Isaac threatens record corn harvest in Louisiana

Aug 28, 2012

The LSU AgCenter says Tropical Storm Isaac could wreck what was looking like an excellent year for Louisiana agriculture.

AgCenter cotton and feed grain specialist John Kruse says cotton is at the same stage it was when Hurricane Gustav destroyed the 2008 crop.

And he says about two-thirds of a record 560,000-acre corn crop was still in the field Monday because the low Mississippi River has slowed shipping.

Soybean specialist Ronnie Levy says growers are harvesting as fast as they can, but most of their beans are not yet ready. Levy says 65 to 75 percent may still be in the field by the end of Tuesday. Louisiana has approximately 1.2 million acres of soybeans planted this year.