Louisiana Field Reports: Crops in Mostly Good Conditions, Weather Still an Issue

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Crop Progress and Condition for the Week Ending July 2, 2017.

Comments from Cooperative Extension Service Parish Agents

Carol-Pinnell-Alison, Franklin Parish
“Producers are beginning to see some wind damage to corn from the storm over Memorial Day. Crops are looking good overall. Rain has been scattered which has kept some hay from being cut.”

Vincent Deshotel, Saint Landry Parish
“Isolated heavy rains from mid to late last week have soils saturated. Better weather and warmer temperatures for crops should begin to improve, and hay producers are making a run at cutting hay in drier fields where possible. Corn has begun to dry down, grain sorghum is beginning to color. Mid-season rice should have a better pollination with a lack of rain, but high temperatures are not the best.”

Todd Fontenot, Evangeline Parish
“Recent dry conditions with sunshine improved conditions for most crops. Soybeans are striving with adequate moisture and the rice crop continues to mature with early fields starting to bend with grain fill. Some hay producers have begun cutting hayfields with the dry forecast.”

James “Jimmy” Meaux, Calcasieu Parish
“Too much rain again this past week. We received anywhere from two to four inches in some areas and seven to eight inches in a few other places. Soybeans are standing in water in some areas. Rice seems to be doing alright, but some heads have blank kernels, possibly from heavy rains a few weeks ago. Hay fields are full or have weedy grasses. Looking forward to lower rain chances and some sun next week.”

Jeremy Hebert, Acadia Parish
“More rain this week. Started to dry out over the weekend. Rice is starting to mature and some fields are being drained. Soybeans are progressing nicely with some lower fields still suffering due to wet conditions.”

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General Comments

According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service in Louisiana, there were 3.5 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending Sunday, July 2, 2017. Topsoil moisture supplies were 1 percent very short, 2 percent short, 67 percent adequate, and 30 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies were 1 percent very short, 2 percent short, 71 percent adequate, and 26 percent surplus.

Low temperatures ranged from 66.5 degrees Fahrenheit at Homer to 75.7 degrees Fahrenheit at Morgan City. Highs ranged from 82.0 degrees Fahrenheit at New Roads to 90.4 degrees Fahrenheit at Minden. The precipitation for this week was spread throughout the state, with the highest concentration in the south central part of the state with an average of 2.44 inches.

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