Posts Tagged ‘row crop’

USDA: State’s winter wheat harvest up 14 percent

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Mississippi’s winter wheat harvest grew 14 percent this year. The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced the total yesterday, saying the state’s farmers reaped 22.3 million bushels, up from 19.7 million in 2012. The number of acres harvested in the state rose 12 percent to 385,000. Yield grew slightly to 58 bushels per […] [...]

MSU scientists develop new undercutter for sweet potatoes

STARKVILLE — A machine designed by a group of Mississippi State University researchers could help sweet potato farmers reduce skinning injury to potatoes and speed up harvest. The undercutter prototype, made from off-the-shelf components, shows early potential to help lower harvest and post-harvest losses caused by skinning, said Jason Ward, assistant Extension professor in MSU’s […] [...]

Corn disease spreading; experts expect it here

A bacterial infection of corn called Goss’s wilt has been confirmed in four northeast Louisiana parishes — the farthest south it has been found, the LSU AgCenter says. And though it hasn’t yet shown up in Mississippi and Arkansas, experts there say it’s sure to happen. The disease creates circular patches of dead and wilting […] [...]

Soybean board awards fellowship; backing charcoal rot research

CANTON and STARKVILLE — With classes back in session at Mississippi State University (MSU), the Mississippi Soybean Promotion Board (MSPB) is investing in possible solutions to a major soybean disease as well as the education of a student who could be bringing production solutions to Mississippi soybean farmers long into the future. MSPB recently awarded […] [...]

Sweet potato crop looking good; harvest continues

PITTSBORO — Farmers in Calhoun County say the sweet potato crop is looking good, though only about 20 percent of the crop has been harvested. Farmer Preston McGreger tells WCBI he began harvesting just after Labor Day. McGreger farms about 208 acres, and says about 25 percent of his crop is in. He says a […] [...]

Drought grips farmland in much of South, Midwest

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The combination of heat and scarce amounts of rain intensified the drought in several agriculturally significant states, contributing to declining crop conditions in parts of the Midwest and South. However, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said in a separate report today the expected record corn harvest and third-largest soybean crop are on […] [...]

Corn growers overcome challenges; crop nears record yield

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Mississippi growers’ determination to plant corn last spring is paying off as harvests approach 2012’s record yields of 165 bushels per acre. Persistent rains and low temperatures in the spring delayed planting, slowed emergence and contributed to less than desirable final stands. Cool weather through May also slowed corn growth and maturity […] [...]

Stoneville scientist’s work gets worldwide attention

STONEVILLE — A Stoneville researcher’s work to eliminate a particularly pernicious corn pest has attracted international collaboration. Hamed Abbas, a plant pathologist with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service, and Cesare Accinelli, a microbiologist with the University of Bologna in Italy, are researching chemical-free methods — employing bioplastics — to prevent aflatoxin contamination […] [...]

Despite late planting, state’s cotton crop looking ‘decent’

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Mississippi’s cotton growers are hoping weather challenges don’t prevent their late-planted crop from making the good yields it seems capable of producing. Darrin Dodds, state cotton specialist with the Mississippi State University Extension Service, said the bulk of the crop was in pretty decent shape by late August. “Some folks feel they […] [...]

Could energy beets offer income, alternative energy to farmers?

STARKVILLE — Energy beets could be the answer to Mississippi farmers’ quest for off-season income and provide an alternative energy source for the nation’s expanding biofuels markets. Mississippi State University researchers and Extension agents are examining the growth and profit potential for varieties of energy beets, a nonedible relative of sugarbeets used only in biofuel […] [...]

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