Dr. Kurt Guidry

                        LSU AgCenter Department of Ag Economics

9:55                 Rice Water Weevil Management and Introduction to the online rice insect Identification guide

                        Dr. Natalie Hummel

                        LSU AgCenter Department of Entomology

10:20               Break

10:35              Rice Production and weed control

                        Dr. Johnny Saichuk

                        Rice Specialist

11:25               Rice Disease control update

                        Dr. Don Groth

                        Rice Research Station

11:50               Worker Protection Standard and Pesticide Drift


                        Rob Ferguson

                        LSU AgCenter

12:35p.m.        Lunch

For more information, please contact Rob Ferguson.

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I recently assembled a list of iPhone apps that have some utility in agriculture or entomology.  If you use an iPhone you might be able to use some of these apps in your agricultural endeavors.  The app descriptions were taken from websites about the app or the iTunes app store.

I’m curious to know if you have a favorite agriculturally related app?  Also, if you know of any other agricultural apps that are not in my table, please post a comment or e-mail to me: nhummel@agcenter.lsu.edu

John Blue at Truffle Media has also assembled a delicious page that lists links to stories about most of these apps.  It can be accessed by clicking here.

Shaun Haney of Real Agriculture also has a post on agricultural app use in Canada.  It can be read here.

Thanks to Katherine Parys and Blaine Viator for sending me many of the apps that are on the list.

App Description Fee
Project Noah The app asks people to upload photos, GPS coordinates and other anecdotal info about wildlife they see. An update to the app, which will be launched in December, gives users digital badges for participating in these endeavors.1 Free
Entomology Dictionary The Entomology Dictionary app is a huge dictionary of 4,500 words and terms used in the field of entomology – the study of insects.2 0.99
AgWired First agricultural media app for the iPhone.  The app offers one-touch access to all the latest news and information in the agribusiness and agricultural marketing world posted on Agwired.com, including audio, photos and video, and connections to other ZimmComm news sites.3 Free
SoilWeb GPS based, real-time access to USDA-NRCS soil survey data, formatted for mobile devices. This application retrieves graphical summaries of soil types associated with the user’s current geographic location. Images are linked to detailed information on the named soils. 4  Free
PureSense Allows user to access information from underground sensors that detect moisture levels near the roots of crops. 5 Free, but linked with acct
The Plant Doctor Provides real time diagnosis and cost-effective treatments for plant diseases in gardens, landscapes, nurseries and farms.  Users may read the free descriptions of 10 of the most common plant diseases and their causes.  If users are still unsure about their plant’s problem, they may buy a diagnosis.6 Free, but diagnostics for a fee.
Turfgrass management Contains pictures and information for identifying weeds. Diseases, insects, and turfgrasses.  Provides easy access to information for identifying and diagnosing pests while in the field.  Full version has pesticide database, recommendations, management information, research, presentations, or publications.7 Lite version is free.Full version is $19.99/yr
Agriculture Dictionary 1.0 The application for the iPhone and iPod Touch is a dictionary of all things to do with Agriculture. We have included techniques, a glossary, definitions, harvesting, and many more agricultural terms. This is a great application to gain insight and knowledge, and to have at your disposal. 8 $0.99
Audubon Insects and Spiders – A Field guide to North American Insects and spiders. Audubon Insects and Spiders is your essential guide to identifying insects and spiders found in North America. This mobile field guide app includes hundreds of professional color photographs, range maps, authoritative information and more. 9 $9.99
Oakmapper The OakMapper App uses your phone’s built in GPS to identify where you are when you submit data (on sightings of trees showing symptoms of sudden oak death). That means that you can report SOD as soon as you see it and never have to use a GPS to get your position.10 Free
WhatsInvasive This app displays local lists of top invasive plants and/or animals (with images and short descriptions to remind you of what they look like) that have been identified by National Park Service or other invasive management authorities.  You can browse these lists of species and if you see one of them, then click the species name to send the GPS location to the experts.  You can add a photo and text notes to your observation as well.11 Free
iPest1 iPest turns your iPhone or iPod Touch into a mobile field guide to urban pests.  Designed to be a handy guide for anyone dealing with urban pests including homeowners, renters, pest coordinators, building managers, teachers and students.  Includes a searchable menu that organizes pests by type and provides photos and descriptions.12 $1.99Vers          2, 3 now available
Growing Degree Days The Farm Progress growing degree days app measures the maturity of your crop by viewing current and past growing degree days data for your farms location.12 Free
TreeID This app allows the user to identify almost any tree in Northern America based on its: common name, scientific name, physical attributes (bark, leaf and fruit), and geographic location.12 $2.99
KIS Futures KIS futures allows you to track prices on commodity futures and options from your iPhone, iPod or iPad.  Also gives you a detailed snapshot of high, low, last, and net change of multiple commodities markets-options.12 $1.99
ArcGIS by ESRI ArcGIS is a great way to discover and use maps.  You can query the map, search and find interesting information, measure distances and areas of interest and share maps with others.12 Free
MyCast Weather:   Delivers comprehensive yet intuitive weather information specifically for the iPhone and iPod touch.  Uncluttered base maps display animated radar, clouds, and StormWatch severe weather alerts allowing effortless interpretation of how the weather affects your day.12 $3.99
Hurricane by Kitty Code Hurricane gives you the ability to track hurricanes on the go with your iPhone or iPod Touch.  Animated satellite images and interactive forecast and tracking maps help you see where these monster storms are heading.  Text bulletins give you the detailed information you need. 12 $3.99
Dupont Tankmix:   Allows you to easily calculate the amount of product you will need to treat a specific field area, the amount of product you need to apply to a specific tank size, the amount of water you’ll need to treat a specific field area or the amount of product you need to the get the desired volume to volume ratio. 12 Free
iSpeak Spanish:   This app translates English to Spanish.  Simply enter the text you want to translate, press the translate button, and then press the “Speak It” button to hear your translation. 12 $1.99

