Mississippi Field Reports: Cotton Harvest in Full Swing

Crop Progress and Condition for the Week Ending October 15, 2017.

Comments from Cooperative Extension Service County Agents

Stephen “Steve” R. Winters, Grenada County
“Cotton harvest is in full swing. Early reports are that the cotton crop might be a little below normal. Right now it is hard to tell since none has been ginned. All estimates are based on modules. Early ryegrass has developed blast. September planted grass looks good.”

Tracey Robertson, Carroll County
“Conditions are very dry in portions of the county. Pastures planted with cool season crops are struggling.”

Bert Gilmore, Neshoba County
“Last week, most of the county got some much needed rain to assist getting winter grass started. We will certainly need that trend to continue through this month in order to have valuable winter forage for our livestock producers.”

Ross Alan Overstreet, Lamar County
“Scattered showers throughout the area relieved some of the dryness for a lot of producers. Soybean yields are looking good and dryer weather is allowing producers to get in the fields easily.”

Preston Aust, Humphreys County
“We are still picking cotton and scrapping up the remainder of the soybean crop. Sweet potato and peanut harvest are still ongoing as well. Conditions remain dry and producers are busy getting tillage and beds set for next year.”

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General Comments

According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service in Mississippi, there were 6.2 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending Sunday, October 15, 2017. Topsoil moisture supplies were 7 percent very short, 40 percent short, 51 percent adequate, and 2 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies were 6 percent very short, 36 percent short, 56 percent adequate, and 2 percent surplus.

Low temperatures ranged from 50.0 degrees Fahrenheit at Tunica to 73.6 degrees Fahrenheit at Biloxi. Highs ranged from 70.0 degrees Fahrenheit at Tunica to 90.0 degrees Fahrenheit at Yazoo City. Most of the state received some rain, with the highest concentration in the south-central part of the state with an average of 1.40 inches.

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