Mississippi Field Reports: Wheat Looks Good; Growers Waiting for Fields to Dry to Plant

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

Comments from Cooperative Extension Service County Agents

“Some burn down and fertilize/lime went out early in the week. Heavy rain on Tuesday shut everything down. Cattle being feed hay. Ryegrass that was drilled looks good.”
Stephen R. Winters, Grenada County

“Consistent above normal temperatures have winter wheat and cool season forages progressing nicely. The mild winter has been easier than normal on livestock, and some producers expecting a slight surplus in their hay inventory.”
Terry Wayne “Skip” Glidewell, Prentiss County

“Livestock in our county have been making it with an abundance of hay consumption. Recent rains have helped the inter annuals that survived the fall of 2016 drought, where extremely dry conditions caused nearly a 50% drop in winter annual acreages. Many spring grasses are appearing, but we continue to need rain.”
Bert Gilmore, Neshoba County

“Rainfall amounts have increased over the past several weeks. Water holding structures are still relatively lower than normal for this time of year but are on the increase with the rainfall. Wheat is looking good to excellent in most areas.”
Reid Nevins, Lowndes County

“Wet soils are delaying field preparations for early planting and causing pasture grass losses due to cattle bogging. Ryegrass pasture establishment was extremely late last fall and growing conditions thus far have been less than ideal. Farmers are hoping for warmer and drier weather conditions to allow for improved growth of cool season forages, harvest of high quality ryegrass hay and baleage. Planting of warm season crops and breaking of winter dormancy in perennial forages to foster optimal growth for grazing and hay.”
Lamar Adams, Pike County

“Extremely muddy conditions right now due to rain earlier this week. Burn down is out on most fields throughout the county and prior to the rain a lot of seedbed preparation was accomplished.”
Jimbo Burkhalter, Tallahatchie County

General Comments

According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service in Mississippi, there were 1.7 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending Sunday, March 12, 2017.  Low temperatures ranged from 37.2 degrees Fahrenheit at Corinth to 57.6 degrees Fahrenheit at Biloxi.

Highs ranged from 61.0 degrees Fahrenheit at Corinth to 78.0 degrees Fahrenheit at Crystal Springs. Most of the state received some rain with the lower delta part of the state receiving the most at an average of 2.59.

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