Louisiana Field Reports: Rice Harvest Slowed by Rain

    Rice harvest. ©Debra L Ferguson Stock Photography

    Crop Progress and Condition for the Week Ending August 18, 2019.

    Comments from Cooperative Extension Service Parish Agents

    Blair Hebert, Iberia Parish
    “Heavy showers by mid to late week has nearly halted all fieldwork. Prior to rains sugarcane planting was progressing nicely with slightly improved planting ratios as was harvesting of early planted soybeans with yields improving.”

    Stanley J Dutile, Lafayette Parish
    “Almost daily rains continue to hamper all fieldwork, especially sugarcane planting and rice harvest. Cattle and hay producers are waiting for dry weather as 2nd crop hay quality continues to decline in the field. Drier conditions are needed soon but 10 day weather forecast continues to show high rain chances.”

    Vincent Deshotel, Saint Landry Parish
    “The rice harvest continues around the rain showers the last few days, with mixed reports on yield but a good to average crop. The corn harvest is complete with fairly good yields lower in areas where too much rain occurred during the growing season. Sugarcane planting continues and soybeans are maturing with some acres harvested. Hay producers seem to be in good shape on supply, with another cutting possible in the fall.”

    Stuart Gauthier, Saint Martin Parish
    “Growers were forced to dodge showers to make field progress. Cane growers searched to find dry fields to plant. Crawfish growers planted rice and other forage crops in their ponds. Cattle producers are mowing pastures and making plans for cool season forage planting. Soybeans are being sprayed with defoliant in preparation for harvest. Extremely hot temperatures stressed livestock and delayed fall garden preparations.”

    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, August 18, 2019. Topsoil moisture supplies were 0 percent very short, 18 percent short, 68 percent adequate, and 14 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies were 0 percent very short, 14 percent short, 75 percent adequate, and 11 percent surplus.

    Low temperatures ranged from 70.8 degrees Fahrenheit at Homer to 81.3 degrees Fahrenheit at New Orleans. Highs ranged from 92.1 degrees Fahrenheit at Jeanerette to 100.0 degrees Fahrenheit at Minden. Precipitation received ranged from light to moderate throughout the State, with the highest concentration in the south central part of the State with an average of 2.15 inches.

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