Mississippi Field Reports: Wet Conditions Stall Harvest

Rain gauge near field. ©Debra L Ferguson Stock Photography

Crop Progress and Condition for the Week Ending November 3, 2019.

Comments from Cooperative Extension Service County Agents

Jimbo Burkhalter, Panola and Tallahatchie Counties
“Muddy conditions kept us out of the field all week. More rain toward the end of the week extended the wait for the crops to dry out. We need sunshine.”

John Nanney, Lee County
“Some soybeans and cotton have not yet been able to be harvested due to the excess of rain we have received. The ground is still moderately wet.”

James Shannon, Pontotoc County
“Wet field conditions are interfering with harvesting operations.”

Brandon Alberson, Tippah County
“Recent rains have postponed harvest, but the moisture is needed. Most livestock producers are now feeding hay.”

Reid Nevins, Lowndes County
“The excess rainfall over the past few weeks has harvest and fieldwork at a standstill. Numerous acres of cotton and a few acres of soybeans are still in the field with some low lying areas near creeks and rivers under water last week.”

Randy H. McKey III, Amite County
“Several inches of rainfall were received early last week. Warm season hay producers are finishing up production between rains. Planted cool season forage observations have yet to yield any army worm sightings.”

General Comments

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According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service in Mississippi, there were 2.2 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending Sunday, November 3, 2019. Topsoil moisture supplies were 0 percent very short, 6 percent short, 68 percent adequate, and 26 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies were 0 percent very short, 11 percent short, 66 percent adequate, and 23 percent surplus.

Low temperatures ranged from 33.0 degrees Fahrenheit at Laurel to 53.3 degrees Fahrenheit at Columbia. Highs ranged from 57.0 degrees Fahrenheit at Independence to 72.6 degrees Fahrenheit at Columbia. Moderate to heavy precipitation was received throughout the State, with the highest concentration in the east central part of the State with an average of 4.96 inches.

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