Mississippi Fields: Dryness Allows Planting

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Crop Progress and Condition for the Week Ending May 13, 2018.

Comments from Cooperative Extension Service County Agents

Jimbo Burkhalter, Tallahatchie County
“Slowly but surely we got the corn crop planted. Between rains and waiting on the ground to dry out, we are well on the way. Corn planting is completed. Soybeans, rice, and cotton are making good progress.”

Brandon Alberson, Lee County
“We had a couple of good days last week to plant. We also have seen more forage growth in pastures.”

James Shannon, Pontotoc County
“Dry weather last week helped the planting season progress. Many producers decided against planting some corn acreage because of delays caused by wet weather.”

Bert Gilmore, Neshoba County
“We had much drier weather than previous weeks. Most pastures have been fertilized and some have had herbicide applications. We are beginning to see some regular cuts of hay”

Christian Stephenson, Hancock County
“Have received several comments from producers regarding lack of rainfall.”

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General Comments

According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service in Mississippi, there were 6.4 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending Sunday, May 13, 2018. Topsoil moisture supplies were 1 percent very short, 33 percent short, 53 percent adequate, and 13 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies were 0 percent very short, 22 percent short, 63 percent adequate, and 15 percent surplus.

Low temperatures ranged from 54.4 degrees Fahrenheit at Winona to 70.0 degrees  Fahrenheit at Tunica. Highs ranged from 83.5 degrees Fahrenheit at Kosciusko to 92.9 degrees Fahrenheit at Vicksburg City. Little to no rain was received by most of the State, with the highest concentration in the east central part of the State with an average of 0.05 inch.

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