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November 26, 2013

Final Crop Progress Report For 2013

There were just over five full days suitable for fieldwork across Louisiana last week.  Soil moisture supplies are now rated 3% very short, 20% short, 58% adequate and 19% surplus.  Sweet potato harvest reached 100% complete last week.  Sugarcane and pecan harvest made good progress.  Producers continued to harvest their rice ratoon crop. Winter wheat planting and emergence progress very well.  Strawberry growers in southeastern Louisiana were actively irrigating and spraying to control diseases.  Fertilizing ryegrass continued in many areas and several areas around the state were feeding hay to cattle.  This is the final crop progress and condition report for the year. The next report will be released next March.

White House Releases Farm Bill Report

The Obama administration released a White House Rural Council report touting the importance of U.S. agriculture to the nation's economic health.


"This report lays out the significant priority that the president places on the passage of a (new farm) bill," said Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack. "It makes a compelling case why it's important and necessary for the nation, as a whole, that Congress act as quickly as possible to complete its work on a comprehensive food, farm and jobs bill."


Among the report's findings:


  • After adjusting for inflation, net farm income - at $120 billion for 2013 - now stands at its second-highest level since 1973.
  • Farm asset values are expected to rise 7.1 percent in 2013, as farmland values are expected to continue rising; farm equity is expected to increase by 7.6 percent in 2013.
  • In the 2013 fiscal year, exports reached over $140 billion -- exceeding the previous high of $137 in FY2011, and setting a new record.
  • The average volume of bulk commodities exported increased by nearly four million tons per year over the past five years.
  • U.S. farm exports have supported about 1 million American jobs.

LSU AgCenter Releases Decision Aid

The LSU AgCenter has released an interactive cotton, corn and soybean net return comparison decision aid. The aid is a spreadsheet based decision tool developed to assist row crop producers in Louisiana in making production decisions based on expected net return comparisons between production of cotton, corn and soybeans, using alternative expectations related to variable production costs, expected crop yields and expected crop market prices.

The spreadsheet and user guide can be downloaded at the following website:

Thanks to Dr. Mike Salassi and Mike Deliberto for their hard work in developing this useful tool and making it available.

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