Annual Sugarcane Field Day

Mariah J. Simoneaux / Special to The Chief
Farmers and agriculture industry members gathered at Carmouche Planting Company to learn about the benefits of cover crops.

The forty-eighth Annual Assumption Parish Sugarcane Field Day was held on Tuesday, July 11, 2017. Each year Field Day is sponsored by Assumption Parish Farm Bureau and the Assumption Parish LSU AgCenter with support from local businesses and community members. A field tour was held at Carmouche Planting Company in Belle Rose, followed by an indoor educational program at the LSU AgCenter’s Extension Office in Napoleonville. Invited guest speakers included Dr. Kenneth Gravois, Dr.

Al Orgeron, and Dr. Michael Pontiff from the LSU AgCenter, Edwis Dufrene from the USDA Sugarcane Research Unit, Atticus Finger from the American Sugarcane League, and Assumption Parish farmer Gary Gravois.

High Yield awards were presented to the top ten farmers. First place went to Kevin Falcon and Lance Gaudet of Woods Farms for their 2016 sugarcane crop. The Young Farmer award was presented to Grant Crochet. Crochet is a fourth generation sugarcane farmer and works full time with his father, who he credits for teaching him the ins and outs of farm life. The U. B. Simoneaux Distinguished Service award was presented to Bobby Simoneaux. Simoneaux spent 23 years with the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry before retiring. He is active in many organizations on the local, state and national level that promote good agriculture practices and strive to make the life of the farmer a better one.

The winners of this year’s Assumption Parish Youth Garden Contest were also recognized. The first place winner of the youth large category was Brynlee Barbier. Winners of the youth small category were Madilyn Reed – first place, Kaeli-Gracyn Bourgoyne – second place, and Emily, Ella and Eden Rivere – third place. Each winner received a check from the Lower Delta Soil and Water Conservation District and a certificate.