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A combine harvests rice near Crowley, Louisiana. This year’s crop won’t set any records after a growing season with excess rainfall that has stretched into the harvest, making field conditions difficult to cut rice. Farmers in who have not finished harvesting their crop are anxiously watching Hurricane Harvey. Photo by Bruce Schultz/LSU AgCenter

Hurricane threatens balance of Louisiana rice harvest

CROWLEY — The 2017 rice harvest is wrapping up in south Louisiana with overall results considered fair because of unfavorable weather, but an approaching tropical storm could complicate getting the remaining crop out of the fields.
Steve Linscombe, director of the LSU AgCenter H. Rouse Caffey Rice Research Station, said 2017 will not rank among the top yielding years. “We’re going to have an OK crop, but certainly not near a record yield,” he said.

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Kaplan City Court employees get 2.5% raise

Kaplan City Court employees can expect bigger paychecks after a city council vote during their regular meeting last Tuesday.
City Judge Stanton Hardee had requested the raise for his employees in April 2017, but was denied due to lack of funds.
The change of tide came when the continued participation in the Vermilion Parish Economic Development District came up for discussion during the meeting. This participation costs the city $10,000 a year.
“I spoke with other entities and they are backing out because they just don’t have any money,” said Mayor Champagne.

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