Mississippi Field Reports: Limited Field Work Between More Rains

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Crop Progress and Condition for the Week Ending June 18, 2017.

Comments from Cooperative Extension Service County Agents

Reid Nevins, Lowndes County
“Ag Producers were able to get some much needed fieldwork done with the few days of dry weather this past week. Winter wheat harvest was completed, along with timely herbicide applications and nitrogen side dressing on cotton over the last couple of weeks.”

James Shannon, Pontotoc County
“The weather last week was dry enough to allow crop planting progress. Farmers are still behind schedule.”

Charles “Richard” Hay, Walthall County
“Wet is the word! Several more days of rain hampered most farming activities. Farmers are trying to wrap up planting soybeans behind wheat. Corn is looking really good, but will need some drier weather in preparation for silage cutting. Hay harvesters are at a standstill with more coming rain in the forecast from the depression in the gulf. Lawns and gardens are struggling with disease and fungus.”

General Comments

According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service in Mississippi, there were 3.7 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending Sunday, June 18, 2017. Topsoil moisture supplies were 0 percent very short, 2 percent short, 56 percent adequate, and 42 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies were 0 percent very short, 8 percent short, 61 percent adequate, and 31 percent surplus.

Low temperatures ranged from 65.2 degrees Fahrenheit at Winona to 73.6 degrees Fahrenheit at Yazoo City. Highs ranged from 86.1 degrees Fahrenheit at Independence and Biloxi to 92.6 degrees Fahrenheit at Yazoo City. Most of the state received some rain, with the highest concentration in the southeast part of the state with an average of 2.82 inches.

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