Louisiana Field Reports: Rice Harvest Wrapping Up, Ratoon Crop Looks Good

    Rice harvest. ©Debra L Ferguson Stock Photography

    Crop Progress and Condition for the Week Ending September 15, 2019.

    Comments from Cooperative Extension Service Parish Agents

    Andrew Granger, Vermilion Parish
    “Dry weather allowed for considerable progress in sugarcane planting and hay harvest. Many hay producers were done for the year. Cattle ranchers continued to wean and market calves. Ryegrass planting is about to start. Rice harvest was completed, second crop is doing well and farmers have been able to get some field preparation completed.”

    Mariah Simoneaux, Assumption Parish
    “Dry weather allowed for a lot of progress planting sugarcane and harvesting soybeans during the past week.”

    John Monzingo, Claiborne Parish
    “Claiborne and Webster parishes were getting the occasional afternoon shower. They were scattered throughout the parishes. Overall the parishes were still dry.”

    Todd Fontenot, Evangeline Parish
    “Dry conditions continued. Rainfall was still needed for soybeans and pastures. Ratoon rice began progressing well with warm temperatures.”

    Stuart Gauthier, Saint Martin Parish
    “Dry conditions prevailed allowing optimal harvest conditions. Pastures, lawns and newly planted trees started to show some signs of drought stress. Cane growers were trying to wrap up planting while preparing for the start of cane grinding. Hay producers were taking advantage of dry conditions to bale hay. Hay supplies are plentiful but low quality. Crawfish producers started to flood fields. Fall vegetable planting continued. Extremely hot weather is creating heat stress in livestock. Fruit growers began harvesting persimmons.”

    General Comments

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    According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service in Louisiana, there were 6.9 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending Sunday, September 15, 2019. Topsoil moisture supplies were 21 percent very short, 50 percent short, 29 percent adequate, and 0 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies were 9 percent very short, 47 percent short, 43 percent adequate, and 1 percent surplus.

    Low temperatures ranged from 66.7 degrees Fahrenheit at Homer to 77.4 degrees Fahrenheit at Morgan City. Highs ranged from 92.2 degrees Fahrenheit at Galliano to 100.8 degrees Fahrenheit at Minden. Precipitation was scarce throughout the State, with the highest concentration in the southwest part of the State with an average of 0.29 inch.

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