Mississippi Field Reports: Conditions Mostly Dry, Harvest Moves Along Rapidly

Soybean harvest. ©Debra L Ferguson

Crop Progress and Condition for the Week Ending October 8, 2017.

Comments from Cooperative Extension Service County Agents

Bill Burdine, Union County
“Dry weather allowed grain harvest to move rapidly. Armyworms hit bermuda fields, a few acres of wheat, and wildlife food plots. Phosphorus and Potassium are being applied behind combines.”

Allan “Keith” Whitehead, Franklin County
“Some isolated areas received showers; however, it continues to be dry with pastures suffering and spots of dead grass showing up in lawns.”

Lamar Adams, Pike County
“Much of the county received about one-half inch of rain Saturday evening and Sunday morning; however, soil moisture conditions have gotten progressively dryer over the past few weeks. We need a good, slow-soaking rain to replenish soil moisture to allow livestock producers to plant cool season forages with confidence that moisture conditions will support satisfactory seed germination and seedling growth.”

Randall “Randy” H. McKey III, Amite County
“Our area received little to no rainfall from Tropical Storm Nate. Hay producers continued to bale. Cool season forages are germinating, and producers are on the lookout for fall armyworms.”

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General Comments

According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service in Mississippi, there were 6.6 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending Sunday, October 8, 2017. Topsoil moisture supplies were 9 percent very short, 39 percent short, 50 percent adequate, and 2 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies were 8 percent very short, 31 percent short, 59 percent adequate, and 2 percent surplus.

Low temperatures ranged from 56.0 degrees Fahrenheit at Corinth to 69.3 degrees Fahrenheit at Biloxi. Highs ranged from 80.0 degrees Fahrenheit at Clarksdale, Kosciusko, and Poplarville to 88.2 degrees Fahrenheit at Columbus. Most of the state received some rain, with the highest concentration in the coastal part of the state with an average of 1.25 inches.

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