Mississippi: Wet Conditions Have Slowed Soybeans – USDA

    According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service in Mississippi, there were 3.0 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending Sunday, June 8, 2014. Topsoil moisture supplies were 0 percent very short, 6 percent short, 50 percent adequate, and 44 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies were 1 percent very short, 6 percent short, 62 percent adequate, and 31 percent surplus. Low temperatures ranged from 66.6 degrees Fahrenheit at Booneville to 74.9 degrees Fahrenheit at Monticello. Highs ranged from 83.8 degrees Fahrenheit at Aberdeen to 92.1 degrees Fahrenheit at Monticello. Rain has been a significant issue in the northern and central part of the state, with the northern part experiencing flash flooding, while the southern part of the state has been dry and is starting to run low on moisture.


    “Wet conditions have hindered farmers from finishing soybean and sorghum planting. Wheat harvest will be full throttle as soon as the ground is firm enough to hold up the combines. We need some dry weather and sunshine.”

    -Jeremy Wayne Moore, Quitman

    “The week started out favorable for farming activities, allowing for some hay to be harvested, soybean planting, and some spray applications. However, mid-week rains and almost daily thunderstorms set in and caused flooding in many low lying areas. At the time of this report, much of the northeastern Mississippi counties are under a flood watch. The amount of rain received could prove detrimental to some crops in low areas.”

    – Terry Wayne “Skip” Glidewell, Prentiss

    “Rains continue to prevent growers from getting planting finished. However, the crops that are up are enjoying the moisture. Still a few acres yet to be planted as well as some replant acres due to heavy rains a week ago. Corn is beginning to tassel and crops look really good. Wheat harvest is being prevented by rains and soggy fields. Most growers are planning to plant soybeans behind their wheat and do not want to rut up the fields.”

    -Preston Aust, Humphreys

    “All row crops are planted and most are up to a stand. Pastures are growing really well due to recent rainfall. Weeds are beginning to be a problem in many fields. Beef producers are enjoying high prices paid for cattle.”

    -Lee Taylor, Forrest

    “Rains at the beginning of the week really helped pasture and hay conditions. Producers were able to time fertilizer applications with these rains. More rain is needed as soil conditions are already getting short on moisture.”

    – Mitchell Hunter, Greene

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