Louisiana Field Reports: Heavy Flooding Leaves Crops’ Fate in Question

    Canoeing a soybean field. Photo: Adam Barnes, Livingston County ANR Agent

    Crop Progress and Condition for the Week Ending August 14, 2016.

    Comments from Cooperative Extension Service Parish Agents

    Jeremy Hebert, Acadia Parish
    “Rains at the end of the week slowed down rice harvest. Yields are average; some in the upper 30’s to mid-50’s (barrels). High pressure of stinkbugs showing up in late planted rice. Soybeans will benefit from the rains that we are receiving.”

    Jimmy Flanagan, Saint Mary Parish
    “Many fields are flooded, and some sugarcane has fallen or lodged. Some areas received as much as 20 inches of rain. Soybeans that have received a harvest aide application could start to deteriorate if this weather doesn’t break.”

    Vincent Deshotel, Saint Landry Parish
    “Deep flooding rains over the weekend have the entire agriculture production sector wondering what the future holds for this year’s crop. Many acres of maturing crops, some mature and ready to harvest under water. In many areas stored hay completely submerged. The truth will not really be known until any harvest attempt is made. Good weather days are needed.”

    Steve Borel, Iberville Parish
    “Water is everywhere and how long it will stay on the fields is yet to be seen. Condition of crops will be in a rough state when water gets off.”

    Mariah Simoneaux, Saint James and Assumption Parish
    “Continuous rain for several days during the past week. Many fields are flooded. Concerns about water still rising. Sugarcane planting and soybean harvest will be delayed for some time.”

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    Blair Hebert, Iberia Parish
    “Historical rains have dropped over 20 inches in the parish during the past week. Sugarcane planting, soybean and rice harvest have all been stopped due to flooded fields. As of now livestock losses appear to be minimal. Yield loss to rice and soybeans could be major. Many sugarcane fields have lodged cane and planting will be delayed for several days if not weeks depending on the how much more rain we receive.”

    General Comments

    According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service in Louisiana, there were 3.6 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending Sunday, August 14, 2016. Topsoil moisture supplies were 1 percent very short, 13 percent short, 43 percent adequate, and 43 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies were 1 percent very short, 13 percent short, 51 percent adequate, and 35 percent surplus.

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