Louisiana Field Reports: More Sunshine Would Be Welcome

Crop Progress and Condition for the Week Ending April 21, 2019.

Comments from Cooperative Extension Service Parish Agents

Vincent Deshotel, Saint Landry Parish
“Cooler than average temperatures and wet soils have spring planted crops slow growing. Some early soybeans were planted last week in very isolated areas where field conditions allowed. The crawfish catch remained marginal with lower than expected yield for this time of the season. Cattle conditions improved as spring green up gets started. The calf market offered signs of improvement.”

Todd Fontenot, Evangeline Parish
“Warmer temperatures and sunshine are needed for crop growth.”

Andrew Granger, Vermilion Parish
“Some producers waited on dry conditions to complete planting rice. Sugarcane growth continued to pick up with adequate moisture and warmer weather. Cattle ranchers continued to turn out bulls and work cows and calves.”

James Meaux, Calcasieu Parish
“Small rain shower last week was just enough for good moisture in the ground. Rice finally growing better with warmer and sunnier weather.”

Blair Herbert, Iberia Parish
“Good weather at the start of last week allowed sugarcane farmers to resume fertilizer applications. Some sugarcane fields have brown rust. Rains at end of week halted all fieldwork.”

General Comments

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According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service in Louisiana, there were 2.8 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending Sunday, April 21, 2019. Topsoil moisture supplies were 0 percent very short, 1 percent short, 46 percent adequate, and 53 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies were 0 percent very short, 0 percent short, 48 percent adequate, and 52 percent surplus.

Low temperatures ranged from 45.6 degrees Fahrenheit at Homer to 58.4 degrees Fahrenheit at Galliano. Highs ranged from 68.0 degrees Fahrenheit at Tallulah to 77.5 degrees Fahrenheit at New Orleans and New Roads. Moderate precipitation was received throughout most of the State, with the highest concentration in the central part of the State with an average of 1.70 inches.

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