Louisiana Field Reports: Soybean Planting Begins, Rice at Full Speed

Crop Progress and Condition for the Week Ending March 31, 2019.

Comments from Cooperative Extension Service Parish Agents

Vince Deshotel, Saint Landry Parish
“Weather has been beneficial to spring planting. Last week, all areas of production were making progress. A general rain will be in order to get spring seeded crops up. Conditions were drying out.”

Jeremy Hebert, Acadia Parish
“Favorable conditions last week allowed for more rice to be planted. Emergence was good and rice was coming up nicely. Many farmers were flushing their fields in order to move the rice along. Pastures were greening up. Crawfish catch and size were increasing.”

Blair Hebert, Iberia Parish
“Sugarcane farmers continued to make excellent progress in their fields. Nearly all sugarcane fields have been sprayed, and many fields were cultivated as nearly all sugarcane farmers have started to apply fertilizer. Older stubble was being plowed and fields were being prepared for next year’s crop or soybean planting. Some hay pastures were cut and baled. Cattle producers continued to care for new calves, and home gardens were growing slowly. All agriculture could use warmer weather and some rain.”

Andrew Granger, Vermillion Parish
“Dry conditions persisted during the week and allowed for good progress in rice planting and sugarcane fieldwork. Cattle producers continued to turn out bulls and calve. Some were still feeding. Warmer temperatures and a bit of rain would help summer pastures to develop.”

Stanley Dutile, Lafayette Parish
“Drier conditions over the past week have really helped farmers catch up on fieldwork. Rice and corn planting were at full throttle and producers began soybean planting. However, the forecasted unseasonably cool temps and rain will likely slow things down.”

General Comments

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According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service in Louisiana, there were 6.1 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending Sunday, March 31, 2019. Topsoil moisture supplies were 0 percent very short, 14 percent short, 77 percent adequate, and 9 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies were 0 percent very short, 2 percent short, 74 percent adequate, and 24 percent surplus.

Low temperatures ranged from 44.4 degrees Fahrenheit at Homer to 53.2 degrees Fahrenheit at Galliano. Highs ranged from 69.9 degrees Fahrenheit at Homer to 76.9 degrees Fahrenheit at Leesville. Light precipitation was received throughout most of the State, with the highest concentration in the north central part of the State with an average of 0.71 inch.


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