Louisiana Field Reports: Harvest Nearing End

Ratoon rice crop. Photo: Don Groth, LSU Extension

Crop Progress and Condition for the Week Ending October 20, 2019.

Comments from Cooperative Extension Service Parish Agents

Richard Letlow, Morehouse Parish
“Five to six inches of rain last week halted any harvesting or fieldwork.”

Vince Deshotel, Saint Landry Parish
“Recent rains slowed land preparation for spring planting and also made sugarcane harvest more difficult with wet field conditions. Crawfish ponds going to flood benefiting from rain events, assisting with flooding. Winter pastures begin to emerge from rains. Some hay producers could get some additional fields cut but the long range forecasts are not favorable with rain expected.”

Andrew Granger, Vermilion Parish
“Dry conditions allowed for continued field preparations and good harvest conditions for sugarcane. Ryegrass planting continued and cattlemen near complete with weaning and marketing of spring calves.”

James Meaux, Calcasieu Parish
“Had a good rain midweek to help pastures with ryegrass planted. Second crop rice was being drained and harvest should start soon if weather cooperates. Soybean harvest complete in our area.”

Stuart Gauthier, Saint Martin Parish
“Wet fields dried up toward the weekend allowing growers to continue harvest and planting activities. Ryegrass planting was in full swing. Fall hay harvest winding down with most growers having plentiful supplies. Elliot pecans were bearing a good crop. Fall vegetable planting were starting to make good progress with cooler conditions. Satsuma and oranges were starting to color prompting light harvesting.”

Blair Hebert, Iberia Parish
“With all area mills operating sugarcane harvest was in full swing. Rains during past week resulted in mixed yield reports as farmers were dealing with muddy harvest conditions. Cattle producers dodged showers as they were busy trying to plant ryegrass. Crawfish producers were flooding fields and planting of fall vegetable gardens was wrapping up in most areas of the parish.”

General Comments

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According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service in Louisiana, there were 3.9 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending Sunday, October 20, 2019. Topsoil moisture supplies were 2 percent very short, 30 percent short, 50 percent adequate, and 18 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies were 7 percent very short, 29 percent short, 57 percent adequate, and 7 percent surplus.

Low temperatures ranged from 48.6 degrees Fahrenheit at Homer to 71.7 degrees Fahrenheit at New Orleans. Highs ranged from 69.1 degrees Fahrenheit at Homer to 87.0 degrees Fahrenheit at Galliano. Moderate to heavy precipitation was reported throughout the State with the highest concentration in the southwest part of the State with an average of 3.20 inches.


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