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Growing conditions and lots of rainfall has fruit trees developing bumper crops, silver maple and elm tree seedlings popping up in lawns and landscape beds, and brown or purple spots appearing on plant leaves.
Weeds are a problem every year, but continued rainfall increases their numbers and our workload. Two weeds showing up now are purslane and yellow nutsedge.

It’s nearly impossible to predict how much damage this past winter’s weather did to existing alfalfa fields. While alfalfa usually comes through winter in pretty good shape in our area, I’m sure this year there could be plenty of exceptions.

It will be a couple weeks at least before you might expect to see the beginnings of spring growth. However, it’s important that you determine the amount of damage as soon as possible so you have time to respond in the best way possible.

Here are a series of articles on flooding and horses produced by LSU Extension
As the flood waters recede and we are able to get back in to our farms and ranchers it is important to think about drinking water safety. It is common for private wells to be immersed with the flood waters. The flood waters commonly contain high levels of bacteria such as fecal coliforms and E. coli. These microbes can cause short-term health effects such as diarrhea, cramps, nausea, headaches or other symptoms.

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