Louisiana Field Reports: Harvest Wrapping Up

Soybean harvest. ©Debra L Ferguson

Crop Progress and Condition for the Week Ending October 13, 2019.

Comments from Cooperative Extension Service Parish Agents

Vince Deshotel, Saint Landry Parish
“The soybean harvest came to an end with lower than average yields in many areas, but drought prone soils offered better yields due to the added soil moisture during the growing season. Mixed yields were reported on sugarcane but harvest is off to a good start with good field conditions. On the livestock side, producers had an abundant amount of hay and rains last week will provide adequate moisture for winter pastures to emerge for winter grazing. Crawfish producers flooded ponds.”

Andrew Granger, Vermilion Parish
“Dry conditions allowed for efficient sugarcane harvest and fieldwork. Some moisture was needed for recently planted ryegrass. Marketing of spring calves is winding down with few producers holding calves for a better market.”

Mark Carriere, Pointe Coupee Parish
“Sugarcane harvest now in full swing, and the majority of sugarcane planting was completed. Growers wrapped up soybean and cotton harvest. Pecan production appeared to be up from recent years, but only time will tell as pickers started in orchards across the parish.”

Stuart Gauthier, Saint Martin Parish
“Growers experienced good harvesting conditions for most of last week. Toward the weekend a cool front dropped temperatures and brought scattered showers. Most fields needed some moisture to settle dust and to alleviate very dry conditions. Cattle producers continued to market calves and ryegrass planting was in full swing. Hay harvest was winding down. Crawfish producers continued to flood fields. Fall vegetable planting continued.”

Jeremy Hebert, Acadia Parish
“Dry weather last week allowed the remaining soybean fields to be harvested. Yields varied with some fields reporting increases. Ratoon rice was ripening and will begin to be harvested next week. Crawfish ponds were being flooded for the upcoming crawfish season. Some ryegrass planted in pastures needed moisture to encourage germination.”

General Comments

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According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service in Louisiana, there were 6.0 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending Sunday, October 13, 2019. Topsoil moisture supplies were 13 percent very short, 37 percent short, 47 percent adequate, and 3 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies were 11 percent very short, 36 percent short, 52 percent adequate, and 1 percent surplus.

Low temperatures ranged from 51.7 degrees Fahrenheit at Homer to 74.2 degrees Fahrenheit at New Orleans. Highs ranged from 76.2 degrees Fahrenheit at Homer to 90.0 degrees Fahrenheit at New Orleans. Light precipitation was reported throughout the State with the highest concentration in the northwest part of the State with an average of 0.53 inch.

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