Posts Tagged ‘cotton’

Despite late planting, state’s cotton crop looking ‘decent’

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Mississippi’s cotton growers are hoping weather challenges don’t prevent their late-planted crop from making the good yields it seems capable of producing. Darrin Dodds, state cotton specialist with the Mississippi State University Extension Service, said the bulk of the crop was in pretty decent shape by late August. “Some folks feel they […] [...]

Late cotton planting could boost pest species

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 […] [...]

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

by 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 […] [...]

Agriculture remains king of state’s economy

Agriculture remains the number one industry in Mississippi with one out of every four residents employed directly or indirectly in that industry. In terms of the state’s best cash crop economically, the production of chickens and eggs is our number one commodity, with soybeans at number two and forestry at number three. “Our economy is […] [...]

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 […] [...]

David Camp leads sales operations at Greenwood behemoth Staplcotn

One of Mississippi’s largest privately held businesses is Staplcotn located in Greenwood, which was founded in 1921 as a cooperative. The organization is the oldest and one of the largest cotton marketing cooperatives in the United States and serves over 7,300 members from 11 states. Staplcotn markets between 2.5 million to three million bales of […] [...]

MSU chooses new developer for cotton mill project

STARKVILLE — Mississippi State University has chosen a new contractor to preserve a former cotton mill as part of a commercial development. The College Board voted to sell 1.1 acres near what MSU calls the Cooley Building to developer Mark Castleberry for $460,000. The Starkville structure was built in 1902 as the Stone Cotton Mill […] [...]

Staplcotn has staying power on Mississippi 100

by Published: October 21,2012

Tags: agriculture, cotton, Mississippi 100, Staplcotn

Greenwood-based cotton cooperative Staplcotn landed at third on the 2012 Mississippi 100, posting $933 million in revenue in the process. It’s a good way to start the third year on the job for CEO Meredith Allen, who took over the oldest and largest cotton marketing cooperative in the U.S. in late summer 2010. “(It’s been) […] [...]

Cotton could set record despite harvest-slowing rains

by Published: October 15,2012

Tags: agriculture, commodity, cotton, farm, farmer, farming, rain, record, row crop, Weather, yield

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Early October rains that could have devastated the state’s cotton crop seem only to have delayed harvest of what should be near-record yields. The U.S. Department of Agriculture estimated the cotton harvest was a little behind schedule, with just 33 percent of the fields harvested by Oct. 7. However, they rate 67 […] [...]

Isaac’s toll on Mississippi crops far less than damage in Louisiana

by Published: September 23,2012

Tags: agriculture, blueberries, cotton, Hurricane Isaac, weather damage

Hurricane Isaac’s winds blew so strong for so long that they forced the Mississippi River to flow backwards for more than 24 hours on Aug. 28. As Isaac departed, it left much of Louisiana’s citrus crop in ruins just a month away from harvesting. Isaac’s aftermath in Mississippi is not nearly as bleak as in […] [...]

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