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State's grain sorghum crop may beat forecast

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Timely rains followed by sunny days provided optimal growing conditions for Mississippi’s grain sorghum crop, and yields may be higher than anticipated. Mississippi producers planted about 63,000 acres in grain sorghum in 2012, up from 50,000 acres in 2011. The state ranked No. 8 nationally in grain sorghum production in 2011. Erick Larson, gran crops agronomist with ...

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State's rice crop in; could approach yield record set in 2007

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Mississippi producers have the bulk of the state’s rice crop safely in storage, and yields may approach the record set in 2007 of 160 bushels an acre. Nathan Buehring, rice specialist with the Mississippi State University Extension Service, said September’s weather was nearly ideal for rice harvest. “Isaac slowed us down and put a little bit of ...

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State's peanut-growing acreage up 200+ percent over 2011

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Many Delta fields that once turned white with cotton are now yielding a below-ground crop and helping propel Mississippi up the list of peanut-producing states. The state has an estimated 47,000 acres of peanuts this year, up more than 200 percent from the 14,000 acres grown in 2011. The U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates the crop is ...

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Agriculture community assessing damage from Isaac

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Even as the remnants of Hurricane Isaac were leaving Mississippi last Friday, Mississippi State University Extension agents were assessing its impact on crops that were so close to harvest. Lodging, or laying down, can be a significant harvest challenge in wind-blown fields, especially corn. Extension corn specialist Erick Larson is cautiously optimistic that most of the corn ...

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Farmers, ranchers prepare to deal with Isaac's impact

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Farmers across southern and central Mississippi are preparing to deal with the consequences of high winds and lots of rain from Isaac. “We have a two-fold problem for farmers right now,” said Mississippi Farm Bureau president Randy Knight. “The livestock and dairy farmers are worried about losing electricity — having problems keeping chickens alive and being able ...

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Corn prices high, but low river remains huge concern

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The drought across the nation’s Corn Belt is contributing to record high grain prices and near-record low river levels, both of which are impacting Mississippi’s corn. Corn prices are at $8 per bushel and have been trading in that range for the past couple of weeks. This is compared to about $5.20 per bushel at the start ...

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Monsanto, Scruggs Farm Supply await judge's ruling

TUPELO — A federal judge in Mississippi has heard arguments from the Monsanto Co., which is seeking $27 million in damages from a Tupelo farm supply business and its owners in an ongoing dispute over saving and selling its patented seeds. The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports U.S. District Judge Michael Mills made no decision after hearing yesterday from attorneys ...

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Catfish farmers feeling impact of drought

AROUND MISSISSIPPI — Mississippians do not have to look far to see the impact of the Midwest’s historic drought, as the state’s catfish farmers already feel the pinch of sky-high feed costs. “There was a window last fall when some farmers were able to book feed at $380 per ton,” said Jimmy Avery, Mississippi State University Extension aquaculture specialist and ...

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Small rice crop looking good after favorable growing season

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The bright spot for Mississippi’s smaller-than-normal rice crop is that it is looking good at harvest, thanks to an early start and a favorable growing season. Nathan Buehring, rice specialist with the Mississippi State University Extension Service, said most of the state’s rice was planted by mid-April, putting it about two weeks ahead of schedule. “Everything so ...

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Phosphate Holdings sees improved quarter despite sales decrease

MADISON — Phosphate Holdings Inc. reported second quarter of 2012 net income of $0.9 million, or $0.10 per diluted share of common stock, compared to a loss of $1.8 million, or $0.21 per diluted share of common stock, for the same period in 2011. Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) for the second quarter of 2012 were $5.1 ...

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