Posts Tagged ‘John Michael Riley’

Farmers expected to plant more cotton and beans, less corn

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI  — With corn prices down, Mississippi farmers are likely to plant more cotton than 2013′s record low acreage. But soybeans are still king, with almost as many acres expected to be planted than all other crops combined. Those are the findings of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s survey of what the state’s farmers […] [...]

Farmers see weaker market prices for agronomic crops

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI —  Mississippi’s top two agricultural commodities — poultry and forestry — maintained their strength in 2013, but most agronomic crop values took a hit from significantly lower prices than those earned in 2012. John Michael Riley, agricultural economist with the Mississippi State University Extension Service, said agronomic crop prices were a major drag […] [...]

Corn farmers set new production record

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Corn remained Mississippi’s No. 4 crop in 2013, despite a drop in the overall harvest fall as commodity prices fell. The crop was valued at an estimated $631 million in 2013 and set a new Mississippi production record with an average yield of around 180 bushels per acre. Erick Larson, a Mississippi […] [...]

Rice crop overcomes early weather challenges

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — After a late start for the planting season raised fears that a hot August could damage the crop, Mississippi’s rice has yielded a high-quality harvest. The Oct. 20 U.S. Department of Agriculture crop progress and condition report indicated the state’s rice crop was 96 percent harvested. The crop’s quality was rated as […] [...]

Hog farmers continue to see obstacles, but market improving

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Swine producers are discovering the only constant in their industry is change. John Michael Riley, agricultural economist with the Mississippi State University Extension Service, said a variety of challenges have kept the state’s swine producers adjusting their strategies to avoid financial losses in recent decades. Just when producers adjust to overcome one […] [...]

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 […] [...]

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, […] [...]

For Mississippi farmers … Cost uncertainties temper cheers for prospect of higher crop prices

A pair of Mississippi agriculture economists say 2012 crop winners should be soybeans, corn and — to a lesser degree — cotton. But don’t expect farmers are sleeping all that well as March arrives and planting choices must be made, said John Michael Riley, an agriculture economist with the Agricultural Extension Service at Mississippi State […] [...]

The Numbers Guy: Riley combines love of math with agriculture

John Michael Riley, Ph.D., grew up on a farm and had a love for math. And he has parlayed his passion for agriculture and numbers into a career. The agriculture economist with Mississippi State University Extension Service, Riley is “The Numbers Guy.” Researchers and scientists, farmers, elected officials, media — if they are looking for […] [...]

Getting off the bottom

by Wally Northway Published: June 10,2011

Tags: catfish, catfish farmers, Delta, flood, Jimmy Avery, John Michael Riley, levee, Mississippi River, Roger Barlow

As the historic crest of the Mississippi River rolled past the Delta last month, the catfish industry started breathing a little easier. If the Yazoo Backwater Levee had failed, practically the entire catfish industry in Mississippi would have been underwater, and after a decade of struggles, could have meant the industry’s death. Even if the […] [...]

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