Mississippi Field Reports: Widespread, Excessive Rains

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Crop Progress and Condition for the Week Ending April 21, 2019.

Comments from Cooperative Extension Service County Agents

Steve Winters, Grenada County
“We got 2 more inches of rain Thursday. We may can get in the field by the 25th if we get no more rain. As of now, Grenada Lake lacks a half foot going over the emergency spillway and will be going over in the next few days.”

Suzanne Marie Rogers, Itawamba County
“Rain is still hindering crop production progress.”

Preston Aust, IV, Issaquena and Sharkey Counties
“Wet weather continues to be a problem this spring. We are running out of time to plant corn and many of the stands are less than desirable on what has been planted. Backwater levels are holding a lot of acres underwater. There will be lots of tough decisions when we dry out.”

Vicki Joyce Ganann, Leake County
“Due to excessive rainfall, the county has some acreage that will have to be replanted.”

James Randall Nevins, Monroe County
“It was wet all week after the recent storms came through. Farmers just have not been able to get the rest of the corn planted or start on soybeans and peanuts.”

Randy H. McKey, II, Amite County
“Another front passed through the area last week bringing heavy rain and high winds. Most area creeks and rivers were out of their banks proving to be a nuisance to local farmers.”

Sandy Havard, Warren County
“Backwater flooding continues to prevent farmers from planting areas north of the Yazoo River. The Mississippi River is also at a high stage, which has flooded some fields north and south of Vicksburg. The Big Black River is also out of its banks in the eastern part of the county flooding some fields.”

General Comments

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According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service in Mississippi, there were 1.1 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending Sunday, April 21, 2019. Topsoil moisture supplies were 0 percent very short, 2 percent short, 45 percent adequate, and 53 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies were 0 percent very short, 4 percent short, 45 percent adequate, and 51 percent surplus.

Low temperatures ranged from 40.7 degrees Fahrenheit at Winona to 54.7 degrees Fahrenheit at Biloxi. Highs ranged from 64.5 degrees Fahrenheit at Kosciusko to 77.3 degrees Fahrenheit at Hattiesburg. Moderate to heavy precipitation was received throughout the State, with the highest concentration in the south central part of the State with an average of 4.12 inches.




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