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Sorghum crop late, but yields looking okay

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Mississippi’s farmers showed their ability to adapt when wet spring weather forced many of them to change their planting intentions from corn, cotton and soybeans to late-planted grain sorghum. “This year it rained from about March 25 through mid-May, which had a huge impact on delaying planting and actually switching crop intentions,” said Erick Larson, state corn ...

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Ag equipment dealer adds Delta Group to network

GREENVILLE — MacDon Industries, a manufacturer of harvesting equipment including draper headers for combines, recently expanded its dealer network in Mississippi with the addition of Delta Group, Mississippi’s leading agricultural equipment dealer. Terms were not disclosed. Delta Group has six locations in Mississippi, including Leland, Yazoo City, Belzoni, Greenwood, Rolling Fork and Cleveland. MacDon draper headers will be available through ...

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Despite weather challenges, sweet potato growers optimistic

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — In spite of recent rains, the state’s sweet potato growers have a lot to be excited about this harvest season. “Growers set the majority of the crop back in late May and June under ideal conditions,” said Stephen Meyers, sweet potato specialist with the Mississippi State University Extension Service. “We had good root set, which means the ...

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USDA: State's winter wheat harvest up 14 percent

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Mississippi’s winter wheat harvest grew 14 percent this year. The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced the total yesterday, saying the state’s farmers reaped 22.3 million bushels, up from 19.7 million in 2012. The number of acres harvested in the state rose 12 percent to 385,000. Yield grew slightly to 58 bushels per acre. Mississippi’s yield is much ...

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MSU scientists develop new undercutter for sweet potatoes

STARKVILLE — A machine designed by a group of Mississippi State University researchers could help sweet potato farmers reduce skinning injury to potatoes and speed up harvest. The undercutter prototype, made from off-the-shelf components, shows early potential to help lower harvest and post-harvest losses caused by skinning, said Jason Ward, assistant Extension professor in MSU’s Agriculture and Biological Engineering Department. ...

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Sweet potato crop looking good; harvest continues

PITTSBORO — Farmers in Calhoun County say the sweet potato crop is looking good, though only about 20 percent of the crop has been harvested. Farmer Preston McGreger tells WCBI he began harvesting just after Labor Day. McGreger farms about 208 acres, and says about 25 percent of his crop is in. He says a little late-season rainfall would be ...

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Drought grips farmland in much of South, Midwest

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The combination of heat and scarce amounts of rain intensified the drought in several agriculturally significant states, contributing to declining crop conditions in parts of the Midwest and South. However, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said in a separate report today the expected record corn harvest and third-largest soybean crop are on track, since areas that aren’t ...

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Corn growers overcome challenges; crop nears record yield

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Mississippi growers’ determination to plant corn last spring is paying off as harvests approach 2012’s record yields of 165 bushels per acre. Persistent rains and low temperatures in the spring delayed planting, slowed emergence and contributed to less than desirable final stands. Cool weather through May also slowed corn growth and maturity by about two weeks throughout ...

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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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Soybean prices tumble faster than expected

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The spring’s planting challenges and last year’s Midwest drought boosted soybean prices for a while, but the winds of change are starting to blow. Brian Williams, agricultural economist with the Mississippi State University Extension Service, said the soybean market had been strong until mid-July. The market typically drops before harvest, but he said prices dropped a bit ...

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