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Smaller harvest means higher prices for pecans this holiday season

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Mississippians love holiday recipes with pecans, but an off year may make the nuts more expensive and harder to find. Eric Stafne, associate Extension and research professor at the Mississippi State University Coastal Research and Extension Center, said the state’s pecan crop is forecast at 1 million pounds. The state produced 5 million pounds last year, and ...

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State's truck crops ring in at more than $118M

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Locally grown produce continues to increase in popularity on Mississippi’s kitchen counters, grocery shelves and restaurant menus as consumers seek fresher fruits and vegetables. To get them, they often turn to the state’s truck crops growers, who traditionally sold their specialty items, such as tomatoes, berries, nuts and sweet corn, from the beds of their pickup trucks. ...

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Watermelon, blueberry crop hurt by weather, disease

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Party planners may have a hard time finding Mississippi-grown watermelons and blueberries for July 4th celebrations this year. Unfavorable weather slowed maturity and increased disease pressure for both crops. Much of the state’s blueberry crop is grown in south Mississippi, and most of its watermelons are grown in the southeast quarter of the state. Acreage for both ...

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Post-storm cool snap aids strawberry growers

While many Mississippians have been impacted by the April 28 storms, one group of farmers has profited from the weather. Unseasonably cool temperatures in the wake of historic tornado activity could be a boon for the state’s strawberry growers. “The weather over the past few days has been tough, but it’s still early in the strawberry season,” said Brooks Brownlee ...

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Producers learn how to grow safe, healthy product

With increased scrutiny on food safety, a recent event looked to give local growers the latest and greatest in the safe handling of their product from planting to harvest. More than 20 fruit and vegetable growers gathered at Mississippi State University recently for an all-day workshop about food safety and best practices. Instructors from the MSU Extension Service, Mississippi Agricultural ...

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Extension welcomes Stafne

Mississippi State University’s Extension Service has hired Eric Stafne as the assistant Extension professor of fruit crops. He is located at MSU’s Coastal Research and Extension Center in Poplarville. After earning a bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University in forestry, Stafne received his master’s in horticulture and doctorate in plant science, both from the University of Arkansas. From 2005 until ...

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