Louisiana Field Reports: Planting Takes Off with Drier Conditions

Crop Progress and Condition for the Week Ending March 24, 2018.

Comments from Cooperative Extension Service Parish Agents

Vince Deshotel, Saint Landry Parish
“Drier conditions allowed for field preparation and planting of early spring crops. The majority of the corn and dry seeded rice crop were planted over the last week to ten days. Soybean acres were burned down and fieldwork in sugarcane is under way. The crawfish catch is improving with warmer weather. Livestock and hay producers are busy spraying herbicides and fertilizing grazing pastures and hay fields. Calf prices are improving some for the spring market.”

Stuart Gauthier, Saint Martin Parish
“Drying field conditions accelerated crop work. Rice growers started drilling fields. Cool nights continue to slow crop progress. Ryegrass pastures need rain as top soil moisture is getting dry. Sugarcane producers are putting out fertilizer and spring weed control herbicides.”

Blair Hebert, Iberia Parish
“Area has received dry weather with cool mornings. Sugarcane farmers made good progress in spraying for grass and weeds as well as cultivating rows. Fallow sugarcane fields are being plowed, and some dry fertilizer has been applied. Cattlemen continue to deal with pasture issues and new calves. Home gardens are being planted and are off to a good, but slow start.”

Andrew Granger, Vermillion Parish
“Rice planting got into full swing and should continue at a rapid pace with current conditions. Sugarcane farmers made good progress with herbicide applications and fieldwork. Cattle ranchers continue calving and most have quit haying and feeding. Warm season grasses are greening up. Working cows and calves for spring is beginning.”

Mark Carriere, Point Coupee Parish
“Drier conditions last week allowed for all of the corn in the parish to be planted. It also allowed for much needed prep work for other crops to be planted.”

General Comments

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According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service in Louisiana, there were 6.5 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending Sunday, March 24, 2019. Topsoil moisture supplies were 0 percent very short, 11 percent short, 71 percent adequate, and 18 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies were 0 percent very short, 3 percent short, 64 percent adequate, and 33 percent surplus.

Low temperatures ranged from 34.2 degrees Fahrenheit at Homer to 51.0 degrees Fahrenheit at Morgan City. Highs ranged from 66.7 degrees Fahrenheit at Slidell to 74.4 degrees Fahrenheit at Leesville and Natchitoches. No precipitation was reported during the period.


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