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Heat not helping state’s corn crop

STARKVILLE —  Wet spring weather prevented Mississippi farmers from planting as many corn acres as they intended, but despite the heat, the crop is mostly looking good in fields across the state. “We should have a good crop this year, but it won’t be a record,” said Erick Larson, Mississippi State University Extension Service corn specialist. “The planted acreage is down from ...

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Sanderson exec named to Fed board

MBJ staff Lampkin Butts, president and chief operating officer of Sanderson Farms Inc., has been appointed to the board of directors of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta’s New Orleans Branch. Butts’ term ends Dec. 31, 2017. He is filling an unexpired term. Butts has served as president and chief operating officer of Sanderson Farms since 2004. He has been ...

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Price, numbers are up for beef cattle in state

  STARKVILLE — Record beef cattle prices are making Mississippi producers happy to be in the business this summer. Brian Williams, a Mississippi State University Extension Service agricultural economist, said 400- to 500-pound Mississippi calves are selling for $282.50 per hundredweight, and 700- to 800-pound steers are selling for $200 per hundredweight. “Mississippi feeder cattle prices are higher this year than a ...

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Analysis: Cal-Maine ranks at top of public firms in state

By JACK WEATHERLY  Cal-Maine Foods is the top-ranking public company based in Mississippi, according to an analysis by SmartAsset.com The nation’s largest producer of in-shell eggs registered a 19.82 percent average annual return from 2010 through March 31 of this year, SmartAsset reported. It’s return was actually not as high as Callon Petroleum’s 33.07 percent, but its stock performance index ...

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MSU completes upgrades to cheese production facility

STARKVILLE — Recent upgrades to the Custer Dairy Processing Plant at Mississippi State University mean fewer balls of Edam and other cheese products will be available for 2015. “We lost three months of production this past spring” during the shutdown for renovations, said Troy Weaver, the Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station sales store manager. “We will produce significantly less ...

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Catfish producers see lower costs, high demand

RAYMOND — High consumer demand and lower input costs have Mississippi catfish farmers filling their ponds to the brim. “Consumer demand has stayed pretty high, and that has farmers stocking at high rates, even though pond acreage is down by almost 8 percent from last year,” said Jimmy Avery, Extension aquaculture professor at the Mississippi State University Delta Research and Extension Center ...

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North Mississippi watermelon crop running behind

TUPELO — With the July Fourth holiday right around the corner, many people will be looking for watermelons for family cookouts and get-togethers. Northeast Mississippi watermelon growers have had a tough time getting their crops to consumers. There are watermelons in stores, but if they’re Mississippi grown they’re likely from the Gulf Coast region. Farmers tell WCBI TV the unusually ...

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Sanderson to hold investor conference

MBJ staff Laurel-based Sanderson Farms Inc. announced that management will host an investor conference  Oct. 15-16  at the Hotel Monteleone in New Orleans. The investor presentation and question-and-answer session will be led by Joe F. Sanderson Jr., chairman and chief executive officer, with additional comments from industry experts and the company’s management team. The presentation will begin at approximately 8 ...

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Delta faces down a threat to water sustainability

Mississippi would never be mistaken for California, but there is at least one thing they share. Each lays claim as among the most fertile and productive growing regions in the world. California’s Central Valley is about 450 miles long and 60 miles wide at the most. It looks like a large cucumber. Mississippi’s Delta, 200 miles long and 70 miles ...

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UPDATE: Spike in Mississippi egg prices will come, experts say

If the price of eggs at your favorite grocery in Mississippi hasn’t taken a big jump, just wait. The Mississippi poultry industry has thus far escaped the outbreak of avian flu that has devastated flocks in the Midwest, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Forty-seven million birds have been destroyed because of the virus, with Iowa leading the way ...

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