Posts Tagged ‘Mississippi State University Extension Service’

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 […] [...]

Hay to be in short supply due to weather, insect predation

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — High demand for hay last winter, a wet spring and heavy insect pressure have all challenged the state’s pastureland, which means hay may be scarce this winter. Rocky Lemus, forage specialist with the Mississippi State University Extension Service, said these factors pushed the state’s hay inventories 20 percent lower than the three-year […] [...]

HCC works deal with MSU Extension Service for land to expand

RAYMOND — Hinds Community College will expand its nursing and allied health programs in Jackson after agreeing to move Mississippi State University Extension Service employees to college property in Raymond. The Hinds County Board of Supervisors voted Sept. 2 to accept the swap. The college will gain use of 11.5 acres and two buildings. President […] [...]

State’s corn crop could set new yield record

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Farmers in Mississippi may have a record year for corn. Ample rains helped bring the yield for dryland corn close that for irrigated land, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture is forecasting record yield of 180 bushels per acre, Mississippi State University analysts said. That’s four bushels higher than last year and […] [...]

Rice growers overcome planting challenges, expect good harvest

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Although most Mississippi rice growers battled frequent spring rains that delayed planting, hampered fertilization and challenged insect and disease management, early signs point toward a good harvest. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Crop Progress and Condition Report released Sept. 2 indicated that 58 percent of the state’s rice crop is in good […] [...]

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 […] [...]

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, […] [...]

New program launched to boost honeybee population

JACKSON — In light of the decline of honeybee populations around the world, the Mississippi Farm Bureau Federation, in cooperation with several other agricultural organizations, has launched the Mississippi Honeybee Stewardship Program. This program outlines the basic standards that should exist between farmers and beekeepers when bees are located in or near agricultural production areas. […] [...]

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 […] [...]

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