Mississippi Field Reports: Scattered Showers Aid Crop Progress

Crop Progress and Condition for the Week Ending July 8, 2018.

Comments from Cooperative Extension Service County Agents

Lemon Ray Phelps, Marshall County
“Scattered showers throughout the county last week have continued to push row crops while hindering hay production.”

Patrick J. Poindexter, Alcorn County
“Recent scattered showers last week has halted fieldwork temporarily. Weather such as this is making hay harvest difficult.”

Jim McAdory, Winston County
“Strong thunder showers throughout county has provided some moisture, but still dry in others.”

Ross Alan Overstreet, Lamar County
“Lots of rain over the past week. Fieldwork will wait until soil dries out. Need some clear skies and sun.”

Preston Aust, Humphreys County
“Most in our area are still waiting on that 4th of July rain. Even with pretty good chances, showers have been scarce. For now, irrigation is in full swing or at least until we get some sufficient rainfall.”

Thomas E. Brewer, Jefferson County
“Still very dry in some parts of the county.”

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General Comments

According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service in Mississippi, there were 5.5 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending Sunday, July 8, 2018. Topsoil moisture supplies were 3 percent very short, 37 percent short, 56 percent adequate, and 4 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies were 3 percent very short, 33 percent short, 60 percent adequate, and 4 percent surplus.

Low temperatures ranged from 63.5 degrees Fahrenheit at Yazoo City to 77.0 degrees Fahrenheit at Tunica. Highs ranged from 87.0 degrees Fahrenheit at Biloxi to 97.0 degrees Fahrenheit at Tunica. Most of the State received rain, with the highest concentration in the south central part of the State with an average of 3.56 inches.


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