Mississippi Field Reports: Harvest Hops Into Overdrive

Crop Progress and Condition for the Week Ending September 10, 2017.

Comments from Cooperative Extension Service County Agents

Preston Aust, Humphreys County 
“The weather this past week was pretty good for harvest. Soybeans fields are turning at rapid pace and combines are a common site. We have just a few acres of corn to finish up and some defoliation on cotton has gone out. We should have pickers in the field this week.”

Jimbo Burkhalter, Tallahatchie County 
“Everyone is scratching off trying to get crops off before the storms hit the Mississippi Delta. Virtually all crops in the county are coming out now. Sweet potatoes, corn, soybeans, and rice. Cotton is not quite ready; none defoliated from what has been seen. Rain and wind off of Hurricane Irma is coming.”

Charles “Richard” Hay, Walthall County 
“A good week of cool dry weather allowed cattle producers to catch up on summer hay harvest. Land preparation has begun for fall forages, and soybean harvest will begin soon. Hard to believe, but some rain from Hurricane Irma would be a welcome sight!”

Lamar Adams, Pike Count
“Livestock producers took advantage of the rain-free days this past week to continue salvage harvest of over-mature late summer hay and began breaking ground for seeding of ryegrass and small grains for winter grazing.”

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General Comments

According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service in Mississippi, there were 5.7 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending Sunday, September 10, 2017. Topsoil moisture supplies were 1 percent very short, 10 percent short, 74 percent adequate, and 15 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies were 1 percent very short, 10 percent short, 77 percent adequate, and 12 percent surplus.

Low temperatures ranged from 52.7 degrees Fahrenheit at Booneville to 66.7 degrees Fahrenheit at Biloxi. Highs ranged from 78.7 degrees Fahrenheit at Independence to 88.0 degrees Fahrenheit at Hattiesburg. Most of the state received some rain, with the highest concentration in the central part of the state with an average of 2.08 inches.

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