Franklin Parish Corn Crops

Franklin Parish Corn Crops


COMING UP IN A FEW MINUTES. YOU’RE WATCHING NBC 10 NEWS AT SIX. (MICHELLI) AS CORN SEASON COMES TO A CLOSE FOR 2019, THE RELENTLESS RAIN AND STORMS HAVE DONE A NUMBER ON THE AVAILABLE CROPS ACROSS PARTS OF THE ARKLAMISS. (JAROD) NBC 10’S BRIAN BRIGGS BRINGS US THE DETAILS ON HOW FRANKLIN PARISHES CROPS WHETHERED THE STORM, BRIAN? (BRIAN) MICHELLI AND JAROD, WHILE THE CORN THAT IS BEING HARVESTED IS GOOD, SOME FARMERS THIS YEAR HAVE BEEN DEALING WITH A ROLLERCOASTER RIDE WHEN IT COMES TO ACREAGE AND YIELD CORN FIELDS ARE TAKING A BREAK FROM THE SEASON, MUCH DESERVED ACROSS THE ARKLAMISS CONSIDERING THE HARSH STORM SEASON. FOR FRANKLIN PARISH, IT HAS BEEN A ROLER COASTER RIDE WITH RESPECT TO ACREAGE AND YEILD. THE GOOD NEWS IS KEITH COLLINS, COUNTY AGENT, LSU AGRICULTURAL CENTER “Franklin parish has just under, it’s between 95,000 to 100,000 acres of corn this year which is up from average, you know by 20 to 30 thousand acres over previous years” BUT TOO MUCH OF ANYTHING IS NOT GOOD, AND 2019’S STORM SEASON IS TAKING AWAY FROM WHAT COULD HAVE BEEN A DECENT YEILD KEITH COLLINS, COUNTY AGENT, LSU AGRICULTURAL CENTER “Those early season rains had an impact on yeilds and you know, we had soils that stayed water logged, resulting in nitrogen loss, which in the end, results in less yield” THESE EFFECTS TAKE TIME TO TRICKLE DOWN TO THE COMMUNITY AND SURROUNDING CONSUMERS, MIKE STRAIN, COMISSIONER, DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE AND FORESTRY “Alot of the corn was sold or “booked” as we would say around 418, 420, but when you lose a thrid of your crop, if you’re 30 percent off, you lose, you’re talking about a dollar plus overall bushell if you look at it on a per acre basis, so it’s a significant loss in income.” AND COULD IMPACT WHAT CROPS ARE PLANTED THE FOLLOWING YEARS KEITH COLLINS, COUNTY AGENT, LSU AGRICULTURAL CENTER “I think it’s going to depend on the commodity prices for corn and beans and cotton and all these commodities, you know, which producers have a flexibility to plant whatever crop gives them the most chance to be profitable and in business (BRIAN) COLLINS SAYS THS YEAR ISN’T THE WORST HE’S EXPERIENCED, THE NEXT CROP THEY WILL BE KEEPING AN EYE

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