Louisiana Field Reports: Mostly Good Progress Working Around Rains

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Crop Progress and Condition for the Week Ending April 28, 2019.

Comments from Cooperative Extension Service Parish Agents

Vincent Deshotel, Saint Landry Parish
“Better weather is needed for all cropping and livestock production. Field conditions continued to be wet in many areas. The young rice, corn and sugarcane crops need drier warmer conditions to get moving. However livestock pastures were productive with lots of forage. Some early hay will be made soon if weather and field conditions improve. The crawfish catch was low with some producers pulling traps and draining ponds.”

Stuart Gauthier, Saint Martin Parish
“The heavy rains forecasted for our area last week did not materialize and growers were quickly back in the fields. Sugarcane growers continued to fertilize and apply herbicides. Cool nights and mild temperatures continued to overall slow crop development in sugarcane, rice, and soybeans but are helping to prolong cool season pastures and winter vegetables. Hay producers cut and baled spring grass. The crawfish catch improved for some producers.”

Andrew Granger, Vermilion Parish
“Mid-week rains last week kept some farmers out of the field. Crawfish farmers began to pull traps. Cattle ranchers continued to turn out bulls and work cows and calves. Rice farmers continued to apply herbicides, some rice will be reaching permanent flood stage soon. Last week’s warmer weather had rice, pastures and cane growing good.”

Blair Herbert, Iberia Parish
“Farmers made good field progress until end of the week rains stopped nearly all fieldwork. Cooler than normal temperatures continued to slow crop growth, but with some warmer weather sugarcane, soybeans, rice and vegetable gardens should be in good shape soon. Crawfish prices have fallen and producers were draining some ponds. Cattle producers continued to work calves and cows.”

Jimmy Flanagan, Saint Mary Parish
“Sugarcane farmers were mostly complete on fertilizer application. All soybeans that were planted are up and looking good. Sugarcane crop looked good at this time, which is amazing considering how bad the fields were torn up during harvest. Some rust began to show up in some vulnerable varieties of cane and treatments have already begun.”

General Comments

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According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service in Louisiana, there were 3.4 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending Sunday, April 28, 2019. Topsoil moisture supplies were 0 percent very short, 1 percent short, 64 percent adequate, and 35 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies were 0 percent very short, 0 percent short, 60 percent adequate, and 40 percent surplus.

Low temperatures ranged from 49.3 degrees Fahrenheit at Homer to 63.4 degrees Fahrenheit at Galliano. Highs ranged from 75.6 degrees Fahrenheit at Slidell to 81.1 degrees Fahrenheit at Natchitoches. Moderate precipitation was received throughout most of the State, with the highest concentration in the south central part of the State with an average of 2.13 inches.


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