Mississippi Field Reports: Rains Make Harvest Wrap Up a Struggle

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Crop Progress and Condition for the Week Ending November 4, 2018.

Comments from Cooperative Extension Service County Agents

Jimbo Burkhalter, Tallahatchie County
“Cooler weather has helped to get us past armyworms hurting our wildlife food plots and yards. Too much rain last week ran us out of the fields and halted harvest on all crops. With a couple weeks of sunshine, we can wrap this crop up.”

Trent Barnett, Calhoun County
“The rainfall received last week delayed harvesting of late soybeans as well as sweet potato crops. Sweet potatoes harvested have been average condition.”

Preston Aust, Humphreys County
“Frequent rains and wet conditions have made it a real struggle to wrap up harvest. Some cotton, peanuts, and small acres of soybeans remain in the field. Wet conditions have also created problems with getting modules from the field to the gin. Hoping for some sunny days.”

BJ McClenton, Clay County
“Mild temperatures have helped to maintain the last bit of warm season forage. We have had only one light frost thus far, which is helping pasture conditions and those that have planted cool season forages. However, increases in wet weather have increased trampling loss in places where less forage has been available. Majority of farmers have finished their crop harvest, but there are some soybean acres that remain.”

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Randall H. McKey III, Amite County
“Significant rainfall this past week is putting a damper on warm season forage production. There are little to no reports of armyworms.”

Allan “Keith” Whitehead, Franklin County
“Winter pastures have plenty of moisture and are growing well where surface drainage is good.”

General Comments

According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service in Mississippi, there were 3.1 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending Sunday, November 4, 2018. Topsoil moisture supplies were 0 percent very short, 6 percent short, 72 percent adequate, and 22 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies were 0 percent very short, 7 percent short, 72 percent adequate, and 21 percent surplus.

Low temperatures ranged from 44.7 degrees Fahrenheit at Ashland to 60.2 degrees Fahrenheit at Saucier. Highs ranged from 68.0 degrees Fahrenheit at Tunica to 82.3 degrees Fahrenheit at Newton. Most of the State received rain, with the highest concentration in the lower delta part of the State with an average of 1.90 inches.

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