Mississippi Field Reports: Weather Delays Continue, Improved Conditions Expected

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    Crop Progress and Condition for the Week Ending April 29, 2018.

    Comments from Cooperative Extension Service County Agents

    Jimbo Burkhalter, Tallahatchie County
    “The weather is looking promising for producers to finally get back into the field this week. There was not much field activity last week due to two inches of rain on top of already wet soils. Corn that has emerged was looking better. I look for soybeans and rice planting to pick up this week; cotton also, if the soil is warm enough.”

    Dr. Bill Burdine, Union County
    “Corn and soybeans planting resumed by the end of the week and should continue for a few more days. Producers will rush to beat the next rains. More planted corn acres were planned, but calendar will soon be forcing them over to soybeans. Meanwhile, pastures are receiving weed control and fertilizer applications.”

    Tracy Robertson, Carroll County
    “Many producers were able to get plantings in before rains came on Sunday. Rains persisted through the week making fields too wet to work in.”

    Lamar Adams, Pike County
    “Producers took advantage of days without rain last week to resume corn, soybeans, and vegetable crop plantings. Livestock producers began harvesting ryegrass for hay and/or baleage. Many home vegetable gardeners are replanting early seeding that failed due to the extended period of cool and damp weather throughout April. Crop planting and hay harvesting will be in full swing this week based upon weather forecasts.”

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    General Comments

    According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service in Mississippi, there were 2.4 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending Sunday, April 29, 2018. Topsoil moisture supplies were 0 percent very short, 0 percent short, 50 percent adequate, and 50 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies were 0 percent very short, 1 percent short, 49 percent adequate, and 50 percent surplus.

    Low temperatures ranged from 46.9 degrees Fahrenheit at Winona to 58.9 degrees Fahrenheit at Vicksburg City. Highs ranged from 64.0 degrees Fahrenheit at Tunica to 77.3 degrees Fahrenheit at Biloxi. Most of the State received significant rain, with the highest concentration in the north central part of the State with an average of 3.27 inches.

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