Louisiana Field Reports: Planting Underway as Fields Dry

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Crop Progress and Condition for the Week Ending March 18, 2017.

Comments from Cooperative Extension Service Parish Agents

Mark Carriere, Pointe Coupee Parish
“Certain areas of the parish were starting to dry; however, scattered showers over the weekend further saturated already wet areas across the parish. Farmers in certain parts of the parish were able to get in the fields to plant corn, but others are behind because of all the rainfall we have seen in recent weeks.”

Jeremy Hebert, Acadia Parish
“Favorable weather last week allowed for more rice to be planted. Weather was slightly cool but we missed a big chance of rain and farmers took advantage of the drier fields. Planting is off to a later start than last year due to the weather this year; however, conditions are improving.”

Stuart Gauthier, Saint Martin Parish
“Sugarcane growers were cultivating fields and putting out herbicides for spring weed control. Despite the harsh winter, most plant cane and stubble fields appear to have a good stand. Soybean growers were burning down winter weeds in preparation for planting. The crawfish harvest is in full swing with some producers reporting a good catch.

“Hay producers were applying herbicides for spring weed control as well. Some ryegrass hay was being baled. Winter livestock supplementation is winding down as spring grass is emerging. Fruit trees had adequate chilling this winter and subsequently are having a good bloom period. Spring vegetables are being transplanted.”

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Blair Hebert, Iberia Parish
“This weather is allowing sugarcane crop to shows signs of greening and growing. Sugarcane farmers have been able to manage shucks from harvesting crop by burning and raking. Sugarcane fields continued to be sprayed for weed control. A few farmers have started to off bar and a few have applied fertilizer.”

Rene’ Schmit, Saint Charles Parish
“Soil moisture remained high due to light but frequent rainfall. Along with the repeated rainfall and a combination of warmer spring temperatures, there was more uniform green-up of pasture grasses and optimal growing conditions for sugarcane and vegetables.”

General Comments

According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service in Louisiana, there were 3.2 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending Sunday, March 18, 2018. Topsoil moisture supplies were 0 percent very short, 2 percent short, 53 percent adequate, and 45 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies were 0 percent very short, 0 percent short, 60 percent adequate, and 40 percent surplus.

Low temperatures ranged from 34.6 degrees Fahrenheit at Homer to 55.2 degrees Fahrenheit at Crowley. Highs ranged from 64.2 degrees Fahrenheit at Red River to 74.2 degrees Fahrenheit at Crowley. Most of the state received some rain, with the highest concentration in the east central part of the state with an average of 1.54 inches.

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