Posts Tagged ‘producer’

Soybean producers take advantage of break in clouds

by MBJ Staff Published: June 2,2013

Tags: agriculture, farm, farmer, farming, food, planting, producer, rain, row crop, Soybean, Weather

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Many Mississippi farmers celebrated Memorial Day in their tractor seats as they took full advantage of about a week of good weather to make significant strides in planting. A nearly unbroken string of rains kept farmers mostly out of the fields through the early-spring planting window. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s May 26 Crop […] [...]

Sanderson outperforms Wall Street forecast

LAUREL — Sanderson Farms Inc. said today that its fiscal second-quarter net income rose 2 percent thanks to higher demand for poultry products. Its performance topped Wall Street’s view. Shares climbed in premarket trading. The poultry company earned $24.4 million, or $1.06 per share, for the three months ended April 30. That’s up from $23.9 […] [...]

Catfish farmers challenged by markets lost to imports

by Associated Press Published: May 13,2013

Tags: agriculture, aquaculture, catfish, commodity, farm, farmer, farming, fish, food, food safety, import, importer, importing, inspection, producer

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Catfish farmers continue to address production challenges as the industry works to reclaim markets lost to imported fish. Jeremy Robbins, vice president of The Catfish Institute based in Jackson, said farmers have struggled in recent years with high feed prices, their No. 1 expense, while dealing with increased competition from imports. “There […] [...]

Hay and forage producers hoping for blue skies

by MBJ Staff Published: May 6,2013

Tags: agriculture, commodity, farm, farmer, farming, feed, forage, grass, hay, producer, rain, Weather, wet

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — As pastures transition from cool-season to warm-season grasses, the state’s hay and forage producers hope for sunny days that are better suited to growing and harvesting quality crops. “We’re finishing up with our cool season forages, which are annual ryegrass, wheat and oats with some clovers mixed in,” said Mark Mowdy, an […] [...]

Poultry producers face myriad of challenges this year

by MBJ Staff Published: April 23,2013

Tags: agriculture, Chicken, competition, farm, farmer, farming, feed, feed cost, food, input cost, market, overhead, poultry, producer

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The impact of last year’s drought on feed costs is not the only challenge poultry growers face in 2013. Production costs, expansion issues, waste regulations, competition from other meat sources and the next grain crop are major factors impacting the poultry industry this year. “Some of the corn produced last year had […] [...]

Board endows chair, supports soybean research

STARKVILLE — The Mississippi Soybean Promotion Board (MSPB) has invested in the Edgar E. Hartwig Endowed Chair in Soybean Agronomy at Mississippi State University (MSU). Named after the late Edgar E. Hartwig, a renowned soybean breeder, MSPB’s investment will help fund an endowed chair in MSU’s Department of Plant and Soil Sciences. MSPB’s funding leveraged […] [...]

Researchers touting ‘RISER’ system to Delta farmers

STONEVILLE — Mississippi State University experts have a new program to help Delta producers irrigate row crops more efficiently and economically. MSU Extension Service irrigation specialist Jason Krutz is leading a multi-faceted approach to water conservation, dubbed Row-crop Irrigation Science and Extension Research, or RISER. The researchers are working with producers to help reduce irrigation […] [...]

Bad market conditions have peanut growers exploring options

by MBJ Staff Published: April 8,2013

Tags: acreage, agriculture, commodity, crop, farm, farmer, farming, goober, grower, maket, pea, peanut, planting, price, producer, row crop

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — A significant decline in price potential has last year’s peanut growers looking to other crops in 2013. According to the recent U.S. Department of Agriculture Prospective Plantings report, acreage is declining in every peanut-producing state except Oklahoma. Mississippi is expected to post the greatest percentage decline, down 58 percent from the previous […] [...]

Report gives impact of extension service, experiment stations

STARKVILLE — The South’s extension service and experiment station systems are still relevant nearly a century after they were founded. This according to a new report released by an Ohio-based charitable trust. Battelle Technology Partnership Practice and BioDimensions, an independent research and development organization, released results of a study of the economic impact Extension Service […] [...]

Specialty crop grants available through Ag Department

by MBJ Staff Published: March 18,2013

Tags: agriculture, farm, farmer, farming, grant, grower, producer, specialty crop, state agency

JACKSON — The Mississippi Department of Agriculture and Commerce is now accepting proposals for Mississippi’s FY 2013 Specialty Crop Block Grant Program. The purpose of the program is to solely enhance the competitiveness of Mississippi’s specialty crop industry. Projects funded through the program must address at least one of the following priority areas — research, […] [...]

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