Mississippi Field Reports: Hot, Dry Conditions Relieved by Barry

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

Comments from Cooperative Extension Service County Agents

Preston Aust, IV, Humphreys County
“A hot and dry week allowed for a lot of spraying and fieldwork to be done. The heat was beginning to take a toll on crops before Tropical Storm Barry moved in Saturday night. So far we have received 2-3 inches. This rain should carry our crops a long way.”

Vicki Joyce Ganann, Leake County
“Some areas are enjoying the rainfall because it was beginning to get dry in areas. Hit and miss showers left them without moisture. Now the hurricane has dumped excess rainfall in areas and some fields in low areas are taking on water.”

James Nevins, Monroe County
“We were able to get some much needed rain toward the end of the week. It is still raining, and we should see about 3-4 inches out of this storm system. Crops have rebound well due to the rainfall, and pastures for livestock are going to be looking better toward mid-week. Vegetable producers have seen some good yields on produce, with the exception of sweet corn, but the farmer markets look plentiful with different varieties.”

BJ McClenton, Clay County
“Crops are showing steady progression. Storms have brought several inches of rain which have helped to push some of these later planted crops through and helped to mitigate these high temperatures. Hay cutting has slowed, but most farmers have finished their first cutting of hay and the moisture is really helping with warm season forages and grazing availability.”

General Comments

According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service in Mississippi, there were 5.1 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending Sunday, July 14, 2019. Topsoil moisture supplies were 0 percent very short, 5 percent short, 51 percent adequate, and 44 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies were 0 percent very short, 7 percent short, 56 percent adequate, and 37 percent surplus.

Low temperatures ranged from 71.0 degrees Fahrenheit at Crystal Springs to 76.2 degrees Fahrenheit at Vicksburg City. Highs ranged from 88.4 degrees Fahrenheit at Biloxi to 98.2 degrees Fahrenheit at Laurel. Moderate to heavy precipitation was received throughout the State, with the highest concentration in the east central part of the State with an average of 3.14 inches.


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