Posts Tagged ‘corn’

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 […] [...]

Corn crop suffering in hot, dry weather

by Published: July 19,2011

Tags: agriculture, commodities, corn, drought, severe weather, Weather

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Mississippi farmers planted another large corn crop, but this year’s corn is suffering from lack of rain. This season’s plantings are spread over a wide time window because of frequent rainfall North Mississippi. The majority of the crop in the Delta and South Mississippi was planted during late March, but plantings in […] [...]

Subsidies for ethanol fuel a hot debate

by Published: June 12,2011

Tags: agriculture, corn, energy, Ethanol, farmers, fuel

Subsidies and other incentives to use ethanol made from corn are coming under increased scrutiny both because of the costs during a time when many vital government programs are being cut to reduce deficit spending, and because the subsidies tend to pit one ag interest against another. Sen. Thad Cochran told the Mississippi Business Journal […] [...]

Corn farmers call Fish and Wildlife guidelines ‘unreasonable’

by Published: May 13,2011

Tags: agriculture, corn, energy, environment, wildlife

WILCOX, Neb. — Gale Lush, chairman of the American Corn Growers Foundation (ACGF), has filed official comments with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on proposed Land-Based Wind Energy Guidelines and Eagle Guidance. Lush sad the “guidelines are extremely onerous, unreasonable, unworkable and unnecessary. The guidelines cannot be scientifically justified. They amount to burdensome over-regulation […] [...]

EPA issues emergency exemption to corn growers

by Published: March 16,2010

Tags: agriculture, corn, environment, EPA

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Mississippi Agriculture Commissioner Lester Spell announced approval by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) of 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 […] [...]

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