Louisiana Field Reports: Harvest Underway, Mostly Average Yields

Crop Progress and Condition for the Week Ending August 12, 2018.

Comments from Cooperative Extension Service Parish Agents

Bruce Garner, West Carroll Parish
“Corn harvest started this past week with yields being average to slightly above average. Rain last Friday slowed down or stopped harvest for the day. Soybeans are beginning to finish off with little disease pressure. Insect pressure is low in soybeans, but with corn drying down, the potential for increased insect pressure is present. Sweet potatoes are sizing up nicely.”

Vincent Deshotel, Saint Landry Parish
“Rice, corn, grain sorghum, and early soybeans are being harvested. Yields have been reported mixed as early spring growing conditions were really tough, with droughty conditions for much of the reproductive stages. Rice yields have been good but pumping cost will be elevated due to drier than normal conditions. Livestock producers are becoming really concerned about making enough hay, as some areas have not received enough rain for the next cutting.”

Jimmy Flanagan, Saint Martin Parish
“Very little sugarcane planting at this point. There has been a constant rain. About 40% of the soybeans have been harvested in the parish.”

Stuart Gauthier, Saint Martin Parish
“Scattered showers are helping to ease moisture stress on crops. Sugarcane planting is underway. Planting ratios hopefully will improve as sugarcane growth is accelerating with recent rains. Rice harvest is progressing between showers. Rice yields are average and quality seems good. Early soybeans hurt by dry conditions with yields coming up short of early expectations. Crawfish producers are planting and starting to flood rice. Bermuda grass hay producers are spraying for armyworms. Cattle producers are working and marketing calves.”

Blair Herbert, Iberia Parish
“Scattered showers has been normal over the past several days which is slowing down sugarcane planting as well as soybean and rice harvest. The rains coupled with hot and humid conditions is allowing for excellent sugarcane growth.”

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General Comments

According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service in Louisiana, there were 5.5 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending Sunday, August 12, 2018. Topsoil moisture supplies were 7 percent very short, 36 percent short, 53 percent adequate, and 4 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies were 5 percent very short, 37 percent short, 55 percent adequate, and 3 percent surplus.

Low temperatures ranged from 69.7 degrees Fahrenheit at Saint Joseph to 76.9 degrees Fahrenheit at New Orleans. Highs ranged from 88.4 degrees Fahrenheit at Morgan City to 96.3 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 2.47 inches.

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