Posts Tagged ‘sweet potato’

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 […] [...]

Sweet potato event wins award for promoting research

STARKVILLE — A sweet potato production conference organized by Mississippi State University faculty and collaborators in other states won a national award on Nov. 10 for excellence in promoting multistate research. MSU faculty Ramon Arancibia, Raja Reddy, Steve Meyers, Mark Shankle, Juan Silva, Jason Ward and Filip To are members of the National Sweetpotato Collaborators […] [...]

Despite weather challenges, sweet potato growers optimistic

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — In spite of recent rains, the state’s sweet potato growers have a lot to be excited about this harvest season. “Growers set the majority of the crop back in late May and June under ideal conditions,” said Stephen Meyers, sweet potato specialist with the Mississippi State University Extension Service. “We had good […] [...]

Sweet potato crop looking good; harvest continues

by Associated Press Published: September 14,2013

Tags: agriculture, crop, farm, farmer, farming, harvest, Preston McGreger, row crop, sweet potato, yam

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 […] [...]

When corn wouldn’t grow, maze-maker turns to grass

by MBJ Staff Published: October 30,2012

Tags: agriculture, agritourism, agritourist, corn, farm, farmer, farming, Halloween, maze, scary, sorghum, sppoky, sweet potato

CHICKASAW COUNTY — With persistence, hard work and a little help from technology, one Mississippi sweet potato farmer has created an unusual maze. “My farm is not that big, and after the disaster in 2009 when we lost about 90 percent of our sweet potato crop, we were looking for something else to do to […] [...]

Sweet potato crop looking ‘slightly above average’

by MBJ Staff Published: October 2,2012

Tags: agriculture, commodity, crop, drought, farm, farmer, farming, rain, row crop, sweet potato, Weather, yam

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Mississippi’s soil and climate are ideally suited to producing sweet potatoes, a crop that gives the state a No. 2 national ranking. Harvest began about Aug. 20 on Mississippi’s 22,500 acres of sweet potatoes. North Carolina comes in first with 64,000 acres. Acreage in both states varied little from last year. The […] [...]

Farmers finally see hope for disaster relief

by Wally Northway Published: March 21,2010

Tags: ag disaster, disaster relief, mississippi farmers, sweet potato, sweet potatoes

Federal and state aid possible for producers Just a handful of weeks ago, it looked as if Mississippi’s farming community would see no assistance to offset the severe crop losses suffered last year. They were looking at swallowing losses estimated at nearly $500 million — the worst loss in a half-century — on their own. […] [...]

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