Outstanding North Louisiana Soybean Harvest; Rain Delaying Southwest
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — LSU AgCenter soybean specialist Ronnie Levy says soybean yields are great in north Louisiana, where most of the harvest is in. But he says rains in the south are delaying harvest in the southwest and Hurricane Isaac destroyed fields in the southeast.
He says that without the hurricane, Louisiana would probably have had record yields - and may still, depending on the later harvest.
Statewide, about 60 percent of the 1.1 million acres have been harvested. Levy says about 5 percent, mostly in the southeast, was lost to Isaac.
Levy also said stink bugs have caused minor damage because farmers weren't able to apply pesticides before the hurricane.
The disease Asian soybean rust has shown up in later-planted soybeans, but Levy doesn't expect major damage in Louisiana.