Louisiana Field Reports: Soybean, Cotton Harvests Speed Along, Other Crops Mostly Finished

Crop Progress and Condition for the Week Ending September 24, 2017.

Comments from Cooperative Extension Service Parish Agents

Carol Pinnell-Alison, Franklin Parish 
“We have gone from wet to dry. The dry weather and shorter days of fall forage growth has slowed down. Corn harvest is complete other than a few scattered fields. Soybean harvest is nearing completion and cotton harvest has begun on earlier planted cotton with defoliants being applied to the rest. Corn, soybean and cotton yields have been lower than hoped.”

Vincent Deshotel, Saint Landry Parish 
“Soybean harvest nears completion, hay balers are rolling, and sugarcane harvest will be in full swing soon, with land preparation for next year’s crop underway. Crawfish farmers will be flooding their ponds soon for the up-coming harvest season. Cattle producers are marketing their spring born calves and fall calving season began.”

Andrew Granger, Vermilion Parish 
“Drier conditions allowed for the near completion of sugarcane planting. Rice farmers did some fieldwork and hay producers continue to harvest. Cattleman continued to market calves and prepared for ryegrass planting.”

Jeremy Hebert, Acadia Parish 
“More dry conditions last week allowed for more soybeans to be harvested. Yields are between the low 20’s and low 40’s so far. A lot of soybeans are being sprayed in preparation for harvest. Most of the second cutting of hay has wrapped up with several fields still left to cut.”

Anna Timmerman, Jefferson Parish
“Dry conditions and heat are making the vegetable crops struggle.”

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General Comments

According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service in Louisiana, there were 6.8 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending Sunday, September 24, 2017. Topsoil moisture supplies were 2 percent very short, 38 percent short, 56 percent adequate, and 4 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies were 2 percent very short, 20 percent short, 73 percent adequate, and 5 percent surplus.

Low temperatures ranged from 66.2 degrees Fahrenheit at Homer to 74.6 degrees Fahrenheit at Morgan City. Highs ranged from 87.3 degrees Fahrenheit at Galliano to 93.3 degrees Fahrenheit at Saint Joseph. The precipitation for the week was minimal throughout the state, with the highest concentration in the south central part of the state with an average of 0.85 inches.

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