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|Three-parish area lead in state cotton acreage|
County Agent Glen Daniels says he expects Concordia, Catahoula and Tensas parishes to once again lead the state in cotton acreage.
"Last year, Tensas was first in the state, Catahoula was second and Concordia third," said Daniels. "And I think we'll see an increase in acreage this year."
Daniels said the increase along with a good crop will "be good for our businesses, especially our gins, warehouses, etc."
While expecting an increase in cotton acreage, Daniels says he is unsure how much acreage will be devoted to grain crops.
"One thing is Japan might not buy grain sorghum, plus many grain farmers are looking at increases in rent on their land," said Daniels, who noted that 90 percent of the land farmed in Concordia is by tenant farmers.
"Rents for grain crops have gone up," said Daniels, "especially on soybean land."
He said market prices for grain crops such as soybeans has increased, a major reason for the higher land rent.
"If we can get the right weather and have another year like 2006 when the prices and crops were good that would really help our agriculture community," Daniels said. "We need to have a good year after last year's hurricane-related problems."
He said some corn was planted in the parish last week.
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