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Harvest almost complete
from The Concordia Sentinel
October 5, 2017 -

The soybean harvest is almost complete and the cotton harvest halfway done.

Sebe Brown, LSU AgCenter Assistant Area Agent for the Northeast Region, said yields “are all over the board.”

He said the cotton yield is averaging approximately 900 pounds to 1000 pounds per acre.

“Some of the cotton is good, some bad,” he said. “With good nice days we could be through with the cotton harvest in a couple of weeks.”

Brown said the soybean harvest is about 90 percent complete.

“The yields overall have been fairly good but quality issues have offset that in some cases,” he said. “The lower quality the less money you get.”

The corn harvest, however, was good overall, Brown said.

He said many corn farmers broke yield records — 180 to 200 bushels on dryland corn.

Because of the frequent rainfall, many farmers saved money by not having to irrigate, he said. But rainfall during the late summer — especially from Hurricane Harvey — hurt the cotton and soybean crops.

Farmers planted 522,000 acres in corn statewide this year.

Soybean acreage totaled 1,260,000 acres.

Cotton acreage was up to 190,000 acres.


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