Louisiana Field Reports: 2nd Rice Harvest Begins, Good Initial Yields

Combine transfers a load of rice into a cart. Photo: Bruce Schultz, LSU AgCenter

Crop Progress and Condition for the Week Ending November 4, 2018.

Comments from Cooperative Extension Service Parish Agents

Stuart Gauthier, Saint Martin Parish
“Wet conditions and heavy rains kept fields damp and slowed field progress last week. Sugarcane tonnage improved while sugar levels need drier conditions and sunny weather to improve. Unharvested soybeans were heavily damaged and will likely be abandoned. Citrus and pecan harvest was in full swing. Forage producers made one final hay cutting and continued to wrap up cool season pasture planting. Crawfish growers flooded fields and started to put out traps.”

Jeremy Herbert, Acadia Parish
“Rains during last week saturated fields which halted most fieldwork. Second crop rice yields looked good from the rice being harvested during the past week.”

Todd Fontenot, Evangeline Parish
“Rice second crop harvest began with reports of good yields. Rainfall made fall field preparation difficult.”

Vincent Deshotel, Saint Landry Parish
“Recent rain events kept farmers out of the field with any land preparation for spring planting. Soybean producers were busy destroying low quality damaged soybeans that were not harvestable up until the recent rains. The sugarcane harvest was once again challenged with wet field conditions slowing the harvest. Second crop rice was being harvested last week. Hay producers had a short window last week for what looked like a last cutting of hay.”

General Comments

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According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service in Louisiana, there were 3.0 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending Sunday, November 4, 2018. Topsoil moisture supplies were 0 percent very short, 2 percent short, 42 percent adequate, and 56 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies were 0 percent very short, 1 percent short, 63 percent adequate, and 36 percent surplus.

Low temperatures ranged from 49.0 degrees Fahrenheit at Homer to 67.0 degrees Fahrenheit at New Orleans. Highs ranged from 74.5 degrees Fahrenheit at Homer to 83.7 degrees Fahrenheit at New Orleans. Heavy precipitation was received throughout the State, with the highest concentration in the west central part of the State with an average of 2.55 inches.


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