Louisiana Field Reports: Early Rice Harvest Begins

Rice harvest. ©Debra L Ferguson Stock Photography

Crop Progress and Condition for the Week Ending July 22, 2018.

Comments from Cooperative Extension Service Parish Agents

Richard Letlow, Morehouse Parish
“Corn crop is winding down. Rice is heading and maturing. Cotton and soybeans still have a few weeks to go until mature stage. The hot, dry weather will have an influence on all the crops.”

Anna Timmerman, Jefferson Parish
“Heavy rainfall and high temperatures are causing some fungal issues.”

Blair Hebert, Iberia Parish
“Area received little rain this past week. Sugarcane farmers to work fallow ground and spray fields as they prepare to start planting in the next few weeks. The hot and humid weather is allowing sugarcane to grow rapidly, and soybeans are progressing nicely. Pasture growth has been good over past few weeks and drier weather has allowed for hay to be cut and baled.”

Stuart Gauthier, Saint Martin Parish
“Hot and dry conditions are rapidly sucking up soil moisture. Hay cutting is in full swing. Sugarcane planting will commence next week. Early soybeans are being sprayed with defoliant in preparation for harvest. Rice harvest will begin shortly.”

Jeremy Herbert, Acadia Parish
“Rice harvest has started. Farmers began cutting rice this past week as rice is ripening fast once fields are drained due to the high heat and dry conditions. Soybean fields look very good where rain has been present. The fields that look good have pods from top to bottom and are catching periodical rain showers. The fields that don’t look good have very uneven stands. Pastures could use some more moisture. We went from having an adequate amount of moisture in the soil over the last several weeks to becoming very dry again in certain parts of the parish. Some reports of armyworms have come in for hay fields.”

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General Comments

According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service in Louisiana, there were 6.4 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending Sunday, July 22, 2018. Topsoil moisture supplies were 9 percent very short, 29 percent short, 61 percent adequate, and 1 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies were 7 percent very short, 27 percent short, 65 percent adequate, and 1 percent surplus.

Low temperatures ranged from 71.0 degrees Fahrenheit at Tallulah to 79.7 degrees Fahrenheit at Galliano and Natchitoches. Highs ranged from 90.4 degrees Fahrenheit at Slidell to 100.0 degrees Fahrenheit at Minden. The precipitation for this week was scarce throughout the State, with the highest concentration in the northeast part of the State with an average of 2.04 inches.

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