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Researchers: Trapping, not hunting, best way to control wild hogs

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Many Mississippians enjoy the sport of hunting wild pigs, but trapping is a better way to control the rapidly growing population that is destroying forests, damaging agricultural resources and threatening native wildlife in the state. “Population studies by scientists show that hunting only removes about 25 percent of the population on average,” said Bill Hamrick, a wildlife ...

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State's pumpkin growers hurt by disease, summer rain

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Pumpkins are popping up on porches across Mississippi, but some growers had trouble getting them there. Many Mississippi pumpkin farmers experienced heavy disease pressure and a delayed harvest due to frequent summer rains. Growers planted more acres this year, but harvested fewer pumpkins than usual, said Stanley Wise, Union County agriculture and natural resource enterprise and community ...

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October storm has little impact on state's agriculture industry

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The major storm that passed through the state Oct. 13 brought a lot of wind and rain but caused little damage to the state’s row crops, because most of them were already harvested. According to U.S. Department of Agriculture figures released Oct. 12, harvest was 87 percent complete for rice, 74 percent complete for soybeans, 98 percent ...

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MSU Extension named Intelligent Community Institute

STARKVILLE — A New York-based think tank has designated the Mississippi State University Extension Service an Intelligent Community Institute, the second of its kind in the country. The goal of the partnership between MSU and the Intelligent Community Forum is to help rural communities thrive in the digital economy. The Intelligent Community Forum examines best practices and researches the impact ...

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Extension gives tips on avoiding Enterovirus-D68

STARKVILLE — Enterovirus-68 is making headlines and drawing attention to the importance of taking precautions even before cold and flu season arrives. Dr. Thomas Dobbs, state epidemiologist with the Mississippi State Department of Health, said a strain of enterovirus is causing serious complications in some children in 42 states, including Mississippi, as of the first of October. Strains of enterovirus ...

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Livestock producers turning to goats to supplement income

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Goats are growing in popularity among Mississippi livestock producers who have limited acreage or want to diversify their farming business. “Since 2012, the overall number of meat goats in the southeastern region of the state has increased,” said Mitch Newman, Greene County agricultural agent with the Mississippi State University Extension Service. “More small farmers want to raise ...

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State's peanut farmers feeling good about this year's crop

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Mississippi producers are quite happy with the peanut crop they are harvesting in early October, and recent dry weather has provided excellent drying conditions. “Overall in the state, we’re seeing above average yields, and the lowest grade I’ve heard is 68-69, which is the highest grade some growers have gotten in the past,” said Jason Sarver, peanut ...

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Delay in passage of farm bill has producers playing beat-the-clock

TUNICA — The nation’s farmers and agricultural landowners have some important decisions to make in the next six months. Krysta Harden, deputy secretary for the U.S. Department of Agriculture, met with farmers and others at the Tunica Museum on Sept. 29 to answer questions about programs available in the new farm bill. While the delay in passage of the farm ...

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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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Hay to be in short supply due to weather, insect predation

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — High demand for hay last winter, a wet spring and heavy insect pressure have all challenged the state’s pastureland, which means hay may be scarce this winter. Rocky Lemus, forage specialist with the Mississippi State University Extension Service, said these factors pushed the state’s hay inventories 20 percent lower than the three-year average. “The state had about ...

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