Louisiana Field Reports: Wet Conditions Slow Harvest

    Soybean harvest. ©Debra L Ferguson Stock Photography

    Crop Progress and Condition for the Week Ending September 23, 2018.

    Comments from Cooperative Extension Service County Agents

    Todd Fontenot, Evangeline Parish
    “Recent rainfall halted harvest of all crops. Wet conditions negatively affected the quality of mature crops remaining in the field.”

    Bradley Pousson, Cameron Parish
    “Very wet conditions stalled the soybean crop. Second crop of rice is in full swing. Forecasts are predicting another wet week.”

    Blair Hebert, Iberia Parish
    “Scattered showers continued last week; however farmers were able to make some progress in their fields. A few local sugarcane mills will start grinding this week with about 20% of the sugarcane crop remaining to be planted. Area could use cooler and drier weather.”

    Jeremy Hebert, Acadia Parish
    “Spotty rain showers slowed soybean harvest. Soybean harvest was hit and miss; some fields reported good yields while other fields were reporting marginal yields.”

    Jimmy Meaux, Calcasieu Parish
    “More rains hurt efforts to harvest soybeans. Some soybeans started to sprout before harvest. Need some drier days to resume harvest.”

    Stuart Gauthier, Saint Martin Parish
    “Growers dodged showers to complete fieldwork. Sugarcane planting is wrapping up and grinding is scheduled to start at the end of week. Soybean growers continued to report highly variable yields. Early pecan harvest has lots of scab and stink bug damage. Satsumas are coloring and persimmon are ripe. Crawfish growers are putting a light flood on fields.”

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    General Comments

    According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service in Louisiana, there were 4.9 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending Sunday, September 23, 2018. Topsoil moisture supplies were 2 percent very short, 23 percent short, 56 percent adequate, and 19 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies were 2 percent very short, 27 percent short, 59 percent adequate, and 12 percent surplus.

    Low temperatures ranged from 69.6 degrees Fahrenheit at Homer to 78.3 degrees Fahrenheit at New Orleans. Highs ranged from 90.6 degrees Fahrenheit at Crowley to 97.3 degrees Fahrenheit at Saint Joseph. The precipitation for this week was spread throughout the State, with the highest concentration in the north central part of the State with an average of 2.39 inches.

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