Fields ready for planting despite snow geese, rains
Mississippi’s 3.7 million acres of cropland were in good shape by late winter despite high snow geese numbers in the Delta and heavy March rains.
Darrin Dodds, cotton specialist with the Mississippi State University Extension Service, said cotton fields were generally in good condition.
“A favorable harvest season in 2010 allowed many growers to complete fall operations in a timely manner and prepare the land for the 2011 growing season,” Dodds said. “Although some weed species are proving tough to control, fields are generally in good shape.”
Much of the state suffered from a lack of rainfall through most of the growing season, and Dodds said this depleted the subsoil moisture.
“Timely rainfall should be beneficial for many crops as long as it does not become excessive,” Dodds said.