Posts Tagged ‘planting’

Supervisors back proposed center focused on history of cotton

CLEVELAND — The Bolivar County Board of Supervisors has endorsed a proposal for a new center dedicated to the history of cotton. The Bolivar Commercial reports officials with the nonprofit Khafre Inc. told supervisors the center would be located on U.S. 61 in Mound Bayou. Plans are to start work sometime within the next year. […] [...]

Weather smiling on this year’s corn crop; farmers optimistic

by Published: June 21,2012

Tags: agriculture, commodity, corn, crop, farm, farmer, growing, planting, row crop, Weather

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — June’s frequent rains and cool nighttime temperatures seem custom-made for corn, and the result is optimistic farmers looking at a great crop with tremendous yield potential. Erick Larson, grain crops agronomist with the Mississippi State University Extension Service, said the crop is as much as 10 days early and looking good. “We’ve […] [...]

Favorable weather allows early planting of cotton

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Warm spring weather sent cotton farmers to the fields as early as the first week of April, and cotton stands are ahead of normal and looking good. As of May 6, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Statistics Service estimated the state’s cotton was 68 percent planted and 45 percent emerged. The […] [...]

Warm weather allows early planting of soybean crop

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Soybeans are usually an early-planted crop, but an unseasonably warm March gave some growers a chance to get in the fields a little ahead of the typical April 1 start date.Trent Irby, Mississippi State University Extension Service state soybean specialist, said the crop was on track at the end of April. “Many […] [...]

Dry weather aids farmers in getting in rice crop

by Published: April 26,2012

Tags: agriculture, crops, farmers, farms, food, planting, rice, row crops, Weather

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Dry conditions have allowed Mississippi rice producers to plant earlier this year than in previous years. Nathan Buehring, rice specialist with the Mississippi State University Extension Service, said an absence of heavy spring rains put the state’s producers well ahead of schedule. About 80 to 85 percent of the state’s rice was […] [...]

Farmers plan 2012 crops; peanut acreage to triple

by Published: April 2,2012

Tags: agriculture, commodities, farmers, farms, planting, row crops

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Farmers in Mississippi, where an Oklahoma peanut processor proposes to set up two buying and drying warehouses in time for this year’s crop, plan to triple their peanut acreage, the National Agricultural Statistics Service says. It’s the largest planned percentage increase of any state, but still, well, peanuts compared to the 570,000 […] [...]

Plant hardiness maps increase state’s average low temperature

STARKVILLE — New plant hardiness maps released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture increased Mississippi’s average low temperatures by 5 degrees. Eric Stafne, Mississippi State University assistant Extension professor for fruit crops, said the maps provide good average information, but individuals still must make careful planting decisions. “With fruit crops, I am more concerned with […] [...]

Farmers making planting decisions for 2012

by Published: January 11,2012

Tags: agriculture, economy, farmers, farms, food, input costs, planting, row crops

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The lower input costs of corn give it some advantages for Mississippi Delta farmers choosing between corn and cotton for 2012. Farmers will be making planting decisions through February. Jerry Singleton, an agent with the Leflore County Extension Service, tells the Greenwood Commonwealth the key for farmers is deciding which has the […] [...]

Staplcotn expecting less cotton next year due weak prices

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Although Mississippi’s cotton acreage rebounded somewhat in 2011, Staplcotn’s Hank Reichle is expecting Delta farmers to plant less of the fiber in 2012 in response to lower prices. Reichle, vice president of export sales for the Greenwood-based cotton-marketing cooperative, said farmers are not glued to any one crop. “Producers have diversified. They […] [...]

Scientists assisting farmers with post-flood planting

STARKVILLE — As Mississippi River floodwaters in the Delta recede, Mississippi State University experts are helping producers make wise decisions about cropland management. Agronomic crops personnel with the MSU Extension Service and Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment station have developed a publication on late-season planting and crop management. The publication, titled “After the Flood: Row […] [...]

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