Louisiana Field Reports: Heavy Rains Slow Harvest

Crop Progress and Condition for the Week Ending September 9, 2018.

Comments from Cooperative Extension Service County Agents

Vincent Deshotel, Saint Landry Parish
“Recent rains slowed any progress with planting sugarcane and harvesting soybeans. Most of the rice, corn, and grain sorghum crops been harvested. Pastures and hay fields are seeing some relief from recent rains. Some fall land preparation for spring planting is taking place where field conditions will allow. Crawfish producers will soon be flooding ponds for the fall and winter harvest of crawfish.”

Stuart Gauthier, Saint Martin Parish
“Wet conditions halted field progress the majority of this week. Sugarcane continued to make good growth now that it received moisture. Hay fields in need of harvest are becoming overgrown and rank with weed pressure. Sugarcane growers are awaiting dry weather to wrap up planting. Mature soybeans need to be harvested to avoid further quality loss. Pecan scab pressure is building under recent wet conditions. Fall vegetable planting is underway.”

Blair Hebert, Iberia Parish
“Rains slowed field activity. While weather is allowing sugarcane to grow and mature, plenty of sugarcane still needs to be planted and sugarcane harvest is expected to start the week of September 24th in the Teche area.”

Jeremy Hebert, Acadia Parish
“Rice harvest is trying to wrap up, but rain showers have stopped harvest. Soybean harvest is underway with yields looking good for the parish. Pastures are benefiting from the rain.”

Andrew Granger, Vermilion Parish
“Rains most days slowed sugarcane planting and the completion of rice harvest. Cattle ranchers are weaning calves and preparing for ryegrass planting. Most are waiting on a good window to make some hay.”

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General Comments

According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service in Louisiana, there were 4.2 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending Sunday, September 9, 2018. Topsoil moisture supplies were 3 percent very short, 18 percent short, 64 percent adequate, and 15 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies were 5 percent very short, 32 percent short, 55 percent adequate, and 8 percent surplus.

Low temperatures ranged from 69.9 degrees Fahrenheit at Homer to 76.0 degrees Fahrenheit at Crowley. Highs ranged from 85.1 degrees Fahrenheit at Galliano to 93.3 degrees Fahrenheit at Minden. Heavy precipitation for this week was spread throughout the State, with the highest concentration in the southwest part of the State with an average of 3.92 inches.

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