Crop Progress and Condition for the Week Ending June 25, 2017.
Comments from Cooperative Extension Service Parish Agents
Mark Carriere, Pointe Coupee Parish
“Rainfall continued to slow fieldwork and prevented producers from timely fungicide applications on soybeans. Pastures remain saturated, preventing the first hay cuttings for the year.”
Vincent Deshotel, Saint Landry Parish
“Wet soil conditions, persistent rain showers, cloud cover, and fewer days of sun than needed. Disease pressure in rice and soybeans are showing up. Weaker stands of late planted soybeans continue to be pounded by rain; weed pressure and stand loss is an issue. The rice crop is in the pollination stage or beyond where grain fill could be affected from rain and high heat. Hay producer’s hands are tied with weedy wet fields again this year. Better conditions are needed.”
Andrew Granger, Vermillion Parish
“Rains all last week have probably affected flowering rice. Some cattle were moved in anticipation of Tropical Storm Cindy. Impacts will be minimal on agriculture from the storm. Cane is growing well and looks good. Cattle and hay producers are struggling to cut any hay.”
Stuart Gauthier, St. Martin Parish
“Tropical storm conditions dampened field conditions but failed to cause much wind or rain damage to crops. Soybean growers are still waiting to finish planting the 2017 crop, but at this late point in the planting season some producers may abort efforts to finish planting some remaining fields. Cane is growing rapidly, but drier conditions are needed for herbicide applications to suppress rising weed pressure. Hay producers are waiting to harvest some fields.”
Anna Timmerman, Jefferson Parish
“Tropical Storm Cindy brought rain and wind damage.”
Herbicide Resistance Info
According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service in Louisiana, there were 2.1 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending Sunday, June 25, 2017. Topsoil moisture supplies were 0 percent very short, 2 percent short, 62 percent adequate, and 36 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies were 0 percent very short, 3 percent short, 69 percent adequate, and 28 percent surplus.
Low temperatures ranged from 71.0 degrees Fahrenheit at Homer to 77.4 degrees Fahrenheit at Galliano. Highs ranged from 84.5 degrees Fahrenheit at New Roads to 92.0 degrees Fahrenheit at Hodges Gardens. The precipitation for this week was spread throughout the state, with the highest concentration in the southeast part of the state with an average of 5.27 inches.