|Herman Waguespack Jr.
Agronomy Staff Member
Waguespack, Jr. grew up in Vacherie, La.
After graduating from Ascension Catholic High School, he attended
Nicholls State University to earn a B.S. in Agriculture Business. While at Nicholls he was president of the NSU
Ag Club and served as president of Delta Tau Alpha honorary agriculture
fraternity. He was named the outstanding
Ag graduate of 1981. He is a Nicholls Hall of Fame graduate and was featured in Who’s
Who among American College Students.
Upon graduation, he worked as a sugarcane farm manager for Caire and
Graugnard. He also served as a Farm Bureau insurance agent in St.
James parish for several years. In 1985, Waguespack began his
career as a sugarcane agronomist for the American Sugar Cane League (ASCL) and worked with researchers and farmers throughout the state to develop new varieties and
test new technology for the advancement of the Louisiana sugarcane
industry. He completed his
studies at LSU and graduated with a master’s degree in agronomy in 1996.
Since 1986, Waguespack has worked with the Louisiana
sugarcane variety development team to release 18 new sugarcane varieties for
commercial production. His work with the
researchers has helped to formulate new recommendations for growers in this
ever-changing industry. He has worked
closely with growers throughout the state by participating in mechanical
harvester studies to determine how growers can best utilize combine harvesters
in Louisiana. He has participated in
studies to help growers utilize the residue left in the field after harvest to
promote stubble longevity and reduce sediment runoff.
In tandem with engineers and farmers, Waguespack and other ASCL agronomists have also conducted studies to help
improve mechanical planting and other important tools for the industry. He has served as president of the Louisiana
Division of the American Society of Sugarcane Technologists and currently
represents the sugar industry on the Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary
and his wife Lisa live in Thibodaux.