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Corn farmers set new production record

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Corn remained Mississippi’s No. 4 crop in 2013, despite a drop in the overall harvest fall as commodity prices fell. The crop was valued at an estimated $631 million in 2013 and set a new Mississippi production record with an average yield of around 180 bushels per acre. Erick Larson, a Mississippi […] [...]

Corps puts agriculturual land up for bid

GRENADA — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Vicksburg District is offering agricultural land for lease to the public. The offering consists of two tracts in Calhoun County and one tract in Yalobusha County on Grenada Lake. Corps officials say in a news release that there is a 353.3-acre tract in Calhoun County consisting of […] [...]

Cochran: ‘We are making progress’ on farm bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.), ranking Republican on the Senate Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee, has offered his thoughts on the prospects of Congress completing a new, five-year farm bill early next year. Cochran addressed work on the farm bill during remarks to the Senate following his participation in the latest morning […] [...]

Researchers find rice seed treatments to be effective

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — After testing scores of samples taken from rice fields across the state, Mississippi State University scientists found that seed treatments are effective in managing the crop’s most troublesome insect pests. “In Mississippi, we’ve been evaluating seed treatments for about five years,” said Jeff Gore, entomologist with the Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment […] [...]

Business owners’ appeal for new Monsanto trial tossed

OXFORD — A federal judge has denied a motion for a new trial from a north Mississippi company sued by Monsanto Co. for saving seeds from one harvest and planting them the following season. U.S. District Judge Michael Mills ruled that Mitchell and Eddie Scruggs owe Monsanto Co. $6.3 million damages as a jury found […] [...]

Sweet potato event wins award for promoting research

STARKVILLE — A sweet potato production conference organized by Mississippi State University faculty and collaborators in other states won a national award on Nov. 10 for excellence in promoting multistate research. MSU faculty Ramon Arancibia, Raja Reddy, Steve Meyers, Mark Shankle, Juan Silva, Jason Ward and Filip To are members of the National Sweetpotato Collaborators […] [...]

MSU partnering in effort to boost soybean production in Africa

STARKVILLE — Mississippi State University is among a consortium of universities and other partners receiving a $25-million, five-year international grant to boost soybean production across Africa. The Feed the Future Innovation Laboratory for Soybean Value Chain Research, also known as the Soybean Innovation Laboratory (SIL), is being funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development. […] [...]

USDA expecting state’s farmers to see record yields

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The state’s farmers have been harvesting fields heavy with crops. The U.S. Department of Agriculture is forecasting record yield per acre for Mississippi’s corn, cotton and rice crops. Corn production, which has been increasing in importance in Mississippi, is projected to reach nearly 147 million bushels, surpassing 2007 for the state’s largest […] [...]

MSU researchers extend survey of fungal disease

STARKVILLE — A statewide survey that Mississippi State University began this summer will continue next year as researchers look for a particular fungal disease that is developing resistance to chemical control. In 2012, soybean fields in two Mississippi counties were found to have frogeye leaf spot fungi resistant to strobilurins, the class of fungicides commonly […] [...]

Farm Credit Bank sees increase in earnings, loans

AUSTIN, Texas — Farm Credit Bank of Texas (FCBT) reported increased earnings and loan volume in the third quarter. The cooperatively owned funding bank reported net income of $43.5 million for the third quarter of 2013, a 4.7 percent increase from the same period in 2012. Net income for the nine months ended Sept. 30, 2013, was […] [...]

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