Posts Tagged ‘rain’

State’s ranchers welcome rain; relieves feed costs

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Rains are taking some feed-cost pressure off Mississippi cattle producers as the end of summer approaches. Jane Parish, beef specialist with the Mississippi State University Extension Service, said summer droughts often reduce hay yields, and the resulting sparse grass in pastures can trigger hay feedings before the first frost hits. This year, […] [...]

Congressman, state and local leaders talk flood insurance

GULFPORT — Calling pending flood insurance increases “drastic and draconian,” U.S. Rep. Steven Palazzo of Gulfport met today with state and local leaders to discuss ways to stem the tide of rising insurance rates that are due to kick in as early as October. Palazzo, Mississippi Insurance Commissioner Mike Chaney and David Miller, associate administrator […] [...]

More rain expected in parts of Coast that saw weekend flooding

by Associated Press Published: August 19,2013

Tags: American Red Cross, flash flood, flood, flooding, forecast, forecaster, meterology, natural disaster, rain, water, Weather, weatherman

MISSISSIPPI GULF COAST — Forecasters say there could be more rain this week in parts of south Mississippi hit with flash flooding over the weekend. Heavy rainfall over the weekend caused flooding in areas including Long Beach, Gulfport and Biloxi. Authorities said some areas of Gulfport recorded more than 6 inches of rain Sunday. William […] [...]

Crews attack flood threats in Horn Lake

by Associated Press Published: August 13,2013

Tags: city of Horn Lake, flood, flood control, flooding, rain, Spencer "Penny" Shields, Weather

HORN LAKE — City crews in Horn Lake are at work this week trying to reduce flood threats in the city. The Commercial Appeal reported public works employees are clearing ditches that are a major cause of flooding threatening homes and businesses during times of heavy rain. Public works director Spencer “Penny” Shields says the […] [...]

Corn growers could face challenges getting harvest in

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Mississippi’s corn growers faced challenges at planting season, and harvest time could be just as tough. Erick Larson, corn specialist with the Mississippi State University Extension Service, said wet fields and cooler temperatures last spring resulted in less-than-desirable corn stands, and these conditions often delayed or prevented growers from planting their intended […] [...]

High water has TVA spilling at dams; farmland to be impacted

NORTHEAST MISSISSIPPI — The Tennessee Valley Authority is working to move large volumes of water, as much as one million gallons per second in some places, along the Tennessee River system to reduce potentially damaging flooding from record rainfall. TVA prepared for this event by lowering reservoir levels on the main channel of the Tennessee […] [...]

Watermelon crop tardy but in time for July 4th celebration

by MBJ Staff Published: July 1,2013

Tags: agriculture, commodity, dry, farm, farmer, farming, food, melon, rain, Weather

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Mississippians love Fourth of July watermelons, and the 2013 melon crop should be worth the wait after weather delays. David Nagel, horticulturist with the Mississippi State University Extension Service, said the biggest challenge has been the slow growth rate that caused some concern that the first melons might miss the holiday celebrations. […] [...]

Wet, cool weather impacted winter wheat’s growth, harvest

by MBJ Staff Published: June 26,2013

Tags: agriculture, commodity, farm, farmer, farming, food, grain, harvest, rain, row crop, Weather, winter wheat

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Producers are bringing in Mississippi’s amber waves of grain later than usual, but sunny weather has allowed them to make strong progress on the winter wheat harvest during the last two weeks. Wet conditions that began in February and cooler-than-normal conditions in March, April and most of May delayed the crop’s maturity. […] [...]

State’s blueberry farmers fighting weather, insects

by MBJ Staff Published: June 18,2013

Tags: agriculture, blueberry, cold, farm, farmer, farming, fly, freeze, harvest, horticulture, insect, pest, rain, Weather, wet, yield

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Late-spring cold snaps and untimely freezes have delayed harvests and reduced yields for Mississippi’s 2013 blueberry crop. George Traicoff of Hernando runs a family owned and operated you-pick operation in DeSoto County. He started Nesbit Blueberry Plantation with 6,000 plants in 1984, and today his family tends 16,000 plants. “We are running […] [...]

Late soybean planting leaves crop vulnerable to storms

by Associated Press Published: June 17,2013

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

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Heavy rains in early April delayed soybean planting in Mississippi and Louisiana. Farmers said the optimal time to plant soybeans is early to mid-April, but excess rain caused area farmers to plant in late April and May. “We had to wait for our fields to dry up,” local farmer Noble Guedon told […] [...]

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