La. crops break records, hit $11 billion
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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