Producers had optimum planting conditions, although a lot of the crop was planted a bit late, says David Lanclos, LSU AgCenter soybean, corn and grain sorghum specialist. But since planting there’s been a long span of time without rain.

As a result, “a lot of our earlier corn has been in a moisture-stressed situation until a couple of days ago.”

Lanclos has had a lot of reports in central Louisiana regarding chinch bugs.

“We’ve had some corn hit hard by the pest and, coupled with drought stress, that was too much for some fields to handle. Those fields, in my opinion, probably need to be disked under. There aren’t thousands of acres of this sorry-looking corn, but it’s enough to be a bother.”

Louisiana grain sorghum is tough to monitor in terms of percent planted, he says.

“Talking to folks in parishes that traditionally plant more acres of sorghum – Catahoula, Concordia and a couple others – they’re saying they still plan on planting the crop. By the end of this week they should be planting fast and furious. The big story again has been drought stress but the sorghum has been handling lack of moisture better than corn.”

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