Louisiana corn ‘phenomenal,’ cotton ‘mixed bag’

There was no holding farmers back when unusually warm temperatures in March made it seem like a good time to plant cotton.

A combination of early planting and ample moisture is helping produce what could be a phenomenal corn crop in Louisiana. Cotton is proving to be more of a “mixed bag” because some of the crop was planted too early and received too much rain.

Dan Fromme, Extension corn and cotton specialist, LSU AgCenter, said the good start on the state’s corn crop could mean there will be a lot more combines in the fields starting in the next two weeks.

Some of the state’s cotton appears to be fruiting well, but the jury is still out on cotton that had to be replanted after the excessive rainfall and cooler temperatures that hit the state’s cotton-growing regions in early April, according to Dr. Fromme, who is based at the Dean Lee Research Station in Alexandria, La.

Dr. Fromme said officials with the Louisiana Boll Weevil Eradication Program are still working on the final count, but they believe the state's farmers planted "a solid 180,000 acres of cotton" in 2017. Early forecasts had been for 200,000 acres of cotton, but adverse weather conditions affected the state's planted acreage.

He was one of a number of speakers at the Northeast Research Station Field Day in St. Joseph, La., on Tuesday (June 20). The St. Joseph area received nearly three inches of rain after a front moved through and dropped temperatures on Monday (June 19).

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