Posts Tagged ‘farmers’

Dairy farmers rocked by weak prices, escalating input costs

by MBJ Staff Published: June 12,2012

Tags: cheese, cows, dairy, farmers, farms, input costs, market prices, milk

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — A mild winter and unusually productive spring means Mississippi dairy farmers are enjoying good milk yield from their cows, but low prices and high input costs are making profits scarce. Lamar Adams, dairy cattle specialist with the Mississippi State University Extension Service, said production costs are at or near record highs and […] [...]

EPA approves emergency exemption for state’s cotton farmers

JACKSON — The Environmental Protection Agency has approved an emergency exemption that will help farmers in the Mississippi Delta control tarnished plant bugs in cotton, according to Mississippi Agriculture Commissioner Cindy Hyde-Smith. The tarnished plant bug has become one of the most damaging pests of cotton in recent years, responsible for an estimated $81 million […] [...]

Plant pathologist’s work could lead to new drug for humans

STARKVILLE — A Mississippi State University plant pathology researcher’s discovery of an agricultural phenomenon could lead to the development of a new antifungal drug. The potential drug shows significant promise for the treatment of serious fungal infections in people with compromised immune systems, such as those undergoing chemotherapy treatments and those with HIV or AIDS. […] [...]

Wheat crop maturing rapidly, but yields not exceptional like 2011

by MBJ Staff Published: June 7,2012

Tags: agriculture, crops, farmers, farms, row crops, wheat, yields

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — A rapidly maturing 2012 wheat crop proved to be a timing challenge for Mississippi growers. The state’s growers planted 480,000 acres, up from 360,000 acres the previous season. They were inspired by strong market prices and the record-average yields of 64 bushels per acre grown last year. “Harvest is two or three […] [...]

Peanut producers feeling good about crop, market

by MBJ Staff Published: May 22,2012

Tags: agriculture, buyers, commodities, crops, farmers, farms, markets, peanuts, Weather

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Mississippi peanut producers should have a wonderful feeling about the 2012 crop as almost everything is going their way, including buyers from Oklahoma. Mike Howell, state peanut specialist with the Mississippi State University Extension Service, said many of the factors favoring Mississippi’s crop this year, started last year. “The 2011 drought in […] [...]

Favorable weather allows early planting of cotton

by MBJ Staff Published: May 15,2012

Tags: agriculture, commodities, cotton, cotton farmers, crops, farmers, farms, planting, row crops, Weather

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Warm spring weather sent cotton farmers to the fields as early as the first week of April, and cotton stands are ahead of normal and looking good. As of May 6, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Statistics Service estimated the state’s cotton was 68 percent planted and 45 percent emerged. The […] [...]

Construction to begin tomorrow on new $6.5M cotton gin

by Associated Press Published: May 2,2012

Tags: agriculture, commodities, construction, cotton, cotton gin, crops, farmers, farms, gin, row crops

NOXUBEE COUNTY — Construction is scheduled to begin tomorrow on a $6.5 million cotton gin in Noxubee County. Bogue Chitto Gin Inc. was created by a group of 25 cotton farmers from Aliceville, Ala., and from Lowndes, Clay and Noxubee counties in Mississippi. Rodney Mast, a member of the investment group, tells The Commercial Dispatch […] [...]

Warm weather allows early planting of soybean crop

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Soybeans are usually an early-planted crop, but an unseasonably warm March gave some growers a chance to get in the fields a little ahead of the typical April 1 start date.Trent Irby, Mississippi State University Extension Service state soybean specialist, said the crop was on track at the end of April. “Many […] [...]

Cochran withholding support of 2012 Farm Bill

WASHINGTON — Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) says he is disappointed with the 2012 Farm Bill approved by the Senate Agriculture Committee and is withholding his support for the measure due to inadequate coverage for important crops produced in Mississippi. Cochran, who serves on the Senate Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee and is a former chairman […] [...]

Dry weather aids farmers in getting in rice crop

by MBJ Staff Published: April 26,2012

Tags: agriculture, crops, farmers, farms, food, planting, rice, row crops, Weather

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Dry conditions have allowed Mississippi rice producers to plant earlier this year than in previous years. Nathan Buehring, rice specialist with the Mississippi State University Extension Service, said an absence of heavy spring rains put the state’s producers well ahead of schedule. About 80 to 85 percent of the state’s rice was […] [...]

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