Mississippi: Rainfall Widespread, Rice Lodging Reported — USDA

    Crop Progress and Condition for the Week Ending October 12

    According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service in Mississippi, there were 5.2 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending Sunday, October 12, 2014.

    Topsoil moisture supplies were 8 percent very short, 21 percent short, 53 percent adequate, and 18 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies were 7 percent very short, 26 percent short, 57 percent adequate, and 10 percent surplus.

    Low temperatures ranged from 48.9 degrees Fahrenheit at Collins to 71.8 degrees Fahrenheit at Biloxi. Highs ranged from 73.1 degrees Fahrenheit at Collins to 90.1 degrees Fahrenheit at Laurel.

    Most of the state received around an inch of rain, with the upper delta regions receiving 2.72 inches.

    Comments from Extension Agents

    “Excessive rains over the weekend has put a halt to all harvesting. A considerable amount of rice that is still in the field is lodging.” -Anthony DeWayne Bland, Tunica County

    “Much cooler temperatures much of the past week, as well as 3 days of rainfall which hampered harvesting activities. Cool season forages are progressing nicely.” -Terry Wayne “Skip” Glidewell, Prentiss County

    “Local livestock producers are doing a great job keeping cattle in condition despite dry conditions. Hay harvest was active this week. Expected rains for the upcoming week are welcomed.” -Amanda Walker, Lawrence County

    “Rains today may set back crop harvest and field work, otherwise we have been able to get most crops out of the field. Ryegrass is still being planted for winter forages and will welcome any rain at this point.” -Charles Franklin Bush, Simpson County

    “Need a good general rain for winter pasture planting. We are dry. Peanut harvest and corn harvest almost complete. Cotton harvest proceeding smoothly. Yields look good for peanuts. More hay needs to be put up. Clear conditions for the remainder of the week will help hay harvest.” -Lee Taylor, Forrest County

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