Louisiana Field Reports: Rains Slow Field Work, Ratoon Rice Harvest Well Underway

Crop Progress and Condition for the Week Ending November 5, 2017.

Comments from Cooperative Extension Service Parish Agents

Vincent Deshotel, Saint Landry Parish
“Sugarcane harvest proceeded well with favorable yields. Second crop of rice harvest continued in areas, and crawfish ponds were flooded with anticipation of a good catch in the coming months. Winter crops of leafy vegetables and other vegetable crops are suffering from warmer than normal temperatures. Disease, insects, and excessive soil moisture in areas are creating problems. Livestock producers are seeing good signs from winter pasture emergence with recent rains.”

Stuart Gauthier, Saint Martin Parish
“Up to eight inches of rain across most of the parish. There were some flooded fields and the rain made fieldwork more difficult. Sugarcane harvest continued with growers reporting better than expected tonnage producing sugar yields per acre on a pace to exceed 2016 figures. Rice growers were harvesting second crop rice with yields in the 30 barrel range. Pecan harvest continued to be light. Cool season pastures were still being planted and fertilized. Some early crawfish were being harvested.”

Jeremy Hebert, Acadia Parish
“Rain showers last week halted fieldwork. Some parts of the parish received an inch, while other parts received five plus inches. Many pastures are saturated due to the rains, while others received optimum amounts after ryegrass planting. Ratoon rice harvest was halted and many farmers are concerned about rutting their fields now.”

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General Comments

According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service in Louisiana, there were 4.8 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending Sunday, November 5, 2017. Topsoil moisture supplies were 5 percent very short, 10 percent short, 71 percent adequate, and 14 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies were 1 percent very short, 16 percent short, 75 percent adequate, and 8 percent surplus.

Low temperatures ranged from 43.5 degrees Fahrenheit at Crowley to 60.3 degrees Fahrenheit at Morgan City. Highs ranged from 69.5 degrees Fahrenheit at Crowley to 79.0 degrees Fahrenheit at Natchitoches. The precipitation for this week was spread throughout the state, with the highest concentration in the southwest part of the state with an average of 2.78 inches.

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