Louisiana Field Reports: Major Drought Stress

Crop Progress and Condition for the Week Ending June 3, 2018.

Comments from Cooperative Extension Service Parish Agents

Vincent Deshotel, Saint Landry Parish
“Drought!!! Hot, dry conditions have all crops and livestock struggling to survive. Rice wells cannot keep up with the needs of the rice crop but the crop is doing well. Corn moves to a productive stage needing rain terrible now. Stand loss in the younger soybean crops becomes more evident each day. The soybean crops that received rainfall last week looks really good. Hay producers are baling what forages are present but the yield is low.”

Jeremy Herbert, Acadia Parish
“More dry weather this past week. Many rice producers have top dressed their fields and have established permanent floods. Rice looks very good as the sunshine and warm temperatures are making the rice advance quickly. Soybeans are slowly progressing as rain is much needed. Spotty showers this past week allowed for a few fields in the area to get moisture but more is needed. Grass in pastures are not growing unless they get an occasional shower. Many cattlemen have resorted to feeding hay. Vegetables are going well if irrigated on a regular basis.”

Stuart Gauthier, Saint Martin Parish
“Prevailing dry conditions are slowing crop development. Sugarcane producers are making layby applications of herbicide. Stink bugs are showing up in early planted soybeans. Some soybean producers are waiting on moisture to finish planting. Some cattle producers are having to put out hay because of poor pasture development. Crawfish producers are draining fields. Dry weather is allowing producers ample time for dirt work and laser leveling. Blueberry and blackberry harvest is in full swing and good yields are being reported.”

Stanley J Dutile, Lafayette Parish
“Drought conditions persist and desperate for rain.”

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General Comments

According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service in Louisiana, there were 6.8 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending Sunday, June 3, 2018. Topsoil moisture supplies were 32 percent very short, 41 percent short, 27 percent adequate, and 0 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies were 24 percent very short, 37 percent short, 39 percent adequate, and 0 percent surplus.

Low temperatures ranged from 65.3 degrees Fahrenheit at Saint Joseph to 76.3 degrees Fahrenheit at Galliano and Morgan City. Highs ranged from 88.1 degrees Fahrenheit at Jeanerette to 95.1 degrees Fahrenheit at Minden. The precipitation for this week was minimal throughout the State, with the highest concentration in the east central part of the State with an average of 0.43 inch.

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