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Most of Mississippi corn crop in fair to good condition

Agriculture experts say most of this year’s corn crop in Mississippi is in fair to good condition. The Mississippi State University Extension Service says in a news release that the state’s farmers planted 35% more acres in corn this year compared to 2018. Corn planting was delayed by two to three weeks because of heavy rains during the spring. The ...

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Savings from solar power chicken houses ‘like giving the farmer a raise’

By BECKY GILLETTE Even small poultry farms with only four chicken houses can have power bills ranging from $20,000 to $25,000 per year. A game changer that can help chicken growers greatly reduce that annual electricity bill is solar panels that can cut those bills by $7,000 to $8,000 per year, said Ryan Ladner, president of Solar South LLC in ...

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Farmers use tech to squeeze every drop from Colorado River

GREELEY, Colo. — A drone soared over a blazing hot cornfield in northeastern Colorado on a recent morning, snapping images with an infrared camera to help researchers decide how much water they would give the crops the next day. After a brief, snaking flight above the field, the drone landed and the researchers removed a handful of memory cards. Back ...

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UN climate report: Change land use to avoid a hungry future

Human-caused climate change is dramatically degrading the Earth’s land and the way people use the land is making global warming worse, a new United Nations scientific report says. That creates a vicious cycle which is already making food more expensive, scarcer and less nutritious. “The cycle is accelerating,” said NASA climate scientist Cynthia Rosenzweig, a co-author of the report. “The ...

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China threatens retaliation for Trump’s planned tariff hike

China on Friday threatened retaliation if U.S. President Donald Trump’s planned tariff hikes go ahead, while the renewed acrimony between the two biggest global economies sent stock markets tumbling. China’s government accused Trump of violating his June agreement with President Xi Jinping to revive negotiations aimed at ending a costly fight over Beijing’s trade surplus and technology ambitions. Trump rattled ...

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Mississippi Ag Museum continues recovery from 2014 fire

A new exhibit barn has opened at the Mississippi Agriculture and Forestry Museum, years after a fire damaged some buildings. The state agriculture commissioner, Andy Gipson, opened the barn and a maintenance shop Friday at the museum in Jackson. The barn has more than 5,000 square feet (465 square meters) of heavy timber construction exhibit space. Ten antique tractors and ...

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Hyde-Smith asks Trump for pumps to ease flooding

Faced with weeks more flooding in a part of Mississippi that’s been underwater since February, one of the state’s U.S. senators on Wednesday asked President Donald Trump to order temporary pumps to the area to begin pumping water over the levee and into the already-swollen Mississippi River. In a letter to Trump , Republican Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith also renewed her ...

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No end seen to struggle as Mississippi flood enters month 4

HOLLY BLUFF, Miss. — Larry Walls should have been out working in his fields last week. Instead, his John Deere tractor is parked on high ground, just beyond the reach of the ever-encroaching floodwaters in the southern Mississippi Delta. Four months into what seems like a never-ending flood, he’s trying to stay busy. He pressure-washed his church, and he’s been ...

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Mississippi flood overwhelms miles-long sandbag wall

Floodwaters overwhelmed a miles-long sandbag barrier over the weekend, drenching another community in the southern end of the Mississippi Delta. Volunteers, prisoners and others had stacked 100,000 sandbags and more than 600 wire flood-control baskets, trying to keep water out of hundreds of homes at Eagle Lake, north of Vicksburg. But water trapped inside a levee system keeps rising, as ...

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Showing a ‘hole’ lot of promise

» Pipe Planner key to cutting Delta irrigation levels by 20 percent By TED CARTER Name buzz for no-cost irrigation software Pipe Planner is likely be zero outside of Mississippi and neighboring Delta states, but it figures prominently in plans for sustaining imperiled agricultural water supplies in Delta regions. With the web-based program, growers save water and energy through more-precise ...

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