Northwest Louisiana corn crops hurt by dry spring, hot summerSHREVEPORT, La. — Farmers in northwestern Louisiana say a dry spring and a hot summer have hurt this year’s corn crops.
SHREVEPORT, La. — Farmers in northwestern Louisiana say a dry spring and a hot summer have hurt this year’s corn crops.
Local farmer Kyle Dominick tells The Times in Shreveport that yields this year were 20 percent to 30 percent below normal. He says the dry weather is the opposite problem that farmers had in 2009, when there was too much rainfall.
Kyle McCann, the associate commodities director for the Louisiana Soybean and Grain Research and Promotion Board, says the price for corn has stayed high because demand for corn is high worldwide.
The price for corn has been above $4 a bushel for several months. As of last week, the U.S. Department of Agriculture says the price was $4.45 a bushel.