Hot, dry weather puts stress on corn crop
Mississippi farmers planted another large corn crop, but this year’s corn is suffering from lack of rain.
This season’s plantings are spread over a wide time window because of frequent rainfall north Mississippi. The majority of the crop in the Delta and south Mississippi was planted during late March, but plantings in northern counties were delayed well into May.
“These late plantings will be very dependent upon rainfall during July and August,” said Erick Larson, grain crops specialist with the Mississippi University Extension Service. “Early-planted corn, however, will be ready for harvest in just three weeks.”