David Y. Lanclos, Chaney, John A. | 11/29/2005 11:10:16 PM
ALEXANDRIA – Louisiana soybean farmers set a new yield record this year despite entering the season worrying about a potential struggle with Asian soybean rust.
The National Agriculture Statistics Service recently announced the new yield record was established this year as the average yield climbed to 35 bushels of soybeans per acre in the state.
"This is very encouraging news and something to be proud of," said LSU AgCenter soybean specialist Dr. David Lanclos.
The increase in yields is the result of improved scouting of production fields for Asian soybean rust, the planting of higher yielding varieties, the testing of varieties on farms in the state through the crop demonstration programs, less disease pressure and better weather conditions in some regions of the state, according to the LSU AgCenter expert.
"Farmers, county agents, agricultural consultants and other experts have worked together to scout the fields and help producers do a better job of farming soybeans this year," said Lanclos.
The previous record of 34 bushels per acre of soybeans was set in 2003. Yields and the records for the state generally have been climbing in recent years, experts say. For example, the state record set in 2001 was 32 bushels per acre, according to the National Agricultural Statistics Service.
According to the Louisiana Summary of Agriculture and Natural Resources published by the LSU AgCenter, the production of soybeans in the state returned more than $219 million to Louisiana’s economy in 2004.
"The one-bushel increase in soybean yield per acre amounts to more than $4.6 million return to farmers in the state," said Lanclos.
For more information on the production of soybeans and other agricultural commodities, contact a local LSU AgCenter office or visit the Web site at www.lsuagcenter.com.
The LSU AgCenter and the LSU College of Agriculture