Posts Tagged ‘corn’

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 […] [...]

Rain, cold cause crop plantings to lag far behind

by Ted Carter Published: May 10,2013

Tags: corn, frost damage, fruit and herbs and spices, mississippi farmers, rice, vegetables

Weather weirdness has become the new normal for Mississippi farmers this spring as they watch for forecasts of warm, dry days they would routinely expect in most years. Even before temperatures in the low 40s or even lower combined with the near daily rainfall, planting averages were falling far below last year’s levels and levels […] [...]

In-state rice planting intentions drop to 36-year low

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Mississippi farmers expect to have more than one million acres in corn this year and about 120,000 acres in rice — the largest corn acreage in 53 years and a 36-year low for rice. A U.S. Department of Agriculture planting survey shows Mississippi farmers plan to plant 1.95 million acres of soybeans, […] [...]

State’s cotton to make more room for corn in 2013

by MBJ Staff Published: March 29,2013

Tags: acreage, agriculture, corn, cotton, demand, farm, farmer, farming, market, planting, row crop

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Corn is the anticipated biggest winner and cotton the biggest loser as Mississippi producers shuffle commodity acres to take advantage of market conditions. The U.S. Department of Agriculture released its prospective plantings report March 28. In it, the state’s corn acreage is predicted to reach 1.05 million acres, a 28 percent increase […] [...]

State’s ag production tops $7B for second consecutive year

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Significant production levels and high market prices combined to give Mississippi’s agricultural commodities their second year in a row of over $7 billion in total value. Mississippi State University agricultural economists gathered preliminary data from crop production reports, world agricultural supply and demand estimates, industry resources and U.S. Department of Agriculture outlook […] [...]

When corn wouldn’t grow, maze-maker turns to grass

by MBJ Staff Published: October 30,2012

Tags: agriculture, agritourism, agritourist, corn, farm, farmer, farming, Halloween, maze, scary, sorghum, sppoky, sweet potato

CHICKASAW COUNTY — With persistence, hard work and a little help from technology, one Mississippi sweet potato farmer has created an unusual maze. “My farm is not that big, and after the disaster in 2009 when we lost about 90 percent of our sweet potato crop, we were looking for something else to do to […] [...]

Corn prices high, but low river remains huge concern

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The drought across the nation’s Corn Belt is contributing to record high grain prices and near-record low river levels, both of which are impacting Mississippi’s corn. Corn prices are at $8 per bushel and have been trading in that range for the past couple of weeks. This is compared to about $5.20 […] [...]

Drought shrinking ranchers’ profits; consumers to feel impact

by MBJ Staff Published: July 25,2012

Tags: beef, cattle, corn, costs, drought, dry, feed, feed costs, food, forage, grass, hog, input costs, livestock, meat, pig, pork, price, severe weather, Weather

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Pictures of wilting corn in the Midwest may dominate the evening news, but the 2012 drought is also shrinking livestock’s profit potential nationwide. John Michael Riley, agricultural economist with Mississippi State University’s Extension Service, said the drought means livestock, dairy and aquaculture producers will continue to see higher feed prices. “Cattle will […] [...]

Weather smiling on this year’s corn crop; farmers optimistic

by MBJ Staff Published: June 21,2012

Tags: agriculture, commodity, corn, crop, farm, farmer, growing, planting, row crop, Weather

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — June’s frequent rains and cool nighttime temperatures seem custom-made for corn, and the result is optimistic farmers looking at a great crop with tremendous yield potential. Erick Larson, grain crops agronomist with the Mississippi State University Extension Service, said the crop is as much as 10 days early and looking good. “We’ve […] [...]

EPA approves MDAC’s request for corn treatment

by MBJ Staff Published: March 19,2012

Tags: agriculture, birds, corn, federal agency, predation, state agency

JACKSON — Mississippi Agriculture Commissioner Cindy Hyde-Smith reports the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has approved an emergency exemption that will provide protection to corn producers throughout the state from blackbird predation of newly planted corn. Mississippi corn growers throughout the state have suffered million dollar losses in recent years due to heavy blackbird predation, Smith […] [...]

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