Farmers once again struggled to get out into the fields last week due to persistent wet conditions.

Almost half of the farmland in the state is reported as having surplus soil moisture levels. These wet conditions have made for a very slow start with corn, cotton, and soybean plantings falling about two weeks below the five year average.

Corn growth is also being slowed due to the cooler than normal weather for this time of year.

A majority of the wheat crop has headed and some fields were reported to have begun flowering.

Cattle and pastures are in great condition, with only a few farmers having already made their first hay cutting.

Other farm activities this past week included burndown applications and the completion of most fungicide applications.

County agent comments

“Wet weather continues to halt corn and cotton planting. Wheat is looking good despite cool weather. Newly planted corn has emerged, but is off to a slow start. No injury reported due to cool weather. Mississippi River bottom land is flooded. Cattle and pasture ground is in excellent condition.” J.C. Dupree, Jr., Lauderdale County

“This week we have sprayed some burndowns and planted a little cotton and soybeans. Most are waiting on the Friday rains that are headed our way. Most of our wheat has had a fungicide treatment. I hope our conditions change next week so we can resume planting. We are behind. Cattle are looking great and pastures are green.” Jake Mallard, Madison County

“Very limited field work this week. Even with sunshine and 80 degree weather, soils were very slow to dry out. Wheat producers were able to complete fungicide applications for a majority of their acres.” Jeff Lannom, Weakley County