USDA, Miss. extension service: crops looking good

STARKVILLE — Record-breaking heat is forcing Mississippi producers to manage crops carefully to bring what looks like successful yields to harvest.

During the first week in August, there were five record highs in the Delta, where the majority of the state’s row crops are grown. July also was unusually hot in most of the state.

Trey Koger, a Mississippi State University extension soybean specialist, says about 65 percent of that crop is irrigated. He says non-irrigated soybeans planted early are doing well; those planted later need rain.

Extension experts quote USDA as estimating 76 percent of Mississippi’s rice crop and 55 percent of its cotton crop are in good to excellent condition.

Grain crops agronomist Erick Larson says most corn in Mississippi is mature, and the hot, dry weather helped it dry down.

The Associated Press