Louisiana Field Reports: Continued Rains Slow Harvest

    Crop Progress and Condition for the Week Ending September 16, 2018.

    Comments from Cooperative Extension Service County Agents

    Vincent Deshotel, Saint Landry Parish
    “Following the previous week of isolated showers interrupting fieldwork, better weather last week allowed producers back in the field harvesting soybeans and planting cane. Hay producers received some much needed rains to make that fall cutting. Cattle producers sent spring born calves to market planning for fall plantings of winter pastures. Mosquito populations have exploded with recent rain events, drier fall weather would help greatly in this area.”

    Stuart Gauthier, Saint Martin Parish
    “Wet conditions continued to stall grower progress. Sugarcane grinding will start soon with some growers struggling to finish planting. Cane is making good compensatory growth now that moisture is not limiting. Soybean yield reports have been highly variable depending on the moisture the crop received. Hay producers are waiting on drier conditions to harvest rank hay fields. Some pecans are starting to fall and quality seems poor. Early satsumas are coloring. Persimmon harvest is in full swing. Fall vegetables are being planted.”

    Blair Hebert, Iberia Parish
    “Scattered showers continue to leave fields too wet to plant sugarcane; however rains have allowed for good sugarcane growth. The ability to make some hay was delayed by daily rains, and hay pastures are becoming overgrown. Ryegrass pastures and crawfish ponds are being prepared, and some fall vegetable planting has started.”

    Jeremy Hebert, Acadia Parish
    “More rain showers slowed up fieldwork but it appears all of the rice has been harvested. Soybean harvest was slowed up as well but will be in full swing soon as we are finally expecting a decent week without much rain. Rainy conditions took its toll on pastures as the weed pressure is skyrocketing and wet fields prevented ranchers from spraying. Still hearing high reports of armyworms in parts of the parish.”

    Andrew Granger, Vermilion Parish
    “Rains continue to slow progress on cane planting and hay harvest. Rice harvest is all but complete. Ratoon crop is looking good. Mosquitoes on cattle have taken its toll on cattle condition and the loss of some bulls. Cattle ranchers are weaning and shipping calves.”

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    General Comments

    According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service in Louisiana, there were 3.7 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending Sunday, September 16, 2018. Topsoil moisture supplies were 3 percent very short, 14 percent short, 67 percent adequate, and 16 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies were 3 percent very short, 26 percent short, 63 percent adequate, and 8 percent surplus.

    Low temperatures ranged from 67.0 degrees Fahrenheit at Shreveport and Tallulah to 76.6 degrees Fahrenheit at Galliano and New Orleans. Highs ranged from 76.7 degrees Fahrenheit at Shreveport to 92.6 degrees Fahrenheit at New Orleans. Precipitation fo was spread throughout the State, with the highest concentration in the southeast part of the State with an average of 1.96 inches.

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