Mississippi Field Reports: Corn Harvest Winding Down, Cotton Beginning

Crop Progress and Condition for the Week Ending September 16, 2018.

Comments from Cooperative Extension Service County Agents

Jimbo Burkhalter, Panola County
“Sweet Potato harvest is in full swing while corn harvest is history for 2018. Cotton has been defoliated and a lot of cotton will start coming out this week. Soybeans and rice are coming out and it’s great that we missed the after effects of Hurricane Florence.”

Lemon Ray Phelps, Marshall County
“Favorable conditions allowed some hay producers to get in their final cutting of hay. Soybean and cotton harvest is also in full swing.”

James Shannon, Pontotoc County
“Corn harvest has begun. Several farmers are planning to begin harvesting soybeans by mid-week.”

Preston Aust, Humphreys County
“Hot weather is drying things out and combines are rolling. A hand full of producers are still gathering corn. Cotton defoliation is picking up and a few pickers are in the field.”

Lamar Adams, Pike County
“Many area livestock farmers are preparing to plant cool season forage crops but are waiting on a good rain before seeding.”

Dr. Bill Burdine, Union County
“Rain slowed down corn harvest and delayed cotton defoliation but still more water is needed to fill out late soybeans. High humidity keeping dew on until noon and diseases are increasing in crops, gardens, and lawns.”

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General Comments

According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service in Mississippi, there were 5.2 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending Sunday, September 16, 2018. Topsoil moisture supplies were 1 percent very short, 9 percent short, 65 percent adequate, and 25 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies were 2 percent very short, 20 percent short, 52 percent adequate, and 26 percent surplus.

Low temperatures ranged from 63.9 degrees Fahrenheit at Ashland to 74.1 degrees Fahrenheit at Biloxi. Highs ranged from 80.0 degrees Fahrenheit at Kosciusko and Tunica to 91.9 degrees Fahrenheit at Laurel. Most of the State received rain, with the highest concentration in the southwest part of the State with an average of 2.19 inches.

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