Louisiana Field Reports: High Temps Aid Crop Growth

    Crop Progress and Condition for the Week Ending June 7, 2019.

    Comments from Cooperative Extension Service Parish Agents

    Vincent Deshotel, Saint Landry Parish
    “Last week’s high temperatures will progress the rice and corn crops into maturity fairly quick. The soybean crop was progressing well, but early stink bug pressure was reported. The sugarcane crop continued to grow well but will soon need some rain. Livestock pastures and hay fields offered an abundance of forage. There was much progress with hay production in recent days.”

    Andrew Granger, Vermilion Parish
    “Dry conditions allowed for some hay harvest and some rice fieldwork to be done. Sugarcane farmers checked for borers and were getting ready to plant. Sugarcane could use some rain on most of the acreage, as well as some pastures. Rice farmers continued to scout for disease and stink bugs and applied fungicide. Breeding season is about over for spring calving.”

    Blair Hebert, Iberia Parish
    “Sugarcane farmers continued to work fallow ground and scout for borers. Some hay was baled. The area could use some rain and everyone will keep an eye on a possible tropical system entering the area by end of next week.”

    Stuart Gauthier, Saint Martin Parish
    “Growers experienced extremely hot weather and pop up showers through most of the week. Sugarcane growers prepared for the start of planting at the end of the month. Rice growers were looking to start draining fields in the next couple of weeks, with rice harvest anticipation to begin in mid-August. Hay growers continued to cut and bale hay. Spring vegetable harvest of tomatoes was winding down, while okra and southern pea harvest was in full swing. Fig rust caused defoliation of fig trees and damaged fig quality.”

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    According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service in Louisiana, there were 6.4 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending Sunday, July 7, 2019. Topsoil moisture supplies were 1 percent very short, 33 percent short, 62 percent adequate, and 4 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies were 4 percent very short, 27 percent short, 65 percent adequate, and 4 percent surplus.

    Low temperatures ranged from 69.9 degrees Fahrenheit at Homer to 76.0 degrees Fahrenheit at Galliano. Highs ranged from 88.0 degrees Fahrenheit at Jeanerette to 94.6 degrees Fahrenheit at New Roads. Light precipitation was received throughout most of the State, with the highest concentration in the north central part of the State with an average of 0.56 inch.

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