State climatologist Jay Grymes said various sites in Northeast Louisiana were reporting from 3 inches to 7 inches of rain had fallen during the weekend. This was an average of about 5 inches for the region, Grymes said.
"That’s roughly equivalent to a month’s worth of rain – most of it coming within a 24-hour period," Grymes said.
Corn farmers in the area are in the process of planting this year’s crop, but one LSU AgCenter specialist said the rain’s effects probably will be minimal, since much of this year’s corn crop already is in the ground.
David Lanclos, a soybean, corn and grain sorghum specialist stationed at the LSU AgCenter’s Dean Lee Research Station in Alexandria, said the largest impact of the rainfall was producers not being able to get out in their fields.
"We were planting corn fast and furiously as of Friday last week," Lanclos said. "But then the rains came. I really believe the majority of the corn that will be planted is planted. Producers will start shifting to sorghum and thinking about soybeans when they can get back in the fields."
Planting season for the Louisiana cotton crop begins in a few weeks. Joel Faircloth, LSU AgCenter cotton specialist located at the Macon Ridge Research Station in Winnsboro, said cotton producers should be OK if their land dries out by then.
"Some areas like Tensas Parish received just a half-inch of rain," Faircloth said. "But Richland Parish received more like 5 inches. Planting is really dependent on what the weather does in the next week or two."
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A. Denise Coolman is a writer for the LSU AgCenter Communications Division. She can be reached at e-mail: [email protected]