Mississippi Field Reports: Crops Making Good Progress, Rains Help

Crop Progress and Condition for the Week Ending June 6, 2016.

Comments from Cooperative Extension Service County Agents

Charles “Richard” Hay, Walthall County
“Spotty showers have beans and corn looking good. Cattle producers putting out fertilizer on summer pastures and spraying for weeds. Heat beginning to take its toll on dairy & beef cattle.”

James “Randall” Nevins, Monroe County
“We did have some good showers that passed through this past weekend and that was a much needed help for our crops here. Everything is looking good now. Crops on irrigation are well improved. Cattle is looking overall fair to good and the pastures are improving for grazing quality. Some hay has been rolled this past week and should see the 1st hay cutting winding up this week. “

Ross Alan Overstreet, Lamar County
“Much needed, timely, rains passed through towards the end of the week replenishing moisture levels. Watermelons are progressing nicely and blueberries are ripening and harvest is underway on some varieties. Rain was a welcome sight for forages and hay crops as well as for row crops.”

Lamar Adams, Pike County
“Most of the county received between 3 to 6 inches of rain Friday through Sunday. This precipitation has replenished soil moisture and perked up pastures and crops that were desperately needing rain.”

Jon M. Carson, Issaquena & Sharkey Counties
“Producers are reporting irrigation applications to most crops. Corn ears are beginning to develop, soybeans are closing the canopy and starting to flower, rice fields are being flooded, hay is being cut, and cotton is receiving pesticide applications for spider mites and aphid control.”

Ruby Rankin, Kemper County
“Recent rainfall is helping to replenish ponds and helping pastures, hay fields and crops to improve greatly.”

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General Comments

According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service in Mississippi, there were 4.2 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending Sunday, June 5, 2016.  Topsoil moisture supplies were 8 percent very short, 19 percent short, 55 percent adequate, and 18 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies were 5 percent very short, 15 percent short, 60 percent adequate, and 20 percent surplus.

Low temperatures ranged from 65.3 degrees Fahrenheit at Winona to 72.6 degrees Fahrenheit at Biloxi and Vicksburg City. Highs ranged from 83.0 degrees Fahrenheit at Belzoni to 93.2 degrees Fahrenheit at Columbus. Most of the state received some rain with the coastal part of the state receiving the most at an average of 4.19 inches.

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