Louisiana Field Reports: Ratoon Rice Harvest – Soybean Issues

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    Crop Progress and Condition for the Week Ending October 21, 2018.

    Comments from Cooperative Extension Service County Agents

    Jimmy Meaux, Calcasieu Parish
    “Last week was drier but the fields still need more sun to dry out. Producers continued to plant ryegrass and make last hay cuttings before winter. Second crop of rice looked ok. Some fields were getting drained and close to cutting.”

    James Herbert, Acadia Parish
    “Some soybeans were left in the field. Quality is poor so some soybeans will go unharvested. Also, some farmers stored soybeans in bins that they cannot sell and will need that room for rice soon. Farmers began harvesting ratoon rice and more will be ready this week. Most crawfish farmers flooded up. Most pastures that were intended on being planted for winter forage were planted, however, a few acres are not dry enough.”

    Anna Timmerman, Jefferson Parish
    “Dryer conditions came late in the week.”

    Andrew Granger, Vermilion Parish
    “Big rain in portions of the parish last week hampered sugarcane harvest and stopped hay harvest. Some hay was made early last week. Cattle producers are on hold for ryegrass planting but some preparations were completed late in the week. Ratoon crop rice harvest is underway.”

    Vincent Deshotel, Saint Landry Parish
    “Soybean farmers harvested a few acres where they have storage. Quality issues continued to be a problem at the elevators. Crawfish farmers continue flooding up ponds for the upcoming harvest. Field conditions improved for the sugarcane harvest where good tonnage and yield were being reported. Livestock producers were busy with planting winter pastures and marketing spring born calves. They, also, were waiting for better weather to get some more hay put up.”

    General Comments

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    According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service in Louisiana, there were 4.0 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending Sunday, October 21, 2018. Topsoil moisture supplies were 0 percent very short, 4 percent short, 72 percent adequate, and 24 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies were 0 percent very short, 4 percent short, 79 percent adequate, and 17 percent surplus.

    Low temperatures ranged from 48.0 degrees Fahrenheit at Homer to 70.8 degrees Fahrenheit at New Orleans. Highs ranged from 62.0 degrees Fahrenheit at Mooringsport to 84.6 degrees Fahrenheit at Galliano. The precipitation for this week was spread throughout the State, with the highest concentration in the east central part of the State with an average of 2.79 inches.

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