Mississippi Field Reports: Variable Rains, Variable Crops

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Crop Progress and Condition for the Week Ending July 7, 2019.

Comments from Cooperative Extension Service County Agents

Jimbo Burkhalter, Panola and Tallahatchie Counties
“Irrigation has been almost nonexistent so far for this growing season. Insect pressure is picking up in spots, but still not too heavy. Side-dressed fertilizer has gone out as weather permits. Hay harvest has been slow so far this year.”

Jim McAdory, Winston County
“Scattered showers has grass growing at rapid rates in many areas of the county, while other areas are getting less rain. The heat is stressing livestock if no adequate shade is available. Overall conditions are good considering time of year.”

James Nevins, Monroe County
“We need more rain during this critical time for crops growth rate. Rain showers have only been spotty at this point. Crops are showing the effects of low soil moisture.”

Dr. Bill Burdine, Union County
“Rainfall amounts was variable this week. Moth flights are really picking up. We need to monitor row crops and home lawns for worm feeding and be ready to apply insecticide. Cotton has seen the biggest crop improvement in the last week.”

General Comments

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According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service in Mississippi, there were 5.2 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending Sunday, July 7, 2019. Topsoil moisture supplies were 1 percent very short, 18 percent short, 68 percent adequate, and 13 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies were 1 percent very short, 16 percent short, 66 percent adequate, and 17 percent surplus.

Low temperatures ranged from 68.4 degrees Fahrenheit at Winona to 77.2 degrees Fahrenheit at Biloxi. Highs ranged from 88.0 degrees Fahrenheit at Independence to 96.1 degrees Fahrenheit at Laurel. Light precipitation was received throughout the State, with the highest concentration in the northeast part of the State with an average of 0.65 inch.

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