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Jun 17, 2013 9:06 AM by AP/CS

Weather forces soybean delays in the Miss.-La.

NATCHEZ, Miss. (AP) - Farmers may be in for a wild ride during this year's soybean season.

Farmer Noble Guedon tells The Natchez Democrat heavy April rains caused a delay in planting for many area farmers. National Weather Service data shows some areas of the Miss-Lou received 20 inches of rain during the last three months.

Guedon says the optimal time to plant soybeans is early to mid-April, but excess rain caused area farmers to plant in late April and May.

Angelina Plantation farmer Shannon Gray says the late planting pushes back the harvesting window, and may expose plants to severe weather such as hurricanes.

LSU AgCenter's annual summary of agriculture and natural resources places a $45 million value on all soybean production in Concordia Parish, making it the parish's largest plant enterprise.

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