Crop Progress and Condition for the Week Ending June 18, 2017.
Comments from Cooperative Extension Service Parish Agents
Richard Letlow, Morehouse Parish
“Timely rains and temperatures in the upper 80’s and lower 90’s have made for some above average to excellent corn, soybeans and cotton. This has been a blessed growing season so far.”
Vincent Deshotel, Saint Landry Parish
“More clouds than sun and more rain in the forecast, crops are performing at levels less than what producers need. Corn, rice, and grain sorghum crops have reached their final production stages. Yield potential is certainly questionable with such strange weather this growing season. Vegetable producers are dealing with crop decline and disease. Wet conditions have taken a toll on production levels. Sugarcane seems to be doing well as temperatures rise.”
James “Jimmy” Meaux, Calcasieu Parish
“Rain showers earlier in the week, with some areas drying out over the weekend. Rice is doing well with warmer conditions. Some producers are starting to scout for stink bugs in headed rice and spraying fungicides. Soybeans that survived the rainfall are looking better, with some starting to flower. Drier weather is needed to cut hay that is past maturity.”
Jeremy Hebert, Acadia Parish
“There were spotty showers earlier last week, but favorable conditions allowed the saturated ground to start drying. Rice fields are heading nicely with reports of sheath blight. Soybeans and rice need more sunny days. Ground needs to dry so that farmers can spray pastures for weed control.”
Rene’ Schmit, Saint John Parish
“Pasture and row crop areas continue to remain heavily saturated from daily rains.”
Herbicide Resistance Info
According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service in Louisiana, there were 4.1 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending Sunday, June 18, 2017. Topsoil moisture supplies were 0 percent very short, 3 percent short, 74 percent adequate, and 23 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies were 0 percent very short, 2 percent short, 82 percent adequate, and 16 percent surplus.
Low temperatures ranged from 71.3 degrees Fahrenheit at Lake Providence to 76.1 degrees Fahrenheit at Galliano. Highs ranged from 86.4 degrees Fahrenheit at Galliano to 92.3 degrees Fahrenheit at Minden. The precipitation for this week was spread throughout the state, with the highest concentration in the southwest part of the state with an average of 2.16 inches.