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Mississippi Field Reports: Harvest Season Just About Wrapped Up

Ernst Undesser
From USDA November 14, 2017

Mississippi Field Reports: Harvest Season Just About Wrapped Up

Crop Progress and Condition for the Week Ending November 12, 2017.

Comments from Cooperative Extension Service County Agents

Stephen “Steve” R. Winters, Grenada County 
“Ryegrass planting is wrapping up. We received two rain showers last week, totaling a little over an inch. That is more than we got the entire month of October.” 

Tracy Robertson, Carroll County 
“Rain has dramatically improved cool season pastures.”

Reid Nevins, Lowndes County 
“There’s still a few acres of cotton and peanuts left to harvest, but fall soil prep work was mostly being done around the county.”

Dr. Bill Burdine, Union County 
“Cool, cloudy and damp conditions slowed harvest significantly. Winter grazing started to emerge. Gins were running full speed with good turn-out numbers.”

Preston Aust, Humphreys County 
“We still have a few peanuts to harvest and a small amount of late planted cotton to pick. Most fieldwork is complete. Conditions remain predominantly dry, even though we had several light showers over the past couple of weeks.”

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Lamar Adams, Pike County
“Some livestock farmers finished planting cool season forages in prepared seedbeds to take advantage of good soil moisture conditions. Some were waiting on cooler weather to slow growth of warm season pastures to allow successful, over-seeding of ryegrass.”

General Comments

According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service in Mississippi, there were 4.3 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending Sunday, November 12, 2017. Topsoil moisture supplies were 1 percent very short, 22 percent short, 65 percent adequate, and 12 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies were 1 percent very short, 29 percent short, 61 percent adequate, and 9 percent surplus.

Low temperatures ranged from 33.0 degrees Fahrenheit at Corinth to 61.7 degrees Fahrenheit at Macon. Highs ranged from 56.0 degrees Fahrenheit at Tunica to 82.7 degrees Fahrenheit at Crystal Springs. Most of the state received some rain, with the highest concentration in the northeast and central part of the state with an average of 0.51 inches.

Ernst Undesser
From USDA November 14, 2017