Louisiana Field Reports: Hurried Harvest Between Rains

    Crop Progress and Condition for the Week Ending October 28, 2018.

    Comments from Cooperative Extension Service Parish Agents

    Stuart Gauthier, Saint Martin Parish
    “Drying conditions toward the end of the week allowed fieldwork to progress. Growers worked to quickly complete hay baling, ryegrass planting, and crop harvesting before the next round of showers. Fall vegetables made good progress. Satsuma harvest was in full swing. Pecan prices and yields remains low and quality is fair. Sugarcane growers continued to report good tonnage as they applied ripener to improve sugar yields.”

    Blair Herbert, Iberia Parish
    “Rains continued to hamper the ability of producers to bale hay and finish planting sugarcane. Sugarcane harvest progressed nicely with respectful tonnage and recoverable sugar values.”

    Todd Fontenot, Evangeline Parish
    “Rice ratoon crop continue to mature as the remainder of soybean crop including late maturing soybeans were being left in the field due to quality. Hay producers struggled to harvest hay between rains.”

    Richard Letlow, Morehouse Parish
    “Continued October rains made harvesting the last portion of the cotton and soybeans difficult. The final 6-10 % of these two crops are deteriorating in the field.”

    Vincent Deshotel, Saint Landry Parish
    “Field conditions improved with great weather later in the week which presented a much better harvest situation for the sugarcane growers. Soybeans not harvested were being destroyed and some land preparation began for spring planting. A few acres of wheat were planted by livestock producers who are planting winter pastures. An abundance of hay was cut with favorable weather for curing.”

    General Comments

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    According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service in Louisiana, there were 3.5 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending Sunday, October 28, 2018. Topsoil moisture supplies were 0 percent very short, 5 percent short, 59 percent adequate, and 36 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies were 0 percent very short, 4 percent short, 69 percent adequate, and 27 percent surplus.

    Low temperatures ranged from 42.3 degrees Fahrenheit at Homer to 61.0 degrees Fahrenheit at Galliano. Highs ranged from 64.3 degrees Fahrenheit at Lake Providence and Tallulah to 74.3 degrees Fahrenheit at Galliano. The precipitation for this week was spread throughout the State, with the highest concentration in the southeast part of the State with an average of 1.45 inches.

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