October 8, 2014 Edition

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Harvest underway
in Lawrence County

Dylan Cheatham takes a photograph of David Dobbs harvesting on the combine while he is at the wheel of a tractor. Harvest is underway across Lawrence County as farmers work the close to 200,000 acres of row crops planted in the county.
Submitted Photo ~ Dylan Cheatham

As Lawrence County farmers work hard on harvesting crops, extension agent Herb Ginn released information about this year's growing season. Growers planted close to 200,000 acres of row crops in Lawrence County this year.

The county was the third largest rice-producing county in the state this year with just under 100,000 acres of rice planted. There were 65,000 acres of soybeans planted, along with an estimated 10,000 acres of corn, 6,000 acres of wheat, 3,000 acres of peanuts and close to 1,500 acres of grain sorghum.

Rice harvest is close to 65 percent completed, while only five percent of the soybean crop has been taken out of the field. As growers finish up the rice harvest and more soybeans reach maturity, harvested acres will increase in this crop soon. Corn harvest is nearing the end with approximately 90 percent harvested. Peanut harvest is close to 60 percent complete while grain sorghum has been slower due to some late planting, but close to 70 percent of the crop is out of the field.

Harvest has been slowed due to recent rains, and the southern part of the county toward Alicia expects slightly longer delays. Growers did not report any hail damage and little rice went down due to storms Monday night and early Tuesday morning, according to Ginn.

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