Posts Tagged ‘Mississippi State University Extension Service’

Lab gives chicken farmers a break, lowers fees

STARKVILLE — The more than 2,000 chicken growers in Mississippi can now save money on an annual test required to meet federal and state regulations and keep their samples in the state. The Mississippi State Chemical Laboratory has lowered its fee for testing chicken litter to $35 to be more in line with fees charged […] [...]

Joint state tourism conference to be held in Louisiana

MARKSVILLE, La. — Small business owners and tourism professionals can learn how to translate tourism into dollars from expert speakers at an upcoming conference. The Miss-Lou Tourism Summit will be held Feb. 25-27 at the Paragon Casino Resort in Marksville, La. “This year’s event focus is marketing and public relations, with an emphasis on establishing […] [...]

Soybean board offering irrigation-efficiency meetings

CANTON — Several upcoming meetings hosted by the Mississippi Soybean Promotion Board (MSPB) will address increasing irrigation efficiency for the state’s farmers. The three meetings will feature Mississippi State University Extension Service irrigation specialist Jason Krutz, Ph.D., and other agricultural specialists, who will discuss how greater irrigation efficiency can positively impact farmers’ profit potential. The […] [...]

Recent cold snap good news and bad news for farmers

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Record low temperatures the first week of January plunged the state into a deep freeze, but the cold came too early to cause significant plant damage or have much effect on insect pests in 2014.   Horticulture… Lelia Kelly, horticulturist with the Mississippi State University Extension Service, said most plants were firmly […] [...]

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 […] [...]

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