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MSU scientists evaluating soil-testing recommendations

STONEVILLE — The thousands of dollars farmers invest in equipment, seed and labor to produce row crops, such as soybeans, cotton and corn, is wasted if they do not have quality soil. “Everything ties back to how well the soil is maintained,” said Bobby Golden, an agronomist and researcher with the Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station at Stoneville. “If ...

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Russo named CEO of Phosphate Holdings/Mississippi Phosphates

PASCAGOULA — Phosphate Holdings Inc., and Mississippi Phosphates Corporation has a new chief executive officer. The company, in a news release, said Stephen S. Russo has replaced interim CEO James L. Sherbert. Sherbert will remain on the board of directors under the new title of executive chairman. Russo will oversee all company operations and be based at the company’s new ...

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Fertilizer-maker consolidating, relocating headquarters to Coast

PASCAGOULA — Mississippi Phosphates Corp. is closing its administrative headquarters in Madison and consolidating all operations at Pascagoula manufacturing facility. CEO Jim Sherbert says in the news release that the move will allow the company to increase efficiency and eliminate costs associated with maintaining a remote headquarters. Mississippi Phosphates makes sulfuric acid and phosphoric acid to produce diammonium phosphate, or ...

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Rain puts state's rice farmers behind schedule

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — With Mississippi’s rice crop about two weeks later than normal, growers will have narrow windows of opportunity to perform necessary management as it grows. The U.S. Department of Agriculture estimated 92 percent of rice was planted by June 1. Seventy-four percent of the crop that has emerged was in good to excellent condition. Bobby Golden, Mississippi Agricultural ...

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Farmers expected to plant more cotton and beans, less corn

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI  — With corn prices down, Mississippi farmers are likely to plant more cotton than 2013’s record low acreage. But soybeans are still king, with almost as many acres expected to be planted than all other crops combined. Those are the findings of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s survey of what the state’s farmers plan to plant this year. ...

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Fertilizer manufacturer adding to product line-up

PASCAGOULA — Mississippi Phosphates Corp. plans to add to its product line. In a news release, the company said beginning in mid-February it will add monoammonium phosphate to take advantage of broader market opportunities. The company already produces diammonium phosphate, which is sold through traditional domestic and international channels. The company says both products are considered the most common forms ...

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Mississippi Phosphates back in the news — this time it's merely taxes

Pascagoula-based Mississippi Phosphates Corp. is back in the headlines again, this time over nonpayment of taxes totaling more than $666,000. However, that’s pretty tame compared to the challenges and issues the plant has faced over the past decade or so. The Jackson County tax collector told county supervisors the fertilizer manufacturer owes more than a half-million dollars in personal property ...

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MDEQ reopens Bayou Casotte after spill kills fish

PASCAGOULA — The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality has reopened Bayou Casotte and nearby waters in the Mississippi Sound to fishing and to swimming and other water contact. The department says it closed the bayou and the sound within 1,000 feet of the bayou’s mouth on Aug. 19, after a fish kill linked to low-pH water released by Mississippi Phosphates ...

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MDEQ monitoring bayou cleanup after discharge kills fish

JACKSON COUNTY — The fish kill caused by low pH levels in Bayou Casotte has left a mess, and the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality and Mississippi Phosphates Corp. are working to clean up the bayou. MDEQ spokesman Robbie Wilbur tells The Sun Herald the agency is monitoring the cleanup and will let residents know when the pH levels are ...

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Fertilizer company reports loss, decreased sales

MADISON — Phosphate Holdings Inc. reports a third quarter of 2012 net loss of $4.8 million, or $0.57 per diluted share of common stock, compared to net income of $1.5 million, or $0.18 per diluted share of common stock, for the same period in 2011. Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) for the third quarter of 2012 were negative $3.7 million, compared ...

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