Mississippi Field Reports: Wet Conditions, Frustrated Farmers

Rain gauge near field. ©Debra L Ferguson Stock Photography

Crop Progress and Condition for the Week Ending November 11, 2018.

Comments from Cooperative Extension Service County Agents

Steve R. Winters, Grenada County
“WET! It has been raining here every 1-3 days for the last 12 days. Nothing is getting done other than some over-seeding of ryegrass.”

Suzanne Marie Rogers, Itawamba County
“There have been several days of rain, heavy at times, making it hard for producers to get crops that are ready to be harvested out of the field.”

Jason Allen Hurdle, Scott County
“Wet, wet, wet! We need some sunshine to dry us out so we can fertilize rye grass.”

James Randall Nevins, Monroe County
“Conditions for field work have been really wet the past few weeks, which has delayed harvest completion. In the county we still have some soybeans, cotton, and peanuts in the field. Unfortunately, due to weather last week, looks like it will be another 4-5 days before they can work on finishing harvest if at all.”

Reid Nevins, Lowndes County
“Continuous rainfall has cotton and soybean harvest at a standstill along with planting of winter wheat and fall tillage work. Soils are saturated and projected rainfall over the next week will continue to delay harvest.”

BJ McClenton, Clay County
“Increased rain has put a further halt to late season soybean harvest. These farmers need a few days of sunshine to try to harvest the remainder of their crop, but they will be facing quite a bit of damage.”

Christy King, Clarke County
“Wet weather has hampered the few hay producers that might have gotten a third cutting. A potential frost forecast for this coming week has some livestock producers nervous about their winter hay stores. We need some dry weather and sunshine.”

General Comments

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According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service in Mississippi, there was 0.9 day suitable for fieldwork for the week ending Sunday, November 11, 2018. Topsoil moisture supplies were 0 percent very short, 2 percent short, 67 percent adequate, and 31 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies were 0 percent very short, 3 percent short, 67 percent adequate, and 30 percent surplus.

Low temperatures ranged from 35.0 degrees Fahrenheit at Clarksdale to 63.2 degrees Fahrenheit at Saucier. Highs ranged from 57.3 degrees Fahrenheit at Ashland to 78.8 degrees Fahrenheit at Saucier. Significant rain was received throughout the State, with the highest concentration in the northeast part of the State with an average of 3.76 inches.

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