Dry weather spurs harvest

WASHINGTON, LA - Louisiana farmers are benefitting from long overdue dry weather that has allowed them to cut hay, harvest soybeans and plant sugarcane.

“This spell of dry weather will let us get a lot done,” said Vince Deshotel, LSU AgCenter county agent in St. Landry Parish. “The winds of Irma have dried everything out.”

Deshotel said the parish soybean acreage is between 40 and 60 percent harvested.

Earlier-planted beans that were sprayed with defoliant before Hurricane Harvey are showing signs of damage, but beans that will be harvested later should have better quality, he said.

Cattle owners have been able to cut hay because of drier conditions. “In the last seven days, there’s been a tremendous amount of hay put up,” Deshotel said.

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