1http://www.cnn.com/2010/TECH/mobile/10/22/citizen.scientists.app/index.html?hpt=T2.  Accessed on 12/21/2010.

2http://www.appstorehq.com/entomologydictionary-iphone-107723/app.  Accessed on 12/21/2010.

3http://agwired.com/2010/07/26/introducing-agwired-iphone-app/.  Accessed on 12/21/2010.

4http://ohioagmanager.osu.edu/uncategorized/soil-app-available-for-iphone-droid/. Accessed on 12/21/2010.

5http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=105838912.  Accessed on 12/21/2010.

6http://hawaii-agriculture.com/hawaii-agriculture-blog/hawaii-tribune-herald-local-plant-doctor-releases-iphone-app/.  Accessed on 12/21/2010.

7http://www.southernstates.com/sscinfo/news/2009/0909_iphoneturfgrass.aspx.  Accessed on 12/21/2010.

8http://download.cnet.com/Agriculture-Dictionary/3000-20415_4-75031739.html. Accessed on 12/21/2010.

9http://www.audubonguides.com/field-guides/insects-spiders-north-america.html. Accessed on 12/21/2010.

10http://oakmapper.cnr.berkeley.edu/.  Accessed on 1/6/2011

11http://whatsinvasive.com. Accessed on 1/6/2011

12The iTunes Store. Accessed on 1/6/2011

Disclaimer: this is not an endorsement for any of the apps which require a fee.

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I received the following announcement from Vermilion Parish County Agent Stuart Gauthier today.  I hope to see many of you at the meeting.

The 39th annual Vermilion Parish Rice School will be held on Friday January 7, 2011 at the American Legion Hall in Kaplan, LA.  Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. with the educational portion beginning at 8:00 a.m.  Anyone interested in rice farming is invited to attend this free training. 

The agenda for the meeting is as follows:

7:30 a.m. – Registration/ Coffee and Donuts 

8:00 a.m. – A General Guide for Using Salt Water on Rice – Stuart Gauthier, County Agent, LSU AgCenter 

8:20 a.m. – Rice Variety Update – Dr. Steve Linscombe, Regional Director & Dr. Xueyan Sha;  Rice Breeder, Rice Station, LSU AgCenter 

8:50 a.m. – Cultural Considerations When Drilling Rice & Other Production Practices – Dr. Johnny Saichuk, Rice Specialist, LSU AgCenter  

9:10 a.m. – Rice Fertility –Reducing Nitrogen recommendation for CL 151– Dr. Dustin Harrell, Agronomist- Rice Research Station 

9:30 a.m.– Rice Outlook –  Kurt Guidry,  Department of Ag Economics, LSU AgCenter 

10:00 a.m. – 10:15 Break 

10:15 a.m. – Rice Water Weevil Demonstration Test, 2010 Results – Dr. Natalie Hummel, Entomology Professor, LSU AgCenter 

10:40 a.m. – Panicle Blight & Fungicide update – Dr. Don Groth, Rice Pathologist, Rice Research Station, LSU AgCenter 

11:10 a.m. – Rice Weed Control Update- Neely Sprangletop, Strategies for dealing with Volunteer Hybrid & Resistance Red Rice Issues – Dr. Eric Webster, Weed Science Professor, LSU AgCenter 

11:40 a.m.  Rice Marketing Update for Vermilion Parish – Eddie Gaspard, Planters’ Rice Mill 

11:55 a.m. – FSA Comments & Grace – Larry Thibodeaux, CED, Abbeville

Also mark your calendars for the Vermilion Soybean School scheduled for Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2011 from 11:30 to 3:00pm at Vermilion Extension Office.

For more information, please contact:

Stuart J. Gauthier

County Agent

Vermilion Parish

1105 West Port

Abbeville, LA 70510



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County Agent Keith Fontenot just sent me the program and times for the 51st Annual Rice & Soybean School Program, to be held Wednesday, Jan. 5th at the Ville Platte Civic Center.  I hope to see many of you at the meeting.

Please note the list of sponsors who make the refreshments and the meal for this meeting possible. We would ask that you take the time to Thank and Patronize the companies sponsoring the rice & soybean meeting when you have the opportunity.

This meeting has been approved as a Private Pesticide Applicators Re-Certification Meeting. To be re-certified you must register and pay the $25 fee to the LDAF personnel that will be on hand, and attend the entire meeting from 8-12 noon.



