Louisiana Field Reports: Soybean Harvest Nearly Finished, Conditions Dry

Soybean harvest in Louisiana. Photo: Bruce Schultz, LSU AgCenter

Crop Progress and Condition for the Week Ending October 8, 2017.

Comments from Cooperative Extension Service Parish Agents

Carol Pinnell-Alison, Franklin Parish
“We are very dry. Some rain this past weekend but not enough to make a difference. Some producers have finished picking cotton. Fieldwork has stopped for most due to dry conditions.”

Vincent Deshotel, Saint Landry Parish
“A general rain would be in order. Conditions are very dry!!! The tail end of soybean acres are being harvested. Sugarcane harvest appears to be offering some good yields, and most hay fields have been harvested. Land preparations for next year’s crop continued and crawfish ponds are going under flood. Cattle producers continued to sell spring born calves at fairly steady prices as the fall calf crop is hitting the ground.”

Jimmy Flanagan, Saint Martin Parish
“We could use about two inches of rain in order to germinate the late planted sugarcane. Harvest has begun and sugar recovery is good, while tonnage is very respectable for the old stubble.”

Stanley Dutile, Lafayette Parish
“Dry and warm weather pattern continued. Pasture conditions deteriorating quickly and cattlemen desperate for rain so they can get some ryegrass planted. Sugarcane planting, hay and soybean harvest near completion. Sugarcane harvest is progressing well but aided by dry conditions.”

Todd Fontenot, Evangeline Parish
“Dry conditions continue halting sweet potato harvest. Soybean harvest is concluding. Some producers are planting ryegrass while others are waiting for more moisture. Ratoon rice crop is requiring continued irrigation due to dry conditions.”

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General Comments

According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service in Louisiana, there were 6.6 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending Sunday, October 8, 2017. Topsoil moisture supplies were 10 percent very short, 56 percent short, 33 percent adequate, and 1 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies were 6 percent very short, 42 percent short, 52 percent adequate, and 0 percent surplus.

Low temperatures ranged from 61.8 degrees Fahrenheit at Saint Joseph to 73.0 degrees Fahrenheit at Galliano. Highs ranged from 81.4 degrees Fahrenheit at Homer to 88.3 degrees Fahrenheit at Tallulah. The precipitation for this week was minimal throughout the state, with the highest concentration in the southeast part of the state with an average of 2.12 inches.

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