Louisiana Field Reports: Good Planting Around Rains

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Crop Progress and Condition for the Week Ending May 19, 2019.

Comments from Cooperative Extension Service Parish Agents

Justin Dufour, Avoyelles Parish
“Consecutive days of dry weather and sunshine allowed for the progression of a lot of fieldwork, including soybeans and cotton being planted as well as sweet potatoes in some areas. Wheat harvest also began late last week. Recent thunderstorms will force growers to be idle once again for the next few days.”

Vincent Deshotel, Saint Landry Parish
“Crop progress slowed over the last week by several rain events. Soybean plantings are behind schedule due to excessive rain and many acres will be replanted. The rice crop will make progress with warmer temperatures, many acres have been top dressed and under permanent flood. The sugarcane crop is progressing but still some fieldwork to be completed. Wet conditions have that slowed that progress. Cattle pastures improve and many hay acres are ready to bale waiting on improved weather conditions.”

Andrew Granger, Vermilion Parish
“Dry conditions from mid to late this past week allowed for some timely fertilization and herbicide application prior to permanent flood in rice and allowed sugarcane farmers to complete some layby practices. Pastures and sugarcane are making good growth with adequate moisture and warmer conditions. Cattlemen continue to work cattle and calves as breeding season continues.”

Blair Herbert, Iberia Parish
“Wet field conditions improved by mid-week allowed sugarcane farmers to continue to fertilize and layby activities. Some late rice and soybeans were planted and some hay baled. Home gardens and sugarcane crop continue to improve.”

Stuart Gauthier, Saint Martin Parish
“Several inches of rain and strong winds impacted the parish over this past weekend. Growers will be out of the fields until the end of the week due to wet conditions. Crops are still progressing slowly due to cool conditions. Fruit growers are harvesting blackberries, peaches, and blueberries. Hay producers are waiting for a window to start cutting.”

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According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service in Louisiana, there were 4.0 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending Sunday, May 19, 2019. Topsoil moisture supplies were 0 percent very short, 0 percent short, 56 percent adequate, and 44 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies were 0 percent very short, 0 percent short, 56 percent adequate, and 44 percent surplus.

Low temperatures ranged from 56.0 degrees Fahrenheit at Winnsboro to 68.3 degrees Fahrenheit at Galliano. Highs ranged from 75.0 degrees Fahrenheit at Winnsboro to 87.0 degrees Fahrenheit at Tallulah. Precipitation was received throughout most of the State, with the highest concentration in the west central part of the State with an average of 2.88 inches.


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