Some Soils Drying Out, Corn Condition Still Below Average

One-third of Louisiana's soils are short to very short on moisture, and just under half of the state's corn crop continues to be rated in the fair to poor categories.  The latest report from the National Ag Statistics Service shows the moisture levels in 36 percent of Louisiana soils to be short or very short.  

Condition ratings of the corn crop have improved slightly, but we still have 45 percent rated fair to poor.  The beginning of rice harvest seems to be just around the corner with two percent of the rice mature.  

Comments from Cooperative Extension Service Parish Agents:

“Overall, crops have received sporadic but adequate rainfall and look good. Most corn in the area is well advanced (even some of the replanted) and has good-excellent yield potential.” – Donna Morgan, Rapides Parish

“There has been very good weather the past week for harvesting watermelons. Producers are at the peak of harvesting for the last week in June getting ready for the holiday major sale rush of the July 4th.” – Henry Harrison, Washington Parish

“It has been a hot and dry week. Hay producers have been baling all week. Some afternoon showers but not much. Fieldwork being done also. A few rice producers draining fields. Soybeans looking a little better with drier conditions.” – Jimmy Meaux, Calcasieu Parish

“Rice farmers are draining fields in anticipation of harvest which should begin next week. Drier weather is needed for harvest efficiency. Cane growers are scouting for insects and some are finding West Indian Cane Fly. Cattle ranchers are beginning to wean older calves and market to capture higher prices than anticipated in the fall. Hay harvest has been delayed due to threat of rains.” – Andrew Granger, Vermilion Parish

“Hot and dry temperatures this past week. Several rice fields across the parish are being drained and rice is ripening very well. Blast is spotty as well as sheath blight. I expect more rice fields to be drained within the next week. Soybeans are looking nice. Some stands look excellent and could benefit from a shower. Many fields are in the middle of flowering.” – Jeremy Hebert, Acadia Parish

“It is very dry across the parish. Soybeans that are in the pod fill stage need a rain. Sugarcane has slowed in rate of growth as well.” – Jimmy Flanagan, Saint Mary Parish

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