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Basil Growing Season for Mississippi

The NOAA National Climatic Data Center provides information to the public about spring and fall frost dates in the United States and the length of the expected growing season for each area. These statistics are calculated using data collected from 1971 to 2000, across 4300 weather stations located in every part of the country.

While informative, the statistics that NOAA provides is overwhelming. So, we took the liberty of extracting the most basic information that we feel would be useful to someone interested in growing basil outdoors.

The table below lists the date after which it should be safe to plant basil outdoors in each area of the state. This information is based on NOAA’s calculations for a 10% probability of temperatures falling below 36 degrees Fahrenheit. This means that, on average, there is only a 10% chance that you will see frost after this date. Also listed is the estimated length of the growing season. This is how many days you can expect to have before the risk of frost is greater than 10%.

Please use this information at your own risk. You must take into consideration many varying factors, for example, micro-climates or the presence of valleys and bodies of water, to determine your actual growing season.

StateCountyLast Frost DateLength of Growing Season
MSAdams4/16192
MSAlcorn4/27166
MSAmite4/18184
MSAttala4/23171
MSBenton4/29162
MSCalhoun4/27168
MSCarroll4/19184
MSChickasaw4/29163
MSClaiborne4/18180
MSClarke4/23169
MSCoahoma4/13195
MSCopiah4/15193
MSCovington4/15191
MSDesoto4/19182
MSForrest4/11194
MSFranklin4/19183
MSGrenada4/21175
MSHarrison3/30231
MSHinds4/19184
MSHolmes4/24170
MSHumphreys4/12192
MSItawamba5/03160
MSJackson4/01218
MSJones4/13198
MSKemper4/29165
MSLafayette5/10144
MSLauderdale4/20183
MSLawrence4/16180
MSLeake4/21175
MSLee5/02158
MSLeflore4/14197
MSLincoln4/18186
MSMadison4/19180
MSMarion4/14192
MSMarshall4/29160
MSMonroe4/25178
MSMontgomery4/28165
MSNeshoba4/20183
MSNewton4/22173
MSOktibbeha4/20180
MSPanola4/25169
MSPearl River4/11197
MSPerry4/20177
MSPike4/16192
MSPontotoc4/23173
MSPrentiss4/24173
MSRankin4/18187
MSScott4/24172
MSSharkey4/12192
MSSimpson4/22177
MSStone4/08208
MSSunflower4/15195
MSTallahatchie4/14197
MSTate4/25171
MSTippah4/29165
MSTunica4/17185
MSWalthall4/16194
MSWarren4/14192
MSWashington4/13196
MSWayne4/24171
MSWebster4/23170
MSWilkinson4/12208
MSWinston4/18182
MSYalobusha4/25175
MSYazoo4/24170