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Farmers looking for repeat of last year's success

Coming off of a solid year in 2013, Mississippi farmers are planning their planting around market potential. “Prices are driving growers’ planting decisions,” said Brian Williams, an agricultural economist with the Mississippi State University Extension Service. “Mississippi corn is trading about $2.50 per bushel lower than a year ago, while Mississippi soybean prices are slightly higher than a year ago.” ...

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Ag producers, scientists talk about research, needs

VERONA — More than 300 north Mississippi agricultural producers met with Mississippi State University representatives to hear research results and recommendations and to express what they need from the university in the coming year. Steve Martin, head of MSU’s North Mississippi Research and Extension Center in Verona, said the annual meeting helps keep producers, researchers and Extension specialists on the ...

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Good yields, bad prices — Agriculture impacted by weaker market

For farmers, 2013 was a year to remember, though not all of those memories are good ones. For the 19th consecutive year, poultry rang in as the top commodity in Mississippi, and forest products saw a bounce-back year, regaining the number two spot of Mississippi’s top commodity list. However, many commodities — including corn and soybeans — saw market prices ...

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Scientists looking for new weapons to fight cotton-damaging insect

Cotton has made a rebound over the last few years, but growers still face challenges. One of those is damage from insects. However, new research shows potential for offering new strategies to limit tarnished plant bug damage in cotton, though sure options already exist. Mississippi State University scientists and Extension specialists have compiled decades of research to create a comprehensive ...

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USDA expecting state's farmers to see record yields

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The state’s farmers have been harvesting fields heavy with crops. The U.S. Department of Agriculture is forecasting record yield per acre for Mississippi’s corn, cotton and rice crops. Corn production, which has been increasing in importance in Mississippi, is projected to reach nearly 147 million bushels, surpassing 2007 for the state’s largest corn crop ever. » READ ...

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OSHA finds 25 health, safety violations at Delta Oil

GREENWOOD — Delta Oil Mill has been cited by the government for 25 safety and health violations following injuries to a worker earlier this year. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration says in a news release that it has proposed penalties of $83,415. The cottonseed oil producer has 15 days to appeal. OSHA says a worker sustained a back injury ...

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Damage from fire shuts down cotton seed oil mill

GREENWOOD — A fire at Delta Oil Mill on Friday night has shut the facility down until repairs can be made. “Nobody was injured. That’s the main thing,” John Stewart, the mill’s manager, told the Greenwood Commonwealth. The fire broke out around 9 p.m. in the sprawling plant’s baling room, Stewart said. Stewart said the plant was processing cotton seed ...

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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 are sitting on one of ...

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Late cotton planting could boost pest species

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Farmers are finally catching up on cotton planting, but experts are worried that the late start could expose the crop to more insects than if wet weather hadn’t delayed planting. Mississippi farmers had intended to plant corn on many acres in hopes of cashing in on high prices. But winter and spring rains left many fields waterlogged, ...

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State's cotton to make more room for corn in 2013

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Corn is the anticipated biggest winner and cotton the biggest loser as Mississippi producers shuffle commodity acres to take advantage of market conditions. The U.S. Department of Agriculture released its prospective plantings report March 28. In it, the state’s corn acreage is predicted to reach 1.05 million acres, a 28 percent increase from the 820,000 acres planted ...

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