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Soybean crop starting slow across Mississippi

STARKVILLE – At about 2.2 million acres, soybeans are easily the state’s biggest row crop with a flexible planting window that puts them in the clean-up position when farmers cannot plant other crops on time. Trent Irby, soybean specialist with the Mississippi State University Extension Service, said the crop was about 60 percent planted by early May. This amount was ...

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Higher yields and lower input costs helping ag

By BECKY GILLETTE Mississippi ag producers are headed into yet another year with low commodity prices that make profitability a challenge. But two things offsetting that are lower input prices and higher yields, said Brian R. Williams, Ph.D., an agricultural economist who is an assistant professor at Mississippi State University (MSU) Extension. “Commodity prices have been fairly low for the ...

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Heartland a catfish giant

By CALLIE DANIELS BRYANT Catfish is an undeniable part of Mississippi’s cuisine, especially fried catfish with hot sauce.  With this in mind, it’s unsurprising that Heartland Catfish Company, a family-owned catfish farm founded in 1995, is the largest single producer of farm-raised catfish in the United States. On March 11 to 13, Heartland will feature vacuum skin-packaged catfish products at ...

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Nebraska, Mississippi colleges start poultry degree program

The Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture has signed a cooperative agreement with Mississippi State University to train students for poultry-related careers. The Lincoln Journal Star reports that the new program includes three semesters at the Nebraska college in Curtis and a semester at MSU’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. Students enrolled in the program will earn an associate of applied ...

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Cal-Maine: mistreatment of hens an aberration

By JACK WEATHERLY An animal rights group has released an undercover video of what it says are laying hens living in deplorable conditions at a Cal-Maine Foods farm in Lake Wales, Fla, Jackson-based Cal-Maine is the largest producer of shell eggs in the United States. According to Animal Recovery Mission (ARM), hens are overcrowded in cages where they are trampled ...

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Cal-Maine records $26.1 million loss for quarter after settlement

By JACK WEATHERLY Cal-Maine Foods suffered a net loss of $26.1 million, or 54 cents per share, for the second fiscal quarter of 2018 in which the Jackson-based egg producer recorded a $52.8 million after-tax antitrust settlement. The settlement stems from a Sept. 25, 2008 consolidated suit case filed in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. Excluding ...

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Sorghum yields shine; acreage and prices sag

By LINDA BREAZEALE / Mississippi State Extension Mississippi’s grain sorghum acreage is at an historic low, and market prices are not much better, but yields should be good. Erick Larson, grain crops specialist with the Mississippi State University Extension Service, said when market incentives went away after 2015, so did farmers’ desire to plant grain sorghum, also known as milo. ...

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Sanderson earnings more than double for 3rd quarter

By JACK WEATHERLY Higher product prices and lower feed costs in a stable market enabled Sanderson Farms to record net income of $115.8 million, or $5.09 per share, for the third fiscal quarter, compared with $54.7 million, or $2.42 per share, a year earlier. Joe F. Sanderson Jr., chairman and chief executive said in its report that retail grocery prices, ...

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Turnout big for forum on redband bug

By JACK WEATHERLY The attendance at a forum last week on the redbanded stink bug in Mississippi, Louisiana and Arkansas soybean crops was commensurate with the scope of the infestation. In other words, big. That’s according to Dr. Fred Musser, professor of entomology at Mississippi State University. There were 130 at the MSU Delta Research and Extension Center in Stoneville, ...

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