Rain affects soybean study in southwest Louisiana

Frances Gould, Schultz, Bruce  |  8/14/2015 8:42:27 PM

Dustin Harrell, LSU AgCenter extension rice specialist, checks plant emergence within a soybean trial in southwest Louisiana. Photo by Bruce Schultz

Weather has hampered Dustin Harrell’s soybean agronomy project this year.

"This has been a trying year for us, but it is representative of our area," said Harrell, an LSU AgCenter agronomist. Many growers in southwest Louisiana were unable to plant soybeans because of adverse weather conditions.

Harrell, the LSU AgCenter extension rice specialist, is in charge of a project to adapt production practices specific for soybean production in the rice country of southwest Louisiana. His project is in its third year.

He said the project’s goal has been to have at least six dates-of-planting trials, but this year only two were planted, one on April 2 and another on April 22, because of excessively wet conditions during the majority of the planting period.

Frequent rains kept the ground too wet for planting during much of May and early June. Soybeans planted for the study in early May were flooded and the stand was lost, he said.

He said a variety trial had to be replanted on June 5 at the South Farm of the Rice Research Station in Crowley because of heavy rains that followed the first planting. "We’re happy to at least have some data coming out of that."

Bruce Schultz

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