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Soybeans expected to reach 1.3 million acres

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BATON ROUGE, La. (KNOE 8 News/AP) - LSU AgCenter soybean specialist Ronnie Levy says Louisiana farmers are likely to plant 1.3 million acres of soybeans this year, up 18 percent from last year's 1.1 million acres.

He says most of that increase will be in acres planted last year in corn. A wet spring kept farmers from planting corn on some fields. In addition, corn prices are lower than last year's, while soybean prices remain strong.

Levy says both acreage and yields for soybeans have been climbing steadily for a decade.

Central and northeast Louisiana have the highest soybean yields in Louisiana. Levy says that in the southwest, soybeans are generally grown in rotation with rice - partly because that helps control weeds in rice.

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