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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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Summit explores efficient water usage across the Delta

STONEVILLE — Mississippi’s agricultural industry is not going about “business as usual” above ground while the underground water supplies decline every year. More than 200 farmers, ag consultants, natural resource professionals and others with connections to agriculture met at the Mississippi State University Delta Research and Extension Center on Dec. 10 to review options. The Delta Sustainable Water Resources Task ...

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Research center aim — grow more with less

The Jamie Whitten Delta States Research Center in Stoneville is one of the major research establishments of the Agricultural Research Service, the main in-house research arm of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Dr. Krishna Reddy, acting location coordinator, said the center is working on several aspects of agriculture, starting with crop production and focusing on cotton, soybeans and corn. The ...

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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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New agricultural research center opens in Delta

STONEVILLE — DuPont Pioneer has opened its new $3 million research center in Stoneville. The Stoneville research center will conduct testing, breeding, characterization and product development of soybeans and corn. It will have 20 full-time worker and 30 part-time employees. The center is the first such research facility in the state of Mississippi. The center held a formal opening this ...

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Researchers look at improving catfish farmers' profitability

STONEVILLE — Mississippi State University scientists looking to help catfish producers keep costs low and quality high have found catfish can thrive for the first six weeks after hatching by feeding on naturally occurring zooplankton. Several aquaculture researchers at MSU’s Thad Cochran National Warmwater Aquaculture Center compared the growth and survival of two groups of recently hatched catfish, called fry. ...

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Rain still slowing rice planting; uncertainty grows on crop selection

Mississippi rice growers have yet to get a quarter of their crop planted but have started May in a holding pattern as rain across the Mid South has forced many growers from their fields. Brandon-based AgFax Media reported Thursday that more cold weather heading into the region will further delay emergence where rice has been planted in the last several ...

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MSU scientists honored

Wayne Ebelhar, a research professor with the Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station, recently received recognition for outstanding career achievements by the Southern Branch of the American Society of Agronomy. Ebelhar has conducted research at the Delta Research and Extension Center in Stoneville since 1980. His research emphasis has been on nutrient management for cotton, corn and soybean production in ...

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Martin moving north

Steve Martin has been named head of Mississippi State University’s North Mississippi Research and Extension Center. He currently serves as the director of the Delta Research and Extension Center in Stoneville, where he has been an administrator since 2008. Martin began his career with MSU in 1997 as a graduate research assistant in the Department of Agricultural Economics. After attaining ...

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Ag researcher sees good times ahead for farmers

He has the same name as a famous comedian and even though he’s serious about the work he does, Mississippi’s Steve Martin can be humorous too. He serves as the head of the Delta Research & Extension Center and extension professor at the Mississippi State University facility in Stoneville. His areas of research include production agriculture, rice and cotton marketing, ...

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