Mississippi Field Reports: Cotton, Soybean Harvest Power Ahead

Cotton modules in picked field. Mature soybean field nearby. ©Debra L Ferguson

Crop Progress and Condition for the Week Ending October 13, 2019.

Comments from Cooperative Extension Service County Agents

Jimbo Burkhalter, Tallahatchie County
“Cotton harvest is now in full swing. Soybean harvest is coming along pretty good as well. We got a dust settler early in the week that ran us out of the field briefly. Hay harvest is virtually over due to the drought we just experienced.”

Terry Glidewell, Prentiss County
“Harvest continues to be ahead of schedule due to extended dry conditions. Much cooler temperatures and some rain has provided relief for livestock, however, more moisture is still needed for cool season forages.”

Tracy Robertson, Carroll County
“Recent rains have halted harvesting on what little cotton is still in the field. With recent rain, some places still didn’t receive enough to soak into the ground and fill in cracks.”

James Nevins, Monroe County
“We still need some rain. We only got about 2.5 inches off of that storm system. Peanut harvest still underway and farmers are still working on cotton and soybeans which are in the final stages of harvest. Some producers were able to get some ryegrass seed down before the rain to help in pastures for winter grazing.”

Ross Alan Overstreet, Lamar County
“Recent rain events have brought relief for most of the county. More is being called for over the next few days. Producers are working to get cool-season crops in the ground as moisture levels are up.”

Shani Hay, Lauderdale County
“Hot and dry conditions are hampering rye grass planting for cattle and deer plots.”

General Comments

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According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service in Mississippi, there were 5.2 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending Sunday, October 13, 2019. Topsoil moisture supplies were 22 percent very short, 35 percent short, 40 percent adequate, and 3 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies were 15 percent very short, 45 percent short, 37 percent adequate, and 3 percent surplus.

Low temperatures ranged from 50.9 degrees Fahrenheit at Ashland to 69.0 degrees Fahrenheit at Saucier. Highs ranged from 76.5 degrees Fahrenheit at Columbus to 88.2 degrees Fahrenheit at Laurel. Light to heavy precipitation was received throughout the State, with the highest concentration in the north central part of the State with an average of 3.04 inches.


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