Crop Progress and Condition for the Week Ending August 18, 2019.
Comments from Cooperative Extension Service County Agents
Steve Winters, Grenada County
“This is the first week with no significant rain in a while. Corn is done and I saw my first open cotton boll. Heat is taking a toll on everything.”
Dr. Bill Burdine, Union County
“We had a hot dry week and soil moisture is depleted. We need a slow soaking rain. Row crops are rolling leaves by noon to conserve water. Heavy bollworm eggs are being found in some fields but are non-existent in others.”
Preston Aust IV, Washington County
“Corn harvest has begun and will only escalate later in the week. Pest management in cotton and soybeans remain steady as we approach the home stretch of the season.”
Jim McAdory, Winston County
“We have had seasonal humid conditions with ample moisture due to scattered thunder showers.”
James Randall Nevins, Monroe County
“Really hot and dry right now, which is hurting all crops and will effect yields unless we get some rain this week.”
Crayton Coleman, Noxubee County
“We did not get any substantial rainfall last week. Producers who have irrigation are irrigating soybeans.”
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According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service in Mississippi, there were 5.8 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending Sunday, August 18, 2019. Topsoil moisture supplies were 4 percent very short, 24 percent short, 62 percent adequate, and 10 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies were 2 percent very short, 21 percent short, 67 percent adequate, and 10 percent surplus.
Low temperatures ranged from 68.7 degrees Fahrenheit at Ashland to 79.0 degrees Fahrenheit at Clarksdale. Highs ranged from 90.7 degrees Fahrenheit at Independence to 97.8 degrees Fahrenheit at Columbus. Light to moderate precipitation was received throughout the State, with the highest concentration in the coastal part of the State with an average of 3.01 inches.