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Rice planting halted by frequent rains

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STARKVILLE — On paper, Mississippi’s rice crop is right on schedule, with half the crop planted by late April, but the reality is that recent rains have left planting at a near standstill. In the Crop Progress and Condition Report, the U.S. Department of Agriculture estimated 49 percent of the state’s rice was planted and 30 percent emerged by April 26. Those ...

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Joe Street retiring after 35 years in MSU Extension Service leadership roles

STARKVILLE, Miss. — After decades of service to Mississippi State University, a long-time scientist and administrator is retiring. Joe Street, associate director for agriculture and natural resources with the MSU Extension Service, will retire April 30. Street began his career at MSU in 1980 as a plant physiologist for the Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station in Stoneville and spent ...

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Bulls added to horse auction due to artificial insemination demand

PRAIRIE — Buyers shopping the Mississippi State University horse auction may be surprised to see bulls in the online photo lineup this fall. This is the second year for horses in the annual Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station’s production sale to be auctioned online with eBay-style bidding. All the animals are available for viewing at www.auction.msucares.com. The bulls pictured ...

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Extension, MAFES adds Shaun Broderick

Shaun Broderick is a new horticulture research scientist with the Mississippi State University Extension Service and Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station. Broderick, a native of Orem, Utah, is an assistant horticulture professor and researcher specializing in herbaceous perennials, shrubs and trees. He is stationed at the Truck Crops Branch Experiment Station in Crystal Springs. Broderick earned an associate degree ...

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Deer processors need to use caution to insure safe, tasty venison

STARKVILLLE — In Mississippi, more than 200,000 deer are harvested each year, providing families with a source of free-range meat. However, hunters must exercise care when processing deer to ensure good-tasting, high quality, safe meat products. Byron Williams, associate Extension and research professor in the Department of Food Science, Nutrition, and Health Promotion at Mississippi State University, said the hunter ...

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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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Number of specialty crop farms continues to grow

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — As demand increases for locally grown produce, farmers markets have become a way to take fresh fruits and vegetables directly to customers. “This segment of agriculture is growing, and I think we are only going to see the need for small-scale producers increase in the coming years,” said Rick Snyder, vegetable specialist with the Mississippi State University ...

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Despite weather, soybean growers anticipate record yield

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The state’s soybean growers are on track to harvest a record yield this year despite the cool, wet weather that kept most producers behind schedule by two to three weeks. Trent Irby, Mississippi State University Extension Service soybean specialist, said growers are optimistic about potential yield this season. The state’s average yield is currently projected to be ...

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Scientists seeing more invasive trapjaw ants on Coast

MISSISSIPPI GULF COAST — A large, jumping ant has reached large enough numbers that its slow invasion of the Mississippi Gulf Coast is starting to be noticed. Odontomachus haematodus, which is native to South America and commonly known as the trapjaw ant, was first identified in the state in August 2000. These large brown ants can reach almost a half-inch ...

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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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