Cotton acreage

COTTON ACREAGE, like this at Tanner Gin in Frogmore, is ready for picking as harvest operations continue throughout the state. LSU AgCenter Agent Kylie Miller said the cotton harvest is starting to take off in parts of the parish. She said most “farmers are beginning to defoliate now. We have a good crop as long as we can avoid all major rain events until harvest is over.” While this area was largely spared from major damage from Hurricane Laura, other areas were greatly impacted. The Louisiana AgCenter reports that the Louisiana farming industry suffered more than $500 million in damage and the timber industry $1.1 billion. Officials expect the figures will rise once the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries completes its survey of damage to the fisheries industry.  (Photo by Wes Faulk)

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