Louisiana Field Reports: Heavy Rains Hit Most Areas

Crop Progress and Condition for the Week Ending May 12, 2019.

Comments from Cooperative Extension Service Parish Agents

Andrew Granger, Vermilion Parish
“Rains slowed fieldwork for sugarcane farmers and limited opportunities for rice herbicide and fertilizer applications. Most rice was ready for permanent flood. Cattlemen continued to work cattle and calves and breeding season continues. Summer pastures were making good growth with ample moisture and warmer temperatures.”

Stuart Gauthier, Saint Martin Parish
“Heavy rains blanketed the parish towards the end of the week, and the wet cloudy weather extended through the weekend. Many areas received over seven inches causing some flooding in low lying areas. With good drying conditions growers are hoping to get back into the fields by the end of next week. Sugarcane growth continued to be slowed by cool temperatures. Rust started to show up in susceptible cane varieties and some growers were preparing to apply fungicides as soon as crop growth starts to accelerate. Hay producers were waiting for a drying trend to make a cutting. Crawfish producers continued to drain fields and plant rice. Blackberries, peaches and blueberries started to ripen. Wet conditions delayed the harvest of spring Irish potatoes and onions. Cool, moist conditions allowed ryegrass and clover to linger in pastures.”

Stanley Dutile, Lafayette Parish
“Rainfall totals ranging from five to nine inches across the area late in the week halted all fieldwork. Ground is saturated. Current forecast calling for sunshine and drier weather this next week will be welcomed by both farmers hoping to wrap up spring fieldwork and planting and also cattlemen who have been waiting to cut hay.”

Todd Fontenot, Evangeline Parish
“Most areas of the parish received in excess of six inches of rain with this last system. This resulted in flooding of fields with muddy water which may cause replanting if the water does not recede quickly. Producers were also delayed with cultivation, herbicide, and fertilizer applications. Some hay producers were not able to bale ryegrass like they were planning.”

General Comments

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According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service in Louisiana, there were 2.5 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending Sunday, May 12, 2019. Topsoil moisture supplies were 0 percent very short, 0 percent short, 38 percent adequate, and 62 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies were 0 percent very short, 0 percent short, 42 percent adequate, and 58 percent surplus.

Low temperatures ranged from 58.6 degrees Fahrenheit at Homer to 70.3 degrees Fahrenheit at Galliano. Highs ranged from 68.5 degrees Fahrenheit at Tallulah to 84.6 degrees Fahrenheit at Donaldsonville. Heavy precipitation was received throughout most of the State, with the highest concentration in the southwest part of the State with an average of 7.13 inches.


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