Louisiana Field Reports: Soybean Harvest in Full Swing

Soybean harvest. ©Debra L Ferguson

Crop Progress and Condition for the Week Ending September 29, 2019.

Comments from Cooperative Extension Service Parish Agents

Blair Hebert, Iberia Parish
“Sugarcane planting was nearly complete as more sugarcane mills opened during the week. Recoverable sugar and tonnage are low, but this is typical for the start of the grinding season.”

Jeremy Hebert, Acadia Parish
“Soybean harvest was in full swing and dry conditions allowed farmers to get the crop out of the field. Yields varied. Dry conditions lately allowed farmers to do fieldwork in preparation for the 2020 season.”

Stuart Gauthier, Saint Martin Parish
“A relatively dry week provided good harvest conditions. Scattered showers over the weekend provided some light rains which helped to settle dusty field conditions. Cane harvest progressed with growers reporting lighter than expected tonnage and decent sugar. Cattle producers were planting cool season forages and marketing calves. Hay harvest was winding down with plentiful supplies. Crawfish producers started to flood ponds. Fall vegetable planting was in full swing.”

Anna Timmerman, Jefferson Parish
“Still no rain. Irrigated late summer crops were still in production, fall crops began to go in ground.”

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 29, 2019. Topsoil moisture supplies were 20 percent very short, 45 percent short, 34 percent adequate, and 1 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies were 16 percent very short, 24 percent short, 58 percent adequate, and 2 percent surplus.

Low temperatures ranged from 62.6 degrees Fahrenheit at Bunkie to 74.4 degrees Fahrenheit at Red River. Highs ranged from 87.9 degrees Fahrenheit at Jennings to 95.3 degrees Fahrenheit at Minden. Sparse precipitation was reported in the State.

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