Louisiana Field Reports: Early Rice Heading, Soybeans Strung Out

Crop Progress and Condition for the Week Ending June 16, 2019.

Comments from Cooperative Extension Service Parish Agents

Vince Deshotel, Saint Landry Parish
“Crops were generally looking good. The soybean plantings were strung out with many producers having to replant several times to get their acres in. Some stands were marginal where rain events were an issue. The corn and rice crops were in production. Many acres of crawfish have been drained but some producers were still fishing and receiving a good price late season. Hay producers made good progress with some getting the second cutting. The sugarcane crop was looking really good.”

Andrew Granger, Vermilion Parish
“Rice farmers continued to scout for disease and began preparing for harvest. Sugarcane layby was completed with cane making excellent growth. Cattle ranchers and hay producers were able to harvest some hay last week and breeding season continued.”

James Meaux, Calcasieu Parish
“Area experienced drier and cooler weather last week. There was lots of hay baled around the parish. Rice that wasn’t flooded with rains was looking good. Earlier rice is close to heading. Soybean planting continued last week. Some fieldwork done. Some areas received 1/2”-1” rain towards the end of the week.”

Blair Hebert, Iberia Parish
“Dry weather allowed farmers to make good progress with fieldwork (mostly preparing fallow ground and spraying for grass/weeds) and baling hay. Sugarcane crop continued to grow well, with some fields being sprayed for borers. Area could use some rain.”

General Comments

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According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service in Louisiana, there were 6.7 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending Sunday, June 16, 2019. Topsoil moisture supplies were 1 percent very short, 25 percent short, 68 percent adequate, and 6 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies were 3 percent very short, 21 percent short, 69 percent adequate, and 7 percent surplus.

Low temperatures ranged from 59.9 degrees Fahrenheit at Homer to 73.3 degrees Fahrenheit at Galliano. Highs ranged from 84.0 degrees Fahrenheit at Lake Providence to 91.0 degrees Fahrenheit at Leesville. Minimal precipitation was received throughout most of the State, with the highest concentration in the east central part of the State with an average of 0.41 inch.

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