- Behind The Scenes
NOXUBEE COUNTY, Miss. (WCBI) -- North Mississippi has had it's share of hot, dry weather this summer, but it's nothing like the drought that's hit the Midwest.
That drought has driven some crop prices, especially corn, to record levels. That's good news for Mississippi farmers who overall, are still looking at good yields this fall, despite the hot weather in June and early July.
Now area farmers are crossing their fingers for the good prospects to hold on.
Soybean plants at many Noxubee County farms look beautiful, getting some timely rains in the last two weeks.
Planted in April, many soybean crops have three opportunities to bloom again. Agriculture experts say yields should be good.
"We went through a dry period during the flowering development but since that time, we've caught timely rainfalls and those soybeans have rebloomed," said Dennis Reginelli, area extension agent.
"And the soybean crop and the cotton crop are looking good. We caught this rain just in time that we should be looking at decent soybean crop if everything else stays going good from here on out," added Noxubee County farmer Benjamin Good.Across much of the region, the corn crop has depended on when it was planted and where.
"Overall, the corn has pollinated well, good ear diameter, good looking crop in a dry land situation," said Reginelli.
"Irrigated corn looks excellent, but I think my dry land corn probably is going to be in the 100-120 bushel range maybe," said Rodney McGill, another Noxubee County farmer.
For McGill, irrigated corn should fetch 200 bushels.
Meanwhile, peanuts grown in sandy type soil in Monroe, Lowndes, and Webster counties caught some timely rainfall.
"There is a good looking peanut crop going on here in this territory and I know there is plenty of peanuts in the Delta," said Reginelli.
And according to Reginelli, potatoes are sweet.
"Early crop is looking tremendous, its good vine crop, good yield potential from that early timely planting of sweet potatoes," added Reginelli.
McGill, who planted corn, cotton, wheat, soybeans, and farms catfish, has learned that diversification is a must.
"Catfish prices are terrible and cotton looks excellent at this time," said McGill, who says overall, he's looking at better yields this year than last year.