Mississippi Field Reports: Good Yields on Early Corn Harvest

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Crop Progress and Condition for the Week Ending August 5, 2018.

Comments from Cooperative Extension Service County Agents

Lemon Ray Phelps, Marshall County
“Lots of hay production last week and over the weekend with little to no rain in the county. Bermudagrass Stem Maggot has been a problem in some of our better maintained hay fields last week. Row crops are progressing nicely.”

Stephen “Steve” R. Winters, Grenada County
“No rain again last week. Insect pressure seems to be slowing in row crops. I am looking for fall armyworms to re-appear in the next week or so.”

James Shannon, Pontotoc County
“The crops in Pontotoc County continue to develop nicely. There has been a period of dry weather that could have an effect on production if it continues.”

Preston Aust, Humphreys County
“Dry conditions continue. Dryland soybeans in particular are starting to break due to drought stress. High moisture corn harvest began last week and early planters report good yields. We sure could use a rain to finish out a lot of the crops.”

Shani Hay, Lauderdale County
“Continued scattered showers in Lauderdale County are keeping forages at a premium”

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General Comments

According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service in Mississippi, there were 6.6 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending Sunday, August 5, 2018. Topsoil moisture supplies were 13 percent very short, 46 percent short, 40 percent adequate, and 1 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies were 12 percent very short, 45 percent short, 41 percent adequate, and 2 percent surplus.

Low temperatures ranged from 64.1 degrees Fahrenheit at Ashland to 75.1 degrees Fahrenheit at Biloxi. Highs ranged from 84.0 degrees Fahrenheit at Tunica to 94.0 degrees Fahrenheit at Verona. Rain was lightly scattered across the State, with the highest concentration in the southeast part of the State with an average of 1.82 inches.

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