Louisiana Field Reports: Ratoon Rice Harvest in Full Swing

    Ratoon rice crop. Photo: Don Groth, LSU Extension

    Crop Progress and Condition for the Week Ending October 27, 2019.

    Comments from Cooperative Extension Service Parish Agents

    Mark Carriere, Pointe Coupee Parish
    “Continued rainfall made sugarcane harvest more difficult. It also slowed the beginning of wheat planting across the parish. More rainfall is predicted in the coming week. This will just add to the already saturated fields making harvest even more challenging.”

    Vince Deshotel, Saint Landry Parish
    “Rain every few days has most fieldwork stopped. Sugarcane harvest increasingly became more difficult with poor field conditions from recent rains. Livestock producers were back in a soup bowl, pastures were wet and forage quality was low. Some hay feeding began while waiting on winter pastures for grazing. Crawfish farmers were getting a break from irrigation expense with the recent rains events.”

    Andrew Granger, Vermilion Parish
    “Soybean harvest complete and sugarcane harvest continues under favorable conditions. Ratoon crop rice harvest was in full swing with decent yields. Ryegrass planting and fertilization underway.

    Mary Helen Ferguson, Washington Parish
    “Four to six inches of rain were received in some places on Friday and Saturday.

    Stuart Gauthier, Saint Martin Parish
    “Cool, wet and overcast weather made fieldwork sloppy as cane harvest continued. Crawfish producers started putting out traps to test harvest potential. Citrus harvest advanced with satsumas starting to sweeten and color up. Pecan pickers reported a light crop with some disease and insect damage present. Fall vegetables were progressing but needed sunny and drier conditions for optimal growth. Fall ryegrass forage planting occurred in between rains.

    Blair Hebert, Iberia Parish
    “With cooler and rainy weather during the week sugarcane farmers were dealing with muddy conditions and some fields have windblown cane that was leaning. This may slow harvest some, but should not have long term effects on the crop if weather conditions improve. Rains should help early planted winter pastures emerge, and crawfish ponds that are being flooded.

    General Comments

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    According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service in Louisiana, there were 2.4 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending Sunday, October 27, 2019. Topsoil moisture supplies were 0 percent very short, 3 percent short, 50 percent adequate, and 47 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies were 0 percent very short, 3 percent short, 71 percent adequate, and 26 percent surplus.

    Low temperatures ranged from 44.0 degrees Fahrenheit at Saint Joseph to 60.5 degrees Fahrenheit at New Orleans. Highs ranged from 70.3 degrees Fahrenheit at Homer to 82.2 degrees Fahrenheit at Red River. Moderate to heavy precipitation was reported throughout the State with the highest concentration in the southeast part of the State with an average of 4.76 inches.

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