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MSU grad gets turfgrass fellowship

Mississippi State University graduate student Phillip Vines presents results of his research to turfgrass professionals attending a campus field day.

A Mississippi State graduate student from Philadelphia is receiving a fellowship from the national turfgrass industry. Phillip L. Vines has been honored with a $5,000 grant from the Dr. James Watson Fellowship Program of the Golf Course Superintendent’s Association of America. He is pursuing a master’s degree in plant pathology in the university’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. Funded ...

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Sod farmers shaken by economy, weather

For the state’s sod growers, 2010 was a year to forget. Rocked by low demand due to the lack of new construction as well as adverse weather patterns, the industry saw many producers forced out of business, and those that survived struggled to remain a going concern. Unfortunately, producers will hold no fond memories of 2011, either, and for the ...

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Economy, weather hurting turfgrass industry

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The continuing decline of the housing market and the lack of new construction are taking its toll on Mississippi’s turfgrass industry. Wayne Wells, Mississippi State University Extension turf specialist, said, “Sod production relies heavily on construction, so when there isn’t as much, sod producers feel the hit. There is some business to be found, though, in selling ...

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