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Drought burns pastures, fields, posing threat to cattle

These brangus cattle on Bill Carr's Choctaw County farm are faced with a toasted pasture and reliance on what they normally eat in the winter.

By JACK WEATHERLY “They’re burnt slam up,” said Bill Carr of his Choctaw County pasture lands and hay fields that haven’t had a rain since late July. His tends 35 head of what he says are brangus “mama cows” and two bulls on 70 hilly acres of pasture land. They are hungry. They came up to his tractor one day ...

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Invasive crape myrtle pest spreading in state

This crape myrtle branch is encrusted in the white felt of crape myrtle bark scale pests, an invasive insect that damages the once low-maintenance trees. (Photo by MSU Extension/Blake Layton)

STARKVILLE — Mississippi State University experts found an invasive insect that attacks crape myrtles on the coast this spring and now have spotted the pest in two cities on opposite ends of the state. The insects are crape myrtle bark scale, or CMBS, and they were found March 15 in Ocean Springs in Jackson County. In August, the insects were ...

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Rice harvest underway, yields, acreage in question

Workers harvest rice on Aug. 24, 2015, at the Mississippi State University Delta Research and Extension Center in Stoneville, Mississippi. (Photo by MSU Delta Research and Extension Center/Bobby Golden)

STONEVILLE — Rice harvest has begun in Mississippi, but only time will tell how many acres were actually planted and how good yields will be. “There’s not a lot of yield reports yet, but I think we’re going to have a good crop,” said Bobby Golden, rice agronomist with the MSU Extension Service and researcher with the Mississippi Agricultural and ...

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Sanderson Farms fiscal performance takes hit from wobbly market


By JACK WEATHERLY The outbreak of avian flu and other factors cut deeply into Sanderson Farms’ profits in the third fiscal quarter, the Laurel-based poultry producer and processor  said in a release on Tuesday. Net sales were $740 million for the fiscal third quarter, down from $768 million a year earlier. Net income fell  to $50.9 million, or $2.27 a ...

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Catfish producers see lower costs, high demand

With consumer demand high and input costs down, Mississippi catfish producers are stocking their ponds at high rates this year. (File Photo by MSU Ag Communications)

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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Mississippi blueberries going global


South Mississippi blueberries are going global. Members of the Miss-Lou Blueberry Co-op, which includes farms from Poplarville, Purvis and Lumberton, have for the first time exported their produce to India and the United Arab Emirates. All told, members shipped 9,000 pounds of what those in the industry call “blues.” Luis Monterde oversaw the selection and packing of the blues from ...

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State’s milk production trends up as dairy numbers decline

Holstein cows graze at the Joe Bearden Dairy Research Center in Sessums, Mississippi, on June 11, 2015. Increased production and international competition are bringing down milk prices for dairy producers across the state. (Photo by MSU Ag Communications/Kat Lawrence)

DECATUR, Miss. — Max Anderson has set an auction date. Soon, he will sell all of his 150-cow dairy herd. Anderson will then mark the end of 38 years in the dairy business after taking over his family’s Newton County farm. After a widespread dairy economic crisis in 2009 that put him and many of his peers in debt, he ...

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Chefs savor GritGirl products

The yellow corn that Georgeanne and Freddie Ross mill into grits, cornmeal, polenta and masa is served by chefs at white tablecloth restaurants from Mississippi to New York. Years before Memphis-born Georgeanne Ross came to be known as the Original GritGirl of Oxford she had a city girl’s perspective on growing food. “If it didn’t come from Kroger, I just ...

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