Posts Tagged ‘Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station’

Deer processors need to use caution to insure safe, tasty venison

STARKVILLLE — In Mississippi, more than 200,000 deer are harvested each year, providing families with a source of free-range meat. However, hunters must exercise care when processing deer to ensure good-tasting, high quality, safe meat products. Byron Williams, associate Extension and research professor in the Department of Food Science, Nutrition, and Health Promotion at Mississippi […] [...]

MSU scientists evaluating soil-testing recommendations

STONEVILLE — The thousands of dollars farmers invest in equipment, seed and labor to produce row crops, such as soybeans, cotton and corn, is wasted if they do not have quality soil. “Everything ties back to how well the soil is maintained,” said Bobby Golden, an agronomist and researcher with the Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry […] [...]

Number of specialty crop farms continues to grow

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — As demand increases for locally grown produce, farmers markets have become a way to take fresh fruits and vegetables directly to customers. “This segment of agriculture is growing, and I think we are only going to see the need for small-scale producers increase in the coming years,” said Rick Snyder, vegetable specialist […] [...]

Despite weather, soybean growers anticipate record yield

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The state’s soybean growers are on track to harvest a record yield this year despite the cool, wet weather that kept most producers behind schedule by two to three weeks. Trent Irby, Mississippi State University Extension Service soybean specialist, said growers are optimistic about potential yield this season. The state’s average yield […] [...]

Scientists seeing more invasive trapjaw ants on Coast

MISSISSIPPI GULF COAST — A large, jumping ant has reached large enough numbers that its slow invasion of the Mississippi Gulf Coast is starting to be noticed. Odontomachus haematodus, which is native to South America and commonly known as the trapjaw ant, was first identified in the state in August 2000. These large brown ants […] [...]

Grain sorghum could go from record yield to zero due to aphid

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Crops almost never go from potentially record yields one year to drastic acre reductions the next, but catastrophic aphid infestations coupled with low prices may force grain sorghum growers into that situation. Erick Larson, grain crops specialist with the Mississippi State University Extension Service, said if not for the white sugarcane aphid, […] [...]

State’s truck crops ring in at more than $118M

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Locally grown produce continues to increase in popularity on Mississippi’s kitchen counters, grocery shelves and restaurant menus as consumers seek fresher fruits and vegetables. To get them, they often turn to the state’s truck crops growers, who traditionally sold their specialty items, such as tomatoes, berries, nuts and sweet corn, from the […] [...]

MSU study could aid dairy farmers in managing calves

STARKVILLE — Findings of a recent study at Mississippi State University holds potential good news for the state’s struggling dairy industry. In a study on the effects of housing types, Mississippi State scientists found that dairy calves develop better when raised in pairs. Stephanie Ward, a dairy management and nutrition scientist in the MSU-based Mississippi […] [...]

Unmanned aerial vehicles becoming new tool for farmers

STARKVILLE — It is hard to compare an unmanned aerial vehicle to a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) machine, but that is how the director of Mississippi State University’s Geosystems Research Institute sees it. “The plant is the patient, the agronomists are the doctors and I am the guy that works on the MRI machine,” Robert […] [...]

Soybean farmers facing issues after planting delayed by rains

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Although most of the state’s soybeans have been planted, Mississippi farmers will have to deal with the consequences of this spring’s wet weather for the rest of the growing season. “We never want to wish away a rain in June,” said Trent Irby, Mississippi State University Extension Service soybean specialist. “But growers […] [...]

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