Posts Tagged ‘harvest’

Drought grips farmland in much of South, Midwest

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The combination of heat and scarce amounts of rain intensified the drought in several agriculturally significant states, contributing to declining crop conditions in parts of the Midwest and South. However, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said in a separate report today the expected record corn harvest and third-largest soybean crop are on […] [...]

Corn growers overcome challenges; crop nears record yield

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Mississippi growers’ determination to plant corn last spring is paying off as harvests approach 2012’s record yields of 165 bushels per acre. Persistent rains and low temperatures in the spring delayed planting, slowed emergence and contributed to less than desirable final stands. Cool weather through May also slowed corn growth and maturity […] [...]

Despite late planting, state’s cotton crop looking ‘decent’

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Mississippi’s cotton growers are hoping weather challenges don’t prevent their late-planted crop from making the good yields it seems capable of producing. Darrin Dodds, state cotton specialist with the Mississippi State University Extension Service, said the bulk of the crop was in pretty decent shape by late August. “Some folks feel they […] [...]

Soybean prices tumble faster than expected

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The spring’s planting challenges and last year’s Midwest drought boosted soybean prices for a while, but the winds of change are starting to blow. Brian Williams, agricultural economist with the Mississippi State University Extension Service, said the soybean market had been strong until mid-July. The market typically drops before harvest, but he […] [...]

Rice farmers hoping weather starts working for them

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Like most Mississippi row-crops struggling to overcome last spring’s challenges, rice will be at the mercy of late-season weather to produce average yields. Tim Walker, rice specialist with the Mississippi State University Extension Service, said rains kept farmers from timely plantings. After that, cool spring temperatures slowed growth, putting much of the […] [...]

Corn growers could face challenges getting harvest in

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Mississippi’s corn growers faced challenges at planting season, and harvest time could be just as tough. Erick Larson, corn specialist with the Mississippi State University Extension Service, said wet fields and cooler temperatures last spring resulted in less-than-desirable corn stands, and these conditions often delayed or prevented growers from planting their intended […] [...]

Wet, cool weather impacted winter wheat’s growth, harvest

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Producers are bringing in Mississippi’s amber waves of grain later than usual, but sunny weather has allowed them to make strong progress on the winter wheat harvest during the last two weeks. Wet conditions that began in February and cooler-than-normal conditions in March, April and most of May delayed the crop’s maturity. […] [...]

State’s blueberry farmers fighting weather, insects

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Late-spring cold snaps and untimely freezes have delayed harvests and reduced yields for Mississippi’s 2013 blueberry crop. George Traicoff of Hernando runs a family owned and operated you-pick operation in DeSoto County. He started Nesbit Blueberry Plantation with 6,000 plants in 1984, and today his family tends 16,000 plants. “We are running […] [...]

State’s winter wheat crop struggling with cool weather

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Cool temperatures through March kept some Mississippians comfortable, but they slowed the development of wheat, the state’s only row crop grown through winter. Erick Larson, corn and wheat state specialist with the Mississippi State University Extension Service, said wheat acreage is high this year, with 420,000 acres planted in the fall. State […] [...]

Mother Nature smiles on Christmas tree growers

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Christmas tree growers were thinking about the holidays when Hurricane Isaac made landfall Aug. 28, knowing the winds and rains would bring additional work before trees would be ready for the 2012 harvest. Stephen Dicke, Extension forestry professor at Mississippi State University’s Central Mississippi Research and Extension Center in Raymond, said storm […] [...]

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