Posts Tagged ‘Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station’

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 […] [...]

Rain puts state’s rice farmers behind schedule

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — With Mississippi’s rice crop about two weeks later than normal, growers will have narrow windows of opportunity to perform necessary management as it grows. The U.S. Department of Agriculture estimated 92 percent of rice was planted by June 1. Seventy-four percent of the crop that has emerged was in good to excellent […] [...]

With clear skies, farmers look to get planting back on schedule

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Frequent rains kept farmers indoors through much of April, but clear weather in early May allowed them to play catch-up on row-crop planting. The U.S. Department of Agriculture reported that planting of most of the state’s row crops is back on schedule after the wet early spring. Corn is the first crop […] [...]

Soybean yield more than doubles in less than a decade

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Soybeans have been an important commodity in Mississippi for more than 50 years, but recent advances have pushed the crop’s value above $1 billion. Mississippi soybeans had a value of $267 million in 2006, $1.27 billion in 2012 and $1.17 billion in 2013. Prices have been high for the past several years, […] [...]

Scientists warn of possible water shortages; work on solutions

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — When water runs clear and fast from a tap, it’s often hard to believe there could be a challenge for individuals, farmers and communities to keep it clean and plentiful. Joe Street, associate director of the Mississippi State University Extension Service, warned that water supplies could be depleted, even in the South, […] [...]

MSU scientists develop new undercutter for sweet potatoes

STARKVILLE — A machine designed by a group of Mississippi State University researchers could help sweet potato farmers reduce skinning injury to potatoes and speed up harvest. The undercutter prototype, made from off-the-shelf components, shows early potential to help lower harvest and post-harvest losses caused by skinning, said Jason Ward, assistant Extension professor in MSU’s […] [...]

Could energy beets offer income, alternative energy to farmers?

STARKVILLE — Energy beets could be the answer to Mississippi farmers’ quest for off-season income and provide an alternative energy source for the nation’s expanding biofuels markets. Mississippi State University researchers and Extension agents are examining the growth and profit potential for varieties of energy beets, a nonedible relative of sugarbeets used only in biofuel […] [...]

Value of state’s truck crops continues to rise, tops 6,700 acres

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Greater consumer demand for locally grown produce has made truck crops a bigger part of the state’s overall agricultural production and increased related research at Mississippi State University. Truck crops get their name from the fact that they are often sold from the back of pickup trucks. They are produce crops, including […] [...]

Building named for Hurt

Mississippi State University recently named a building in honor of retired agricultural researcher and administrator Verner G. Hurt. The Verner G. Hurt Research and Extension Building contains more than 19,000 square feet of office and research space. During Hurt’s service of more than four decades to MSU, he served as director of the Mississippi Agricultural […] [...]

MSU scientists recognized

Mississippi State University researchers and graduates received top awards this year from the Southern Weed Science Society. Dan Reynolds, a Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station researcher and professor in MSU’s Department of Plant and Soil Sciences, was named the 2012 weed scientist of the year by the society, the highest honor awarded. Jason Bond, […] [...]

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