Louisiana Field Reports: Rice Harvest in Full Swing

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Crop Progress and Condition for the Week Ending August 11, 2019.

Comments from Cooperative Extension Service Parish Agents

Blair Hebert, Iberia Parish
“Fewer showers towards end of week allowed sugarcane fields to dry and sugarcane planting moved into full gear. Seed cane was shorter than normal in some areas affecting planting ratios. Last week’s better weather also allowed early planted soybeans to be harvested with slightly below average yields as well as a few pastures were baled.”

Justin Dufour, Avoyelles Parish
“Grain sorghum harvest continued and will likely conclude within the next week or so. Rice harvest was in full swing last week. Corn harvest began and will continue permitting cooperative weather. Light amount of early planted sweet potato acreage was de-vined in preparation for harvest. Soybean and cotton pesticide applications were in full force. Decreased fruit retention was seen across some cotton acreage. Minimal amount of sugarcane was planted.”

Vincent Deshotel, Saint Landry Parish
“The corn harvest neared the end while rice harvesting was in full swing, and sugarcane planting was underway. Some early soybeans were near maturity showing signs of leaf drop. Hay balers were rolling as forage was plentiful and the weather was ideal for making progress in many areas over the last week or so.”

Stuart Gauthier, Saint Martin Parish
“A wet week kept growers dodging showers and slowed field progress. Rice harvest was off to a slow start and initial yields were off. Cane growers started to apply ripened in preparation for harvest. Cane planting confined as growers struggled to find dry fields. Soybean growers were starting to apply defoliants and harvest beans.

“Hay fields were getting rank with weed pressure and some fields were being cut between showers. Rice was being seeded in crawfish ponds. Extremely hot weather delayed fall garden planting.”

General Comments

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According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service in Louisiana, there were 5.5 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending Sunday, August 11, 2019. Topsoil moisture supplies were 0 percent very short, 21 percent short, 71 percent adequate, and 8 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies were 0 percent very short, 14 percent short, 80 percent adequate, and 6 percent surplus.

Low temperatures ranged from 73.4 degrees Fahrenheit at Leesville to 80.0 degrees Fahrenheit at Galliano. Highs ranged from 90.0 degrees Fahrenheit at Tallulah to 98.0 degrees Fahrenheit at Minden. Precipitation received ranged from light precipitation to very heavy throughout the State, with the highest concentration in the east central part of the State with an average of 3.01 inches.


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