Louisiana: Cool, Wet Weather Slows Planting – US-DA

    Crop Progress and Condition for the Week Ending April 6, 2014.

    According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service in Louisiana, there were 3.7 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending Sunday, April 6, 2014. Wet and cooler weather slowed down planting. Subsoil moisture was rated 0 percent very short, 1 percent short, 58 percent adequate, and 41 percent surplus. Top soil moisture was rated 0 percent very short, 2 percent short, 47 percent adequate, and 51 percent surplus.

    Low temperatures ranged from 45.8 degrees Fahrenheit at Calhoun to 61.9 degrees Fahrenheit at Grand Isle. High temperatures ranged from 71.1 degrees Fahrenheit at Mooringsport to 81.0 degrees Fahrenheit at New Roads. The precipitation for the week was spread throughout the state from under an inch in south central to over 2 inches in the northeast.


    “Rice planting continues, rain on Friday slowed down some drill planting. Soybean land preparation was still underway in most cases. Forages- most ryegrass in excellent shape, many buttercups, bitter sneezeweed and thistles showing up in pastures in large numbers now.”
    — Keith A Fontenot, Evangeline

    “Cool wet conditions continue to slow spring planting progress. Sunny, dry weather is in need for progress to continue. ”
    –Vincent Deshotel, Saint Landry

    “Rice planting continues, good progress made this week. Have seen some army worms moving into seedling rice from burned down fields. Crawfish catches have increased. Rain has slowed bean ground preparation.”
    –Frances Guirdry, Jefferson Davis

    “Due to cool and wet conditions, corn is slow to emerge and grow.”
    — Richard Letlow, Ouachita

    “We received 3-6 inches of rain Sunday. Soils were already wet from previous rain fall. Some backwater into corn, soybean and wheat fields. Duration of standing water, air temperature and stage of growth will determine effect to crops.”
    –Carol Pinnell, Franklin

    “Crawfish harvest in full swing, sugarcane farmers working crop. Cattlemen fertilizing pastures; vegetable producers planting and working crops.”
    –Barton Joffrion Jr, Terrebonne

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