Posts Tagged ‘insect’

Is cotton looking too good? Farmers facing weaker prices

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Cotton is looking good across the state as bolls open and harvest nears, but increased cotton acreage planted across the country means lower prices on this year’s crop. In its Aug. 24 report, the U.S. Department of Agriculture estimated 17 percent of Mississippi’s cotton is in excellent condition and 54 percent in […] [...]

USM, hospitals form network to study West Nile virus

HATTIESBURG and JACKSON — The mosquito-transmitted West Nile virus has been on the upswing nationwide over the past several years. It is estimated that the virus has killed more than 1,500 people and infected more than 50,000 Americans in the last 15 years. Now, researchers at the University of Southern Mississippi have joined forces with […] [...]

Recent cold snap good news and bad news for farmers

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Record low temperatures the first week of January plunged the state into a deep freeze, but the cold came too early to cause significant plant damage or have much effect on insect pests in 2014.   Horticulture… Lelia Kelly, horticulturist with the Mississippi State University Extension Service, said most plants were firmly […] [...]

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 […] [...]

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 […] [...]

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 […] [...]

Late cotton planting could boost pest species

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Farmers are finally catching up on cotton planting, but experts are worried that the late start could expose the crop to more insects than if wet weather hadn’t delayed planting. Mississippi farmers had intended to plant corn on many acres in hopes of cashing in on high prices. But winter and spring […] [...]

Company making bug-repellent uniforms for Army

GOLDEN — A Mississippi company has a contract to make up to $55.3 million worth of bug-repellent uniform coats for the Army. The Pentagon said in a news release Golden Manufacturing Co. Inc. of Golden, will be making the combat uniform coats from fabric treated with the insecticide Permethrin (pur-METH-rihn). The work is to be […] [...]

EPA exempts products to fight varroa mite in honeybees

by Published: December 11,2012

Tags: apiary, bee, beekeeper, bug, farm, farmer, farming, federal, government, hive, honey, honeybee, insect, mite, pesticide, state

JACKSON — The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has approved two emergency exemptions to help Mississippi beekeepers control damaging varroa mite infestations in honeybee colonies. The products are HopGuard, manufactured by BetaTec Hop Products, and Apivar, manufactured by Veto-Pharma S.A. HopGuard cardboard strips treated with potassium salt of hop beta acids may be inserted in honeybee […] [...]

Ag Department discovers, destroys Africanized bee colony

PASS CHRISTIAN — The Mississippi Department of Agriculture and Commerce (MDAC) located and destroyed a colony of Africanized bees at a residence in Pass Christian on Oct. 29 after receiving a complaint from a homeowner. During the investigation of the complaint, a colony of bees was discovered in the subfloor of the structure. According to […] [...]

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