Mississippi Field Reports: Cotton, Soybean Harvests Move Ahead

Cotton picker and modules in picked field at sunset. ©Debra L Ferguson

Crop Progress and Condition for the Week Ending October 6, 2019.

Comments from Cooperative Extension Service County Agents

John Nanney, Lee County
“Corn is harvested, soybeans are in the middle of harvest, and cotton is beginning to be harvested. We are in a moderate drought and are in need of rain.”

James Randall Nevins, Monroe County
“Last week was still extremely dry. Harvest is still moving forward. We did get some rain, which will help things and knock the dust down some.”

BJ McClenton, Clay County
“It is still very dry with 4 weeks without rain. Pastures and forages are struggling and without some rainfall in the future to help late summer cool season forages, it’s possible that cattle producers may have to start feeding hay sooner than expected. Corn harvest has finished, cotton harvest is in full swing, and some soybeans that are ready are being harvested.”

Randy H. McKey III, Amite County
“The first significant rainfall in the county in over a month fell this last week. One inch in total was recorded, but we are still in a moderate drought situation.”

Allan Keith Whitehead, Franklin County
“Hot dry weather continues. Pastures in hills are mostly brown with some areas yellow. Bottomland pastures are faring slightly better. One bright spot would be that weather was good for harvest of row crops which is completed.”

 Amanda Masholie, Lawrence County
“A few minor scattered showers in the area but they were inadequate to address the drought situation. The county is under a burn ban.”

General Comments

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According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service in Mississippi, there were 6.7 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending Sunday, October 6, 2019. Topsoil moisture supplies were 45 percent very short, 24 percent short, 26 percent adequate, and 5 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies were 37 percent very short, 31 percent short, 27 percent adequate, and 5 percent surplus.


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