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|Seepage water causing problems for farmers here|
Every crop season poses problems for farmers -- dry weather, hail damage, diseases and insects such as the red banded stink bug.
The year 2008 is no different from previous years with high water and seepage water along the Mississippi River levee.
It is estimated that 100 percent of Concordia's corn acreage is planted, while 80% of the soybean acreage; 20% of the cotton acreage (unusually cold weather prevented planting); 60% of the rice acreage and 40% of grain sorghum acreage has been planted.
According to County Agent Glen Daniels:
"Overall, the wheat crop in the parish looks good. Yields should be pretty good if no problems occur such as hail damage or strong winds before harvesting. There will be some wheat that will be double cropped with either cotton or soybeans.
"The positive aspect of this year's crop is relatively strong prices for most crops. The recent rainfall throughout the parish was a blessing due to dry conditions in the parish. Most areas of the parish received from .9 to over an inch of rain.
"The seepage water from the river is expected to last from three to four weeks causing farmers to replant. Unfortunately, there is nothing that parish farmers can do about seepage water.
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