Mississippi: Planting Wraps Up, Wheat Harvest at 70% – USDA

    Wheat harvest. Photo: Rome Ethredge

    Crop Progress and Condition for the Week Ending June 14, 2015.

    Comments from Cooperative Extension Service County Agents

    Don Respess, Coahoma & Quitman Counties
    “Growers are about finished planting all crops. Wheat harvest is about finished also. Lots of herbicides have been applied. Our corn crop is getting watered. Crops look much better.”

    Stephen “Steve” Winters, Grenada County
    “Some nitrogen deficiencies are showing up in the corn from all of the rain. The deer are going after the cotton more than usual this year.”

    Dr. Bill Burdine, Pontotoc County
    “Rainfall was one to four inches this week. Some mid-week planting occurred. Milo and corn are showing nitrogen deficiency. Insects haven’t been too bad but still lacking herbicide applications. On a positive side, pastures are doing well.”

    Jon Carson, Issaquena &Sharkey Counties
    “Producers had a solid week of sunshine which allowed them to harvest their winter wheat and plant soybeans behind the wheat crop. The corn crop is beginning to silk, soybeans are in full bloom, hay fields are being cut, and the cotton crop looks excellent.”

    Randall “Randy” McKey, Amite County
    “The past week has been another wet one. The last few winter wheat fields were burnt of this week and soybeans were drilled in behind. Other respected crops are performing as expected.”

    General Comments

    According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service in Mississippi, there were 4.9 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending Sunday, June 14, 2015. Topsoil moisture supplies were 1 percent very short, 14 percent short, 66 percent adequate, and 19 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies were 1 percent very short, 13 percent short, 69 percent adequate, and 17 percent surplus.

    Low temperatures ranged from 66.9 degrees Fahrenheit at Hickory Flat to 75.0 degrees Fahrenheit at Collins. Highs ranged from 85.9 degrees Fahrenheit at Biloxi to 94.4 degrees Fahrenheit at Lambert. Most of the state received some rain with the highest averaging 2.23 inches in the north central part of the state.

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