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Cold, wet winter delays Louisiana corn planting

1 year ago Saturday, March 22, 2014 8:28:55 AM CDT March 22, 2014 Saturday, March 22 2014 Mar 22, 2014 in News
Source: Associated Press

NEW ORLEANS - The cold, wet spring has delayed corn planting in Louisiana, where it has become a major crop.

Charles Cannatella of Melville says farmers in the north have generally finished planting by now, and those in central Louisiana are usually well on their way. He says he hasn't been able to start - and a friend who plans to plant 2,500 acres said he'd cut back to about half that if it rained this weekend.

Corn was Louisiana's No. 2 crop in 2012, bringing farmers $602.5 million.

LSU AgCenter economist Kurt Guidry says farmers nationwide already were planning to cut back on corn. That's because prices rose as high as $7 a bushel after the Midwest drought in 2012 but fell as low as $4.50 after a bumper crop last year.

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