Mississippi Field Reports: Farmers Finally Able to Get in Fields

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Crop Progress and Condition for the Week Ending March 24, 2018.

Comments from Cooperative Extension Service County Agents

Tarah Layton Ferguson, Tate County
“Last week was the first week it has been dry enough for any fieldwork to take place. Winter wheat is finally beginning to look decent, and burn down applications are going out.”

Patrick J. Poindexter, Alcorn County
“Drier conditions have finally allowed farmers to begin fieldwork and start applying burn-down herbicides.”

Preston Aust, IV, Humphreys County
“Fieldwork and planters are rolling. This has been the first chance to get in the field since October, so producers took advantage of drying conditions to get some much needed fieldwork done and plant some corn. There is still a lot of fieldwork to be done before we get into beans and other crops.”

Taylor Louis Casey, Attala County
“Fields are still too wet for activity. Last week was the driest week we have had in a while.”

Randy H. McKey, II, Amite County
“No rainfall last week made fieldwork possible for many farmers. Chicken litter and commercial fertilizer applications have begun. Weather is finally conducive to allow prescribed burning in pasture situations.”

Sandy Havard, Warren County
“A lot of cropland in Warren County is consumed by backwater flooding, and areas that are not flooded are flooded with wildlife seeking refuge.”

Shani Hay, Lauderdale County
“Cool, dry weather last week has soaked up some of the slop and improved pasture conditions.”

General Comments

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According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service in Mississippi, there were 4.6 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending Sunday, March 24, 2019. Topsoil moisture supplies were 1 percent very short, 3 percent short, 38 percent adequate, and 58 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies were 0 percent very short, 7 percent short, 40 percent adequate, and 53 percent surplus.

Low temperatures ranged from 28.8 degrees Fahrenheit at Winona to 46.0 degrees Fahrenheit at Biloxi. Highs ranged from 63.0 degrees Fahrenheit at Tupelo to 70.4 degrees Fahrenheit at Columbia. Little rain was received throughout the State, with the highest concentration in the north central part of the State with an average of 0.30 inch.

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