Louisiana Field Reports: Continuing Afternoon Showers Slow Harvest

    Soybean harvest. ©Debra L Ferguson Stock Photography

    Crop Progress and Condition for the Week Ending September 25, 2016.

    Comments from Cooperative Extension Service Parish Agents

    Carol-Pinnell-Alison, Franklin Parish
    “Dry conditions have aided crop harvest. Soybean harvest well under way. Cotton and sweet potato harvest progressing.”

    Vincent Deshotel, Saint Landry Parish
    “Soybeans not affected by August floods are offering good yields. Insect and worm pressure is high, armyworms and salt march caterpillar populations have completely defoliated some fields of soybeans and pastures. Rice harvest wraps up with mixed yields due to flood issues. An abundance of hay was made over the recent days.

    “Cattle producers prepare for fall plantings for grazing but armyworm pressure is at all-time highs in pastures and what crops are left in the field. Sugarcane harvest will soon kick off.”

    Frances Guidry, Jefferson Davis Parish
    “Soybean harvest has started. Afternoon rain showers continue to slow fieldwork and harvest.”

    James “Jimmy” Meaux, Calcasieu Parish
    “Still getting some afternoon showers that is delaying hay harvest. Soybeans beginning to be cut in the parish.”

    Stuart Gauthier, Saint Martin Parish
    “As the week progressed drier conditions allowed farmers to accelerate fieldwork. Cane growers are trying to finish up planting to prepare for the start of grinding this week. Soybean growers are reporting some yield and quality losses related to the floods and heavy rains this growing season.

    “Armyworm and sod webworm pressure in hayfields and pastures continue to cause damage and warrant treatment. Satsuma fruit are starting to turn color.”

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    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 25, 2016. Topsoil moisture supplies were 2 percent very short, 22 percent short, 65 percent adequate, and 11 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies were 1 percent very short, 17 percent short, 70 percent adequate, and 12 percent surplus.

    Low temperatures ranged from 64.6 degrees Fahrenheit at Homer to 77.3 degrees Fahrenheit at New Orleans. Highs ranged from 88.4 degrees Fahrenheit at Galliano to 94.5 degrees Fahrenheit at New Orleans. Hot and dry conditions were prevalent throughout most of the state with the east central area receiving the highest average of rain concentration at 0.69 inches.

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