October 22, 2008

Mississippi's soy forecast lowered


The US Department of Agriculture has lowered the 2008 forecast for soy production in Mississippi by 10 percent.


Heavy rains in early September hurt production.


A soy specialist with Mississippi State University said last month that seed rot was a big problem in many fields. Seed rot deteriorates the quality of soy.


The Department of Agriculture's monthly crop report predicts soy production at 74.9 million bushels in 2008. That's up 28 percent from last year, but the forecast is 10 percent lower than September's prediction.


Farmers produced 58.3 million bushels in 2007.

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