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Despite weather, soybean growers anticipate record yield

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The state’s soybean growers are on track to harvest a record yield this year despite the cool, wet weather that kept most producers behind schedule by two to three weeks. Trent Irby, Mississippi State University Extension Service soybean specialist, said growers are optimistic about potential yield this season. The state’s average yield is currently projected to be ...

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MEMA warns of hottest temperatures of the year

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — While Mississippians enjoyed cooler-than-normal temperatures earlier this month, the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency is warning residents about the current heat wave. Mississippi will see the hottest temperatures of the year this week, bringing with it dangerous heat indices. Most of North Mississippi was under a heat advisory from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. last night as “real ...

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MEMA/National Guard team helping Hawaii deal with tropical weather

PEARL — A five-man team comprised of four Mississippi Emergency Management Agency staff and one Mississippi Army National Guard member has gone to Hawaii to support response efforts to Tropical Storm Iselle and oncoming Hurricane Julio. The team was requested by Hawaii Emergency Management through the Emergency Management Assistance Compact. “I have been in close contact with Hawaii EMA Director ...

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State's truck crops ring in at more than $118M

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Locally grown produce continues to increase in popularity on Mississippi’s kitchen counters, grocery shelves and restaurant menus as consumers seek fresher fruits and vegetables. To get them, they often turn to the state’s truck crops growers, who traditionally sold their specialty items, such as tomatoes, berries, nuts and sweet corn, from the beds of their pickup trucks. ...

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NOAA scientists forecast less active Atlantic hurricane season

GULF OF MEXICO — Federal forecasters say the Atlantic hurricane season will be even quieter than predicted, thanks to atmospheric and oceanic conditions suppressing storm formation. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration still expects three to six hurricanes to form during the six-month season that peaks between mid-August and mid-October. Officials dropped the number of named storms to between seven ...

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Cooler summer temperatures negatively impacting catfish ponds

MISSISSIPPI DELTA — There is a reason catfish do well in Mississippi: hot summers. “An unusually cool summer like we have had can create nice days for people, but the temperatures have caused some problems for our catfish,” said Jimmy Avery, Extension aquaculture specialist at the Mississippi State University Delta Research and Extension Center. Avery said cooler water reduces fish ...

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Tropical Storm Bertha threatens Caribbean; multiple warnings issued

ATLANTIC OCEAN — Tropical storm warnings have been issued for Puerto Rico, the U.S. and British Virgin Islands and other nearby islands as Tropical Storm Bertha approaches the Caribbean. The storm’s maximum sustained winds early today are near 45 mph with no significant change in strength expected over the next two days. In addition to Puerto Rico and the Virgin ...

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Weather, armyworms challenge turf and forage producers

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Turf and forage producers in Mississippi need fewer clouds and more sunshine. In 2014, forage producers raised an estimated 600,000 acres of hay across the state. There are about 60 farms producing sod for sale in the state. Turf production… The unusually harsh winter melted into a cool, wet spring and summer, which slowed spring growth and ...

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Corn growers watch bear market eat profits

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Who knew Mississippi corn growers should worry about bears? The bears are not in the fields eating the crop; they are in the market, eating the profits. When economists refer to a bear market, they are talking about declining stock prices over a prolonged period, usually a 20 percent or larger decline. Brian Williams, agricultural economist with ...

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SBA deadline looms for victims of flooding, cold snap

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The U.S. Small Business Administration is reminding small businesses that Aug. 11 is the filing deadline for federal economic injury disaster loans in Mississippi as a result of excessive rainfall and cooler than normal temperatures that occurred from March 1 through July 31, 2013. The disaster declaration includes the counties of Adams, Alcorn, Amite, Attala,  Benton, Bolivar, Calhoun, Carroll, Chickasaw, ...

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