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Drought threatens planting of Mississippi's wheat crop

Posted November 22

— Farmers have been waiting out the drought to plant their wheat.

And if there is not substantial rain in the next month, Dr. Erick Larson, grain crops specialist at Mississippi State University, says there's a good chance there won't be a crop this year.

Don Respess, county agent for Coahoma County, said the wheat crop there is going to be very slim.

Respess says usually, 20,000 acres of the 400,000 arable acres in the county are planted in wheat, but this year it's probably going to be less 10,000.

Larson tells the Mississippi Business Journal (http://bit.ly/2gdXDdj ) the drought also stands to have an adverse effect on wildlife food plots and cover crops.

He says the timing of the dry spell spared the major crops, even though it prompted burn bans across the state.

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