Louisiana Field Reports: Producers Prepare for Rice, Corn Harvest

    Crop Progress and Condition for the Week Ending July 28, 2019.

    Comments from Cooperative Extension Service Parish Agents

    Richard Letlow, Morehouse Parish
    “Scattered beneficial rains continued to move all crops to maturity.”

    Vincent Deshotel, Saint Landry Parish
    “Rice and corn producers prepared for harvesting. Sugarcane producers were ready to plant as soon as field conditions dry out some. Livestock producers have abundant forages this year, but second and third Hay cuttings sit in the field losing quality due to wet conditions. Commercial and home vegetable growers were between seasons as they gave up on spring plantings. There were many acres of soybeans doing really well with moderate to low disease pressure but rains of Hurricane Barry damaged many acres as well.”

    Todd Fontenot, Evangeline Parish
    “Flood waters receded in most areas leaving some rice acres severely damaged. Producers prepared for rice harvest which will begin soon depending on scattered rains.”

    James Meaux, Calcasieu Parish
    “More rice fields drained last week. Should start harvesting some by next week. Soybeans were looking better than they have most of the year. With the cool front, some hay pastures were baled. A few areas of the parish received a big 2-3′ rain on Sunday.”

    Blair Hebert, Iberia Parish
    “Showers early in week nearly halted most fieldwork as farmers scouted fields for insect pressure. Sugarcane farmers were busy preparing for the planting season which should begin soon.”

    General Comments

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    According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service in Louisiana, there were 5.3 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending Sunday, July 28, 2019. Topsoil moisture supplies were 0 percent very short, 10 percent short, 78 percent adequate, and 12 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies were 0 percent very short, 6 percent short, 79 percent adequate, and 15 percent surplus.

    Low temperatures ranged from 62.2 degrees Fahrenheit at Mooringsport to 75.0 degrees Fahrenheit at Galliano. Highs ranged from 83.7 degrees Fahrenheit at Jennings to 93.1 degrees Fahrenheit at Minden. Light to moderate precipitation was received throughout the State, with the highest concentration in the east central part of the State with an average of 3.29 inches.

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