Louisiana Field Reports: Crops Make Good Progress, Early Harvest Nears

Crop Progress and Condition for the Week Ending June 30, 2019.

Comments from Cooperative Extension Service Parish Agents

Mariah Simoneaux, Assumption Parish
“Sugarcane and soybeans were progressing nicely. Sugarcane producers continued drawing and pulling up rows to prepare for planting.”

Anna Timmerman, Jefferson Parish
“Local heavy rainfall was very spotty last week. Most of the area was hot/dry.”

Blair Hebert, Iberia Parish
“Sugarcane, soybeans, and rice continued to make excellent progress while farmers continued to scout for insect pressure. Fallow fields continued to be worked. Harvest equipment for soybeans and rice as well as sugarcane planting equipment was being prepared.”

Stuart Gauthier, Saint Martin Parish
“Showers with some high winds and heavy rains forced growers out of the fields last week but replenished needed soil moisture. Sugarcane rust continued to linger in some fields but cane was starting to make good growth. Sugarcane borer pressure was high in some fields. Stink bugs showed up in soybean fields. Fig harvest was in full swing. Crawfish growers were starting to plant rice in ponds.”

Todd Fontenot, Evangeline Parish
“Rice crop was heading with mixed reports of disease pressure. Stink bugs were being scouted. Wet conditions delayed soybean herbicide applications.”

General Comments

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According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service in Louisiana, there were 4.7 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending Sunday, June 30, 2019. Topsoil moisture supplies were 0 percent very short, 19 percent short, 72 percent adequate, and 9 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies were 1 percent very short, 20 percent short, 72 percent adequate, and 7 percent surplus.

Low temperatures ranged from 66.1 degrees Fahrenheit at Homer to 77.3 degrees Fahrenheit at Red River. Highs ranged from 86.6 degrees Fahrenheit at Tallulah to 94.0 degrees Fahrenheit at Red River. Moderate to heavy precipitation was received throughout most of the State, with the highest concentration in the west central part of the State with an average of 3.54 inches.


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