Sugarcane Field Day Held for Farmers

Mariah J. Simoneaux, LSU AgCenter / Special to The Chief
A group of farmers listens as Dr. Brenda Tubana discusses the soil fertility research
conducted on farm in Assumption Parish.

Sugarcane farmers and members of the agriculture community gathered for the 49th annual Assumption Parish Sugarcane Field Day on Tuesday, July 10, 2018. The event is sponsored by

Assumption Parish Farm Bureau and the Assumption Parish LSU AgCenter with support from local businesses and community members. A field demonstration, highlighting research on soil fertility conducted by Dr. Brenda Tubana, R.L. Frazier and Dennis Burns of the LSU AgCenter, was held at the farm of Keith Dugas. The indoor educational program and awards followed at the LSU AgCenter’s

Extension Office in Napoleonville. Guest speakers included Dr. Kenneth Gravois, Dr. Al Orgeron, and Dr. Michael Pontiff from the LSU AgCenter, Jim Simon from the American Sugarcane League, and Terry Kelly from the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service.

High Yield awards were presented to the top ten farmers. First place went to John Burt, III and Dramon Davis of DAB Farms for their 2017 sugarcane crop. The Outstanding Young Farmer award was presented to Ryan Naquin. Naquin’s family has a long history of farming, growing sugarcane for five generations. He has worked full time on the farm since graduating from Nicholls State University in 2009. The U. B. Simoneaux Distinguished Service award was presented to Mickey Gaudet. Gaudet retired from the USDA Farm Service Agency in 2005 after serving as County Executive Director for several parishes, including Assumption, for nearly 30 years. His love and support for the farming industry continues, as he remains interested and involved in the agricultural community of the parishes he served.