Rainy harvest devastates Louisiana soybeans for 2nd year
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A Louisiana congressman says the trade disputes with China are hurting the state's soybean farmers at a time when rain during harvest season has also hit them badly. U.S. Rep. Ralph Abraham is asking the federal government for help.
Abraham says many soybean shipments are coming down the Mississippi River instead of going to the West Coast, filling storage silos and leaving little space for Louisiana's big but damaged crop.
Soybeans were a big target of tariffs imposed by China in response to those imposed by the Trump administration.
An LSU AgCenter soybean specialist says this is the second straight year that a rainy stretch during harvest season has devastated Louisiana soybeans. Todd Spivey says rains in late September kept farmers from harvesting ripe soybeans, which are now badly damaged.
Desktop NewsClick to open Continuous News in a sidebar that updates in real-time.
With Mother's Day business blooming flower shops are struggling to hire staff
Dr. William Tate becomes LSU's first Black university president
Bicycle shortage continues frustrating those in the industry
West Feliciana Parish leads the way in Louisiana vaccination efforts
EBR looking to expand Virtual Academy next school year
LSU pitcher Matt Beck gets his moment at the plate
Brusly baseball needs extra innings to win regional series with Jennings.
Southern Athletic Director Roman Banks talks about coaching search
Drew Brees and Sean Payton enjoy the Zurich Classic
Legendary Parkview coach Kenny Guillot passes away at 76