Louisiana Field Reports: Heavy Rains Bring Unsatisfying End to Harvest

Rain gauge near field. ©Debra L Ferguson Stock Photography

Crop Progress and Condition for the Week Ending November 11, 2018.

Comments from Cooperative Extension Service Parish Agents

Mark Carriere, Point Coupee Parish
“Continued rainfall made it difficult to harvest the sugarcane crop that was ready. Wet conditions wreaked havoc on fields, which will have to be fixed once they dry. Pecan producers are still waiting for some drier weather so they can get into the orchards to pick whatever pecans did not get washed away with the rain.”

Stanley Dutile, Lafayette Parish
“Torrential rains during last week further hampered sugarcane harvest. The freezing temperatures forecasted will likely end cattlemen’s hopes of making a much needed late season hay cutting.”

Blair Hebert, Iberia Parish
“Rain throughout last week continues to hamper field activities. Some pastures were not able to be baled for the last cutting of the year and producers are trying to finish planting rye grass. Some soybean fields were not be harvested due to low quality and farmers tried to work these fields. Sugarcane tonnage was above average but recoverable sugar is below average as sugarcane producers’ dealt with wet, muddy conditions on a daily basis. Dry weather is needed with a possibility of freezing conditions.”

Anna Timmerman, Jefferson Parish
“Cold wet conditions made for sodden soil and increased fungal pressure. Some cold damage last week also.”

Richard Letlow, Morehouse Parish
“Heavy rains have ended harvest season. There are some cotton, soybeans and sweet potatoes that were left in the field.”

General Comments

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According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service in Louisiana, there was 0.9 day suitable for fieldwork for the week ending Sunday, November 11, 2018. Topsoil moisture supplies were 0 percent very short, 1 percent short, 31 percent adequate, and 68 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies were 0 percent very short, 0 percent short, 56 percent adequate, and 44 percent surplus.

Low temperatures ranged from 44.6 degrees Fahrenheit at Homer and Mooringsport to 69.0 degrees Fahrenheit at New Orleans. Highs ranged from 60.1 degrees Fahrenheit at Homer to 84.0 degrees Fahrenheit at New Orleans. Moderate precipitation was received throughout the State, with the highest concentration in the central part of the State with an average of 2.33 inches.


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