Mississippi Field Reports: Harvest in Full Swing Racing Winter Rains

Crop Progress and Condition for the Week Ending October 14, 2018.

Comments from Cooperative Extension Service County Agents

Jimbo Burkhalter, Panola County
“We’re still trying to get this crop out before the rains set in for the winter. Cotton is the main crop left to get out, but sweet potatoes and soybeans are also racing with the weather.”

Terry Wayne “Skip” Glidewell, Prentiss County
“Dry weather is allowing for harvest to be in full swing.”

Preston Aust, Humphreys County
“Harvest is winding down with only minimal acres of cotton and soybeans yet to be harvested. We need dry conditions to hang around for a couple of weeks, as most are behind on fieldwork and have ruts to get worked out.”

James Randall Nevins, Monroe County
“Harvest on corn is almost completed. Peanuts are being dug and harvested with good yields. Soybeans has started on harvest and the yields are looking great for most farmers. Pastures are looking better and some are getting ready to put down some winter forage seed. Producers are sending some of their cattle to market with good prices.”

BJ McClenton, Clay County
“Cooler and drier temperatures have put harvest season into full swing. Majority of cotton harvest has been completed, but most farmers with soybeans have postponed cotton harvest to get soybeans out of the field. There is a small amount of hay still being baled as we have not had a frost as of yet. Ground moisture has started to drop again, and summer forages are in decline, but the absence of rain has given producers time to get a lot of fieldwork done.”

General Comments

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According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service in Mississippi, there were 5.9 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending Sunday, October 14, 2018. Topsoil moisture supplies were 1 percent very short, 17 percent short, 70 percent adequate, and 12 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies were 1 percent very short, 16 percent short, 67 percent adequate, and 16 percent surplus.

Low temperatures ranged from 56.1 degrees Fahrenheit at Winona to 71.3 degrees Fahrenheit at Macon. Highs ranged from 76.7 degrees Fahrenheit at Independence to 86.3 degrees Fahrenheit at Poplarville. State received sparse rain, with the highest concentration in the coastal part of the State with an average of 0.65 inch.


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