25 April 2008

lsu agcenter rice research station: rice bounces back at zaunbrecher farm

eddie eskew walks the field to examine the crop's condition.

if theres anything better than a breaded and fried pork chop, rice and gravy, black-eyed peas, a hot buttered dinner roll, a garden salad, cherry topped cheesecake for dessert and all washed down with a tall glass of iced tea we havent found it -- except maybe if you substitute deer back-strap for the pork. thats why we were concerned last thursday when the lsu agcenter informed us that their young rice was struggling.

dr. johnny saichuk, lsu agcenter rice specialist said that the recent cold snap was probably behind the problem. however, in this weeks report, dr. saichuk informs us that he is "pleased with the rice’s recovery.

most of the leaves were upright, and the plants looked much greener. and new leaves appeared to be wider and more robust than the spindly leaves floating on the water."

the agcenter also informs us that they have planted a new long-grain rice variety called "catahoula" and we cant wait to put some gravy on that.

if you click over be sure and check out their rice field webcam.