Louisiana Corn Sees Record Corn Yields As Harvest Nears the End

August 16, 2017 08:05 AM

Farmers throughout the south have seen big gains in statewide average yields. Most of the states in the region planted fewer corn acres, lowering total production.

From Kentucky to Georgia and North Carolina to Louisiana, farmers are seeing impressive yield bumps due to timely rains. In Louisiana, a state not known for corn production, yields are 27 bushels per acre higher.

For producer Kyle Lemione, the 2017 corn crop could be the best he’s ever had. Favorable conditions throughout the early growing season got the crop off to a quick start, and he and other growers in Louisiana are reaping the benefits of early planting.

“You have a chance to catch some of the better rainfall that still happens in the early spring, and the cooler temperatures give you a better pollination on the corn crop—you kind of beat the insect pressure,” said Lemione.

Timely and ample rainfall have also contributed to higher yields and reduced the costs of producing the crop, according to Dan Fromme, corn specialist with the Louisiana State University AgCenter.

“You don’t have to roll that pipe out—you don’t have to pump that water,” he said. “That’s always a good feeling when you don’t have to spend that money on water.”

Not all of the state’s corn crop is irrigated, but Fromme does not believe there will be a significant difference between the yields of irrigated and nonirrigated fields.

“Central Louisiana south doesn’t have much irrigation, and when that yield monitor is well over 200 bushels and not being irrigated, you get excited pretty quick,” said Fromme.

High yields will help offset the low prices farmers are receiving from their corn. Some farmers are storing their corn in hopes of higher prices in the future.

“I’m going to sit on my corn awhile to see if we can get a better price on it as the season progresses,” said Lemione.

Growers are expected to wrap up harvest the end of August.

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Spell Check

Southeast South Dakota farmer
Yankton , SD
8/16/2017 08:20 PM

  Even if they got a thousand bushels an acre they couldn't offset the short crop in the western corn belt it just doesn't matter what their yields are it won't cover all the acres that will be below the usda numbers But good for them on a nice crop

Dodge City, KS
8/16/2017 09:56 PM

  Farmers are so dumb. This mentality to plant every acre and try to get the highest yield is wrong. Quit trying so hard . Lets get the yield down and set aside a few acres and the price will go up on what you have. Over production = low prices. It's your own fault if you don't make it. Look at this web page and leave a comment. www.afairmarketprice.com

Wesley Moroni
Winnsboro , LA
8/16/2017 05:49 PM

  All I can say is Bull Corn or at least it's byproduct. Yields in my part of Northeast Louisiana (the part of the state that matters) are not higher than last. My farm is 100% furrow irrigated. On irrigated ground lack of sunshine during all this so called ample rain is not a good thing. Yes it is a good crop but it's not a great crop. You got to have sunshine to make corn. Plus the disease pressure from this cloudy rainy weather this season hurt yields. Overall I'm going to average 5bpa less than last year. Good year, not spectacular.


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