Louisiana Field Reports: Rice Harvest Speeds Along

Rice harvest. ©Debra L Ferguson Stock Photography

Crop Progress and Condition for the Week Ending August 5, 2018.

Comments from Cooperative Extension Service Parish Agents

Todd Fontenot, Evangeline Parish
“Many areas of the parish are in need of rainfall. Rice harvest is progressing with reports of many good yields. Soybeans are in their reproductive stages, and many fields need moisture to retain pods. Pastures also need moisture for forage growth. Scattered showers and rain chances have slowed hay cuttings.”

James “Jimmy” Meaux, Calcasieu Parish
“More rice was cut this last week. Some spotty afternoon rain showers, but not enough for soybeans. The area needs a good widespread soaking rain this week, especially for pastures.”

Jeremy Herbert, Acadia Parish
“More rice harvested this week with yields ranging from the upper 30’s to low 50’s; majority in the mid 40’s (barrels). Spotty rain showers slowed rice harvest for some producers.”

Stuart Gauthier, Saint Martin Parish
“Scattered rains helped some parched areas. Overall, more rain is needed by growers for crop development. Some cane growers are waiting for more cane height to start planting. Grinding is scheduled to start around September 20th and ripener will be going out on stubble cane shortly. Fall vegetable planting is underway. Rice and soybean harvest has begun.”

Blair Herbert, Iberia Parish
“Scattered rains are affecting harvest and planting conditions. Sugarcane planting has started in some areas with planting ratios lower than normal due to shorter than normal plant cane. Early planted soybeans have been defoliated and should be harvested next week if moisture levels allow.”

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General Comments

According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service in Louisiana, there were 6.3 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending Sunday, August 5, 2018. Topsoil moisture supplies were 11 percent very short, 38 percent short, 48 percent adequate, and 3 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies were 9 percent very short, 38 percent short, 51 percent adequate, and 2 percent surplus.

Low temperatures ranged from 61.5 degrees Fahrenheit at Homer to 76.1 degrees Fahrenheit at Galliano. Highs ranged from 85.6 degrees Fahrenheit at Lake Providence to 93.4 degrees Fahrenheit at Shreveport. 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 2.46 inches.

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