Mississippi Field Reports: Variable Moisture – Early Corn Harvest

Crop Progress and Condition for the Week Ending August 12, 2018.

Comments from Cooperative Extension Service County Agents

Jimbo Burkhalter, Panola County
“Getting pretty dry. Irrigation is still wide open. Corn is maturing very fast and should be the beginning of harvest in the next week to 10 days. Cotton is cutting out in some areas where there is no irrigation. Hay harvest is slowing down a little.”

Jim McAdory, Winston County
“Heavy rains in many parts of the county brought relief to severe drought conditions. Heat has not been overtly bad in past few days relieving livestock stress.”

Reid Nevins, Lowndes County
“Scattered showers have brought some relief to row crops and pasture alike but we could still use a good general rain across the county. Corn harvest began this past week for several growers in the southern part of the county.”

Thomas E. Brewer, Jefferson County
“It is dry in some parts of the county. Rain is needed!”

BJ McClenton, Clay County
“Majority of county has been without significant rainfall for several weeks now, some portions in the western side of the county for upwards of 6 weeks. A popup thunderstorm early in the week helped to break up that trend but still need more to add moisture back into the soil and push these later beans.”

Amanda Masholie, Lawrence County
“Rains are sporadic throughout the county. Some areas are very dry.”

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General Comments

According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service in Mississippi, there were 6.0 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending Sunday, August 12, 2018. Topsoil moisture supplies were 15 percent very short, 41 percent short, 43 percent adequate, and 1 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies were 13 percent very short, 44 percent short, 42 percent adequate, and 1 percent surplus.

Low temperatures ranged from 68.6 degrees Fahrenheit at Ashland to 74.7 degrees Fahrenheit at Biloxi. Highs ranged from 88.7 degrees Fahrenheit at Independence and Tunica to 97.3 degrees Fahrenheit at Verona. Rain was scattered across the State, with the highest concentration in the south central part of the State with an average of 2.52 inches.

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