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Corps official: River needs larger ports, locks and dams

MISSISSIPPI RIVER — Higher-capacity ports, expanded locks and dams and other infrastructure improvements are needed in the Mississippi River Watershed to allow its waterways to handle shipping demands caused by higher agriculture, oil and natural gas production and manage climate change effects, a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers official said yesterday. Brig. Gen. Peter A. DeLuca, commander of the corps’ ...

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Grain sorghum could go from record yield to zero due to aphid

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Crops almost never go from potentially record yields one year to drastic acre reductions the next, but catastrophic aphid infestations coupled with low prices may force grain sorghum growers into that situation. Erick Larson, grain crops specialist with the Mississippi State University Extension Service, said if not for the white sugarcane aphid, the state would have one ...

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New program launched to boost honeybee population

JACKSON — In light of the decline of honeybee populations around the world, the Mississippi Farm Bureau Federation, in cooperation with several other agricultural organizations, has launched the Mississippi Honeybee Stewardship Program. This program outlines the basic standards that should exist between farmers and beekeepers when bees are located in or near agricultural production areas. “Mississippi currently produces from 1 ...

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Wheat producers eligible for Supplemental Coverage Option

MISSISSIPPI DELTA — Wheat growers in Bolivar, Coahoma, Sunflower, Tallahatchie and Washington counties are eligible for the Supplemental Coverage Option that was authorized in the Agricultural Act of 2014. Depending on whether the producer’s crop insurance coverage is a yield protection or a revenue protection policy, the supplemental coverage option will provide an indemnity payment when yield or market revenue ...

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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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Scientists trying to solve 'mystery' behind soybean disease

LEFLORE COUNTY — LSU AgCenter plant pathologist Trey Price said soybean growers in Louisiana have been finding a fungal disease called black root rot in their crops. “This disease started showing up here about five years ago, and we called it a mystery disease,” Price said. The disease makes leaves turn yellow, orange-brown or mottled even though their veins remain ...

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Russia's poultry ban expected to have only minor impact on producers

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Poultry producers say Russia’s decision to ban imported U.S. meat won’t lead to a glut of the product because other countries are clamoring for inexpensive meat. Russian President Vladimir Putin said yesterday that his country would restrict imports of certain commodities in retaliation for the U.S. and other countries imposing sanctions because of the situation in Ukraine. ...

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Unmanned aerial vehicles becoming new tool for farmers

STARKVILLE — It is hard to compare an unmanned aerial vehicle to a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) machine, but that is how the director of Mississippi State University’s Geosystems Research Institute sees it. “The plant is the patient, the agronomists are the doctors and I am the guy that works on the MRI machine,” Robert Moorhead said. UAVs are the ...

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Weather, armyworms challenge turf and forage producers

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Turf and forage producers in Mississippi need fewer clouds and more sunshine. In 2014, forage producers raised an estimated 600,000 acres of hay across the state. There are about 60 farms producing sod for sale in the state. Turf production… The unusually harsh winter melted into a cool, wet spring and summer, which slowed spring growth and ...

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Cochran continues to question EPA over new regulations

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.), ranking member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, continues to raise questions about the impact on agriculture and rural economies of the new Clean Water Act regulations proposed this spring by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Accepting an invitation issued in May by Cochran and Republican members of the Senate Agriculture Committee, EPA ...

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