Posts Tagged ‘Mississippi State University Extension Service’

Watermelon, blueberry crop hurt by weather, disease

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Party planners may have a hard time finding Mississippi-grown watermelons and blueberries for July 4th celebrations this year. Unfavorable weather slowed maturity and increased disease pressure for both crops. Much of the state’s blueberry crop is grown in south Mississippi, and most of its watermelons are grown in the southeast quarter of […] [...]

Cotton acreage expected to soar 40% over 2013

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The state’s cotton producers remain optimistic about a crop that is up significantly in acreage despite frequent planting delays. The state is expected to plant about 400,000 acres of cotton in 2014, about 40 percent more than last year. The U.S. Department of Agriculture reported on June 15 that cotton was 98 […] [...]

Scientists studying new pesticide-application recommendations

STONEVILLE — Researchers at the Mississippi State University Delta Research and Extension Center believe a new research project can help farmers reduce their number of pesticide applications without reducing peanut yield. Jeff Gore, an Extension entomologist and assistant research professor with the Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station at the MSU Delta Research and Extension […] [...]

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 […] [...]

Decline in dairy producers shows industry’s woes

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Mississippians looking to raise a glass to celebrate “June is Dairy Month” with local producers may be drinking their milk alone. Walthall County Extension agent Richard Hay has seen a drastic change in dairy numbers in his county since he arrived in 1984. “We had more than 200 dairy farms when I […] [...]

Peanut planting delayed by weather, but in ‘pretty good shape’

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Most peanut growers are on schedule despite the cool, wet weather that hit Mississippi at the beginning of May. “We are in pretty good shape all over the state,” said Jason Sarver, peanut specialist with the Mississippi State University Extension Service and Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station. “The cool, wet spell […] [...]

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 […] [...]

Farmers ask questions, get answers in wake of tornadoes

LOUISVILLE — More than 70 individuals who suffered losses from the April 28 tornadoes visited the state’s first Agriculture Disaster Center May 15 at the Mississippi State University Extension Service office in Louisville. Representatives from the Mississippi Board of Animal Health, Natural Resource Conservation Service, Farm Service Agency, U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Development Administration […] [...]

Council seeking public comment on farm-to-school programs

JACKSON — The Mississippi Farm to School Interagency Council is inviting public comment on proposed objectives of the Council and the promotion of farm to school programs in Mississippi in general. The public comment period will end on June 16 at 11:59 p.m. The Interagency Farm to School Council was created by the Mississippi Legislature […] [...]

Despite tornadoes, state’s poultry growers optimistic

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The poultry industry is riding a wave of success, propelling it from a strong 2013 into another year with promises of favorable market prices and lower production costs. John Michael Riley, an agricultural economist with the Mississippi State University Extension Service, said several issues will influence poultry profits in 2014. “We expect […] [...]

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