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Dry, hot weather withering crops in the field

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service in Mississippi, there were 5.6 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending Aug. 1, and record-breaking heat has caused the conditions of Mississippi’s crops to further decline.

AgFax reports scattered showers helped producers who were lucky enough to receive them, but non-irrigated plants are withering in the field.

The rainless weather has caused fields to mature sooner than usual, and farmers have already begun harvesting corn.

Soil moisture was rated 16 percent very short, 39 percent short, 35 adequate, and 10 percent surplus.

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