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Dry, hot weather taking toll on state's crops

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service in Mississippi, there were 6.2 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending June 27, and the continued heat and lack of precipitation is beginning to negatively affect crop conditions, especially corn.

Those producers with irrigation, or fortunate enough to receive showers, report that their crops are doing well despite the weather. Soil moisture was rated 25 percent very short, 26 percent short, and 49 percent adequate.

“Non-irrigated crops are suffering from dry conditions. There are very few insect and disease problems across the county; however, there has not been a significant rain here for the entire month of June,” said Charlie Bush of Bolivar County.

“The combination of rapidly drying soil conditions, high temperatures and crops in reproductive stages has led to a critical situation for row crop producers in this area. A few have received rain, but most of them need much more to keep the crop on target for the high yields needed for profitability,” said Ernest Flint of Attala County.

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