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La. crops break records, hit $11 billion

3 years 4 months 4 weeks ago April 29, 2013 Apr 29, 2013 Monday, April 29 2013 April 29, 2013 9:37 PM in News
Source: WBRZ, Associated Press
By: Trey Schmaltz

BATON ROUGE- It was a record year for crops in the state.

The LSU AgCenter said Louisiana's agricultural economy hit a high of $11.4 billion last year. That's about 6.5 percent more than the 2011 amount of $10.7 billion.

Record yields for corn and soybeans fueled the increase the AgCenter said.

AgCenter economist John Westra said the only row crop with a higher dollar value than corn and soybeans was sugarcane, which brought in $993 million in 2012. That was down 8% from 2011 because of lower sugar prices.

Soybeans covered the most land last year with about 1.1 million acres.
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