Two combines harvest soybeans in Avoyelles Parish on the Ike and Joey Boudreaux farm. Statewide, the soybean crop is more than half harvested, and yields are down slightly from last year because of weather conditions. Farmers in some areas are dealing with grain quality issues. (Photo by Bruce Schultz/LSU AgCenter)
With more than half the Louisiana soybean crop harvested, many farmers are looking at a good year, according to LSU AgCenter soybean specialist Todd Spivey.
“About 60 percent of the crop is out of the field,” he said.
Farmers were reporting better yields and grain quality before Tropical Storm Gordon moved inland after Sept. 4, Spivey said. After the storm, however, grain quality slipped, with a damage total of 5 to 10 percent, compared to 1 to 3 percent before Gordon.