Mississippi Field Reports: Early Soybean Harvest Begins

Soybean harvest. ©Debra L Ferguson

Crop Progress and Condition for the Week Ending August 20, 2017.

Comments from Cooperative Extension Service County Agents

Trent Barnett, Calhoun County 
“Excessive rainfall over the last two weeks may have caused damage to sweet potato crop. Growers will know more once harvest begins, but the amount of water in the fields is causing much stress. Corn crop is looking good, just in need of dryer weather.”

Preston Aust, Humphreys County 
“Corn harvest resumed over the weekend after a few hot and sunny days. A few soybeans fields have been harvested and reported yields are good. I expect more producers to be harvesting soybeans in the coming week. Cotton bolls are beginning to open. Insect pests continued to be a problem and applications are being made as needed. Hoping for hot, dry weather to prevail for a while.”

Lamar Adams, Pike County
“Producers resumed expedited efforts to harvest corn for grain and over-mature grass hay between rains last week. Grain quality is rapidly deteriorating in corn fields. Livestock producers have stored some of the lowest nutritional quality hay harvested in our area in many years due to rains preventing timely harvest.”

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General Comments

According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service in Mississippi, there were 3.9 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending Sunday, August 20, 2017. Topsoil moisture supplies were 2 percent very short, 9 percent short, 63 percent adequate, and 26 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies were 2 percent very short, 7 percent short, 68 percent adequate, and 23 percent surplus.

Low temperatures ranged from 69.0 degrees Fahrenheit at Corinth to 76.7 degrees Fahrenheit at Biloxi and Yazoo City. Highs ranged from 85.6 degrees Fahrenheit at Independence to 96.2 degrees Fahrenheit at Columbus. Most of the state received some rain, with the highest concentration in the south-central part of the state with an average of 2.75 inches.

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