A run of humid, wet weather is devastating Louisiana's soybean crop and will lead to "countless acres" of farmland going unharvested, LSU AgCenter specialists said.
A report at The Acadiana Advocate says the damage is particularly focused on southwest and central Louisiana.
“Because of this wet weather, many producers have not been able to harvest a crop that has been ready to harvest for as long as three weeks,” Todd Spivey, a soybean specialist with the AgCenter told the Advocate. “This extended period of wet conditions has reduced grain quality tremendously, with samples harvested by producers being graded with as much as 60% total damage."
With Tropical Storm Gordon's arrival, some producers are reporting damage between 5% and 10%. This has caused some problems because grain elevators have limited the amount of acceptable damage at 5% to 7%.