Mississippi Field Reports: Crops Looking Better with Improved Conditions

Corn field landscape, pre-tassel. Photo: ©Debra L Ferguson

Crop Progress and Condition for the Week Ending June 9, 2019.

Comments from Cooperative Extension Service County Agents

Jimbo Burkhalter, Tallahatchie and Panola Counties
“Growing conditions have vastly improved, and the crops are responding to the hot weather and sunshine. Fertilizer, herbicides, and insecticides are going out to help this late crop progress as much as possible.”

Brandon Alberson, Lee County
“Recent rains have been welcomed by our farmers. There are still a few soybeans to plant and hay to cut. Field and pastures conditions are fairly good at this point.”

Skip Glidewell, Prentiss County
“Prentiss County finally received a moderate amount of much needed rainfall which came after a majority of row crop acres have finally been planted, and majority of first cutting of hay has been harvested.”

Randy H. McKey II, Amite County
“An average of 2 inches of rainfall for our area was a welcomed sight by all producers this past week. Hay production should ramp back up again with a relatively dry week ahead.”

Don Smith, Pike County
“Harvest of cool season hay crops continued throughout the county this past week as producers took advantage of sunny conditions.”

General Comments

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According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service in Mississippi, there were 4.4 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending Sunday, June 9, 2019. Topsoil moisture supplies were 0 percent very short, 19 percent short, 68 percent adequate, and 13 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies were 0 percent very short, 12 percent short, 74 percent adequate, and 14 percent surplus.

Low temperatures ranged from 60.2 degrees Fahrenheit at Newton to 74.1 degrees Fahrenheit at Biloxi. Highs ranged from 78.8 degrees Fahrenheit at Newton to 94.5 degrees Fahrenheit at Poplarville. Light to moderate precipitation was received throughout the State, with the highest concentration in the east central part of the State with an average of 3.41 inches.


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