Mississippi Field Reports: Late Week Planting Stalled by More Rain

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Crop Progress and Condition for the Week Ending April 15, 2018.

Comments from Cooperative Extension Service County Agents

Jimbo Burkhalter, Tallahatchie County
“More corn was planted the latter part of the week until rain set in Saturday. It will be several days before it will be dry enough to get back in the field.”

Tracy Robertson, Carroll County
“Fields dried out the latter part of the week just enough to allow producers to work the fields. Heavy rains on Saturday and cooler weather slowed progress last week.”

James Shannon, Pontotoc County
“Wet conditions limited fieldwork. Growers were continuing to make progress on the application of burn down herbicides. Little planting progress was made.”

Patrick J. Poindexter, Alcorn County
“Again, weekend rain put a damper on any possible fieldwork. We need several days of dry weather to be able to even get into the fields.”

James “Randall” Nevins, Monroe County
“The weather changed to an unusually cool temp for this time of year. Some producers are stalling corn planting because of weather. The overabundance of rainfall has not allowed them to get into the field in most areas so that is pushing their decisions back on planting for another week. Livestock are grazing well on pasture ground right now, but the rainfall is making the work areas unmanageable for the time being. Vegetable producers were still hesitant on planting because of the cold snap, but hopefully we’ll see some warmer and drier days in the forecast.”

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General Comments

According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service in Mississippi, there were 3.4 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending Sunday, April 15, 2018. Topsoil moisture supplies were 0 percent very short, 0 percent short, 42 percent adequate, and 58 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies were 0 percent very short, 1 percent short, 49 percent adequate, and 50 percent surplus.

Low temperatures ranged from 37.7 degrees Fahrenheit at Winona to 56.4 degrees Fahrenheit at Biloxi. Highs ranged from 62.0 degrees Fahrenheit at Clarksdale to 75.9 degrees Fahrenheit at Vicksburg City. Most of the State received some rain, with the highest concentration in the south central part of the State with an average of 3.12 inches.

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