- Associated Press - Thursday, April 28, 2016

WINNSBORO, La. (AP) - Wet fields have been an all-too-common sight across Louisiana.

The News-Star reports (https://tnsne.ws/1pJA9x0) many soybean farmers have yet to begin planting because of the wet conditions even though the optimum planting window for soybeans has been open for nearly two weeks.

LSU AgCenter soybean specialist Ronnie Levy says less than 10 percent of the state’s anticipated soybean crop has been planted.

Levy says more than 40,000 acres of corn were lost to flooding in March, and farmers are trying to avoid the same fate with their soybeans.

After two consecutive years of record yields, Levy says last year’s crop saw a significant decrease with late planting being a contributing factor. The statewide average for soybeans was 42 bushels an acre, down from the previous year’s nation-leading 57 bushels per acre.

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Information from: The News-Star, https://www.thenewsstar.com

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