Posts Tagged ‘harvest’

State’s pecan growers smiling over price, demand

by Published: October 24,2012

Tags: agriculture, demand, farm, farmer, farming, food, grow, grower, growing, harvest, market, nut, Pecan, price, tree, yield

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — With prices and demand for the state’s pecans high, this year’s predicted average to above-average yield is good news for growers. The U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates the 2012 crop will yield 2.5 million pounds of pecans. While this yield is down significantly from the 5 million pounds harvested in 2011, it […] [...]

State’s grain sorghum crop may beat forecast

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Timely rains followed by sunny days provided optimal growing conditions for Mississippi’s grain sorghum crop, and yields may be higher than anticipated. Mississippi producers planted about 63,000 acres in grain sorghum in 2012, up from 50,000 acres in 2011. The state ranked No. 8 nationally in grain sorghum production in 2011. Erick […] [...]

State’s rice crop in; could approach yield record set in 2007

by Published: September 24,2012

Tags: agriculture, commodity, crop, farm, farmer, farming, harvest, market, price, record, rice, row crop, yield

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Mississippi producers have the bulk of the state’s rice crop safely in storage, and yields may approach the record set in 2007 of 160 bushels an acre. Nathan Buehring, rice specialist with the Mississippi State University Extension Service, said September’s weather was nearly ideal for rice harvest. “Isaac slowed us down and […] [...]

State’s peanut-growing acreage up 200+ percent over 2011

by Published: September 12,2012

Tags: acre, acreage, agriculture, commodity, crop, farm, farmer, farming, harvest, legume, peanut, planting, row crop

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Many Delta fields that once turned white with cotton are now yielding a below-ground crop and helping propel Mississippi up the list of peanut-producing states. The state has an estimated 47,000 acres of peanuts this year, up more than 200 percent from the 14,000 acres grown in 2011. The U.S. Department of […] [...]

Small rice crop looking good after favorable growing season

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The bright spot for Mississippi’s smaller-than-normal rice crop is that it is looking good at harvest, thanks to an early start and a favorable growing season. Nathan Buehring, rice specialist with the Mississippi State University Extension Service, said most of the state’s rice was planted by mid-April, putting it about two weeks […] [...]

Solid prices, beetles prompting timber owners to harvest

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Landowners debating the timing for their next timber sale should send trees to the market sooner, rather than later. James Henderson, assistant forestry professor with Mississippi State University’s Extension Service, said increases in housing starts are contributing to gradual timber price improvements, but better reasons to harvest could be related to insects […] [...]

Scientists predicting above-average haul of brown shrimp

GULF OF MEXICO — Mississippi’s brown shrimp season opened May 30, one of the earliest openings on record, when sampling confirmed shrimp had reached a size of 68 count per pound, the state requirement. Mississippi Department of Marine Resources biologist Bill Richardson tells The Sun Herald the first two weeks of the season brought in […] [...]

Row crops in, but weather still a factor

by Published: November 18,2010

Tags: agriculture, harvest, Weather

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service in Mississippi, there were 5.9 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending Nov. 14. That might have been more time than farmers needed as the row crop harvest is complete, AgFax.com reports. Most areas across the state received rainfall toward the end of the […] [...]

Farmers continue to harvest at record pace

by Published: October 4,2010

Tags: agriculture, harvest, Weather

NORTH MISSISSIPPI — The recent dry and hot weather has put some north Mississippi farmers ahead of schedule for harvesting. At this time last year, excessive rains had left many farmers to work in the mud and some to abandon their crops in the field, experts say. “Last year at this time we had zero […] [...]

Sweet potato farmers seeing bounce-back season

by Published: September 21,2010

Tags: agriculture, harvest, Weather

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — This year is shaping up to be a sweet one for Mississippi sweet potato growers, a total change from the rains that destroyed 75 percent of last year’s crop at harvest. Benny Graves, sweet potato specialist with the Mississippi Department of Agriculture and Commerce’s Bureau of Plant Industry, said, “We have extremely […] [...]

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