Strong grain markets relative to cotton are still the driving force behind planted acreage in Richland Parish.
Planted acreage for 2012 are:
Corn, soybean and wheat prices have been good which is reflected in planted acres this year.
Cotton acres declined 3023 acres from 2011 and this trend is expected for next year in Richland Parish and across Northeast Louisiana where most of the cotton in Louisiana is produced.
Corn and soybeans represents 65% of planted acres this year and should not substantially change for 2013.
Producers “dodged a bullet” as tropical storm Isaac came through with minimal damage to crops.
Some lodging in rice occurred due to strong winds and some cotton defoliation was delayed.
Most of the corn was harvested prior to the storm with good yields and minimal impact on the portion not harvested.
Soybean harvest was around 50% completed before the storm with minimal damage to the rest of the crop.
The rainfall from Isaac was actually beneficial to late planted soybeans. What is needed now is 3-4 weeks of dry weather to get the rest of the crops harvested.
Keith Collins is the Richland Parish County Agent and may be reached at (318) 728-3216.
The Parish office is located at 702 Madeline Street, Rayville, Louisiana 71269.
Agent Collins writes the above news article for the September 20, 2012 issue of The Richland Beacon and the Delhi Dispatch.
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