Louisiana Field Reports: Ideal Conditions for Sugarcane, Ratoon Rice Harvest

Crop Progress and Condition for the Week Ending November 12, 2017.

Comments from Cooperative Extension Service Parish Agents

Vincent Deshotel, Saint Landry Parish 
“Sugarcane and second crop rice harvest continued with ideal field conditions, favorable yields have been reported. Warm conditions and rain showers have helped to establish winter pastures for livestock. The fall calving season was underway with many cattle producers beginning to feed hay and supplements. A warm November should favor good growing conditions for the crawfish crop. The pecan crop suffered from a quality stand point as scab disease has been a big issue throughout the area.”

Stuart Gauthier, Saint Martin Parish 
“Drier conditions allowed more efficient harvest of sugarcane. Winter pasture planting was winding down. Some cattle producers started to feed hay and supplements. Pecan harvest yield and quality were poor. Citrus harvest was in full swing and recent cold weather improved sugar levels in fruit. Fall vegetable harvest of Cole crops and other winter vegetables improved.”

Blair Hebert, Iberia Parish 
“Area received a little rain last week and cooler temperatures which allowed for sugarcane harvest to proceed very well. Tonnage and sugar per acre were promising at this point in the grinding season. Cool season pasture planting was wrapping up and earlier planted pastures seem to have good stands. Crawfish ponds were flooded up and some will be fished this week.”

Bradley Pousson, Cameron Parish
“Winter pastures were planted and ryegrass was sprouting. Second crop was being cut and almost completed. Cooler temperatures have slowed pastures down and does not look like another cutting of hay is in the cards.”

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General Comments

According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service in Louisiana, there were 5.8 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending Sunday, November 12, 2017. Topsoil moisture supplies were 1 percent very short, 17 percent short, 78 percent adequate, and 4 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies were 0 percent very short, 23 percent short, 74 percent adequate, and 3 percent surplus.

Low temperatures ranged from 43.7 degrees Fahrenheit at Tallulah to 66.7 degrees Fahrenheit at Crowley. Highs ranged from 63.0 degrees Fahrenheit at Tallulah to 83.7 degrees Fahrenheit at Crowley. The precipitation for this week was spread throughout the state, with the highest concentration in the north central part of the state with an average of .68 inches.

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