Mississippi Field Reports: Harvest Progresses Between Rains

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Crop Progress and Condition for the Week Ending October 21, 2018.

Comments from Cooperative Extension Service County Agents

Stephen R. Winters, Grenada County
“Showers on Tuesday stopped us for a day. Grazing ryegrass is now being planted and hoping for a rain.”

Dr. Bill Burdine, Union County
“There was limited fieldwork this week due to rain. Last week’s biggest issue was seed damage on soybean and the discount they received from buy points. Cotton regrowth and cool temps is making defoliation a hard decision.”

James Shannon, Pontotoc County
“Rain showers in the later part last week slowed harvest progress. Farmers plan to resume harvest as the new week begins.”

Preston Aust, Humphreys County
“Another wet week and equipment sitting idle. Some acres of soybeans and cotton are yet to be harvested and very little field work is complete for next spring.”

Tracy Robertson, Carroll County
“Some are still trying to get a last cutting of hay. Others were working through the weekend to finish up cotton.”

BJ McClenton, Clay County
“Rainfall early in the week put a halt on crop harvest and cooler temperatures have come in, but a majority of crops have been harvested and only a few acres remain.”

General Comments

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According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service in Mississippi, there were 3.5 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending Sunday, October 21, 2018. Topsoil moisture supplies were 1 percent very short, 9 percent short, 69 percent adequate, and 21 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies were 1 percent very short, 8 percent short, 76 percent adequate, and 15 percent surplus.

Low temperatures ranged from 45.7 degrees Fahrenheit at Ashland to 65.5 degrees Fahrenheit at Biloxi. Highs ranged from 65.3 degrees Fahrenheit at Tunica to 86.0 degrees Fahrenheit at Poplarville. Most of the State received rain, with the highest concentration in the central part of the State with an average of 2.16 inches.


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