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Plant hardiness maps increase state's average low temperature

STARKVILLE — New plant hardiness maps released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture increased Mississippi’s average low temperatures by 5 degrees. Eric Stafne, Mississippi State University assistant Extension professor for fruit crops, said the maps provide good average information, but individuals still must make careful planting decisions. “With fruit crops, I am more concerned with individual weather events than averages,” ...

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Farmers making planting decisions for 2012

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The lower input costs of corn give it some advantages for Mississippi Delta farmers choosing between corn and cotton for 2012. Farmers will be making planting decisions through February. Jerry Singleton, an agent with the Leflore County Extension Service, tells the Greenwood Commonwealth the key for farmers is deciding which has the best profit potential. “This time ...

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Staplcotn expecting less cotton next year due weak prices

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Although Mississippi’s cotton acreage rebounded somewhat in 2011, Staplcotn’s Hank Reichle is expecting Delta farmers to plant less of the fiber in 2012 in response to lower prices. Reichle, vice president of export sales for the Greenwood-based cotton-marketing cooperative, said farmers are not glued to any one crop. “Producers have diversified. They have a lot of infrastructure ...

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Scientists assisting farmers with post-flood planting

STARKVILLE — As Mississippi River floodwaters in the Delta recede, Mississippi State University experts are helping producers make wise decisions about cropland management. Agronomic crops personnel with the MSU Extension Service and Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment station have developed a publication on late-season planting and crop management. The publication, titled “After the Flood: Row Crop Replanting,” also includes post-flood ...

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Soybean farmers fighting wind, rain, weeds

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Mississippi soybean farmers have started planting in spite of unpredictable spring weather that has brought strong wind and heavy rains to some areas while leaving other regions dry. About 10 percent to 20 percent of the soybean crop is planted. “We are a little behind where we would like to be normally because the weather has hampered ...

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Tractors running; corn first in the ground

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Farmers are ready to begin the 2011 growing season, and the first fields being prepared are corn fields. Erick Larson, small grains specialist with Mississippi State University’s Extension Service, said growers were approaching the halfway point in planting this year’s corn crop by the end of March. They should complete planting by the end of April. “The ...

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Farmers report fields in good shape for planting

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Mississippi’s 3.7 million acres of cropland were in good shape by late winter despite high snow geese numbers in the Delta and heavy March rains, according to the Mississippi State University Extension Service. Darrin Dodds, cotton specialist with the Mississippi State University Extension Service, said cotton fields were generally in good condition. Much of the state suffered ...

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