Louisiana Parish Agents: Dry Weather Helps Cane Harvest, Hurts Winter Pastures

Sugarcane harvest is 63% complete in Louisiana.

Sugarcane harvest is 63% complete in Louisiana.

Dry weather was the one constant across the state in the final Louisiana Crop Progress and Condition Report released Monday.  LSU AgCenter agents from across the state commented that the dry weather is a big help in getting final field work done, but wheat and ryegrass are struggling.

Comments from Cooperative Extension Service Parish Agents:

“Dry conditions have been ideal for the sugarcane harvest, planting of winter wheat and pastures, and also for the fall and winter calving period. However, dry conditions will soon affect those winter plantings needing fertilizer. A couple of recent frosts have knocked down any warm-season forages for grazing. Livestock producers are feeding hay and supplements. Crawfish are beginning to come in areas, while most producers will start after January 1st.” – Vincent Deshotel, Saint Landry Parish

“High sugar and tonnage looks like it will extend grinding until January 10th. Cattle producers are feeding hay and winter supplements. Some early planted cool-season pastures are being grazed. Fall vegetable and citrus harvest was in full swing. A light frost nipped tender vegetation.” – Stuart Gauthier, Saint Martin Parish

“Dry conditions continued slowing ryegrass growth. Spotty frost has effected some pasture ground, while other ground continued to provide grazing. Fall vegetables are needing moisture.” – Bruce Garner, West Carroll Parish

“Sugarcane harvest continued under excellent conditions. Rain is needed for ryegrass pastures. Farmers have taken advantage of dry conditions to accomplish much field preparation. Crawfish harvest has begun.” – Andrew Granger, Vermilion Parish

“Didn’t get much of a shower last week. Ryegrass pastures in need of a good rain to fertilize. Farmers still preforming fieldwork.” – James “Jimmy” Meaux, Calcasieu Parish