Mississippi Field Reports: Harvest Swings Along in Dry Conditions

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Crop Progress and Condition for the Week Ending September 15, 2019.

Comments from Cooperative Extension Service County Agents

Trent Barnett, Calhoun County
“Dry weather conditions has allowed for crop harvest to move at a fast rate. Sweet potatoes that received a great deal of rain after setting are showing reduced yields. Hay fields and pastures are showing signs of stress from dry conditions.”

Preston Aust, Humphreys County
“Hot and dry weather continues. Most producers would opt for it to stay that way at this point. Most crops are too far along to benefit from rain at this point.”

Brandon Alberson, Tippah County
“High temperatures without any rain in the past 7-10 days has our soil drying out. Our crops and forages are still growing, but would benefit very much from some rain. This dry weather has allowed our producers to get in the field to harvest crops and to cut hay. Most of our farmers are finishing up their second or third hay cutting, but without some rain in the near future this may be their last.”

Reid Nevins, Lowndes County
“Dry weather the past few weeks have been good for corn dry down and harvest but has really taken its toll on later planted soybean. Some pesticide applications have been going out on soybeans and cotton the past few days as well.”

Ross Alan Overstreet, Lamar County
“Hot and dry conditions have allowed hay producers the ability to cut, cure and bale without worry of spoilage. Most crops/forages could stand a small rain event. Sandier soils are beginning to show signs of moisture stress.”

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 15, 2019. Topsoil moisture supplies were 22 percent very short, 55 percent short, 22 percent adequate, and 1 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies were 18 percent very short, 51 percent short, 29 percent adequate, and 2 percent surplus.

Low temperatures ranged from 67.0 degrees Fahrenheit at Winona to 78.4 degrees Fahrenheit at Biloxi. Highs ranged from 91.0 degrees Fahrenheit at Biloxi to 98.2 degrees Fahrenheit at Macon. Precipitation was minimal throughout the State, with the highest concentration in the south central part of the State with an average of 0.30 inch.


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