Mississippi Field Reports: Variable Rains Aid Crops, Slow Harvest

Crop Progress and Condition for the Week Ending August 19, 2018.

Comments from Cooperative Extension Service County Agents

Lamar Adams, Pike County
“Widely scattered light thunder storms continue to pop up almost daily, but many areas of the county have not seen significant rainfall in several weeks and therefore remain dry. Most farmers in the county still need rain to support acceptable performance of field and forage crops and to build soil moisture in preparation for planting cool season forage crops.”

Scott Cagle, Chickasaw County
“We need rain! Drought conditions persisting.”

Taylor Louis Casey, Attala County
“Some areas of the county have received good rains recently; however, there are still some areas that are very dry. Pastures in the dryer areas are suffering as a result.”

Preston Aust, Humphreys County
“A rainy weekend put a halt on harvest. When the sun comes back out there will be a lot of acres of soybeans ready to go. We have some producers that finished their corn, but others still lack about a week worth of harvesting. Maybe this rain helped more than it hurt. Hoping for dry conditions to move harvest along.”

 Stephen “Steve” R. Winters, Grenada County
“We finally got a good rain on Friday. It will help some beans and to fill out those last bolls on the cotton. It should perk up the pastures. Armyworms are really showing up where millets are being grown and in hay fields that have gotten some rain before this week.”

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General Comments

According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service in Mississippi, there were 5.0 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending Sunday, August 19, 2018. Topsoil moisture supplies were 4 percent very short, 29 percent short, 56 percent adequate, and 11 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies were 4 percent very short, 27 percent short, 59 percent adequate, and 10 percent surplus.

Low temperatures ranged from 69.0 degrees Fahrenheit at Winona to 74.8 degrees Fahrenheit at Columbus. Highs ranged from 87.6 degrees Fahrenheit at Independence to 95.2 degrees Fahrenheit at Columbus. Rain was scattered across the State, with the highest concentration in the south central part of the State with an average of 2.72 inches.

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