Mississippi Field Reports: Speedy Planting Before More Rains

Planter in field. Photo: Mississippi State University

Crop Progress and Condition for the Week Ending May 19, 2019.

Comments from Cooperative Extension Service County Agents

Jimbo Burkhalter, Tallahatchie and Panola Counties
“Some sandy soils were planted last week, but it was short lived and we are still wet over the majority of the county. Replant decisions are the nature of the beast in a lot of areas.”

Tarah Layton Ferguson, Tate County
“The drier weather last week let producers cover a huge amount of ground. Planters and sprayers ran full speed right up until the rain hit. Also, lots of hay got rolled up last week. Looking forward to another good week of field work once we dry up from Sunday night’s rain.”

Skip Glidewell, Prentiss County
“Finally got a good solid week of dry weather. Although we anticipated rain over the weekend, Prentiss County received little to no significant rainfall. Nighttime temperatures are finally getting consistently warm enough for warm season forage growth. Surplus cool season forages are beginning to be harvested for hay.”

James Shannon, Pontotoc County
“Planting season has been a challenge made worse with excessive rainfall and cool temperatures at inopportune times. Many corn acres have been replanted due to the wet and cool conditions. Dry weather is forecasted for the coming week. Hopefully this will allow the growers to get much needed fieldwork accomplished.”

Preston Aust, IV, Humphreys County
“We experienced sunshine all week and were able to be in the field for 4 straight days for the first time this spring. However, 1.5 inches of rain yesterday put a stop to that. Backwater is approaching early March highs again and ditches and drains retain very little capacity to handle run-off. I think we are probably done with corn now. Lots of cotton and soybeans to go with many acres already planted needing replanted, ranging from spot planting to total replant.”

General Comments

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According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service in Mississippi, there were 4.2 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending Sunday, May 19, 2019. Topsoil moisture supplies were 0 percent very short, 3 percent short, 48 percent adequate, and 49 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies were 0 percent very short, 4 percent short, 53 percent adequate, and 43 percent surplus.

Low temperatures ranged from 52.9 degrees Fahrenheit at Winona to 66.0 degrees Fahrenheit at Biloxi and Vicksburg City. Highs ranged from 76.7 degrees Fahrenheit at Hattiesburg to 86.0 degrees Fahrenheit at Columbia. Mild precipitation was received throughout the State, with the highest concentration in the upper delta part of the State with an average of 1.17 inches.


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