Mississippi: Crops Look Good, Rains Prevent Some Field Work – USDA

    Crop Progress and Condition for the Week Ending July 27, 2014.

    According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service in Mississippi, there were 4.9 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending Sunday, July 27, 2014. Topsoil moisture supplies were 1 percent very short, 14 percent short, 68 percent adequate, and 17 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies were 2 percent very short, 14 percent short, 69 percent adequate, and 15 percent surplus.

    Low temperatures ranged from 62.9 degrees Fahrenheit at Ashland to 75.3 degrees Fahrenheit at Monticello. Highs ranged from 84.3 degrees Fahrenheit at Fulton to 94.7 degrees Fahrenheit at Monticello. Little to no precipitation occurred across the state with most areas receiving less than an inch of rain.

    Comments from Extension Agents

    “Cotton and peanuts continue to look good. Corn is drying down. Some hay being cut and rolled. Cattle look good and producers are still amazed at high prices paid for all classes of cattle. Gardens are producing good yields.”
    –Lee Taylor, Forrest County

    “Intermittent showers this week prevented some producers from field work. More corn is reaching physiological maturity, rice is in the booting growth stage, and some cotton fields are beginning to bloom out of the top. The crops look great, producers are gearing up their harvest equipment, and the corn harvest is just a few weeks away.”
    — Jon M. Carson, Issaquena & Sharkey Counties

    “Armyworms have been creating issues in several hayfields. Spraying activities for armyworms has increased in the past 10 days.”
    –Patrick J. Poindexter, Alcorn County

    “This past week has been relatively dry compared to previous weeks. Afternoon showers have been a nuisance to hay producers. Okra growers are having a rough time this year due to weather conditions.”
    –Randall H McKey III, Amite County

    “Damage to sorghum by white sugarcane aphid at the boot stage has slowed maturity and the resulting stress is preventing some heads from emerging.”
    — Allan Keith Whitehead, Franklin County

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