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September 1, 2022 - Filed Under: Landscape Plants and Trees Diseases, Forest Pests

A few sassafras trees across Mississippi have started to show signs of dieback, and Mississippi State University is asking for help in identifying affected trees. The trees are suspected of having laurel wilt, a disease caused by a fungus that has already proven deadly to the state’s redbay trees. The fungus is carried by the redbay ambrosia beetle, an invasive species native to Asia.

July 8, 2022 - Filed Under: Agriculture, Agricultural Engineering, Carbon Credits

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Seed industry representatives, agricultural professionals, producers, crop consultants and research scientists are encouraged to attend the Seed and Agricultural Technology Short Course at Mississippi State University Aug. 15-16.

Hosted by the MSU Extension Service and the Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station, the short course will be held at the Bost Extension Conference Center at MSU.

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July 6, 2022 - Filed Under: Natural Resources, Forestry, Forest Economics, Timber Prices, Timber Harvest

RAYMOND, Miss. -- Mississippi has gained new timber mills over the last 18months, and producers have seen timber prices rise since last year.

April 14, 2022 - Filed Under: Agriculture, Commercial Horticulture, Commercial Fruit and Nuts, Other Vegetables, Livestock, Beef, Beekeeping, Goats and Sheep, Poultry, Forestry, Marine Resources

RAYMOND, Miss. -- Agricultural producers and industry professionals met with Mississippi State University personnel in the coastal region to discuss research and education priorities at the 2022 Producer Advisory Council meeting. The annual event aims to help clients improve their productivity. Attendees gathered in small commodity groups at each event to share their ideas with agents, researchers and specialists with the MSU Extension Service and the Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station.

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Leaves are the primary characteristic that can help you identify trees.
April 1, 2022 - Filed Under: Natural Resources, Forestry

Do you want to learn to identify trees? Do you want to be one of those people who can spot a tree, point at it, and name it with certainty? Always start with the leaves. Leaves are one of the most important aspects of tree identification.

Success Stories

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Agriculture, Livestock, Natural Resources, Forestry
Volume 8 Number 2

The benefits of prescribed burns on Jim Currie’s longleaf pine land in Hancock County were short-lived. He needed something extra to keep the understory vegetation from growing back so quickly.

A man wearing a bright yellow button-up shirt leans against a large truck and rests one hand in his blue jean pocket.
Trees, Natural Resources, Forestry, Forestry Impacts, Timber Prices, Timber Harvest
Volume 8 Number 1

Annual forestry show gathers industry, highlights best logging practices

Year after year, the Mid-South Forestry Equipment Show attracts thousands of visitors. Canceled in 2020, as most large gatherings were because of the COVID pandemic, the show opened in 2021 with about 3,500 former and new attendees ready to discover the latest forestry equipment, safety guidelines, and timber-harvesting methods.

A man wearing a yellow hard hat and holding a chain saw stands in front of a trailer holding harvested timber.
Natural Resources, Forestry, Timber Harvest
Volume 7 Number 3

Training a priority for third-generation logger

Logging can be a dangerous profession, but Brian Smith makes safety a priority.

A man in a blue shirt stands in front of an orange semi-truck with another man in the driver seat.
Forestry, Timber Harvest
Volume 3 Number 1

Flora brothers bring small-town values to big industry

Jason and Jeremy Flora have been logging so long, they may have sawdust in their veins.

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Forestry, Timber Harvest
Volume 2 Number 2

Tree farmer of the Year collaborates with Extension 

Bobby Watkins’s selection as the Mississippi Forestry Association’s 2015 Tree Farmer of the Year was the culmination of a career in forestry and a lifetime commitment to his family tree farm in Aberdeen. The Mississippi State University alumnus and retired forestry technical specialist for BASF now dedicates most of his time and resources to overseeing and maintaining Coontail Farm.

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Filed Under: Forestry, Forest Management, Longleaf Pine, Timber Harvest
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Stand Density Index (SDI) is used to help determine if a pine planation is in need of thinning. Pine Thin uses the average number of trees per acre and the average diameter at breast height (DBH) of trees in your plantation to determine if a thinning is needed. Specific density management diagrams have been developed for each of the four major southern pine species (loblolly pine, shortleaf pine, longleaf pine, and slash pine).

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