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January 13, 2014

NASS Reports 2013 Record Yields For Most LA Crops

Corn: Area harvested for grain is 670,000 acres, up 26 percent from 2012. The average yield is estimated at 173 bushels per acre, tied with last year for the highest yield on record for the state. Production totaled 116 million bushels, up 26 percent from 2012.

Cotton: All cotton harvested acres is 125,000 acres, down 44 percent from 2012 and the lowest harvested acres on record. All cotton is expected to average 1,248 pounds per acre, up 228 pounds per acre from 2012 and a record yield for the state. Production is forecast at 325,000 480 pound net weight bales.

Rice: All rice acres harvested is 413,000 acres, up 4 percent from 2012. The all rice average yield is estimated at 7,300 pounds per acre, up 870 pounds per acre from last year and the highest yield in Louisiana's history. Production totaled 30.1 million hundredweight, up 18 percent from 2012.

Sorghum: Grain sorghum harvested acres are estimated at 113,000 acres, down 8 percent from 2012. The average yield is estimated at 107 bushels per acre, 7 bushels higher than the 2012 crop and the highest yield on record for Louisiana. Production totaled 12.1 million bushels, down 2 percent from 2012.

Soybeans: Area harvested for soybeans is 1.11 million acres, down slightly from 2012. The average yield is estimated at 48 bushels per acre, up 2 bushels from last year and a record yield for the state. Production totaled 53.3 million bushels, the highest production on record.

Sugarcane: Area harvested for sugar and seed is 440,000 acres, up 3 percent from 2012. The average yield is estimated at 32 net tons per acre, down 1 net ton from last year. Production totaled 14.1 million net tons for sugar and seed.

Winter Wheat: Area seeded to winter wheat is forecasted to decrease 38 percent from the previous year to 160,000 acres.

National Cotton Council Seeks Planting Intentions for 2014

The National Cotton Council is surveying growers for their 2014 planting intentions. This is done each year to aid with industry planning and policy deliberations. Individual survey responses are anonymous and confidential. Your help and cooperation is greatly appreciated.

In an effort to improve our Annual Cotton Planting Intentions Survey, we would like to give you the opportunity to fill out the survey online. To respond to the survey online, go to Again, all responses to the online survey will be confidential and anonymous. Please respond by Friday, January 17, 2014.

A summary of the survey results will be made public during the Joint Meeting of Program Committees at 8:00 a.m. on Saturday, February 8, 2014, at the National Cotton Council's Annual Meeting in Washington, DC.

If you have any questions or comments feel free to contact Economic Services at (901)274-9030.

If you have already filled out this year's survey, thank you very much for your participation.

29 new La. Master Farmers recognized

The 2014 graduates of the Louisiana Master Farmer Program were recognized at the 68th Annual Meeting of the Louisiana Soil and Water Conservation Districts recently.

"You have created a masterpiece of conservation," said Kevin Norton, state conservationist with the Natural Resources Conservation Service. "This is to acknowledge the great work you have done."

Norton said the Master Farmer designation indicates these producers are responsible stewards of the environment.

The voluntary, incentive-based Master Farmer Program should help convince regulatory agencies that Louisiana producers are doing their best to maintain clean air, water and soil, he said.

The entire board of the Vermilion Parish Soil and Water Conservation District is now Master Farmers, and many NRCS employees have become certified, demonstrating that they recognize the significance of the program.

One NRCS employee, Larry Sayes, of Avoyelles Parish, was chosen as Outstanding Master Farmer after the new Master Farmers were recognized.

Bill Richardson, LSU vice president for agriculture, said the Master Farmer partnership - the LSU AgCenter, the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry, the Louisiana Farm Bureau and the Louisiana Cattlemen's Association - will be important to address potential regulatory issues facing Louisiana agriculture. "It's nice to work in a state where everyone is working on the same page."

Mike Strain, LDAF commissioner, said Louisiana has led the nation by developing the Master Farmer Program. "Louisiana is truly a pioneer in this respect."

The Master Rice Grower Program, developed with the Kellogg Co. to reward rice farmers for their conservation practices, could be expanded to other commodities, he said.

Strain was among the 29 individuals recognized for completing the requirements of the Louisiana Master Farmer Program.

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