Mississippi Field Reports: Heavy Rains, Tornadoes Keep Farmers from Fields

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    Crop Progress and Condition for the Week Ending April 14, 2019.

    Comments from Cooperative Extension Service County Agents

    Lemon Ray Phelps, Marshall County
    “Many producers have applied burn down herbicide applications, however, rains late in the week through the weekend have prevented any planting opportunities. A few beef producers have started working their herds.”

    James Shannon, Pontotoc County
    “Wet weather is continuing to limit field work.”

    Patrick J. Poindexter, Alcorn County
    “More rain has halted most field activities. The light frost received will hopefully give way to warmer temperatures throughout next week.”

    Juli H. Hughes, Choctaw County
    “Due to severe storms over the weekend, we received around 3.5″ of rain. Timber was damaged in the north part of the county. Because assessment of timber damage hasn’t been completed, the acreage with timber damage is unknown at this time.”

    Sandy Havard, Warren County
    “We had lots of showers last week along with tornadoes and high winds in the Warren/Vicksburg area.”

    Christy King, Clarke County
    “Late week tornadic activity caused damage to timber in the county. While there are no reports of livestock losses, downed trees are causing producers to do lots of fence work.”

    BJ McClenton, Clay County
    “Even with rain over the weekend and late in the week, there was quite a bit of tillage and fieldwork that was able to be done. Several hundred acres of corn were able to be planted, but the rain that followed planting are going to be a big determinant to its success.”

    General Comments

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    According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service in Mississippi, there were 1.4 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending Sunday, April 14, 2019. Topsoil moisture supplies were 0 percent very short, 1 percent short, 43 percent adequate, and 56 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies were 0 percent very short, 3 percent short, 43 percent adequate, and 54 percent surplus.

    Low temperatures ranged from 52.6 degrees Fahrenheit at Winona to 65.1 degrees Fahrenheit at Biloxi. Highs ranged from 68.3 degrees Fahrenheit at Ashland to 83.0 degrees Fahrenheit at Hattiesburg. Moderate to heavy precipitation was received throughout the State, with the highest concentration in the central part of the State with an average of 5.24 inches.

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