Despite wet conditions early in the planting season, the quality of rice, soybeans and sugarcane seem to be fairly good, according to the latest Louisiana Crop Progress & Condition Report from the National Ag Statistics Service.
Rainfall and field conditions varied throughout the state. The southwest faced more rainfall and storms, which caused soybean planting to slow with farmers awaiting drier conditions. However, the north has faced drier conditions allowing hay harvest to progress.
Comments from Cooperative Extension Service Parish Agents:
“We have gone from wet to dry. Most need a rain. Planting for the most part is complete. Hay cutting is continuing. Corn is tasseling.” – Carol Pinnell-Alison, Franklin Parish
“Rains last week slowed fieldwork and wheat harvest and delayed hay harvest. Much of the rice crop is past green ring and some nearing booting. Rice farmers continue to top dress and cane farmers continue to layby where possible. Spring calving is near complete and ranchers continue work cows and calves.” – Andrew Granger, Vermilion Parish
“More rains fell this week “2-3" across parish. Soybean planting had begun finally but slowed again with the rains. Rice crop is scattered across parish from some having to replant to others at green ring. Hay pastures waiting to be cut for 1st time.” – Jimmy Meaux, Calcasieu Parish
“Heavy rains dampened halted field progress. Soybeans growers are waiting for drier conditions to resume planting. Sugarcane continues to make good growth as most growers have wrapped up fertilizing and layby preparations. Hay growers need dry conditions to make an overdue cutting. Peaches, blackberries and blueberries are being harvested. Spring tomatoes and cucumbers are starting to ripen.” – Stuart Gauthier, Saint Martin Parish
“Rains during week stopped all fieldwork. Severe weather at end of week brought over 5 inches in some areas, but wind damage was minimal to crops. Rust still concern in sugarcane and some fields were sprayed early in week; weather conditions should help as we move into summer.” – Blair Herbert, Iberia Parish
“Damaging storm came through last night. High winds and a lot of rain. May have damaged some crops.” – Sarah Everhart, Jefferson Parish