Louisiana Field Reports: Cool, Wet Conditions Delay Planting, Crop Growth

Crop Progress and Condition for the Week Ending April 22, 2018.

Comments from Cooperative Extension Service Parish Agents

Jason Holmes, Union Parish
“Ryegrass harvest for high moisture haylage is in full swing; however no low moisture ryegrass hay was harvested due to inadequate drying conditions. Cold nights still have warm season grasses in a lurch, leaving cattle producers in a prolonged transition period between cool season and warm season grazing.”

Vincent Deshotel, Saint Landry Parish
“The story remained the same this week, cool and wet!! A round of showers over the weekend and cool temperatures delayed crop progress. Corn, rice, and sugarcane stands are slow to move. Warmer weather is needed. Livestock pasture is green and lush with clover and ryegrass stands helping to extend grazing time. The spring crops are not so well due to cooler than average temperatures.”

Jeremy Hebert, Acadia Parish
“Favorable conditions this week allowed for the remaining rice to be put in the ground. Rice is emerging well but cooler temperatures have put the rice at a stand-still; it is just not moving fast right now. Rain showers this past weekend caused some fields to become wet but stronger winds are drying out the fields. More soybeans will be planted this week. More crawfish ponds are being drained and being prepared for late-planting of rice.”

Jimmy Flanagan, Saint Mary Parish
“Rain over the weekend with amounts averaging 0.75 inches. Cool temperatures have slowed the growth of sugarcane and soybeans, but everything is holding its own. Farmers should get back into the field by tomorrow afternoon. Sugarcane fertilization is about 65% complete.”

Blair Hebert, Saint Martin Parish
“Rain throughout the parish stopped farmers from fertilizing sugarcane fields and planting soybeans for most of the past week. Cool temperatures are slowing spring sugarcane growth. Most farmers have fertilized at least half of their sugarcane crop.”

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General Comments

According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service in Louisiana, there were 4.5 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending Sunday, April 22, 2018. Topsoil moisture supplies were 0 percent very short, 1 percent short, 75 percent adequate, and 24 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies were 0 percent very short, 2 percent short, 66 percent adequate, and 32 percent surplus.

Low temperatures ranged from 42.3 degrees Fahrenheit at Mooringsport to 55.3 degrees Fahrenheit at Galliano. Highs ranged from 66.0 degrees Fahrenheit at Winnsboro to 80.3 degrees Fahrenheit at New Orleans. Most of the State received some rain, with the highest concentration in the northwest part of the State with an average of 2.41 inches.


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