Posts Tagged ‘cotton’

Agriculture remains king of state’s economy

by Lynn Lofton Published: March 1,2013

Tags: agriculture, Andy Prosser, catfish, cotton, MDAC, peanuts, poultry, soybeans, sweet potatoes, timber

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

by Martin Willoughby Published: November 23,2012

Tags: agriculture, cotton, Greenwood, Martin Willoughby, Staplcotn, textile industry

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

by Associated Press Published: November 16,2012

Tags: Commercial Real Estate, cotton, developer, development, gin, higher education, mill, public university, real estate

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 Clay Chandler 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 MBJ Staff 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 Ted Carter 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 […] [...]

Cotton crop looking good despite prolonged drought

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Despite high heat and long periods without rain, the state’s cotton is looking pretty good, although dealing with reduced acres. Nationally, producers planted 14 percent less cotton this year than last, primarily because of high corn and soybean prices. Mississippi followed this national trend; producers planted 580,000 acres of cotton in 2012 […] [...]

Supervisors back proposed center focused on history of cotton

CLEVELAND — The Bolivar County Board of Supervisors has endorsed a proposal for a new center dedicated to the history of cotton. The Bolivar Commercial reports officials with the nonprofit Khafre Inc. told supervisors the center would be located on U.S. 61 in Mound Bayou. Plans are to start work sometime within the next year. […] [...]

Favorable weather allows early planting of cotton

by MBJ Staff Published: May 15,2012

Tags: agriculture, commodities, cotton, cotton farmers, crops, farmers, farms, planting, row crops, Weather

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Warm spring weather sent cotton farmers to the fields as early as the first week of April, and cotton stands are ahead of normal and looking good. As of May 6, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Statistics Service estimated the state’s cotton was 68 percent planted and 45 percent emerged. The […] [...]

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