Rain keeps tractors still and planting late
Farmers should be nearly finished planting corn and going strong with soybeans, rice and cotton, but instead Mississippi fields are quiet as rain keeps tractors in the barn.
As of late April, the state had gone more than five weeks with only an occasional day or two suitable for planting.
Mississippi corn is in the best shape, at least in terms of the number of planted acres. According to the April 22 U.S. Department of Agriculture Crop Progress and Condition Report, corn is 73 percent planted. Historically, it should be 91 percent complete.
Over the last five years, 48 percent of rice, 32 percent of soybeans and 8 percent of cotton was in the ground by this point. This year, no cotton has been planted, and just 7 percent of rice and soybeans is in the ground.