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State's cotton crop off to very rocky start

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Mississippi’s young cotton crop has already faced a list of challenges including flooding, late planting, insects and now drought. “It’s been a challenge from the word go,” said Darrin Dodds, cotton specialist with the Mississippi State University Extension Service. “We went from an almost perfect planting season last year to one that seems to have continually fought ...

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MSU entomologists win IPM award

Four Mississippi State University entomologists are among a group of Mid-South colleagues being honored for a continuing project to identify effective cotton pest management strategies. Group members from MSU are Don Cook, Jeff Gore, Angus Catchot and Fred Musser. Cook and Gore are based at the Delta Research and Extension Center in Stoneville, and Catchot and Musser are on the ...

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Fins, bolls rebound

Catfish and cotton show new life While most producers enjoyed a bounce-back year in 2010, two commodities that many had given up for dead enjoyed Lazarus-like resurrections. Mississippi’s catfish industry has been on a downward spiral for years. High input costs, rising foreign competition and other factors have driven many out of aquaculture. That attrition led to an increase in ...

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Fins, bolls rebound

Catfish and cotton show new life While most producers enjoyed a bounce-back year in 2010, two commodities that many had given up for dead enjoyed Lazarus-like resurrections. Mississippi’s catfish industry has been on a downward spiral for years. High input costs, rising foreign competition and other factors have driven many out of aquaculture. That attrition led to an increase in the ...

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Cotton prices may be good for farmers, but…

While Mississippi’s farmers enjoy a harvest season with cotton prices hovering near 15-year highs, clothing retailers keep a wary eye on the situation. Since the first of the year, cotton prices have doubled. In early September, the price of one pound of raw cotton hit 93 cents, and has since hovered around the 90 cent mark. That’s the highest level ...

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Cotton rebounds

Johnny Swayze, 58, has been in the cotton business as long as he can remember. Ask him if remembers the worst crop in his lifetime, and he doesn’t have to go back far — only to last year. “We don’t have anybody living today that can remember one worse,” said Swayze, who operates the Midway Gin in Benton. Rain washed ...

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Cotton crop off to best start in years

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Spring rains have been kind to most Mississippi farmers, and conditions are offering cotton one of its best starts in recent years. Darrin Dodds, cotton specialist with the Mississippi State University Extension Service, said most of the state’s crop has been slightly ahead of schedule. “The weather has not caused a significant amount of replanting, but there ...

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Searching begins in Yazoo City

YAZOO CITY — Rescuers stood ready Sunday to comb neighborhoods of splintered homes and twisted debris in Mississippi, a day after a devastating tornado sliced through the state and killed 10 people, including three children.James Jackson, a deputy state fire marshal, said crews took a break overnight but were organizing at first daylight to resume search and rescue operations. All ...

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Boll weevil eradication cost slashed

STARKVILLE — Cotton production costs continue to climb in most categories with one exception – boll weevil control. When the boll weevil eradication program first entered Mississippi’s eastern counties in 1997, cotton growers were assessed $20 per acre. As the program progressed westward, first-year assessments ranged from $20 to $24 per acre. Initially, weevils were also in the fields robbing ...

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