Louisiana Field Reports: Early Rice Harvest Nears

Crop Progress and Condition for the Week Ending July 15, 2018.

Comments from Cooperative Extension Service Parish Agents

Mark Carriere, Point Coupee Parish
“Sugarcane producers are finishing up last minute prep work to begin planting. Continued pop up showers have helped cotton and soybean crops catch up from lack of rain earlier in the growing season. Only time will tell how the lack of moisture has effected the cotton and soybean crops.”

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Andrew Granger, Vermillion Parish
“Constant rain raises rice pollination concerns. Stink bug are being monitored in rice and beans. Sugarcane and pastures are growing well with the wet conditions. Breeding season is coming to a close, ranchers are working calves. Hay producers are struggling to harvest with high rain chances.”

James “Jimmy” Meaux, Calcasieu Parish
“The parish received much needed rain showers this past week. Some areas received good coverage and others not so much. Rice and soybeans still look good. More rice fields are being drained this week. Hay pastures are ready for cutting, but need a few dry days in a row. Pasture conditions are improving in most areas of parish.”

Stuart Gauthier, Saint Martin Parish
“Scattered showers continue to promote crop growth and development. Army worms are showing up in hay fields. Pears are ripening in backyard fruit orchards. Chinch bugs and gray leaf spot are browning Saint Augustine lawns.”

Jeremy Herbert, Acadia Parish
“Rice is starting to mature and we are getting very close to harvest. I expect our first fields to get cut this week. Soybeans are looking very good and are receiving rain at the right time. Pastures are rebounding nicely from the mini drought we had earlier in the summer.”

General Comments

According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service in Louisiana, there were 5.0 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending Sunday, July 15, 2018. Topsoil moisture supplies were 7 percent very short, 28 percent short, 55 percent adequate, and 10 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies were 4 percent very short, 29 percent short, 59 percent adequate, and 8 percent surplus.

Low temperatures ranged from 70.0 degrees Fahrenheit at Tallulah to 77.4 degrees Fahrenheit at New Orleans. Highs ranged from 87.1 degrees Fahrenheit at Oberlin to 94.3 degrees Fahrenheit at Minden. The precipitation for this week was spread throughout the State, with the highest concentration in the southwest part of the State with an average of 2.00 inches.

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