Louisiana County Agents Say Rain is Needed

Photo by EG Robichaux, Labadieville, Louisiana

Photo by EG Robichaux, Labadieville, Louisiana

Louisiana county agents were in agreement in this week's Louisiana Crop Progress and Condition Report, saying all areas of the state are continuing to dry out and need a substantial rain.

Comments from Cooperative Extension Service Parish Agents:

“We are very dry. Some rain this past weekend but not enough to make a difference. Some producers have finished picking cotton. Fieldwork has stopped for most due to dry conditions.” – Carol Pinnell-Alison, Franklin Parish

“A general rain would be in order. Conditions are very dry!!! The tail end of soybean acres are being harvested. Sugarcane harvest appears to be offering some good yields, and most hay fields have been harvested. Land preparations for next year's crop continued and crawfish ponds are going under flood. Cattle producers continued to sell spring born calves at fairly steady prices as the fall calf crop is hitting the ground.” – Vincent Deshotel, Saint Landry Parish

“We could use about two inches of rain in order to germinate the late planted sugarcane. Harvest has begun and sugar recovery is good, while tonnage is very respectable for the old stubble.” – Jimmy Flanagan, Saint Martin Parish

“Dry and warm weather pattern continued. Pasture conditions deteriorating quickly and cattlemen desperate for rain so they can get some ryegrass planted. Sugarcane planting, hay and soybean harvest near completion. Sugarcane harvest is progressing well but aided by dry conditions.” – Stanley Dutile, Lafayette Parish

“Dry conditions continue halting sweet potato harvest. Soybean harvest is concluding. Some producers are planting ryegrass while others are waiting for more moisture. Ratoon rice crop is requiring continued irrigation due to dry conditions.” - Todd Fontenot, Evangeline Parish