Louisiana Field Reports: More Flooding; Early Rice Harvest Nears

Photo: Kurt Beaty, University of Arkansas

Crop Progress and Condition for the Week Ending July 21, 2019.

Comments from Cooperative Extension Service Parish Agents

Justin Dufour, Avoyelles Parish
“Much of the week was spent observing crop response from the flooding of Hurricane Barry. A notable amount of soybeans were under water for multiple days in some areas of the parish, while other areas drained more efficiently. Grain sorghum and late planted rice also displayed ill-effects from the surplus rainfall amounts.”

Andrew Granger, Vermilion Parish
“Rainy weather and the remaining flooded land from Hurricane Barry limited farm work. Some cattle remained isolated and some pastures and cane remained underwater for the entire week. Rice farmers began draining water in anticipation of harvest. Ranchers pulled bulls ending the breeding season.”

Stuart Gauthier, Saint Martin Parish
“Showers and high humidity kept fields damp and growers from accomplishing fieldwork. Cleanup of branches and debris from Hurricane Barry kept crews busy. Some late-planted rice experienced some water stress after being submerged by heavy rains during the storm. Some cane varieties had some breakage. Cane growers hope to start planting as soon as dry conditions permit and workers are arriving. Armyworms started showing up in hay fields. Hay producers are waiting for dry weather to make another cutting. Early planted beans were ripening and will be defoliated shortly.”

Anna Timmerman, Jefferson Parish
“Wet soil post-Hurricane Barry plus hot temps were back.”

General Comments

According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service in Louisiana, there were 3.0 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending Sunday, July 21, 2019. Topsoil moisture supplies were 0 percent very short, 3 percent short, 63 percent adequate, and 34 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies were 0 percent very short, 7 percent short, 57 percent adequate, and 36 percent surplus.

Low temperatures ranged from 72.8 degrees Fahrenheit at Saint Joseph to 77.5 degrees Fahrenheit at Galliano. Highs ranged from 86.6 degrees Fahrenheit at Jonesville Locks to 93.6 degrees Fahrenheit at Natchitoches. Due to Hurricane Barry’s effects, precipitation received ranged from light precipitation to very heavy throughout the State, with the highest concentration in the southwest part of the State with an average of 7.36 inches.

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