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Closeup of blueberries in various stages of ripeness.
May 21, 2020 - Filed Under: Commercial Fruit and Nuts, Local Flavor, Farmers Markets, Specialty Crop Production

The COVID-19 pandemic presented a new obstacle for Mississippi blueberry growers in 2020, impacting the labor force for the early-season varieties.

Graphic showing Mississippi rainfall totals in 2020.
May 4, 2020 - Filed Under: Agriculture, Crops, Disaster Recovery

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- The beginning of May brought a welcome sight for Mississippi producers: sunny skies and drying fields.

For the second straight year, precipitation levels well above normal in the winter and early spring have slowed planting significantly across much of Mississippi. Gaps of days between rains have not been long enough until now for many fields to sufficiently dry. Some fields have been under water for more than a year. 

April 29, 2020 - Filed Under: Agricultural Economics, Crops, Agri-business

Agricultural economists with the Mississippi State University Extension Service will address row-crop markets and budgets for 2020 during a May 12 webinar.

A man wearing overalls and a baseball cap reaches down to touch a small corn stalk in a field of corn.
April 24, 2020 - Filed Under: Agriculture, Crops, Corn, Rice

Wet weather that won’t let up has resulted in a very slow start to Mississippi row crop planting, and time is running out for corn.

A pile of blueberries
April 24, 2020 - Filed Under: Fruit, Food

Blueberries are a nutrient- and antioxidant-rich food. Harvesting them at the peak of ripeness ensures you get the greatest health benefits and the best taste.

Success Stories

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Agriculture, Crops, Rice
Volume 6 Number 1

Rice is one of Mississippi’s only commodities to be grown, milled, packaged, sold, and eaten right here in the state. And, for decades, the annual Rice Tasting Luncheon in Cleveland, Mississippi, has allowed local residents to show off their best rice-based dishes at Delta State University in Bolivar County, which produces more than 1.5 million hundredweight of rice annually.

A man stands next to a woman with his arm around her shoulders while they both smile at the camera; a lake rests in the background.
Agriculture, Crops, Cotton, Farming
Volume 5 Number 2

John McKee refers to the Mississippi State University Row Crop Short Course as a “convention of rock stars.”

A woman wearing a blue collared jacket stands in the fruit aisle of a grocery store.
Peanuts, Irrigation, Equine, Equine Assisted Therapy Programs, The PROMISE Initiative, Nutrition, EFNEP
Volume 5 Number 2

In this "What's New in Extension," Extension agents implement better safety standards, train to deliver Mental Health First Aid, and receive national recognition. Also, new irrigation and specialists join the Extension family.

Sweet potatoes in brown dirt lay in a sweet potato field with a harvest machine in the background.
Agriculture, Crops, Sweet Potatoes
Volume 5 Number 1

After growing up on a family sweet potato farm, Jamie Earp left thinking farming just wasn’t for him. (Photo by Kevin Hudson)

Agriculture, Crops, Corn, Community, Disaster Preparedness, Disaster Response
Volume 4 Number 3

When Calhoun County supervisors helped buy a grain bin rescue tube for their fire departments, they hoped no one would ever have to use it

Watch

2020 Row Crop Market Update Webinar
Thursday, April 23, 2020 - 8:30am
Home Foundation Repair in Mississippi
Monday, April 23, 2018 - 11:15am
Rice Rice Baby October 22, 2017
Sunday, October 22, 2017 - 2:45am
Farmweek, Entire Show, September 23, 2016
Thursday, September 22, 2016 - 7:00pm
Farmweek, Entire Show, June 17, 2016
Thursday, June 16, 2016 - 7:00pm

ECTO Apps

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

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