Louisiana Field Reports: Most Areas in Need of Moisture as Harvest Wraps Up

Crop Progress and Condition for the Week Ending October 15, 2017.

Comments from Cooperative Extension Service Parish Agents

Mark Carriere, Pointe Coupee Parish
“Sugarcane planting wrapped up the first of last week. Hay producers have completed their second cutting in most places. Drier weather has allowed sugarcane harvest to continue; however, a rain is needed for plant cane.”

Blair Hebert, Iberia Parish
“Rain is needed as dry conditions continue. Sugarcane harvest continued with few issues and respectful sugar values. Many fields with older stubble that have been harvested are being plowed out and prepared for next year. Some plant cane fields have been cultivated to help row integrity. Cattle producers have baled hay and prepared land for ryegrass but have not planted due to dry conditions. Crawfish producers continued to flood ponds and prepare for the upcoming season.”

Stuart Gauthier, Saint Martin Parish
“Moisture is needed to help plant cane. Some areas received up to four inches of rain but was quickly absorbed by dry fields. Soybean harvest is wrapping up with growers reporting yields in the upper 30 bushel range. Cattle producers are planting winter pastures.”

James “Jimmy” Meaux, Calcasieu Parish
“Pastures are getting really dry. More soybean harvest continued last week. The second rice crop needs irrigation. Some ryegrass is being planted. A lot of fieldwork was done over the last two weeks. A good shower across the parish is needed.”

Anna Timmerman, Jefferson Parish
“Fall vegetables are beginning to come in strong with cooler temperatures.”

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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, October 15, 2017. Topsoil moisture supplies were 15 percent very short, 50 percent short, 35 percent adequate, and 0 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies were 4 percent very short, 43 percent short, 53 percent adequate, and 0 percent surplus.

Low temperatures ranged from 57.4 degrees Fahrenheit at Homer to 74.8 degrees Fahrenheit at Morgan City and Galliano. Highs ranged from 84.8 degrees Fahrenheit at Jonesville Locks to 92.0 degrees Fahrenheit at Leesville. The precipitation for this week was light throughout the state, with the highest concentration in the southwest part of the state with an average of 0.66 inches.

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