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Reported by: Susan Parker
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Updated: 7/17/2013 5:02 pm
PONTOTOC, Miss. (WTVA) -- Pontotoc County farmer Steve Stubblefield is a lifelong farmer and sometimes he wonders why.

"Sometimes I wish I would have my head examined."

Rather than make a doctor's appointment for that, he's got more important things to do like work his fields.

He's running late.

"We're just running late on everything because of excessive rain. Now we're in a situation we're begging for it. We're praying for it," Stubblefield said.

Like many other farmers, spring rain kept him out of the fields. He hoped to plant corn, but that never materialized.

The corn crop is one of the latest on record for northeast Mississippi. It's still to be determined how those yields are going to turn out.

"Even though we're gonna have a late corn crop, we think we do have an average to above average corn crop overall. With that said, we do have some dry areas," Mississippi State University Extension service Row Crop Specialist Charlie Stokes said.

Late planting and a need for rain could complicate matters for many farmers regardless of what they grow.

"We're gonna have to have rainfall August and September to have an average to above average crop with as late as the crop is and if we don't, we're gonna have decreased yields due to dry weather," Stokes added.

Counties that received more rain to date include Monroe, Clay, Prentiss and Alcorn.
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