Louisiana Field Reports: Wet Conditions Persists; Rice Harvest Should Begin Soon

Crop Progress and Condition for the Week Ending July 9, 2017.

Comments from Cooperative Extension Service Parish Agents

Henry Harrison, Washington Parish
“Heavy afternoon down pours continued to prevent fieldwork and causing harvesting issues with our melon crop. Some producers have given up on harvesting the remaining crop in the fields.”

Stuart Gauthier, Saint Martin Parish
“Scattered showers continued to plague growers, but overall a drying trend toward the end of the week allowed fieldwork to continue. Cane growers are marking rows in preparation for planting at the end of July. Soybeans are being sprayed with fungicide and occasionally for stinkbug pressure. Sugarcane borer pressure is still light in most cane fields, but a small amount of acreage has been treated. Hay producers were taking a chance with the weather and cutting some fields.”

Carol Pinnell-Alison, Franklin Parish
“Rainfall has been scattered, some have had too much rain and others not enough. Insect and disease pressures have been light in cotton and soybeans. Corn is maturing with some fields at the denting stage.”

Frances Guidry, Jefferson Parish
“Rice harvest should begin very soon. The majority of, if not all, crawfish ponds have been drained.”

Jeremy Hebert, Acadia Parish
“Lots of sunshine this past week with temperatures in the low 90’s. Rice is maturing with some rice being cut. First cuttings look promising and I expect much more rice to be cut starting next week. Soybeans are blooming and setting pods; some fields look excellent. Lots of hay being cut and baled since having favorable conditions.”

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General Comments

According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service in Louisiana, there were 5.2 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending Sunday, July 9, 2017. Topsoil moisture supplies were 5 percent very short, 11 percent short, 72 percent adequate, and 12 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies were 1 percent very short, 11 percent short, 75 percent adequate, and 13 percent surplus.

Low temperatures ranged from 70.0 degrees Fahrenheit at Hodges Gardens to 77.6 degrees Fahrenheit at Morgan City. Highs ranged from 89.7 degrees Fahrenheit at Homer to 94.0 degrees Fahrenheit at New Roads. 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 1.20 inches.

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