Louisiana Field Reports: Rains Benefit Crops

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Crop Progress and Condition for the Week Ending May 27, 2018.

Comments from Cooperative Extension Service Parish Agents

Bruce Garner, West Carroll Parish
“Spotty afternoon showers have been welcomed for row crop producers but unwelcome to producers trying to cut hay. Some first hay cuttings have been cut and baled, while others were rained out.”

Henry Harrison, Washington Parish
“Rain, we finally got some much needed rain over an extended period. Vegetable production is in full swing for crops such as squash, okra, and tomatoes. Watermelons needed the rain and has good fruit set, should be ready by the latter part of June if conditions continue to be favorable.”

James “Jimmy” Meaux, Calcasieu Parish
“Most areas received a good rain of 1/2” – 2” of rainfall. This rain will greatly help pastures that were getting very dry. Rice is doing very well with most fields past green ring stage. Soybeans will do better with this rain.”

Rene’ Schmit, Saint Charles Parish
“Dry conditions in combination with high summer heat beginning to cause plant stress on crops. Sugarcane, soybeans, and pasture grasses exhibiting slow growth for this time of year.”

Blair Hebert, Iberia Parish
“All crops, livestock, and home gardens have been helped by the recent rains. All eyes are on the tropical storms waiting to see how things will develop.”

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General Comments

According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service in Louisiana, there were 6.0 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending Sunday, May 27, 2018. Topsoil moisture supplies were 15 percent very short, 40 percent short, 44 percent adequate, and 1 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies were 9 percent very short, 37 percent short, 53 percent adequate, and 1 percent surplus.

Low temperatures ranged from 64.7 degrees Fahrenheit at Jeanerette to 73.4 degrees Fahrenheit at New Orleans. Highs ranged from 86.9 degrees Fahrenheit at Lake Providence to 92.4 degrees Fahrenheit at Saint Joseph. The precipitation for this week was spread throughout the State, with the highest concentration in the central part of the State with an average of
1.77 inches.


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