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A covered trailer in a field with six workers sorting sweet potatoes into large, wooden crates along the trailer’s edges.
October 12, 2018 - Filed Under: Sweet Potatoes

Mississippi sweet potato fields that missed needed rains in June and July are experiencing favorable harvest conditions in October.

Jamie Earp, president of the Mississippi Sweet Potato Council, said yields are “fair, at best” at the halfway point in the 2018 harvest season.

Cotton with sprouting plants lies on muddy ground.
October 5, 2018 - Filed Under: Agriculture, Crops, Corn, Cotton, Grains, Soybeans

Most of Mississippi’s corn and rice crops had been harvested when prolonged, late-September rains soaked much of the state, but the wet weather could not have come at a worse time for soybeans and cotton.

September 28, 2018 - Filed Under: Crops, Farm Safety, Forages, Livestock

As farmers head out to their fields, locating underground utility lines may not be at the top of their safety checklists.

But this knowledge should be a top priority, said Leslie Woolington, a risk management specialist with the Mississippi State University Extension Service and the Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station.

Hundreds of reddish-brown heads of grain sorghum rise above green stalks in a field.
September 28, 2018 - Filed Under: Grains, Insects-Crop Pests

Grain sorghum has never been a major agricultural commodity in Mississippi, but it has seen better days: For two years in a row, acreage of the crop has been less than one-tenth of its annual average.

Free-standing blooms in red, orange, yellow and pink fill the frame against a background of green leaves.
September 14, 2018 - Filed Under: Crops, Commercial Horticulture

What is sometimes called the green industry includes landscape services and greenhouse and nursery production, a wide-ranging, growing agricultural sector worth more than $1 billion to the state.

Success Stories

Three men and a dog stand in front of farm equipment.
Soybeans, Farming
Volume 4 Number 1

Just because something happens by chance doesn’t mean it’s a bad idea.

After more than a decade of farming with traditional methods, Donald Gant started no-till farming in 1981 on some rented ground.

A combine and tractor in the center of a corn field
Corn
Volume 3 Number 4

Photo by Jonathan Parrish

During a short break from August rain, Bubba Simmons, a partner in Simmons Planting Company in Hollandale, begins harvesting corn. Altogether, Simmons farms about 6,000 acres of corn, soybeans, and rice in Washington County.

a red and blue ribbon from the Neshoba County Fair
4-H, Commercial Horticulture
Volume 3 Number 4

When Mississippi’s Giant Houseparty kicked off at the end of July, hundreds of exhibitors displayed thousands of items that showcase their handiwork to the Neshoba County Fair’s many visitors.

The Exhibit Hall, organized and operated by the Neshoba County office of the Mississippi State University Extension Service, annually displays the handiwork of adults and children in several categories, including fresh fruits and vegetables, field crops, food preservation, arts and crafts, posters, and food and nutrition.  

Two men, one in a yellow polo and the other in blue, stand in front of a portrait of a man
Crops
Volume 3 Number 4

Publicity was not on the mind of Mike Sturdivant III in 1974 when he began farming, so his response to being named the 2017 Swisher Sweets/Sunbelt Ag Expo Southeastern Farmer of the Year for Mississippi was one of surprise.

Boll weevil sucks green cotton boll
Cotton, Insects-Crop Pests
Volume 3 Number 4

When Mississippi achieved statehood in 1817, its cotton industry was only beginning to take off. By 1917, boll weevils were devastating the state’s cotton crop and its economy.

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ECTO Apps

Filed Under: Crops
App type: Android
Row Crop Calculator allows farmers to determine plant population from row width.

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Your Extension Experts

Extension/Research Professor
Weed control in agronomic crops
Extension Professor
Cotton and Soybean
Assoc Extension/Research Prof
Urban Horticulture Vegetables Green Roofs Food Systems
Extension/Research Professor
Cotton Agronomics
Assoc Extension/Research Prof
RICE PRODUCTION SOIL FERTILITY AND NUTRIENT MANAGEMENT FOR RICE,SOYBEAN AND CORN
Associate Extension Professor
Assoc Extension/Research Prof
Associate Agronomist/Specialist - Corn, Grain Sorghum and Small Grains
Assoc Extension/Research Prof
Forage and Grazing Systems
Asst Extension/Research Prof
Sweetpotato
Extension Professor
Soil Health, Soil Fertility, Nutrient Management, Soil Conservation and Management, Certified Crop A
Asst Extension/Research Prof
Native grasses, forages, grazing management, conservation crops, biofuel crops
Extension/Research Professor
Greenhouse Tomatoes and other vegetables, Field Vegetables, Mushrooms
Assoc Extension/Research Prof
Fruit Crops
Extension Associate III
Bio-Energy, Alternative Energy, Feedstock engineering,