Mississippi Field Reports: Weather Continues to Slow Planting

    Crop Progress and Condition for the Week Ending April 22, 2018.

    Comments from Cooperative Extension Service County Agents

    Lemon Ray Phelps, Marshall County
    “Hay producers made a few spray applications before the rain over the last two weeks. We also had a light frost last Wednesday. We still have some cattle producers feeding hay.”

    Stephen “Steve” R. Winters, Grenada County
    “Producers are finally able to put some seed in the ground. Corn was being planted on the higher ground. Low fields or fields with low areas were still too wet! Pastures have greened, but the Bermuda had stalled due to 32 degree mornings.”

    Brandon Alberson, Lee County
    “Wet conditions were still limiting fieldwork. Weekend rains will not help with getting in the fields early next week. We could use several days of dry weather.”

    Preston Aust, Humphreys County
    “Cool weather and rain has some producers way behind on planting to date. More rain received over the weekend cut fieldwork short yet again.”

    Ross Alan Overstreet, Lamar County
    “Spring is hesitant to take over. Cooler temperatures and frequent rains have limited fieldwork to a couple of days per week. Corn stands are looking good. Producers are still waiting on warmer/drier conditions to plant soybeans.”

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    General Comments

    According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service in Mississippi, there were 4.0 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending Sunday, April 22, 2018. Topsoil moisture supplies were 0 percent very short, 2 percent short, 49 percent adequate, and 49 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies were 0 percent very short, 2 percent short, 53 percent adequate, and 45 percent surplus.

    Low temperatures ranged from 35.3 degrees Fahrenheit at Winona to 53.7 degrees Fahrenheit at Biloxi. Highs ranged from 55.0 degrees Fahrenheit at Brookhaven City to 78.3 degrees Fahrenheit at Laurel. Most of the State received some rain, with the highest concentration in the east central part of the State with an average of 1.02 inches.

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