Mississippi: Severe Storms Miss Crops but Slow Planting – USDA

    Crop Progress and Condition for the Week Ending May 4, 2014.

    According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service in Mississippi, there were 3.8 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending Sunday, May 4, 2014. Topsoil moisture supplies were 1 percent very short, 6 percent short, 58 percent adequate, and 35 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies were 0 percent very short, 4 percent short, 69 percent adequate, and 27 percent surplus.

    Low temperatures ranged from 43.0 degrees Fahrenheit at Aberdeen to 67.3 degrees Fahrenheit at Waynesboro. Highs ranged from 69.9 degrees Fahrenheit at Ashland to 85.3 degrees Fahrenheit at Waynesboro. Nearly the entire state saw an inch or more of precipitation, with Biloxi receiving nearly 6 inches.


    “Growers had a good week of planting, spraying and field preparation. We should see a lot of seed in the ground this week. Wheat is looking better.”
    –Don Respess, Coahoma

    “Prentiss County was spared much of the tornado and wind damage that many other counties received. Significant rainfall soaked recently planted corn fields during the storms. The dry breezy days following the storm helped to dry fields quickly, thus much field work is anticipated this week prior to projected rains this coming weekend. The weather has also been conducive to cool season forage growth. I anticipate some forage harvest within the next 3-4 weeks. Many gardeners are busy tending to their recently planted crops as well.”
    — Terry Wayne “Skip” Glidewell, Prentiss

    “Wet fields prevented all field activity until the latter part of the week. All plants that have emerged are slow growing from lack of heat & sunshine.”
    –Jimbo Burkhalter, Tallahatchie

    “We escaped tornado damage with only heavy rainfall. Wind and sun drying fields quickly and planting should resume any day. Wheat is clean of diseases and progressing well.”
    –Dr. Bill Burdine, Pontotoc

    “Amite County has been in somewhat of a drought for the past two weeks. The last significant rainfall we received was during the week before Easter Sunday. We look to receive some significant rainfall at week’s end.”
    –Randall H. McKey III, Amite

    “Cattle producers are topdressing summer pastures and making weed control efforts to ensure optimal growth of warm season grasses for high quality grazing and/or hay production.”
    –Lamar Adams, Pike

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