Flooded Fields Delay Southern Soybean Planting

May 2, 2016 02:00 PM
Flooded Fields Delay Southern Soybean Planting

While planting surges forward across much of the U.S., southern states are finding themselves at a standstill thanks to excessive rain and flooding. 

Some farmers are hesitant about getting into fields too early. In Louisiana, growers lost about 40,000 acres of corn to flooding in March alone. Now they're worried about late soybean planting, which leaves them at risk of lower yields. 

“We can plant soybeans late, but yield potential drops the first week of May,” says Ronnie Levy, Louisiana State University (LSU) AgCenter soybean specialist.

According to LSU, state soybean yields dropped last year, with late planting dates playing a key role.

Corn and soybean planting progress varies from state to state. Watch the AgDay segment below to learn more about how flooding is affecting farmers in southern states.

Want more video news? Watch it on AgDay.

How has flooding affecting your planting progress this year? Let us know in the comments.

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