Louisiana Field Reports: Sugarcane Harvest Passes Halfway Mark

Crop Progress and Condition for the Week Ending November 19, 2017.

Comments from Cooperative Extension Service Parish Agents

Vincent Deshotel, Saint Landry Parish
“Sugarcane and second rice crop harvest continued. A little rain would sure be in order to help some of the cropping areas. Winter pastures and wheat plantings could use a little moisture at this stage. Commercial vegetable growers were coming out of the fields with some of their winter produce such, as turnip, mustard greens and the tail end of the produce from the summer.”

Stuart Gauthier, Saint Martin Parish
“We have reached the mid-point of the sugarcane harvest and both tonnage and recoverable sugar are very good. Field conditions were also favorable for a continued harvest. Cattle producers were preparing for winter. A few crawfish ponds were being fished with favorable selling prices.”

Todd Fontenot, Evangeline Parish
“Farmers were near completion of ratoon rice harvest. Winter forage is in need of rain in some parts of the parish. Fall fieldwork continued with dry conditions.”

Mark Carriere, Pointe Coupee Parish
“Sugarcane harvest continued to move along without any major issues. Most of all wheat has been planted as of last Friday.”

James “Jimmy” Meaux, Calcasieu Parish
“We are getting dry. Did not get much rain over the weekend. More fieldwork being done before winter. Ranchers starting to feed hay.”

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General Comments

According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service in Louisiana, there were 6.4 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending Sunday, November 19, 2017. Topsoil moisture supplies were 6 percent very short, 19 percent short, 72 percent adequate, and 3 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies were 1 percent very short, 24 percent short, 72 percent adequate, and 3 percent surplus.

Low temperatures ranged from 44.5 degrees Fahrenheit at Homer to 57.6 degrees Fahrenheit at Morgan City. Highs ranged from 69.5 degrees Fahrenheit at Homer to 78.3 degrees Fahrenheit at Leesville. The precipitation for this week was scarce throughout the state, with the highest concentration in the northeast part of the state with an average of 0.17 inches.

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