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Louisiana farmers rushed to harvest crops ahead of Hurricane Laura

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• By Bruce Schultz • North Louisiana farmers were rushing to get their corn crop out of the field before Hurricane Laura hit Aug. 27, and so far, the crop looked good. Laura also has the potential to inflict serious damage to the state’s soybean crop. Keith Collins, Louisiana State University AgCenter agent in Richland, Franklin and Ouachita parishes, said ... Read More »

Louisiana farmers begin planting amid uncertain prices

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• By Bruce Schultz • Planting is underway or about to start for most crops in Louisiana, and farmers are watching the markets closely as the world economy reels from the fallout created by the novel coronavirus. Louisiana State University AgCenter economist Michael Deliberto said commodities are looking better this week, and the stock market has improved. But uncertainty from ... Read More »

COVID-19 doesn’t stop planting season

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• By Bruce Schultz • Many  schools and workplaces have  closed up shop amid the coronavirus pandemic. But in the world of agriculture,  the show must go on. In Louisiana, this  is rice and corn  planting season —  a busy and important time of year for farmers, who also will soon begin planting other crops  such as  soybeans  and  cotton. ... Read More »