Wednesday, January 5, 2011– Registration at 7:30 a.m.

Ville Platte Civic Center

Two of Evangeline & St. Landry Parish’s most economically important crops will be discussed at length at the 51st Annual Rice Production School and 44th Annual Soybean Production School.  These production schools will be held together on Wednesday, January 5 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 on updated production practices concerning both crops.

Recertification is also offered on this day to all producers or homeowners needing recertification of their Private Pesticide Applicators Card.   If you register, pay the $25.00 fee and attend the entire meeting, you will be recertified as a private pesticide applicator for another 3 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 1 ½ hours to be re-certified.

The program agenda and speakers are as follows:

7:30-8:00        Registration, Coffee & Donuts

Register for Private Pesticide Applicator Re-Certification  

($25.00 fee & attend entire meeting)

8:00-8:05        Welcome & Introductions —————————————————–   Jeffery Sylvester, President, Evangeline Rice Growers Association

8:05-8:30        Rice Varieties, Breeding Program Update ——————————- Dr. Steve Linscombe, Southwest Regional Director, Rice Breeder

8:30-8:55        Review of 2010 Problems, Production Practices for 2011 ————– Dr. Johnny Saichuk, Rice Specialist, LSU AgCenter

8:55-9:20        Rice Weed Management——————————————————— Dr. Eric Webster, Weed Scientist, Agronomy Dept, LSU

9:20-9:35        BREAK

9:35-9:55        Rice Fertility ——————————————————————- Dr. Dustin Harrell, Agronomist, Rice Research Station

9:55- 10:15     Rice Water Weevil Demonstrations & Other Insect Observations — Dr. Natalie Hummel, Entomologist, LSU AgCenter

10:15-10:35    Rice Economics & Market Outlook —————————————– Michael Deliberto, Research Associate, Ag Economics Dept.

10:35–10:50    BREAK

10:50-11:15    Soybean Varieties & Management Practices ——————————- Dr. Ronnie Levy, Soybean Specialist, LSU AgCenter

11:15-11:35    Soybean & Grain Sorghum Market Situation & Outlook —————– Dr. Kurt Guidry, Associate Professor, Ag Economics, LSU

11:35-12:15    Worker Protection Standard for Farmers ———————————– Keith A Fontenot

                        Drift  Minimization  & Pesticide Re-Certification Training                        County Agent, Evangeline Parish

12:15               Sign Re-Certification forms —————————- Department of Agriculture Personnel

                                    (must have attended entire meeting)

12:15   Lunch —————————————————– Courtesy of Ag Businesses & Suppliers listed                                                                                                                                              

 The LSU AgCenter prohibits discrimination in all its programs and activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, religion, age, disabilities, political beliefs, sexual orientation, and marital or family status.  Persons with disabilities, who require alternative means for communication of program information or other assistance, should contact the Evangeline Parish Office of the LSU AgCenter at (337) 363-5646.

For more information, please contact:

Keith A. Fontenot

County Agent/Parish Chairman

Evangeline Parish

Office – (337) 363-5646

Cell – (337) 290-0510

Fax (337) 363-1210

E-Mail (kfontenot@agctr.lsu.edu)

Website (http://www.lsuagcenter.com)

The Annual Rice and Soybean Schools are sponsored by the following agricultural supporting businesses and industries:

Acadiana Risk Management

Agriliance/Retail Ag Solutions




Basile State Bank 

Bayer Crop Science

Central Farmers Co-op

Citizens Bank

Crop Production Services

Delta Grow Seed Co.

Dupont Crop Protection

Evangeline  Rice Growers Assn

Evangeline Bank & Trust

Evangeline Farm Bureau

Evangeline Farmers Co-op

First South Farm Credit ACA

G &  H Seed Co.

Gowan Company

Guaranty Bank of Mamou

Hancock Bank

Quality Equipment

Mamou Rice Drier

Manuel Hardware Inc.

Ortego Services Inc.


Progressive Tractor


Soileau Industries Inc.


Terral Seed

Tri-Parish Bank of Eunice

Valent USA

Ville Platte Rice Drier

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2010 in review

The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads This blog is on fire!.

Crunchy numbers

Featured image

A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 11,000 times in 2010. That’s about 26 full 747s.

In 2010, there were 84 new posts, not bad for the first year! There were 217 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 420mb. That’s about 4 pictures per week.

The busiest day of the year was December 7th with 168 views. The most popular post that day was Please take a minute to complete this one question poll about the online id guide..

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were agfax.com, digg.com, facebook.com, mail.yahoo.com, and lsuagcenter.com.

Some visitors came searching, mostly for rice, field, rice field, rice insects, and rice plant.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.


Please take a minute to complete this one question poll about the online id guide. December 2010


Field Meeting in Madison Parish – grasshoppers, rice stinkbugs and chinch bugs July 2010


Armyworms continue their march across Jeff-Davis Parish May 2010


Rice Stink Bugs causing trouble – plus some grasshopper damage June 2010


Whiteheads in Vermilion Parish – borers, rats and a Friday mystery for you. July 2010

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