Mississippi Field Reports: Storms Cause Quality Issues in Cotton, Soybeans

Cotton dislodged from bolls by heavy rains can still be harvested unless it is washed to the ground. Photo: Kat Lawrence, Mississippi State University

Crop Progress and Condition for the Week Ending October 7, 2018.

Comments from Cooperative Extension Service County Agents

Dr. Bill Burdine, Union County
“Favorable weather allowed harvest to resume mid-week. Growers struggle with harvest aid decisions between the storm systems. Last storm led to cottonseed germinating in the boll.”

James Shannon, Pontotoc County
“Late season rains have delayed harvest and had a large impact on cotton and soybean crop quality.”

Preston Aust, Issaquena and Sharkey Counties
“Producers are still pushing to finish up bean harvest as quite a few acres of cotton remain to be harvested. Another week of dry weather will make all the difference.”

Randall H. McKey III, Amite County
“Little rain fall this past week. One quarter inch of rain this past weekend. Cool season forage producers are having a great start, yet keeping an eye out for army worms.”

Lamar Adams, Pike County
“Many livestock producers still need rain to foster adequate soil moisture to ensure good germination and establishment of cool season forage crops.”

Jimbo Burkhalter, Tallahatchie County
“Harvesting to beat the storm!”

Jim McAdory, Winston County
“Heat and humidity persisted, but we had adequate moisture in most of the county.”

General Comments

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According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service in Mississippi, there were 6.2 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending Sunday, October 7, 2018. Topsoil moisture supplies were 1 percent very short, 11 percent short, 67 percent adequate, and 21 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies were 1 percent very short, 14 percent short, 70 percent adequate, and 15 percent surplus.

Low temperatures ranged from 64.8 degrees Fahrenheit at Winona to 73.1 degrees Fahrenheit at Biloxi. Highs ranged from 81.5 degrees Fahrenheit at Kosciusko to 92.2 degrees Fahrenheit at Columbus. Sparse rain was received throughout the State, with the highest concentration in the north central part of the State with an average of 0.14 inch.


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