Louisiana: Spotty Showers Slow Rice Harvest, Benefit Soybeans – USDA

    Crop Progress and Condition for the Week Ending September 6, 2015.

    Comments from Cooperative Extension Service Parish Agents

    Keith A. Fontenot, Evangeline Parish
    “Spotty rains relieve early season very dry conditions, may be too little too late for earlier maturing soybeans, others may get marginal yield benefit. Showers disrupting remaining rice harvest. Field preparations, pulling levees and plowing for next year’s crop. Plowing for ryegrass, and many hunters preparing food plots at this time benefited from rains.”

    Barrett Courville, Acadia & Jefferson Davis Parishes
    “We received several isolated showers this week. Soybeans and pastures benefited from isolated showers. Rice harvest is almost complete. Soybean producers are spraying for stinkbugs.”

    James “Jimmy” Meaux, Calcasieu Parish
    “Small scattered showers in areas around the parish. Soybeans looking better with added moisture. Cattle producers beginning to market calves. Ryegrass pastures are being worked to plant.”

    Stuart Gauthier, Saint Martin Parish
    “Scattered showers during the week interrupted field progress. Sugarcane growers are wrapping up planting. Soybean harvest is in full swing and many growers are reporting disappointing yields in the 30 to 40 bushel range. Cattle producers are preparing for cool season pasture planting.”

    B Barton Joffrion Jr., Terrebonne Parish
    “Sugarcane planting almost complete. Cattlemen making hay. Vegetable producers planting fall crops. Citrus producers scouting trees.”

    General Comments

    According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service in Louisiana, there were 6.2 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending Sunday, September 6, 2015. Topsoil moisture supplies were 26 percent very short, 34 percent short, 38 percent adequate, and 2 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies were 22 percent very short, 32 percent short, 42 percent adequate, and 4 percent surplus.

    Low temperatures ranged from 62.6 degrees Fahrenheit at Tallulah to 77.2 degrees Fahrenheit at New Orleans. Highs ranged from 86.9 degrees Fahrenheit at Galliano to 95.8 degrees Fahrenheit at Saint Joseph. Hot dry weather conditions with scattered rain were prevalent throughout most of the state, with the highest rain concentration in the southeast part of the state with an average of 0.87 inches.

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