Rains causing problems for Miss., La. farmers

Published 6:02 pm Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Recent rains have caused problems for farmers, flooding fields and making replanting necessary in parts of Mississippi.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture, in its weekly crop report, said farmers only had about two suitable days for field work last week, when soil moisture in that state was rated 98 percent surplus or adequate.

The report also said weeds and crop diseases were “multiplying nearly unchecked” in areas with excess water. Sixteen percent of Mississippi’s corn and soybean crops were rated poor or very poor.

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In Louisiana, soil moisture was rated 88 percent adequate or surplus. USDA said there were reports of rust in the sugarcane, though 84 percent of that crop was rated in fair or good condition.