Posts Tagged ‘farming’

State’s truck crops ring in at more than $118M

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Locally grown produce continues to increase in popularity on Mississippi’s kitchen counters, grocery shelves and restaurant menus as consumers seek fresher fruits and vegetables. To get them, they often turn to the state’s truck crops growers, who traditionally sold their specialty items, such as tomatoes, berries, nuts and sweet corn, from the […] [...]

Scientists trying to solve ‘mystery’ behind soybean disease

LEFLORE COUNTY — LSU AgCenter plant pathologist Trey Price said soybean growers in Louisiana have been finding a fungal disease called black root rot in their crops. “This disease started showing up here about five years ago, and we called it a mystery disease,” Price said. The disease makes leaves turn yellow, orange-brown or mottled […] [...]

Russia’s poultry ban expected to have only minor impact on producers

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Poultry producers say Russia’s decision to ban imported U.S. meat won’t lead to a glut of the product because other countries are clamoring for inexpensive meat. Russian President Vladimir Putin said yesterday that his country would restrict imports of certain commodities in retaliation for the U.S. and other countries imposing sanctions because […] [...]

Unmanned aerial vehicles becoming new tool for farmers

STARKVILLE — It is hard to compare an unmanned aerial vehicle to a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) machine, but that is how the director of Mississippi State University’s Geosystems Research Institute sees it. “The plant is the patient, the agronomists are the doctors and I am the guy that works on the MRI machine,” Robert […] [...]

Weather, armyworms challenge turf and forage producers

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Turf and forage producers in Mississippi need fewer clouds and more sunshine. In 2014, forage producers raised an estimated 600,000 acres of hay across the state. There are about 60 farms producing sod for sale in the state. Turf production… The unusually harsh winter melted into a cool, wet spring and summer, […] [...]

Cochran continues to question EPA over new regulations

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.), ranking member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, continues to raise questions about the impact on agriculture and rural economies of the new Clean Water Act regulations proposed this spring by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Accepting an invitation issued in May by Cochran and Republican members of […] [...]

Corn growers watch bear market eat profits

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Who knew Mississippi corn growers should worry about bears? The bears are not in the fields eating the crop; they are in the market, eating the profits. When economists refer to a bear market, they are talking about declining stock prices over a prolonged period, usually a 20 percent or larger decline. […] [...]

Farmers plant more row crops than originally planned

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Mississippi producers planted more of the state’s major row crops than they planned in March, and the majority of them are in good condition. Every winter, Mississippi producers estimate how many acres they will plant of each crop they intend to grow. The U.S. Department of Agriculture tabulates these in March and […] [...]

Presley alerts farmers to new sales tax break on energy bills

JACKSON — Public Service Commissioner Brandon Presley is notifying agricultural businesses in Mississippi of a change in tax law that may lower their utility bills. The change, which went into effect July 1, exempts certain agricultural business from being charged state sales tax on their energy bills, particularly bills for electric and natural gas service. […] [...]

Watermelon, blueberry crop hurt by weather, disease

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Party planners may have a hard time finding Mississippi-grown watermelons and blueberries for July 4th celebrations this year. Unfavorable weather slowed maturity and increased disease pressure for both crops. Much of the state’s blueberry crop is grown in south Mississippi, and most of its watermelons are grown in the southeast quarter of […] [...]

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