Louisiana Field Reports: Beneficial Rains; Rice Fields Being Drained

    Crop Progress and Condition for the Week Ending July 8, 2018.

    Comments from Cooperative Extension Service Parish Agents

    Todd Fontenot, Evangeline Parish
    “Recent rains have been very beneficial. Rice is mostly headed and some fields are being drained. Early soybeans are blooming and rain provided much needed moisture. Pastures have also improved with rainfall.”

    Blair Herbert, Iberia Parish
    “Area has been receiving needed rains. Crops such as sugarcane have shown good progress with the recent rains and warm temperatures. Rains halted fieldwork as farmers are busy managing water in their fields.”

    James “Jimmy” Meaux, Calcasieu Parish
    “Rain showers this past week will help pastures and hay fields grow. The area received between 1-3 inches during the previous week with more to come this week. Rainy weather is not beneficial for rice heading out and for diseases pressure. Soybeans are looking good.”

    Stuart Gauthier, Saint Martin Parish
    “Scattered rains are helping to replenish soil moisture and accelerate crop growth. Cane growers are going to start planting at the end of July. Some cane is a little short for this point in the season. Early planted soybeans are a little stunted by dry conditions. Some rice fields will be drained in the next couple weeks in anticipation for harvest at the end of the month.”

    Anna Timmerman, Jefferson Parish
    “Summer crops are benefiting from the previous week daily rain.”

    General Comments

    According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service in Louisiana, there were 5.1 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending Sunday, July 8, 2018. Topsoil moisture supplies were 8 percent very short, 27 percent short, 61 percent adequate, and 4 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies were 6 percent very short, 33 percent short, 58 percent adequate, and 3 percent surplus.

    Low temperatures ranged from 71.1 degrees Fahrenheit at Leesville to 76.1 degrees Fahrenheit at Galliano. Highs ranged from 87.6 degrees Fahrenheit at Galliano to 97.3 degrees Fahrenheit at Minden. The precipitation for this week was spread throughout the State, with the highest concentration in the southeast part of the State with an average of 3.57 inches.

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