Posts Tagged ‘grass’

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 […] [...]

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, […] [...]

Rain hurts sod production, but helps farmers meet demand

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — This year’s rainy spring kept grass from growing, but it also kept contractors from building, allowing Mississippi’s sod farmers to manage the season’s rough beginning. Barry Stewart, turf management specialist with the Mississippi State University Extension Service and Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station, said demand was low at a time that […] [...]

State’s ranchers welcome rain; relieves feed costs

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Rains are taking some feed-cost pressure off Mississippi cattle producers as the end of summer approaches. Jane Parish, beef specialist with the Mississippi State University Extension Service, said summer droughts often reduce hay yields, and the resulting sparse grass in pastures can trigger hay feedings before the first frost hits. This year, […] [...]

Invasive stem maggots threaten state’s pasturelands

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Forage producers and their livestock are not the only ones admiring the plentiful bermudagrass fields and pastures across the state this year. Another invasive insect has arrived in Mississippi, this time to take a bite out of potentially strong hay yields. Stem maggots are joining the list of invasive species in the […] [...]

Hay and forage producers hoping for blue skies

by Published: May 6,2013

Tags: agriculture, commodity, farm, farmer, farming, feed, forage, grass, hay, producer, rain, Weather, wet

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — As pastures transition from cool-season to warm-season grasses, the state’s hay and forage producers hope for sunny days that are better suited to growing and harvesting quality crops. “We’re finishing up with our cool season forages, which are annual ryegrass, wheat and oats with some clovers mixed in,” said Mark Mowdy, an […] [...]

Scientist finding native grass best for livestock forage

STARKVILLE — Studies at Mississippi State University are finding that when it comes to providing forage for livestock, native grasses may be best. Sam Riffell, an associate professor of wildlife ecology and management in the Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Aquaculture, is examining the benefits of replacing exotic grasses, commonly used in Mississippi grazing pastures, […] [...]

Drought shrinking ranchers’ profits; consumers to feel impact

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Pictures of wilting corn in the Midwest may dominate the evening news, but the 2012 drought is also shrinking livestock’s profit potential nationwide. John Michael Riley, agricultural economist with Mississippi State University’s Extension Service, said the drought means livestock, dairy and aquaculture producers will continue to see higher feed prices. “Cattle will […] [...]

Invasive bug poses threat to crops, lawns, homes

MONTGOMERY COUNTY and WARREN COUNTY — The Mississippi Department of Agriculture and Commerce (MDAC) has confirmed the first positive identification of the kudzu bug, Megacopta cribraria, in Mississippi. The insects were discovered in the past week in Montgomery and Warren counties. As its name suggests, the kudzu bug commonly feeds on kudzu, but it can […] [...]

County’s beach replenishment program stopped due to grass

HANCOCK COUNTY — Hancock County officials say the state and federal governments don’t want to replenish a stretch of beach in area of Clermont Harbor. The Sea Coast Echo reports the beach stretches roughly from Buccaneer State Park to just past Bordages Street in Bay St. Louis. Officials want to pump in sand to create […] [...]

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