Posts Tagged ‘Mississippi State University Extension Service’

Professor: Catfish production plummeted over last decade

GREENVILLE — An agriculture professor says Mississippi’s catfish industry has been devastated by Asian imports. Jimmy Avery says that in 2002, the state had 111,500 acres devoted to the catfish industry. By 2012, that was down to 51,200 acres. Avery is a Mississippi State University Extension Service professor and director of the Southern Regional Aquaculture […] [...]

Sorghum crop late, but yields looking okay

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Mississippi’s farmers showed their ability to adapt when wet spring weather forced many of them to change their planting intentions from corn, cotton and soybeans to late-planted grain sorghum. “This year it rained from about March 25 through mid-May, which had a huge impact on delaying planting and actually switching crop intentions,” […] [...]

Deer population having impact on farmland yields

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — While hunters may see Mississippi’s 1.75 million white-tailed deer as potential antlers on their walls, many farmers see reduced crop yields instead. Bronson Strickland, associate Extension professor in the Mississippi State University Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Aquaculture, said the impact of Mississippi’s deer population varies depending on who is asked. “It’s […] [...]

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, […] [...]

Despite weather challenges, sweet potato growers optimistic

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — In spite of recent rains, the state’s sweet potato growers have a lot to be excited about this harvest season. “Growers set the majority of the crop back in late May and June under ideal conditions,” said Stephen Meyers, sweet potato specialist with the Mississippi State University Extension Service. “We had good […] [...]

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 […] [...]

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 […] [...]

State’s dairy farmers still facing steep feed costs

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — This year continues the trend of high feed prices, making it very challenging for Mississippi dairy farms to make a profit. Lamar Adams, dairy specialist with the Mississippi State University Extension Service, said prices farmers are paid for their milk have been higher than in recent years, but feed prices have remained […] [...]

Corn growers overcome challenges; crop nears record yield

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Mississippi growers’ determination to plant corn last spring is paying off as harvests approach 2012’s record yields of 165 bushels per acre. Persistent rains and low temperatures in the spring delayed planting, slowed emergence and contributed to less than desirable final stands. Cool weather through May also slowed corn growth and maturity […] [...]

Researchers find link between habitat and deer antler size

STARKVILLE — Research conducted by Mississippi State University Deer Lab scientists has determined northern deer may have bigger bodies but they don’t necessarily have bigger antlers. The discovery, made by scientists in the university’s Deer Lab, a unit of the Forest and Wildlife Research Center, shows that antler size depends more on diet than latitude. […] [...]

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