Louisiana Field Reports: Daily Rains Negatively Affecting Crops

Crop Progress and Condition for the Week Ending September 30, 2018.

Comments from Cooperative Extension Service County Agents

Vincent Deshotel, Saint Landry Parish
“Too Much Rain!! What is left of the soybean crop is going to be poor with too many days of rain and no sun. Quality grades are poor where many producers are being turned away at the elevators. Hay fields finally grew like producers needed them to all summer now the ground is saturated and hay cannot be cut until drier weather moves in. Crawfish ponds continue going to flood.”

Mark Carriere, Pointe Coupee Parish
“Continued rains halted harvest of soybeans and cotton across the parish. We need rains to stop so producers can get their crops out of the fields with as little quality damage as possible. Sugarcane producers have the majority of the crop planted, and harvest has begun this past week.”

Jimmy Meaux, Calcasieu Parish
“After another week of rain almost every day, soils are saturated. There has been little sun in almost a week. Soybeans still in field may not be harvested at this point.”

Stuart Gauthier, Saint Martin Parish
“A wet start to the sugarcane grinding season dampened farmer’s efforts. Mature soybeans need drying conditions to facilitate harvest and to halt damage development. Some soybean growers are having issues with high soybean damage levels interfering with delivery. Hay quality and tonnage may be short for some producers as continued wet conditions prevents baling. Pecan harvest began with quality concerns from scab and stinkbugs causing issues. As soon as dryer conditions return, cool season pasture planting will start. Citrus are coloring with some fruit splitting and damaged fruit ripening first. Fall garden planting is underway.”

Blair Hebert, Iberia Parish
“Daily rains continued to hamper fieldwork. Sugarcane harvest began with muddy field conditions. Sugarcane farmers have approximately 20% left to plant. Pastures are overgrown and need to be baled so that rye grass can be planted. Drier and cooler conditions would be a welcome for all area agriculture.”

General Comments

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According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service in Louisiana, there were 2.4 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending Sunday, September 30, 2018. Topsoil moisture supplies were 0 percent very short, 5 percent short, 61 percent adequate, and 34 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies were 1 percent very short, 14 percent short, 67 percent adequate, and 18 percent surplus.

Low temperatures ranged from 63.3 degrees Fahrenheit at Homer to 75.5 degrees Fahrenheit at Morgan City. Highs ranged from 76.8 degrees Fahrenheit at Homer to 89.0 degrees Fahrenheit at Tallulah. The precipitation for this week was spread throughout the State, with the highest concentration in the northeast part of the State with an average of 3.76 inches.


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