Louisiana Field Reports: Rains Aid Crop Development

Crop Progress and Condition for the Week Ending June 10, 2018.

Comments from Cooperative Extension Service Parish Agents

Mark Carriere, Point Coupee Parish
“Drier conditions across the parish continued to impede on the growth of crops and pastures. Cattle producers are having to put out hay due to lack of forages in the pasture. Some producers are having to irrigate crops across the parish due to low rainfall. Later planted soybeans are having a difficult time growing due to lack of moisture in the ground.”

Stuart Gauthier, Saint Mary Parish
“Scattered showers greatly improved pasture and crop conditions. Sugarcane height is short and is causing some growers concern about the start of planting in late July. Hay fields are slow to develop and growers are putting out fertilizer. Rice is entering the boot stage. Summer vegetable harvest is in full swing.”

Jeremy Herbert, Acadia Parish
“We received much needed rain showers this past week. Rice is progressing nicely with some rice getting close to heading. Some reports of disease in rice are coming in but not much. Soybeans got a jumpstart due to the rain showers this past week and should respond very well to the moisture. Pastures are beginning to show a little life due to the brief rain showers that occurred this past week. Periodical rain would be a welcoming sight.”

Blair Herbert, Iberia Parish
“Area received much needed rain last week which has allowed for better growing conditions for all crops, pastures, and livestock.”

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General Comments

According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service in Louisiana, there were 6.1 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending Sunday, June 10, 2018. Topsoil moisture supplies were 13 percent very short, 46 percent short, 40 percent adequate, and 1 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies were 7 percent very short, 40 percent short, 51 percent adequate, and 2 percent surplus.

Low temperatures ranged from 63.0 degrees Fahrenheit at Tallulah to 74.3 degrees Fahrenheit at New Roads. Highs ranged from 83.0 degrees Fahrenheit at Tallulah to 94.0 degrees Fahrenheit at New Roads. The precipitation for this week was spread throughout the State, with the highest concentration in the north central part of the State with an average of 1.48 inches.

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