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|High costs, weather make for 'tough' farming year|
The lack of rain caused some damage to parish crops this summer and now too much rain, especially at harvest time, may be causing additional damage in the fields, County Agent Glen Daniels said this week.
"It's been a tough year," he said, "and a costly one for farmers. This will be an expensive crop. Diesel has gone sky high as has the cost of fertilizer, herbicides and insecticides."
He said the corn harvest was interrupted by the rains in recent days, but about 60 percent of the harvest is complete.
"I just hope a big storm with wind doesn't blow the corn down," said Daniels, adding that the use of fungicides makes the stalks stronger.
The soybean harvest has also begun.
"Depending on where the rain hit recently, we were looking at 25 to 50 bushels an acre," he said.
In the Monterey area, he said only about 10 to 20 bushels are being seen on some farms "where we didn't get a rain."
A delay of the soybean harvest due to rain may result "in the beans starting to pop out of the hull."
"Eighty percent of the cotton is open and of that 20 percent of the boles are opening on the stalk," said Daniels.
What benefits from the rains "will be late planted beans such as those planted behind wheat."
The grain sorghum harvest, which is about 60 percent complete, has been averaging about 110 bushels an acre.
"The bad thing is that it's paying only $2 to $2.50 per bushel," said Daniels.
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