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ALEXANDRIA, La. (KALB News Channel 5) A cool Summer has lead to a higher corn yield across Central Louisiana.

"Everything is going good. Harvesting is going good. The weather is cooperating that we can get the crops out the field. Corn yields are very good this year. All the farmers had the rains that we needed. We got them whenever the corn was pollinating and when we needed the rain we got it," said Darrel Franks. 

"Before the fourth of July we were probably in the low and mid eighties with our temperatures and we were still getting ample rain," said Peter Dekeyzer.

According to the USDA, Louisiana corn production is expected to increase 33% from last year.

Corn experts say the research being conducted at the LSU AGcenter in Alexandria has played a vital role in this year's bigger corn crop.

"CenLa is very important to agriculture. Not only do we harvest all these crops and take care of all these crops. We will actually do reports and provide information to producers on the results of all the research. So production practices that have been developed through research help increase these yields. But not only are they increasing yields but to make it profitable," said Ronnie Levy.

Although this years corn harvest has come to a close, Central Louisiana farmers are taking the proper steps to prepare for next year's season.

"As soon as we finish all this then we have to chop all this land down and get it ready for and let it sit all winter. You have to make your rows back again for next spring," said Darrell Franks. 

"We have to get rid of the stalks and the debris. Shred that and turn the ground back under. Put all that debris back in the ground and get the soil ready for the next years crop," said Peter Dekeyzer. 

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