Mississippi Field Reports: Rains Slow Down Harvest

Crop Progress and Condition for the Week Ending October 20, 2019.

Comments from Cooperative Extension Service County Agents

Steve Winters, Grenada County
“Pickers and combines are rolling. Rain last Monday slowed us for about a day and a half. Beef guys are planting ryegrass.”

John Nanney, Lee County
“We received a surplus amount of rain. Most soybeans have been picked, but still a few fields that are ready for harvest. Most cotton has been harvested and bailed, but there are still some fields that had a late plant where the bowls aren’t all the way open.”

Brandon Alberson, Tippah County
“We seem to be right on target with our harvest. Cooler weather has helped livestock. We are in desperate need of more moisture for our cool season forages and crops. Recent rains have been appreciated.”

Preston Aust, IV, Washington County
“Rains brought harvest to a stop early in the week. Harvest resumed on Friday and we will need some dry days to wrap this season up.”

BJ McClenton, Clay County
“A week of predominantly dry and cooler weather got crop harvest back in progress. The recent rains and cooler temps have bumped cool season forages into production and helped to green pastures back up.”

Crayton Coleman, Noxubee County
“A good rain on Tuesday, October 15th, helped improve conditions.”

General Comments

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According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service in Mississippi, there were 4.2 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending Sunday, October 20, 2019. Topsoil moisture supplies were 15 percent very short, 31 percent short, 49 percent adequate, and 5 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies were 7 percent very short, 41 percent short, 46 percent adequate, and 6 percent surplus.

Low temperatures ranged from 40.0 degrees Fahrenheit at Clarksdale to 61.1 degrees Fahrenheit at Biloxi. Highs ranged from 63.2 degrees Fahrenheit at Winona to 79.0 degrees Fahrenheit at Saucier. Light to heavy precipitation was received throughout the State, with the highest concentration in the southwest part of the State with an average of 3.07 inches.


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