Louisiana Field Reports: Wrapping Up Ratoon Rice – Quality Concerns

    Rice harvest. ©Debra L Ferguson Stock Photography

    Crop Progress and Condition for the Week Ending November 25, 2018.

    Comments from Cooperative Extension Service Parish Agents

    Jimmy Meaux, Calcasieu Parish
    “Not too much rain fall during last week but producers still need a few more dry days to finish ratoon rice crop. Second crop rice did not perform well throughout the parish. Cattle producers tried to hold off feeding hay for a few more weeks because of projected short supply for upcoming winter. They are feeding supplements instead.”

    Vincent Deshotel, Saint Landry Parish
    “The sugarcane harvest was challenged in areas with wet field conditions slowing the process and leaving some growers somewhat behind. Little to no field preparations took place for spring planting due to wet conditions. Livestock producers struggled with short hay supplies while waiting on winter grazing and some producers have no hay at all.”

    Blair Hebert, Iberia Parish
    “Sugarcane fields remained muddy. Despite difficult harvest conditions sugar tonnage per acre remained above average. Some cattle producers started to feed hay, which may be in short supply this winter. Some crawfish producers put out cages, and should start fishing soon.”

    Stuart Gauthier, Saint Martin Parish
    “A wet week made field conditions difficult for cane harvest. Cooler temperatures allowed the cane to ripen naturally so most growers have suspended ripener applications. Fertilizer went out on ryegrass pastures and wet field conditions will not allow most hay producers to make a final cutting. Hay supply will be tight for many cattle producers. Recent cool weather improved citrus quality and harvest was in full swing. Cool season vegetables made good progress.”

    Jeremy Hebert, Acadia Parish
    “Producers harvested more second crop rice last week. Yields were still good but continues to slide some every week. Producers are wrapping up second crop harvest of rice because the recent frosts has caused the grain formations to stop. Crawfish ponds were flooded with some reports of growers started fishing. Rye pastures greening up nicely.”

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    General Comments

    According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service in Louisiana, there were 3.0 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending Sunday, November 25, 2018. Topsoil moisture supplies were 0 percent very short, 0 percent short, 41 percent adequate, and 59 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies were 0 percent very short, 0 percent short, 59 percent adequate, and 41 percent surplus.

    Low temperatures ranged from 33.4 degrees Fahrenheit at Homer to 54.2 degrees Fahrenheit at Galliano. Highs ranged from 57.0 degrees Fahrenheit at Homer to 68.4 degrees Fahrenheit at Galliano. Light precipitation was received throughout most of the State, with the highest concentration in the south central part of the State with an average of 1.01 inches.

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