Posts Tagged ‘farm’

Hay to be in short supply due to weather, insect predation

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — High demand for hay last winter, a wet spring and heavy insect pressure have all challenged the state’s pastureland, which means hay may be scarce this winter. Rocky Lemus, forage specialist with the Mississippi State University Extension Service, said these factors pushed the state’s hay inventories 20 percent lower than the three-year […] [...]

Ag commissioners petition for withdrawal of Waters of the U.S. Rule

JACKSON — At the annual meeting of the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA), NASDA members, which include Mississippi Commissioner of Agriculture and Commerce Cindy Hyde-Smith, unanimously called on the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to withdraw the proposed Waters of the U.S. Rule. The action item, submitted […] [...]

State’s corn crop could set new yield record

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Farmers in Mississippi may have a record year for corn. Ample rains helped bring the yield for dryland corn close that for irrigated land, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture is forecasting record yield of 180 bushels per acre, Mississippi State University analysts said. That’s four bushels higher than last year and […] [...]

Thousands of acres of Delta farmland to go on auction block

MISSISSIPPI DELTA — Approximately 4,783 acres of cropland in Arkansas, Louisiana and Mississippi has been slated for auction Oct. 22. Schrader Real Estate and Auction Company is managing the auction, in cooperation with Walker Auctions and Paul A. Lynn & Associates, LLC. Almost half the land — 2,357 acres — is located in Sunflower County, […] [...]

Rice growers overcome planting challenges, expect good harvest

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Although most Mississippi rice growers battled frequent spring rains that delayed planting, hampered fertilization and challenged insect and disease management, early signs point toward a good harvest. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Crop Progress and Condition Report released Sept. 2 indicated that 58 percent of the state’s rice crop is in good […] [...]

Program launched to aid cotton farmers as support payments end

JACKSON — Cotton farmers across the nation must adjust to the provisions of the 2014 Farm Bill that have ended support payments for that commodity. Here in Mississippi, cotton is still a major row crop bringing in more than $331 million in 2013. With support payments ending, a new transition program is now available to […] [...]

Number of specialty crop farms continues to grow

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — As demand increases for locally grown produce, farmers markets have become a way to take fresh fruits and vegetables directly to customers. “This segment of agriculture is growing, and I think we are only going to see the need for small-scale producers increase in the coming years,” said Rick Snyder, vegetable specialist […] [...]

Is cotton looking too good? Farmers facing weaker prices

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Cotton is looking good across the state as bolls open and harvest nears, but increased cotton acreage planted across the country means lower prices on this year’s crop. In its Aug. 24 report, the U.S. Department of Agriculture estimated 17 percent of Mississippi’s cotton is in excellent condition and 54 percent in […] [...]

Despite weather, soybean growers anticipate record yield

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The state’s soybean growers are on track to harvest a record yield this year despite the cool, wet weather that kept most producers behind schedule by two to three weeks. Trent Irby, Mississippi State University Extension Service soybean specialist, said growers are optimistic about potential yield this season. The state’s average yield […] [...]

Corps official: River needs larger ports, locks and dams

MISSISSIPPI RIVER — Higher-capacity ports, expanded locks and dams and other infrastructure improvements are needed in the Mississippi River Watershed to allow its waterways to handle shipping demands caused by higher agriculture, oil and natural gas production and manage climate change effects, a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers official said yesterday. Brig. Gen. Peter A. […] [...]

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