Louisiana Field Reports: Heavy Storm Damage, Rain Delays

    Crop Progress and Condition for the Week Ending April 14, 2019.

    Comments from Cooperative Extension Service Parish Agents

    Bruce Garner, West Carroll Parish
    “Severe weather which included hail, radar indicated tornadoes, very high winds and flooding rains across West Carroll Parish left crop damage across the area. No loss of life, major injuries, or severe property damage has been reported, however, crop damage assessments are ongoing.”

    Todd Fontenot, Evangeline Parish
    “Heavy rainfall last week caused flooding of some fields resulting in crops remaining underwater for several days. Most waters have drained off. Recent cool weather is slowing crop growth and stand establishment.”

    Jeremy Herbert, Acadia Parish
    “Drier weather last week allowed for more fieldwork and planting to get done. Daytime temps are favorable for rice germination but cooler nighttime temps are slowing seed from germinating. There are a few reports where some seed did not germinate fast enough and has rotted. The rice which has emerged is slow growing and the area is in need of more sunnier, warmer conditions to give it a jumpstart. Some farmers in the area have their soybean ground ready for planting and I expect some soybeans to be put in the ground soon. Crawfish catch saw its largest jump this week.”

    Jimmy McCann, Caldwell Parish
    “Heavy rains continued to impede planting and fieldwork in Caldwell Parish.”

    Mark Carriere, Point Coupee Parish
    “In some areas of the parish rains were not as much as expected. Soybean ground continued to be prepared across the parish and some producers began to plant soybeans on sugarcane rows.”

    Keith Collins, Richland Parish
    “Two big rain events over last 7-8 days have resulted in ponding and water soaked corn fields. Replant decisions will have to be made when it dries out.”

    General Comments

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    According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service in Louisiana, there were 2.0 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending Sunday, April 14, 2019. Topsoil moisture supplies were 0 percent very short, 1 percent short, 35 percent adequate, and 64 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies were 0 percent very short, 0 percent short, 37 percent adequate, and 63 percent surplus.

    Low temperatures ranged from 50.4 degrees Fahrenheit at Homer to 67.4 degrees Fahrenheit at Galliano. Highs ranged from 67.0 degrees Fahrenheit at Tallulah to 83.0 degrees Fahrenheit at Donaldsonville. Heavy precipitation was received throughout most of the State, with the highest concentration in the north central part of the State with an average of 6.51 inches.

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