Posts Tagged ‘corn’

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

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

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 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 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 […] [...]

For Mississippi farmers … Cost uncertainties temper cheers for prospect of higher crop prices

A pair of Mississippi agriculture economists say 2012 crop winners should be soybeans, corn and — to a lesser degree — cotton. But don’t expect farmers are sleeping all that well as March arrives and planting choices must be made, said John Michael Riley, an agriculture economist with the Agricultural Extension Service at Mississippi State […] [...]

Even with record year, farmers are still hurting

Despite a challenging year of bad weather and a faltering economy, Mississippi agriculture set a new value record year in 2011, according to a report form the Mississippi State University Extension Service. However, spiraling input costs as well as financial woes at home and abroad and an angry Mother Nature put a squeeze on farmers’ […] [...]

JSU ethanol research

A Jackson State University professor has found that a technique called “immobilization” can be used to make enzymes used for ethanol production more stable and cost effective. Ethanol can be produced by microbial fermentation of sugar, and enzymes are used to convert polymer sugars such as starch into simple sugars. Dr. Huey-Min Hwang has shown […] [...]

MSU professor removes corn’s fiber

A Mississippi State University professor has found a unique way to remove fiber from corn and has filed for a patent for the process called Elusieve. Dr. Radhakrishnan Srinivasan of the MSU Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering invented Elusieve with Dr. Vijay Singh of the University of Illinois. The process is valuable for efficiency […] [...]

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