South Louisiana farmers taking severe hit from heavy rains

Rain across Southwest Louisiana is threatening the survival of soybean and rice crops.

LSU AgCenter extension agent Barrett Courville (KOOR’-vill) says overall it’s a horrible season and he doesn’t see much hope.

Courville says weeks of thunderstorms and heavy rains have saturated fields, increasing the presence of disease and mildew on many of the crops.

He says many soybean plants are already showing the stress of too much water.

Courville says the last time soybeans were affected as heavily was in 1991.

The American Press reports (http://bit.ly/1eOXZNb) rain is also threatening to take its toll on rice crops.

Courville says most farmers have crop insurance, which pays for most of the planting cost, but it does not cover the total loss.

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