Mississippi Field Reports: Planting Nearly Finished, Most Crops Look Good

    Crop Progress and Condition for the Week Ending June 12, 2016.

    Comments from Cooperative Extension Service County Agents

    Drew Wilson, Quitman County
    “Overall, the crops within the county are looking really good. We received some timely rainfall during the last week, which helped us cut out some irrigation events. Corn is anywhere from V6 to R1 right now. Most of our bean crop is V3 to R1, with the last of the crop being planted now in our low land areas. Cotton is starting to make a nice jump and looking good.

    “The bulk of our rice crop is a couple weeks shy of permanent flood and looking really good. The only issues we have seen so far have been from three cornered alfalfa hoppers in our youngest beans, and thrips in our cotton crop.”

    Dr. Bill Burdine, Union County
    “Replanting soybeans occurring where beans were planted in cloddy fields and growers hoped a rain would bring them up. Soybean cyst nematode wreaking havoc in numerous fields. This is #1 pest in the county.”

    Preston Aust, Humphreys County
    “We finally got some rain to get crops to a complete stand and allow producers to wrap up planting. Irrigation is going on corn as many of our acres are tasseling. Herbicide applications on cotton and soybeans are being made, as well as, insecticide applications on cotton. The rain we received have the crops growing and looking better.”

    Lee Taylor, Forrest County
    “Scattered afternoon rains of the one-quarter to one inch variety fell over parts of the county several days last week to replenish soil moisture and perk up crops and pastures. Home vegetable gardeners are reporting widespread plant disease problems attributed to hot and humid weather conditions fostering growth of pathogens.”

    Reid Nevins, Lowndes County
    “Rain showers brought much needed moisture to the area last week to help with the drought conditions. Wheat harvest has been steady with fair to good yields.”

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    General Comments

    According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service in Mississippi, there were 5.9 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending Sunday, June 12, 2016.  Topsoil moisture supplies were 10 percent very short, 23 percent short, 55 percent adequate, and 12 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies were 4 percent very short, 23 percent short, 59 percent adequate, and 14 percent surplus.

    Low temperatures ranged from 60.3 degrees Fahrenheit at Ashland to 74.6 degrees Fahrenheit at Biloxi. Highs ranged from 86.9 degrees Fahrenheit at Independence to 95.4 degrees Fahrenheit at Monticello. Most of the state received some rain with the southeast part of the state receiving the most at an average of 1.04 inches.

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