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State’s ‘Big 4’ row crops post record yields in 2014

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By LINDA BREAZEALE   STARKVILLE -— Mother Nature may deserve most of the credit, but management decisions by some “boots on the ground” also contributed to Mississippi’s record yields in cotton, soybeans, corn and rice in 2014. The U.S. Department of Agriculture recently released the official cotton yield averages, placing Mississippi fields at an all-time high of 1,232 pounds per acre. ...

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Managing wild hog nusiance is workshop topic

GRENADA — The Grenada County Extension Office will hold a wild-hog management workshop on Feb. 9 for landowners, hunters and timber professionals across the state. The “Wild Hog Damage Management Workshop” is from 8:45 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Grenada County Extension Office. Topics include basic wildlife damage management; wild hog history, biology and ecology; feral swine diseases, parasites ...

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Stricklin: Deer parasites don't affect quality of venison

STARKVILLE — Hunters who shoot a deer and discover that the animal is a host to parasites should still get the fire ready for cooking, according to Bronson Stricklin, a wildlife biologist and wildlife management specialist with the Mississippi State University Extension Service. Stricklin wrote: While dressing a deer this fall, there are some common parasites you may encounter. None ...

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Hunting deer? There's an app for that

STARKVILLE — Deer hunters can take wildlife biologists’ expertise with them to the woods this season by downloading free apps from Mississippi State University. Three smartphone apps were developed by experts with the MSU Deer Lab, a collaborative effort of the MSU Extension Service and MSU Forest and Wildlife Research Center. “We tried to address a variety of deer-related issues ...

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Strickland: Hunters shouldn't fear common deer diseases

STARKVILLE — Hunters who discover sick deer should not be overly concerned, according to a Mississippi State University researcher. Bronson Strickland, wildlife biologist and wildlife management specialist with the MSU Extension Service, writes: “As a wildlife specialist with the Mississippi State University Extension Service, I get many phone calls and emails from hunters during the hunting season asking, “What’s wrong ...

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Jenna Schilling, Natasha Haynes recognized

Two Mississippi State University Extension Service professionals were recently honored by the National Extension Association for Family and Consumer Sciences for their work in the early childhood field. Jenna Schilling, Extension associate, and Natasha Haynes, Extension agent in family and consumer sciences, won the national Early Childhood Child Care Training Award for the TummySafe program, a food certification course for ...

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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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Researcher: Wild hogs not a mere nuisance

By: Marina Denny, Ed.D. Dept. of Wildlife, Fisheries & Aquaculture ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Wild hogs are a nuisance and potential danger to farmers and landowners throughout the United States. Brought to the Americas by early Spanish explorers as a livestock animal and later transported by hunting enthusiasts, wild hogs have spread rapidly throughout the Southeast. One reason wild hogs are ...

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State officials expect less wheat acreage to be planted

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Excellent summer crop harvests in recent years is partly responsible for a significant decrease in the amount of wheat being planted in the state this fall. Official estimates are not yet available, but Erick Larson, grain crops agronomist with the Mississippi State University Extension Service, said he expects state farmers to plant less than 150,000 acres of ...

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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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