DELHI, La. – Corn, rice and soybean producers will get the latest information needed to grow productive crops at two forums hosted by the LSU AgCenter in February.

The first is a corn forum slated for Feb. 1 at the Delhi Civic Center. The second will be a rice and soybean forum at the same location Feb. 10.

The Feb. 1 forum begins with registration at 8:30 a.m. and concludes with lunch at noon.

It will include remarks from several LSU AgCenter researchers, according to Keith Collins, an LSU AgCenter county agent in Richland Parish.

During the corn forum, Collins and LSU AgCenter researcher Rick Mascagni will talk about corn varieties, followed by a presentation on weed control by LSU AgCenter specialist David Lanclos.

Other topics to be covered during the corn forum include cultural practices and fertility, insect control and grain sorghum. In addition, LSU AgCenter economist Kurt Guidry will give a market outlook for corn.

The rice and soybean forum also will begin with registration at 8:30 a.m., but that Feb. 10 forum will be an all-day event that ends about 4 p.m.

Soybean issues on the agenda include date of planting and weed control, as well as varieties, core block results, soybean rust, insect control and nematodes. A market outlook for soybeans also will be included.

Then the afternoon sessions will focus on rice – with presentations on varieties, fertility, diseases, weed control and insect control. An update on Clearfield stewardship and verification also will be given by Johnny Saichuk, an LSU AgCenter rice specialist, and the day will end with a market outlook for rice by Guidry.

For more information on these forums, contact Collins at (318) 728-3216 or email: kcollins@agcenter.lsu.edu.

A. Denise Coolman is a writer for the LSU AgCenter.

e-mail: dcoolman@agcenter.lsu.edu