Posts Tagged ‘commodity’

Soybean prices tumble faster than expected

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The spring’s planting challenges and last year’s Midwest drought boosted soybean prices for a while, but the winds of change are starting to blow. Brian Williams, agricultural economist with the Mississippi State University Extension Service, said the soybean market had been strong until mid-July. The market typically drops before harvest, but he […] [...]

Rice farmers hoping weather starts working for them

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Like most Mississippi row-crops struggling to overcome last spring’s challenges, rice will be at the mercy of late-season weather to produce average yields. Tim Walker, rice specialist with the Mississippi State University Extension Service, said rains kept farmers from timely plantings. After that, cool spring temperatures slowed growth, putting much of the […] [...]

Corn growers could face challenges getting harvest in

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Mississippi’s corn growers faced challenges at planting season, and harvest time could be just as tough. Erick Larson, corn specialist with the Mississippi State University Extension Service, said wet fields and cooler temperatures last spring resulted in less-than-desirable corn stands, and these conditions often delayed or prevented growers from planting their intended […] [...]

Watermelon crop tardy but in time for July 4th celebration

by MBJ Staff Published: July 1,2013

Tags: agriculture, commodity, dry, farm, farmer, farming, food, melon, rain, Weather

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Mississippians love Fourth of July watermelons, and the 2013 melon crop should be worth the wait after weather delays. David Nagel, horticulturist with the Mississippi State University Extension Service, said the biggest challenge has been the slow growth rate that caused some concern that the first melons might miss the holiday celebrations. […] [...]

Wet, cool weather impacted winter wheat’s growth, harvest

by MBJ Staff Published: June 26,2013

Tags: agriculture, commodity, farm, farmer, farming, food, grain, harvest, rain, row crop, Weather, winter wheat

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Producers are bringing in Mississippi’s amber waves of grain later than usual, but sunny weather has allowed them to make strong progress on the winter wheat harvest during the last two weeks. Wet conditions that began in February and cooler-than-normal conditions in March, April and most of May delayed the crop’s maturity. […] [...]

Late soybean planting leaves crop vulnerable to storms

by Associated Press Published: June 17,2013

Tags: agriculture, commodity, farm, farmer, farming, planting, rain, row crop, Soybean, Weather

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Heavy rains in early April delayed soybean planting in Mississippi and Louisiana. Farmers said the optimal time to plant soybeans is early to mid-April, but excess rain caused area farmers to plant in late April and May. “We had to wait for our fields to dry up,” local farmer Noble Guedon told […] [...]

Late cotton planting could boost pest species

by Associated Press Published: June 9,2013

Tags: agriculture, commodity, cotton, farm, farmer, farming, insect, pest, planting, row crop, Weather

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Farmers are finally catching up on cotton planting, but experts are worried that the late start could expose the crop to more insects than if wet weather hadn’t delayed planting. Mississippi farmers had intended to plant corn on many acres in hopes of cashing in on high prices. But winter and spring […] [...]

Board releases research videos to help soybean growers

by MBJ Staff Published: May 29,2013

Tags: agriculture, board, commodity, farm, farmer, farming, planting, research, row crop, Soybean, video

CANTON — The Mississippi Soybean Promotion Board (MSPB) is hoping its research videos will help the state’s growers overcome the challenges they face during the planting season. After facing weather delays earlier this spring, soybean planting is finally well underway in Mississippi. This also means an application of herbicides to crops for many farmers. The […] [...]

Ag officials say late planting reaching historical proportions

by Associated Press Published: May 20,2013

Tags: agricultutre, commodity, farm, farmer, farming, plant, planter, planting, rain, row crop, Weather, wet

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Planting of Mississippi row crops has fallen behind schedule following a spate of wet weather, according to industry experts and government officials. Ernie Flint, an agronomist at the Mississippi State University Extension Service, says many of the state’s farmers are running about month behind but still have time to catch up before […] [...]

Catfish farmers challenged by markets lost to imports

by Associated Press Published: May 13,2013

Tags: agriculture, aquaculture, catfish, commodity, farm, farmer, farming, fish, food, food safety, import, importer, importing, inspection, producer

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Catfish farmers continue to address production challenges as the industry works to reclaim markets lost to imported fish. Jeremy Robbins, vice president of The Catfish Institute based in Jackson, said farmers have struggled in recent years with high feed prices, their No. 1 expense, while dealing with increased competition from imports. “There […] [...]

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