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Farmers looking for repeat of last year's success

Coming off of a solid year in 2013, Mississippi farmers are planning their planting around market potential. “Prices are driving growers’ planting decisions,” said Brian Williams, an agricultural economist with the Mississippi State University Extension Service. “Mississippi corn is trading about $2.50 per bushel lower than a year ago, while Mississippi soybean prices are slightly higher than a year ago.” ...

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Delta Group: Farmers facing late planting due to weather

MISSISSIPPI DELTA — Faced with the possibility with a late planting season due to the harsh winter weather, farmers throughout the region are planning their strategy and preparing their equipment to make sure they are ready to go when the weather allows. “Farmers are looking at the winter we’re having and there’s definitely some concern about whether the first plantings ...

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Recent cold snap good news and bad news for farmers

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Record low temperatures the first week of January plunged the state into a deep freeze, but the cold came too early to cause significant plant damage or have much effect on insect pests in 2014.   Horticulture… Lelia Kelly, horticulturist with the Mississippi State University Extension Service, said most plants were firmly in their dormant stage when ...

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Winter wheat planting on schedule; crop looks good so far

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Fall planting of the state’s winter wheat crop is on schedule, and early-season growth looks good in fields planted so far. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Oct. 27 report, 28 percent of the state’s expected wheat crop had been planted. Unlike spring, when all row crops were well behind schedule, this estimate puts wheat exactly ...

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Rice crop overcomes early weather challenges

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — After a late start for the planting season raised fears that a hot August could damage the crop, Mississippi’s rice has yielded a high-quality harvest. The Oct. 20 U.S. Department of Agriculture crop progress and condition report indicated the state’s rice crop was 96 percent harvested. The crop’s quality was rated as 50 percent good and 25 ...

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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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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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Rice farmers hoping weather starts working for them

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Like most Mississippi row-crops struggling to overcome last spring’s challenges, rice will be at the mercy of late-season weather to produce average yields. Tim Walker, rice specialist with the Mississippi State University Extension Service, said rains kept farmers from timely plantings. After that, cool spring temperatures slowed growth, putting much of the rice crop about three weeks ...

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Late soybean planting leaves crop vulnerable to storms

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Heavy rains in early April delayed soybean planting in Mississippi and Louisiana. Farmers said the optimal time to plant soybeans is early to mid-April, but excess rain caused area farmers to plant in late April and May. “We had to wait for our fields to dry up,” local farmer Noble Guedon told The Natchez Democrat. The National ...

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