Louisiana Field Reports: Corn Planting Begins, Rice Well Underway

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Crop Progress and Condition for the Week Ending March 19, 2017.

Comments from Cooperative Extension Service Parish Agents

“Sweet potato bedding has started, with some producers already completed bedding. Corn planting began last week with ideal weather conditions forecasted for this week. A lot of corn will go in the ground this week as well. Greenhouse plants are looking good and some early transplant will go out this week.”
Bruce Garner, West Carroll Parish

“Fields are beginning to dry, and growers are slowly able to get back to planting corn. Most were able to put some fertilizer down where corn was planted and fields were not too saturated from the rains in previous weeks.”
Mark Carriere, Pointe Coupee Parish

“Rice is being planted at a rapid pace, both water and drill seeded. Winter pastures continue to provide excellent grazing, warm season grasses are being to grow with warm conditions.”
Todd Fontenot, Evangeline Parish

“Rice planting made excellent progress. Stand establishment has been good as well. A rain wouldn’t hurt for soil moisture and herbicide activity. Sugarcane is well ahead with the warm weather we’ve experienced, many farmers are fertilizing. Pastures have greened up and winter feeding and haying has ceased in most cases. Spring calving continues.”
Andrew Granger, Vermilion Parish

“Sugarcane farmers are all but finished spraying for weeds. Cultivation has started as they are starting to put out fertilizer. Cattle producers are wrapping up calving season and utilizing rye grass pastures. Crawfish prices continue to be low, but the catch is good though it did slow down with the cool weather. Home gardens are being planted and despite a little set back with the cool weather are off to a good start.”
Blair Hebert, Iberia Parish

“Mild temperatures combined with good soil moisture continues to benefit good growing and production conditions.”
Rene’ Schmit, Saint John Parish

General Comments

According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service in Louisiana, there were 4.6 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending Sunday, March 19, 2017. Topsoil moisture supplies were 2 percent very short, 15 percent short, 67 percent adequate, and 16 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies were 1 percent very short, 10 percent short, 75 percent adequate, and 14 percent surplus.

Low temperatures ranged from 34.0 degrees Fahrenheit at Homer to 50.1 degrees Fahrenheit at Morgan City. Highs ranged from 57.0 degrees Fahrenheit at Saint Joseph and Hodges Gardens to 68.0 degrees Fahrenheit at Alexandria and Morgan City. Cool yet dry conditions were prevalent throughout most of the state which accounted for good conditions for growth. The north central part of the state recording the highest average of rain concentration at 0.17 inches.

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