Annual sugar cane field day scheduled

The LSU Agricultural Center Sugar Research Station will host its 34th Annual Sugar Cane Field Day on July 20.

Registration begins at 8 a.m. at the station, located on La. 30, 11 miles south of Tiger Stadium on the LSU campus. Field tours start at 9 a.m. An indoor program will begin at 11 a.m. with lunch at noon.

Topics during the field tours include sugar cane variety development, insect pest management, disease control, weed control and soybeans in a sugar cane rotation.

For information, contact Pat Bollich, resident director, at (225) 642-0224 or

Black farmers field day planned in Bastrop

The annual Black Farmers Field Day will be held at Harper Armstrong’s farm at 5821 Mer Rouge Road in Bastrop on July 22.

The Morehouse Parish Black Farmers and Landowners Association, Southern University and the LSU Agricultural Center are hosting the field day. Registration begins at 8 a.m., with presentations starting at 8:30 a.m.

Participants will be able to look at soybean, corn and sunflower test plots and get information on using land for recreational purposes like hunting, fishing and agritourism for supplemental income. There also will be a demonstration of food plots in the field and new tractors and farm equipment.

Topics will include irrigation and controlling ryegrass and pigweed. For information or to register, contact Odis Hill at, (318) 281-5741 or (318) 237-3517.

Dean Lee Station hosting field day

The LSU Agricultural Center’s Dean Lee Research Station will hold its annual field day at 8:30 a.m. Thursday at the state evacuation center next to LSU’s Alexandria campus.

A field tour begins at 8:50 a.m. Presentations will be made by LSU AgCenter experts on insect control, plant pathology, soybean research, herbicides, corn agronomy and using drones in agriculture.

Topics also include an update on the LSU AgCenter; information on the Environmental Quality Incentives Program offered by the Natural Resources Conservation Service; and Louisiana 4-H.

Information is available from Daniel Stephenson at (318) 427-4424.

Home Bancorp makes Russell 3000 Index

Home Bancorp Inc., the Lafayette-based parent company for Home Bank, was recently named to the Russell 3000 Index, which measures the performance of the 3,000 largest U.S.-traded stocks based on market capitalization.

Home Bancorp’s market capitalization is more than $181 million. It has 29 locations across south Louisiana and western Mississippi. It was founded in 1908 as Home Building & Loan.

Puryear IT moves to Government Street

Puryear IT has moved its headquarters to 1779 Government St. in Baton Rouge, a historic property built in 1921 that it purchased earlier this year and renovated.

Puryear IT is an information technology service provider that implements, maintains and monitors computer networks of mid-sized companies throughout the region.

The company was founded in 2002 by Chief Executive Officer Dustin Puryear. He noted the revitalization along Government Street in making the move. “We love the feel of the area and want to be a part of what it is becoming,” Puryear said.

Red Robin opening Lafayette restaurant

A Red Robin Gourmet Burgers and Brews restaurant is opening at 11 a.m. Monday in Lafayette at 101 Meadow Farm Road in the Ambassador Town Center next to Costco.

The restaurant’s menu includes more than two dozen gourmet burger styles, with more than 100 different toppings, served with Bottomless Steak Fries.

Red Robin Gourmet Burgers Inc., a casual dining restaurant chain, was founded in 1969 and operates through its Red Robin International Inc. subsidiary, and under the trade name Red Robin Gourmet Burgers and Brews.

There are more than 530 Red Robin restaurants across the United States and Canada, including Red Robin Burger Works locations and those operating under franchise agreements.