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Cotton crop ‘looks fantastic’
from The Concordia Sentinel
July 19, 2018 -

The cotton crop in Concordia Parish and northeastern Louisiana “looks fantastic,” LSU AgCenter NE Assistant Area Agent Sebe Brown said this week.

“It’s probably the best looking crop we have overall,” Brown said. “We’ve had adequate rainfall for cotton, which is more dry tolerate.”

He said “worm and bug pressure have been light to moderate. If the weather continues to hold, we stand to make a good cotton crop.”

Soybeans are also in good shape, he said.

“The beans that were timely planted look really good,” according to Brown. “Some of the dryland beans have been suffering but we are picking up on rainfall.”

“I don’t want to jinx anybody, but we’re looking at a good yielding bean crop as things stand today,” he said.

Corn, which rounds out the region’s top three crops, is beginning to dry down across Louisiana, Brown reports.

“The vast majority of corn has hit dent,” a level of maturity, Brown said. “We’re moving toward harvest maturity and we’ll begin the harvest in some areas before the end of July.”

“Some of the dryland fields look bad, but others look good,” Brown noted. “Most irrigated corn looks good. I think we’re looking at a decent corn crop.”

Brown said the corn crop in northeastern Louisiana “missed a lot of rain at important time points involving pollination and grain filling. Central and south Louisiana received more moisture than we did early on.”

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