Excessive Rainfall Hurts Louisiana Soybean Crop

by Don Molino

LSU AgCenter Soybean Specialist Dr. Ronnie Levy at the Dean Lee Research Station just south of Alexandria, says the wet weather the past few weeks is really cutting into this year's soybean crop.

"We've had very little of the soybean crop planted yet," says Levy. "We'd like to have a lot more and producers would really like to be in their fields planting, but because of the excessive rain, we have very little that's been planted so far."

According to Levy, the later we get into the planting season, the more affect it will have on final yields.

"We were able to get a few soybeans planted in some parts of the state. But, again, we're still waiting to see how they perform with all the rainfall we've had," said Levy.

And a lot of the corn acres around Louisiana will have to be re-planted due to the heavy rainfall.

"Some of the corn acres are still under water that hadn't been planted," according to Levy. "And it appears that the northern part of the state and the southern part of the state had the most excessive rainfall."

(This report a service of the Louisiana Soybean and Grain Research and Promotion Board)