Posts Tagged ‘crop’

Agriculture community assessing damage from Isaac

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Even as the remnants of Hurricane Isaac were leaving Mississippi last Friday, Mississippi State University Extension agents were assessing its impact on crops that were so close to harvest. Lodging, or laying down, can be a significant harvest challenge in wind-blown fields, especially corn. Extension corn specialist Erick Larson is cautiously optimistic […] [...]

Farmers, ranchers prepare to deal with Isaac’s impact

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Farmers across southern and central Mississippi are preparing to deal with the consequences of high winds and lots of rain from Isaac. “We have a two-fold problem for farmers right now,” said Mississippi Farm Bureau president Randy Knight. “The livestock and dairy farmers are worried about losing electricity — having problems keeping […] [...]

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 […] [...]

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 […] [...]

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