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Farmers still sweating hot, dry weather

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service in Mississippi, there were 6.1 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending Aug. 15.

Hot, dry weather has pushed Mississippi to an early harvest this year.

Indications from the field are that irrigated crops survived the severe conditions well, but non-irrigated fields have suffered. Across the state, there are reports of disease and insect damage, particularly from armyworms in hay fields.

Soil moisture was rated 14 percent very short, 31 percent short, 54 adequate, and 1 percent surplus.

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