Mississippi Field Reports: Corn Harvest Speeds Along

Crop Progress and Condition for the Week Ending September 8, 2019.

Comments from Cooperative Extension Service County Agents

Skip Glidewell, Panola and Tallahatchie Counties
“Sweet potatoes and corn are coming out of the fields now, and yields are pretty good. After the late planting of all of the crops, this is a welcome site. The last hay this season is also being harvested. Getting very dry and the right kind of rainfall would be welcome.”

Ross Alan Overstreet, Lamar County
“High temperatures and no rain for the past 10-12 days has soil drying down. Crops and forages are still growing well but would benefit from a rain event. Weather has allowed for producers to get in the fields to cut hay or prepare for ryegrass.”

Jim McAdory, Winston County
“Oppressive heat and dry weather patterns are making conditions more challenging for livestock. Animal producers with good water, adequate shading areas, and good insect control are showing better gains. Some Fall Army Worms affecting pastures, but producers are prepared.”

BJ McClenton, Clay County
“Going on two weeks, this may be the longest period we have gone without rain in the past several months. Soil moisture is beginning to start lacking, and without a break in temperatures, pasture conditions are beginning to decline. There has been plenty of opportunity for corn harvest and fieldwork. Most farmers are finishing up their second or third hay cutting, but without some rain soon there may not be another.”

General Comments

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According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service in Mississippi, there were 6.8 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending Sunday, September 8, 2019. Topsoil moisture supplies were 11 percent very short, 55 percent short, 33 percent adequate, and 1 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies were 9 percent very short, 51 percent short, 38 percent adequate, and 2 percent surplus.

Low temperatures ranged from 63.7 degrees Fahrenheit at Ashland to 75.4 degrees Fahrenheit at Biloxi. Highs ranged from 88.5 degrees Fahrenheit at Saucier to 96.4 degrees Fahrenheit at Laurel. No precipitation was received throughout the State.

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