LSU AgCenter escapes major cuts

In Delta Farm Press

Bill Richardson is no stranger to bruising budget battles. He’s seen plenty of them in the years he’s served first as chancellor of the LSU AgCenter and now as LSU’s vice president for agriculture and dean of the College of Agriculture.

But none have been more bruising and cantankerous than the one that ended with a 59-43 House vote to approve the SAVE offset on June 11. The vote averted a veto of the state budget by Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, a conservative Republican with presidential ambitions.

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Texas AgriLife specialists recommend scouting for sugarcane aphids

In Southwest Farm Press

Sugarcane aphids are not building up on Texas grain sorghum as rapidly as they did last summer, but from experience over the past two years producers know populations can explode, making scouting a critical part of sorghum management.

Texas AgriLife specialists believe rainfall and cooler temperatures so far this season may be keeping sugarcane aphid populations low enough to allow beneficial insects to provide some control.

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