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Published April 21, 2010, 08:27 AM

Cold winter means winter wheat growing slowly in Louisiana

BATON ROUGE, La. — The National Agricultural Statistics Service says Louisiana farmers have planted all of their corn and 96 percent of it has sprouted, thanks to last week’s sunny weather.

BATON ROUGE, La. — The National Agricultural Statistics Service says Louisiana farmers have planted all of their corn and 96 percent of it has sprouted, thanks to last week’s sunny weather.

However, the agency says winter wheat is developing slowly, with seed heads on 59 percent of the plants. That’s 30 percentage points behind the 5-year average.

Sammye Crawford, deputy director NASS Louisiana field office, says the cold winter is the main reason.

Farmers planted 185,500 acres in winter wheat in fall 2008, and their crop brought in $52.6 million for nearly 10.6 million bushels last year.

A weekly report says planting for corn, cotton, rice, sorghum and soybeans is all ahead of the five-year average for Louisiana.

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