Mississippi Field Reports: Wet Conditions Have Producers Itching to Get Into Fields

Crop Progress and Condition for the Week Ending March 18, 2018.

Comments from Cooperative Extension Service County Agents

Lemon Ray Phelps, Marshall County
“Weed pressure was prevalent in pastures with the favorable conditions we’ve had lately. Gardeners have been bringing in soil samples lately in preparation for spring plantings.”

Dr. Stephen “Steve” R. Winters, Grenada County
“We managed to get a day or so for burndown applications last week, but producers are itching to get started with fieldwork. Pastures are greening up, but they are muddy particularly where producers feed.”

Terry Wayne “Skip” Glidewell, Prentiss County
“Field conditions dried up some last week, but still too wet for any significant fieldwork. Cool season forages are greening up, but growth remains slow; therefore, hay is still being fed.”

Tracy Robertson, Carroll County
“Still waiting on soil to dry out enough to work in fields.”

Allan “Keith” Whitehead, Franklin County
“More rain last week. Most soil moisture levels were at field capacity.”

Lamar Adams, Pike County
“Wet soil conditions continued as most parts of the county received an additional 1.5 to 2.5 inches of rain from Friday, March 16 through Sunday, March 18. Livestock producers continued to restrict animal grazing in boggy pastures. Drier weather conditions are needed for livestock producers to make nitrogen fertilizer topdress applications to winter pastures for hay production, and for row crop and vegetable producers to prepare ground for planting.”

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Christy King, Clarke County
“We need some extended days of sun to dry out fields.”

General Comments

According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service in Mississippi, there were 1.6 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending Sunday, March 18, 2018. Topsoil moisture supplies were 0 percent very short, 0 percent short, 40 percent adequate, and 60 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies were 0 percent very short, 0 percent short, 50 percent adequate, and 50 percent surplus.

Low temperatures ranged from 29.4 degrees Fahrenheit at Winona to 51.3 degrees Fahrenheit at Vicksburg City. Highs ranged from 57.0 degrees Fahrenheit at Tunica to 68.0 degrees Fahrenheit at Columbia. Most of the state received some rain, with the highest concentration in the central part of the state with an average of 2.21 inches.

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