Posts Tagged ‘crop’

Monsanto, Scruggs Farm Supply await judge’s ruling

TUPELO — A federal judge in Mississippi has heard arguments from the Monsanto Co., which is seeking $27 million in damages from a Tupelo farm supply business and its owners in an ongoing dispute over saving and selling its patented seeds. The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports U.S. District Judge Michael Mills made no decision […] [...]

Catfish farmers feeling impact of drought

AROUND MISSISSIPPI — Mississippians do not have to look far to see the impact of the Midwest’s historic drought, as the state’s catfish farmers already feel the pinch of sky-high feed costs. “There was a window last fall when some farmers were able to book feed at $380 per ton,” said Jimmy Avery, Mississippi State […] [...]

Small rice crop looking good after favorable growing season

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The bright spot for Mississippi’s smaller-than-normal rice crop is that it is looking good at harvest, thanks to an early start and a favorable growing season. Nathan Buehring, rice specialist with the Mississippi State University Extension Service, said most of the state’s rice was planted by mid-April, putting it about two weeks […] [...]

Phosphate Holdings sees improved quarter despite sales decrease

MADISON — Phosphate Holdings Inc. reported second quarter of 2012 net income of $0.9 million, or $0.10 per diluted share of common stock, compared to a loss of $1.8 million, or $0.21 per diluted share of common stock, for the same period in 2011. Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) for the second […] [...]

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 […] [...]

Recent rains helped, but soybean crop still needs moisture

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Agriculture experts at Mississippi State University say Mississippi’s soybean crop needs more moisture to complete what has at times been a dry season. Mississippi State’s University Extension Service says recent rains, along with irrigation, have helped after a dry spell in June. “We are thankful for the rain that we’ve received this […] [...]

Farm Bureau warns of scam; reports activity to AG

JACKSON — The Mississippi Farm Bureau Federation reports it has been made aware of emails circulating stating the recipient has been awarded a “$1,000 Visa Gift Card free of charge” from Mississippi Farm Bureau Federation. This is not a legitimate communication from Mississippi Farm Bureau Federation, and there is no such award program in place […] [...]

Invasive bug poses threat to crops, lawns, homes

by MBJ Staff Published: July 24,2012

Tags: bean, bug, crop, farm, farmer, farming, grass, home, homeowner, house, invasive species, lawn, legume, pest, pesticide, residence, Soybean

MONTGOMERY COUNTY and WARREN COUNTY — The Mississippi Department of Agriculture and Commerce (MDAC) has confirmed the first positive identification of the kudzu bug, Megacopta cribraria, in Mississippi. The insects were discovered in the past week in Montgomery and Warren counties. As its name suggests, the kudzu bug commonly feeds on kudzu, but it can […] [...]

With disaster declaration, Cochran says drought needs ‘careful monitoring’

NORTH MISSISSIPPI — With the U.S. Department of Agriculture issuing a drought disaster designation for north Mississippi, Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) said the expanding drought situation across the nation deserves careful monitoring. The USDA has notified Mississippi officials that four Mississippi counties — DeSoto, Panola, Tate and Tunica — have been granted primary natural disaster […] [...]

Experts remain optimistic, but hot, dry weather impacting crops

by MBJ Staff Published: July 16,2012

Tags: agricultural, agriculture, commodity, crop, drought, dry, farm, farmer, farming, hot, row crop, water, Weather

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — An ideal growing season through mid-June turned into a hot and dry situation that stressed the state’s crops until widespread rains came after the Fourth of July. The state has experienced very hot and dry weather in the last several weeks, but Mississippi State University experts remain optimistic about the overall potential. […] [...]

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