Farmers to discuss drought

Published 12:00 am Saturday, August 19, 2006

VIDALIA &8212; With a serious drought threatening crops in the area, farmers will gather Tuesday to discuss the conditions.

The LSU AgCenter will hold the meeting from 8 until 11 a.m. in the Vidalia City Hall. The meeting will be held to discuss alternate forms of saving dying crops through the use of watering techniques, Glen Daniels said.

&8220;We&8217;ve got some researchers coming and they&8217;re going to talk about the crop situation and what where seeing. Then we&8217;ll get into the technical part,&8221; he said. &8220;It&8217;s like having insurance on a vehicle, you hope you won&8217;t have to use it, but with recent droughts and crops suffering pretty badly, it will be good to hear.&8221;

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The meeting discussions include watering fields with available water and recapturing the water for the irrigation of most row crops, Daniels said. Other discussion topics include crop status reports, rice irrigation and irrigation water use and costs in the Mississippi Delta.

A lunch and a field tour of Angelina Plantation will follow the meeting. Daniels said, &8220;we will be able to see some things when we go on the tour&8221; of the afternoon event.

&8220;This will be one of the better technical meetings and a timely meeting, where we will be able to get some useful information,&8221; Daniels said. &8220;Hopefully, people can take what they learn and go home and use it on their farm.&8221;

For further information on the meeting, contact the LSU AgCenter at 318-336-5315.