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Lack of housing starts, not drought, hurting forestry

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — It is not the heat or drought but the economy, specifically poor housing starts, that are causing grief for Mississippi’s forestry industry in 2011. James Henderson, forestry economist and management specialist with the Mississippi State University Extension Service, said, “There’s no good news for the pulpwood markets, and pine saw timber prices are the lowest they’ve been ...

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Entergy sees record demand during scorching heat

JACKSON — As customers struggle to stay cool during the massive heat wave currently smothering the South, Entergy Corporation utilities are working around the clock to meet a surging demand for power. Entergy utilities’ 2.7 million customers in Louisiana, Arkansas, Mississippi and Texas set record levels of electrical demand last week, according to preliminary estimates, as air conditioners and fans ...

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Drought poses threat to state's cattle herds

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Mississippi could join Texas, Oklahoma and other southeastern states in widespread shortages of hay and forages if dry conditions continue. Rocky Lemus, forage and grazing systems specialist with Mississippi State University’s Extension Service, said Mississippi cattle producers are seeing about 50 percent losses of pasture and hay production. Drought conditions can cause more challenges than just shortages ...

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SBA offering disaster loans due to drought, heat

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The U.S. Small Business Administration is reminding small businesses that Aug. 17 is the filing deadline for federal economic injury disaster loans available in Mississippi because of drought and excessive heat that began March 1. These loans are available in Clark, George, Greene, Itawamba, Jackson, Kemper, Lauderdale, Lowndes, Monroe, Noxubee, Tishomingo and Wayne counties. Under this declaration, ...

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Corn crop suffering in hot, dry weather

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Mississippi farmers planted another large corn crop, but this year’s corn is suffering from lack of rain. This season’s plantings are spread over a wide time window because of frequent rainfall North Mississippi. The majority of the crop in the Delta and South Mississippi was planted during late March, but plantings in northern counties were delayed well ...

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Dry, hot weather having major impact on soybeans

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The status of the state’s soybean crop depends almost entirely on location, with many East Mississippi fields in good shape while half of Delta fields struggle. Tom Eubank, a soybean weed scientist and agronomist at Mississippi State University’s Delta Research and Extension Center in Stoneville, said some Delta fields have soybeans setting pods, and others are just ...

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Another Coast county extends burn ban

JACKSON COUNTY — Jackson County has extended a burn ban until July 18. The Board of Supervisors approved the extension yesterday. The Mississippi Press reports the countywide burn bans include all cities and unincorporated county areas. During a ban, all outdoor burning — including barrel burning and campfires — is prohibited, and violations carry a minimum $500 fine. Firefighters have ...

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Another Coast wildfire burns 80 acres

SAUCIER — Mississippi Forestry Commission firefighters spent part of Sunday extinguishing a woods fire that first started Saturday but reignited, burning an estimated 80 acres near Saucier. Randy Wilson, coastal fire coordinator for the southeast district, tells The Sun Herald a dry lightning strike from a brief thunderstorm Sunday likely reignited the fire, though the cause remained under investigation. He ...

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Parched Coast county extends burn ban

HARRISON COUNTY — Harrison County has extended its burn ban until Aug. 1. Fire Chief Pat Sullivan said yesterday the burn ban is in place because of the extremely dry conditions that exist throughout South Mississippi and the potential for fires. Randy Wilson, coastal fire coordinator for the Mississippi Forestry Commission, tells The Sun Herald the three coastal counties each ...

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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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