Mississippi Field Reports: Insects on the Rise, Rains Keep Farmers from Fields

Mature soybean field after heavy rain pre-harvest. Photo: University of Nebraska-Lincoln

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

Comments from Cooperative Extension Service County Agents

Preston Aust, IV, Washington County
“Rain from Tropical Storm Barry kept us wet for most of the week. Insect pressure in cotton and beans was on the rise this week. Fungicide and pesticide application were being made by plane.”

Tracy Robertson, Carroll County
“All crops have emerged but continue to be spotty in the fields due to wet conditions. Rains still continue to saturate fields.”

Dr. Bill Burdine, Union County
“A full week of rain, some heavy, stopped all fieldwork and has crops sitting in saturated soils. Wet leaves and high humidity will probably increase disease issues. Most fields have good weed control, but insects continue to increase.”

Jim McAdory, Winston County
“Very hot humid conditions with heavy thunder showers throughout county kept conditions too wet for fieldwork and not suitable for baling hay.”

Randy H. McKey III, Amite County
“We had plenty of rain last week. Hay producers are looking forward to late part of next week.”

General Comments

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According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service in Mississippi, there were 3.4 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending Sunday, July 21, 2019. Topsoil moisture supplies were 0 percent very short, 4 percent short, 60 percent adequate, and 36 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies were 0 percent very short, 8 percent short, 60 percent adequate, and 32 percent surplus.

Low temperatures ranged from 70.0 degrees Fahrenheit at Winona to 79.5 degrees Fahrenheit at Tunica. Highs ranged from 85.8 degrees Fahrenheit at Brookhaven City and Hattiesburg to 94.5 degrees Fahrenheit at Tunica. Moderate to heavy precipitation was received throughout the State, with the highest concentration in the northeast part of the State with an average of 5.89 inches.




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