Roundup: Rice planting delays / Walmart upgrades / 1,000 free trees

    Rainy days: Heavy rainfall has slowed Louisiana rice farmers work to get their 2019 crop planted. Todd Fontenot, LSU AgCenter agent in Evangeline Parish, says farmers there were nearing completion of planting before the rains came. He estimates farmers had finished planting up to 70% of their crop, but the longer farmers have to wait to finish planting the greater the impact will be on the ultimate crop size. Read the full story from the LSU AgCenter.

    New look: Walmart announced it expects to spend an estimated $73 million this year remodeling 15 stores in Louisiana—including the Baton Rouge location on O’Neal Lane—as well as on the launch and continued expansion of several customer-focused innovations.

    Growing green: Baton Rouge Green says it’s giving away 1,000 trees to Baton Rouge residents on May 4 in an effort to help restore trees lost in the historic flood of 2016. The trees will be given away with planting kits from 9 a.m. to noon at the Goodwood Library.  

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