Louisiana Field Reports: “Banged Up by Barry”

Mature rice flattened by wind. ©Debra L Ferguson

Crop Progress and Condition for the Week Ending July 14, 2019.

Comments from Cooperative Extension Service Parish Agents

Vincent Deshotel, Saint Landry Parish
“Banged up by Barry” summarizes last week. All commodity and crop areas suffered from the effects of Hurricane Barry. It was the worst case scenario for the rice crop with many acres blown down while reaching maturity. Worse were many acres with emerging panicles that were nowhere close to maturity that went down. Corn reaching maturity was down while sugarcane will be twisted and affected but should bounce back. Hay fields blown down for a loss of quality and yield, also many acres of soybeans that were setting and filling pods are under water.”

eremy Hebert, Acadia Parish
“Last week, rice harvest started in Acadia Parish with some farmers rushing to get their crop out of the field before Tropical Storm/Hurricane Barry made landfall. Disease pressure was fairly light but that is expected to change with the rainfall we received. Some soybean fields were partially covered with water and are in need to get the water off the field.”

Blair Hebert, Iberia Parish
“Farmers were busy during the first part of last week scouting fields and trying to bale hay before Tropical Storm/Hurricane Barry arrived. Several inches of rain and wind damage were expected in the parish. However, there have not been any reports of damage from Tropical Storm/Hurricane Barry at this time.”

Stanley Dutile, Lafayette Parish
“Tropical Storm/Hurricane Barry dropped 4-10″ of rain across the parish. Some wind and flooding, but could have been much worse. Crop damages mostly in the form of downed/leaning cane, but rains provided needed moisture and with improved weather thoughts are that cane should erect itself. Small amounts of lodged rice and corn were noticed, as well as minor soybean damages. Needed moisture should help pastures/hay fields and most crops moving forward.”

General Comments

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According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service in Louisiana, there were 5.1 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending Sunday, July 14, 2019. Topsoil moisture supplies were 0 percent very short, 6 percent short, 49 percent adequate, and 45 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies were 1 percent very short, 12 percent short, 54 percent adequate, and 33 percent surplus.

Low temperatures ranged from 68.9 degrees Fahrenheit at Bunkie to 79.0 degrees Fahrenheit at New Roads. Highs ranged from 89.2 degrees Fahrenheit at Galliano to 96.0 degrees Fahrenheit at Saint Joseph. Precipitation received ranged from light to heavy throughout the State, with the highest concentration in the east central part of the State with an average of 3.83 inches.

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