by Don Molino
Charles Canatella, Secretary/Treasurer of the Louisiana Soybean and Grain Research and Promotion Board, was like a lot of farmers last August...part of his crop went underwater. Some 400 acres got flooded and 75 of those acres stayed under water for more than two weeks. Those beans, he says, were a total loss.
"It wasn't a total loss on the 400 acres so we were fortunate. In fact, we had, believe it or not, on some good sandy high ground that didn't flood some of the beans didn't make as good as the beans that were flooded in the clay land. I guess there was just too much rain," says Canatella.
A lot of his yields were robbed by diseases that hit along with the flood.
"It won't be as bad as it looked when we were getting 25 inches of rain," said Canatella.
"Hope the weather stays good for another few weeks and we can get the rest of the soybeans out and then plant our sugarcane crop," he concluded.
(This report a service of the Louisiana Soybean and Grain Research and Promotion Board)