The forum is free and begins with registration at 8:30 a.m.

During the forum, Rick Mascagni of the LSU AgCenter's Northeast Research Station in St. Joseph will give a presentation on transgenic hybrids – particularly Bt and Roundup Ready varieties. Mascagni also will talk about irrigation in corn.

Following Mascagni's talk on transgenic hybrids, David Lanclos of the LSU AgCenter's Dean Lee Research Station in Alexandria will talk about cultural practices including proper hybrid selections, planting depth, seeding rates, plant populations, row spacing, minimum tillage and double cropping.

In other topics concerning corn during the forum:

  • Steve Kelly of the LSU AgCenter's Macon Ridge Research Station in Winnsboro will talk about weed control.
  • Roger Leonard, also of the LSU AgCenter's Macon Ridge Research Station, will talk about insect control.
  • Kurt Guidry of the LSU AgCenter's Agricultural Economics Department in Baton Rouge will give an update on prices and outlooks for the corn crop.
  • Gary Stockton, an LSU AgCenter watershed education agent, will talk about the AgCenter's Master Farmer Program.

The forum will wrap up with lunch shortly after noon.

For more information, call Keith Collins, LSU AgCenter county agent for Richland Parish, at (318) 728-3216.

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