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Louisiana Field Reports: Drier Conditions Aid Harvest Progress

Ernst Undesser
From USDA September 11, 2017

Louisiana Field Reports: Drier Conditions Aid Harvest Progress

Soybean harvest. ©Debra L Ferguson

Crop Progress and Condition for the Week Ending September 10, 2017.

Comments from Cooperative Extension Service Parish Agents

Carol Pinnell-Alison, Franklin Parish 
“Good weather last week helped with finishing the harvest of corn and helped get soybean harvest started. Soybean seed quality effected by overcast rainy days from Hurricane Harvey.”

Kylie Miller, Condordia Parish 
“Sunny and windy weather last week has allowed for harvesting to continue.”

Vincent Deshotel, Saint Landry Parish 
“Soybean harvest will be in full swing over the upcoming days with dry, cool conditions. Sugarcane producers made good progress with planting. Some land preparation for next year’s crop will soon begin. Hay cutters and balers rolled with good progress as fields dry for the first time since May. Cattle producers marketed spring born calves. Winter pasture planting preparation took place in some areas.”

Stuart Gauthier, Saint Martin Parish 
“A much needed return to drier conditions allowed a quick acceleration in fieldwork progress. Most sugarcane growers expect to be finished planting by the start of grinding season scheduled to start on September 20th. Soybean growers harvested mature group IV beans with high levels of damage. Hay cutting was in high gear around the parish. Many hay producers in this area got their first cutting. Cattle producers started to prepare land for winter pasture planting.”

Jimmy Flanagan, Saint Mary Parish
“Tremendous progress has been made regarding the planting of sugarcane. If the farmers can get another 4 or 5 days, planting will be for the most part complete. Sugarcane crop still standing and the crop appeared to be a good crop. Strong plant populations and good plant height.”

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General Comments

According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service in Louisiana, there were 5.8 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending Sunday, September 10, 2017. Topsoil moisture supplies were 0 percent very short, 2 percent short, 82 percent adequate, and 16 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies were 0 percent very short, 2 percent short, 83 percent adequate, and 15 percent surplus.

Low temperatures ranged from 58.0 degrees Fahrenheit at Homer to 70.4 degrees Fahrenheit at Galliano. Highs ranged from 83.0 degrees Fahrenheit at Oberlin Fire to 88.8 degrees Fahrenheit at Winnsboro. The precipitation for this week was minimal throughout the state, with the highest concentration in the northwest part of the state with an average of 0.67 inches.

Ernst Undesser
From USDA September 11, 2017