Posts Tagged ‘Mississippi State University Extension Service’

Sweet potato research competition launched

PITTSBORO — What will be the next innovative sweet potato product found on grocery shelves across the county? Perhaps something invented by students at Mississippi State University. Gary Jackson, director of the MSU Extension Service, launched the Sweet Potato Innovation Challenge at the Sweet Potato Council’s annual meeting Jan. 10 in Calhoun County. “The growers […] [...]

Corn farmers set new production record

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Corn remained Mississippi’s No. 4 crop in 2013, despite a drop in the overall harvest fall as commodity prices fell. The crop was valued at an estimated $631 million in 2013 and set a new Mississippi production record with an average yield of around 180 bushels per acre. Erick Larson, a Mississippi […] [...]

Hunters urged to help fight wild hog population

PONTOTOC —  Most deer hunters will not encounter wild hogs, but if they do, wildlife biologists want them to be prepared. At a recent wild hog seminar in Pontotoc, wildlife biologists emphasized the trouble these disease-carrying pests can cause human and wildlife populations. Speakers addressed the environmental impacts, the threats to fawns and ground-nesting birds, […] [...]

Extension launches new app for cattle producers

STARKVILLE — Cattle producers have access to a free app that calculates a variety of factors impacting their livestock management decisions. The Mississippi State University Extension Service released the MSUES Cattle Calculator Dec. 2 for Apple devices. Brandi Karisch, an assistant professor of animal and dairy sciences at MSU, is the Extension beef specialist who […] [...]

Extension launches new app, website offering county data

STARKVILLE — County-level information is now available through a set of profiles created by experts with the Mississippi State University Extension Service. A new app and website provide community stakeholders, business leaders and elected officials access to detailed socioeconomic statistics for each county in the state. Faculty from the Extension Center for Technology Outreach and […] [...]

Standing Pine testing new drip-irrigation system

RAYMOND — Standing Pine Nursery is growing flowers — and its profit margin — by experimenting with an irrigation system designed for field crops. The low-pressure drip-irrigation system helped increase the nursery’s efficiency and sustainability by reducing labor demands and water usage. This past summer, Geoff Denny, who is an assistant Extension professor of horticulture […] [...]

MSU researchers extend survey of fungal disease

STARKVILLE — A statewide survey that Mississippi State University began this summer will continue next year as researchers look for a particular fungal disease that is developing resistance to chemical control. In 2012, soybean fields in two Mississippi counties were found to have frogeye leaf spot fungi resistant to strobilurins, the class of fungicides commonly […] [...]

Peanut farmers struggling with weather during harvest

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The cool, damp nights that are making it feel like fall in Mississippi are slowing peanut harvests way down across much of the state. Mississippi’s peanut crop was 28 percent harvested as of the last U.S. Department of Agriculture Crop Progress and Condition Report released Sept. 30. Because of the federal government […] [...]

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,” […] [...]

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