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What are Mississippi's freeze dates?

Data taken from national weather service offices, cooperative observers, and selected Mississippi State University experiment stations through the years have provided the following table. The table lists the chance of occurrence or probability that a freeze will occur by a certain date. For example, at Charleston, in the upper delta, there is a 10 percent chance that a freeze will occur by October 18th...and a 90 percent chance by November 12.

Mississippi fall freeze dates at selected probability levels:
 

DISTRICT/
STATION
PROBABILITY
 
10%
50%
90%
UPPER DELTA
Charleston 10/18 10/30 11/12
Clarksdale 10/28 11/11 11/24
Cleveland 10/22 11/02 11/14
Rosedale 10/25 11/05 11/16
NORTH CENTRAL
Batesville 10/14 10/27 11/08
Hernando 10/28 11/07 11/18
Holly Springs 10/08 10/22 11/05
Ole Miss 10/07 10/22 11/07
Water Valley 10/18 10/30 11/11
NORTHEAST
Booneville 10/18 10/31 11/14
Corinth 10/12 10/26 11/10
Tupelo 10/11 10/25 11/08
LOWER DELTA
Belzoni 10/21 10/25 11/22
Greenville 10/27 11/12 11/28
Greenwood 10/24 11/09 11/25
Moorhead 10/21 11/04 11/19
Stoneville 10/25 11/08 11/22
Yazoo City 10/20 11/06 11/24
CENTRAL
Canton 10/14 10/29 11/13
Eupora 10/13 10/27 11/09
Forest 10/19 11/01 11/15
Jackson 10/23 11/07 11/27
Kosciusko 10/16 11/01 11/17
Pickens 10/15 10/27 11/08
EAST CENTRAL
Aberdeen 10/21 11/01 11/12
Columbus 10/15 10/29 11/11
Houston 10/10 10/25 11/09
Kipling 10/14 10/27 11/08
Philadelphia 10/16 10/30 11/13
State University 10/28 11/09 11/20
SOUTHWEST
Brookhaven 10/28 10/31 11/15
Liberty 10/23 11/05 11/18
Natchez 10/27 11/14 12/02
Port Gibson 10/20 11/02 11/14
Vicksburg 10/29 11/18 12/08
Woodville 10/27 11/14 12/03
SOUTH CENTRAL
Collins 10/23 11/05 11/18
Columbia 10/22 11/06 11/21
Monticello 10/22 11/04 11/18
Tylertown 10/23 11/08 11/25
SOUTHEAST
Bay Springs 10/27 11/10 11/25
Hattiesburg 10/24 11/08 11/23
Laurel 10/29 11/13 11/28
Meridian 10/19 11/03 11/17
Newton 10/18 10/31 11/13
Russell 10/23 11/05 11/19
COASTAL
Bay St. Louis 11/10 12/05 12/29
Biloxi 11/08 11/30 12/22
Gulfport 11/07 11/26 12/16
Picayune 10/26 11/14 12/04
Poplarville 11/01 11/21 12/11
Wiggins 10/24 11/12 12/02

 

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Filed Under: Agriculture, Cotton August 30, 2021

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- When the calendar turns to September, many who call Mississippi home long for cooler temperatures to relieve the summer’s heat, but the state’s cotton growers want high temperatures and dry weather to drag into October.

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Filed Under: Crops, Corn, Cotton, Soybeans, Disaster Response June 24, 2021

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- MSU Extension agents will be assessing agricultural damage from early-June flooding until well into July, but preliminary estimates indicate losses could break records.

The 2019 Yazoo Backwater Area flood caused $617 million in crop damage alone. It looks like the more recent flood will exceed those losses.

Heavy rainfall, primarily north of U.S. Highway 82, throughout the second week of June waterlogged crops during critical growth stages. Flooding caused complete or partial losses in many fields.

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Filed Under: Crops, Corn, Cotton, Rice, Soybeans May 20, 2021

Because it is the first crop planted starting in March, Mississippi corn is in much better shape than other row crops struggling with the challenges of wet, cool weather.

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Filed Under: Agriculture, Corn, Cotton, Rice, Soybeans April 1, 2021

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Mississippi row crop growers are planning to plant more soybeans and corn in 2021 than they did last year but not as much cotton, rice or hay.

The National Agricultural Statistics Service, a branch of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, publishes its planting intentions report each year at the end of March. This report provides a state-by-state estimation of how many acres of corn, soybeans, wheat and cotton farmers will plant in the upcoming growing season.

Filed Under: Agriculture, Corn, Cotton, Grains, Rice, Soybeans, Sweet Potatoes, Agri-tourism, Beekeeping, Equine, Goats and Sheep, Poultry, Swine, Turfgrass and Lawn Management, Vegetable Gardens, Forestry February 2, 2021

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Each February marks the occasion for producers to share their research and programming needs with Mississippi State University agricultural specialists in person.

To comply with COVID-19 social distancing guidelines, the opportunity will be extended virtually this year.

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