Louisiana Field Reports: Rains Dampen Planting Progress

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Crop Progress and Condition for the Week Ending April 15, 2018.

Comments from Cooperative Extension Service Parish Agents

Vincent Deshotel, Saint Landry Parish
“Frequent cold fronts bringing rain every 4-6 days has many spring planted crops slow to progress. The sugarcane crop needs warmer conditions, producers do not feel the January freeze hurt stands much. Cattle pastures are green with clover and spring ryegrass but warm season grasses are slow to move with cool conditions. Some cold injury has been noticed in vegetable crops. Soybean planting will be in full swing when field conditions allow.”

Todd Fontenot, Evangeline Parish
“Cold, wet conditions are slowing the growth of the rice and corn crops as well as most spring vegetable crops. Ryegrass pastures continued providing good grazing with cool conditions.”

Mark Carriere, Pointe Coupee Parish
“Weekly rainfall has slowed down most fieldwork across the parish. Hay producers are waiting to make their first cutting. Soybean producers need some drier weather to begin planting and finish preparing ground.”

Henry Harrison, Washington Parish
“Tremendous moisture in region with rain amounts over four inches in surrounding parishes. Most field activities halted because of wet ground.”

Stuart Gauthier, Saint Martin Parish
“Several inches of rain over the weekend dampened fields and put a halt to field activities. Sugarcane growers were actively putting out fertilizer and wrapping up soybean planting on fallow ground. Rice planting is nearly complete. The persistence of cool temperatures is extending spring grazing of cool season clover and ryegrass. Cold winds last week caused some minor foliar damage to warm season vegetables like tomatoes and cucumbers.”

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General Comments

According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service in Louisiana, there were 4.0 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending Sunday, April 15, 2018. Topsoil moisture supplies were 0 percent very short, 0 percent short, 66 percent adequate, and 34 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies were 0 percent very short, 3 percent short, 55 percent adequate, and 42 percent surplus.

Low temperatures ranged from 43.7 degrees Fahrenheit at Homer to 58.1 degrees Fahrenheit at New Orleans. Highs ranged from 69.1 degrees Fahrenheit at Oberlin Fire to 76.1 degrees Fahrenheit at New Orleans. The precipitation for this week was spread throughout Louisiana, with the highest concentration in the south east part of the State with an average of 4.00 inches.

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