Mississippi Field Reports: Scattered Showers – Weed Problems

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    Crop Progress and Condition for the Week Ending July 1, 2018.

    Comments from Cooperative Extension Service County Agents

    Brandon Alberson, Lee County
    “All row crops, hay fields and pastures are growing. Weed control has been difficult this growing season. Insect pest are not a terrible issue at this point for crops or livestock. We have received sufficient rainfall to replenish our top soil moisture at this time.”

    Juli H. Hughes, Choctaw County
    “Rain has been spotted over the county. This past week, some areas received no rain while others received 1.5 inches.”

    Amanda Masholie, Lawrence County
    “Rains are spotty throughout the county. Some areas are still very dry, others have surplus moisture.”

    Shani Hay, Lauderdale County
    “Scattered showers but little rainfall this last week and very high temps are causing some shortages.”

    Lamar Adams, Pike County
    “Widely scattered afternoon thundershowers occurred periodically throughout the week with some areas receiving between 2 and 3 inches. Heavy winds late Saturday evening caused minimal damage from falling trees in a few areas. We still need rain to boost performance of field and forage crops.”

    General Comments

    According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service in Mississippi, there were 5.8 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending Sunday, July 1, 2018. Topsoil moisture supplies were 4 percent very short, 34 percent short, 57 percent adequate, and 5 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies were 2 percent very short, 32 percent short, 59 percent adequate, and 7 percent surplus.

    Low temperatures ranged from 59.3 degrees Fahrenheit at Yazoo City to 76.9 degrees Fahrenheit at Biloxi. Highs ranged from 84.7 degrees Fahrenheit at Yazoo City to 97.9 degrees Fahrenheit at Laurel. Most of the State received rain, with the highest concentration in the coastal part of the State with an average of 2.09 inches.

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