BALDWYN, Miss. (WTVA) - In September we saw extreme heat, everyday above average.
With an average high for the month in the middle 90s, the intense dry conditions continued through the month as well with rainfall totals almost 3 inches below normal.
The record-breaking weather patterns actually helped cotton farmers though.
One farmer, Justin Taylor said he has seen good yields.
Dr. Darrin Dodds of Mississippi State University, who specializes in cotton agronomics, said the “excessive rain last fall and this spring prevented any fieldwork, which made the spring very challenging. While we could have possibly used one more rain in September, it is hard to complain about the weather as it pertains to our cotton crop.”
Mississippi farmers have harvested average yields of more than 1,000 pounds of cotton per acre for each of the past eight years.
In three of those years, average yields have topped 1,200 pounds.
The USDA has estimated average yields of 1,115 pounds per acre in Mississippi this year.