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Deer population having impact on farmland yields

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — While hunters may see Mississippi’s 1.75 million white-tailed deer as potential antlers on their walls, many farmers see reduced crop yields instead. Bronson Strickland, associate Extension professor in the Mississippi State University Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Aquaculture, said the impact of Mississippi’s deer population varies depending on who is asked. “It’s […] [...]

Scientists warn of possible water shortages; work on solutions

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — When water runs clear and fast from a tap, it’s often hard to believe there could be a challenge for individuals, farmers and communities to keep it clean and plentiful. Joe Street, associate director of the Mississippi State University Extension Service, warned that water supplies could be depleted, even in the South, […] [...]

Ag equipment dealer adds Delta Group to network

GREENVILLE — MacDon Industries, a manufacturer of harvesting equipment including draper headers for combines, recently expanded its dealer network in Mississippi with the addition of Delta Group, Mississippi’s leading agricultural equipment dealer. Terms were not disclosed. Delta Group has six locations in Mississippi, including Leland, Yazoo City, Belzoni, Greenwood, Rolling Fork and Cleveland. MacDon draper […] [...]

Despite weather challenges, sweet potato growers optimistic

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — In spite of recent rains, the state’s sweet potato growers have a lot to be excited about this harvest season. “Growers set the majority of the crop back in late May and June under ideal conditions,” said Stephen Meyers, sweet potato specialist with the Mississippi State University Extension Service. “We had good […] [...]

Vilsack: USDA to give $3M-plus for energy, health, farm programs

JACKSON — Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has announced more than $3 million in funding for renewable energy projects, projects to improve public health in the Mississippi Delta region and awards to support small farmers. Vilsack made the announcement today during a town hall meeting in Jackson. Vilsack says in a news release that the funds […] [...]

EPA: More pollution control needed to fight dead zone

MISSISSIPPI RIVER and GULF OF MEXICO — Environmental Protection Agency officials say the U.S. is falling short of its goals to cut Mississippi River pollution and shrink the dead zone it creates in the Gulf of Mexico. Speaking in Minneapolis, Minn., the federal officials said states in the river’s watershed need to accelerate efforts to […] [...]

Ag Secretary Vilsack to tour MSU tomorrow

STARKVILLE — U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack will tour the campus at Mississippi State University tomorrow and will be briefed on research projects funded by his agency. MSU was involved in nearly $97 million in agriculture research during the 2011 fiscal year. MSU officials say Vilsack will tour research projects at the university’s R. R. […] [...]

MSU scientists develop new undercutter for sweet potatoes

STARKVILLE — A machine designed by a group of Mississippi State University researchers could help sweet potato farmers reduce skinning injury to potatoes and speed up harvest. The undercutter prototype, made from off-the-shelf components, shows early potential to help lower harvest and post-harvest losses caused by skinning, said Jason Ward, assistant Extension professor in MSU’s […] [...]

Hog farmers continue to see obstacles, but market improving

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Swine producers are discovering the only constant in their industry is change. John Michael Riley, agricultural economist with the Mississippi State University Extension Service, said a variety of challenges have kept the state’s swine producers adjusting their strategies to avoid financial losses in recent decades. Just when producers adjust to overcome one […] [...]

Corn disease spreading; experts expect it here

A bacterial infection of corn called Goss’s wilt has been confirmed in four northeast Louisiana parishes — the farthest south it has been found, the LSU AgCenter says. And though it hasn’t yet shown up in Mississippi and Arkansas, experts there say it’s sure to happen. The disease creates circular patches of dead and wilting […] [...]

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