Rice harvest looking good

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The 2018 rice harvest in southwest Louisiana is past the halfway point, and LSU AgCenter agents say farmers are pleased.

“Yields have been good, and it seems overall to be a very good crop,” said Jeremy Hebert, LSU AgCenter agent in Acadia Parish. “Overall, it seems like the yields have been very good.”

Dry weather allowed most farmers to get into the fields during the past week, and the harvest progressed well. “I would think we’re probably close to 65 to 70 percent complete,” Hebert said.

Most fields are producing around 45 barrels an acre — or 165 bushels or 7,200 pounds. The highest yields he has heard was 62 barrels (or 225 bushels or 10,000 pounds), Hebert said.

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