Mississippi: Dry Weather Prevails, Good for Field Work — USDA

    Crop Progress and Condition for the Week Ending Sept. 28

    According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service in Mississippi, there were 6.7 days suitable for field work for the week.

    Topsoil moisture supplies were 10 percent very short, 33 percent short, 52 percent adequate, and 5 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies were 7 percent very short, 35 percent short, 53 percent adequate, and 5 percent surplus. Low temperatures ranged from 50.9 degrees Fahrenheit at Ashland to 67.0 degrees Fahrenheit at Biloxi and Laurel. Highs ranged from 80.3 degrees Fahrenheit at Tupelo to 89.4 degrees Fahrenheit at Laurel.

    Dry weather prevailed throughout the state, with the central region receiving an average of 0.94 inches of rain.

    Comments from Extension Agents

    “Getting reports on good yields for soybeans and corn… . Saw lots of hay equipment in fields this weekend as many producers are rounding out the hay season.”

    — Lemon Ray Phelps, Marshall County

    “Cotton defoliation went out across the county this week. By Sunday, we will probably have it on close to half the crop.”

    — Stephen R. Winters, Grenada County

    “The corn and rice harvest is complete and the soybean harvest is nearly complete with producers reporting record yields across the farm. The cotton harvest is just beginning and so far yields are being reported as average to slightly above average. Fall field preparation is in full swing with row hipping, sub-soiling, disking, and field cultivators taking advantage of the dry weather.”

    — Jon M. Carson, Issaquena and Sharkey Counties

    “Dry conditions continue throughout the county. Most of the hay is on the ground and being baled. Livestock conditions are good for the most part as we head into the cooler months but could still use some rain.”

    — Tracy Robertson, Carroll County

    “Cotton bolls are opening. Several fields of peanuts have been dug. Yields potentially look good. More hay needs to be rolled, this next cool snap should allow for more hay harvest. Cattle for the most part look good. Seems like more timber being cut than usual this year.”

    — Lee Taylor, Forrest County

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