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May 15, 2019 - Filed Under: Crops, Corn

Corn producers rushed to finish planting -- or replanting -- as much as sunny weather has allowed so far in May.

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May 15, 2019 - Filed Under: EFNEP

JACKSON, Miss. -- Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant named May 14, 2019, a day to recognize 50 years of successful programing by the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program, or EFNEP.

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May 15, 2019 - Filed Under: Family, Children and Parenting

A good night's sleep is important for everyone, but the true benefits of a restful night for people's minds and health is sometimes misunderstood and underappreciated.

Orange, red, pink, purple, and yellow flowers are arranged in a glass bowl that sits atop a small, red table.
May 13, 2019 - Filed Under: Agriculture, Local Flavor, Farmers Markets, Specialty Crop Production, Lawn and Garden, Cut Flowers and Houseplants, Floral Design, Flower Gardens

Floral enthusiasts can learn how to make a basic floral arrangement in the Sweet Mississippi Flower Bowl workshops this summer.

Dozens of small, orange, tube-shaped flowers line the upright branches of a small bush.
May 13, 2019 - Filed Under: Lawn and Garden, Flower Gardens

Last week, I had the pleasure of being the kick-starter speaker for the Mississippi Master Gardener State Conference. My wide-ranging presentation included some of my recommendations of sure-fire, must-have plants for your landscape and garden, all Mississippi Medallion plants.
 

Gary Bachman.
May 13, 2019 - Filed Under: Flower Gardens, Smart Landscapes

Southern Gardening host, columnist and Mississippi State University Extension Service horticulturist Gary Bachman has been elected a Fellow of the American Society for Horticultural Science.

Surrounded by green leaves and grasses, a baby deer with spots looks toward the camera.
May 10, 2019 - Filed Under: Wildlife

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Spring is a great time of year to enjoy new beginnings, and flowers and leaves are not the only signs of new life. Plenty of food and warmer weather make this the ideal time for wildlife to mate and raise their offspring.

The young, formative years are perfect for learning and developing, and baby animals are no different from baby humans in this regard. Important life skills need to be mastered while individuals are young if they are going to be able to survive in a harsh world. Even innate or natural skills often must be mastered through practice.

A sea of yellow flowers with black centers and pink flowers with orange centers cover a flower bed.
May 8, 2019 - Filed Under: Smart Landscapes

Urbanization and agricultural pressures are decreasing natural habitats for wildlife, but Mississippians can take steps to make their own landscapes wildlife-friendly.

Bob Brzuszek, Mississippi State University Extension Service professor of landscape architecture, said residential areas play an important role in conserving wildlife when carefully planned.

May 7, 2019 - Filed Under: Farming

Producers will have an opportunity to tour a certified organic farm and receive training on several topics related to agriculture management during a field day.

Round, yellow flowers made up of tiny blooms cover a low-lying, green plant growing from brown pine straw.
May 6, 2019 - Filed Under: Flower Gardens, Landscape and Garden Design

One group of landscape plants that is really starting to take off with its summer show is the lantana. These popular landscape plants are available in a dizzying variety of sizes and colors.

The view down a two-lane road with a wide expanse of water on each side and nearly touching the road. A road sign marks the Tallahatchie County line.
May 3, 2019 - Filed Under: Wildlife

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Climate change is a political trigger; simply mentioning it leads to arguments between colleagues, families and friends. Many arguments are reasonable discussions on which actions or inactions are best for the economy, society or the environment. That is how politics works.

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April 29, 2019 - Filed Under: Flower Gardens

Over the past couple of years, I’ve found myself joining home gardeners everywhere in planting more plants to attract pollinators.

In fact, along with being a stop on the Rosalyn Carter Butterfly Trail, my home landscape is also registered with the Million Pollinator Garden Challenge, which has the goal of registering 1 million pollinator gardens. If you’d like to register your garden, go to http://millionpollinatorgardens.org for more information.

A stand of tall pine trees with significant amounts of green brush, grass and small trees growing beneath them.
April 26, 2019 - Filed Under: Trees, Forestry

VERONA, Miss. – Before loblolly pines became the premier pine species in the United States, Mississippi native shortleaf pines offered some outstanding traits that are still valuable today.

April 23, 2019 - Filed Under: Irrigation

STONEVILLE, Miss. -- Mississippi State University agricultural leaders looked far and wide to find a new specialist to guide farmers with irrigation concerns.

Drew Gholson started April 1 as an assistant professor and the irrigation specialist with the MSU Delta Research and Extension Center and the Mississippi River Valley Alluvial Aquifer Water Center. He replaces Jason Krutz, who was promoted to lead the Mississippi Water Resources Research Institute.

A single rose in peach tones blooms against a blurry green background.
April 22, 2019 - Filed Under: Flower Gardens

Last week, I really enjoyed sharing the story of the Peggy Martin rose and showing off this marvelous rose growing in my home landscape. I think Southern Gardening Nation liked the Peggy Martin story, as well, based on the positive response from the various social media outlets.

So I'm staying on the same plant theme this week to discuss garden roses that can bring enjoyment to the home gardener.

April 18, 2019 - Filed Under: Wildlife

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Kermit the Frog hopped into stardom from the Mississippi Delta town of Leland. His real-world “relatives” are waking with spring rains and warmer weather, but there are not as many amphibians as there were when Kermit was a tadpole.

Man wearing a reflective safety vest looks at a white drone he is holding at shoulder height. A toppled pine tree and empty agricultural field are in the background.
April 18, 2019 - Filed Under: Crops, Corn, Cotton, Soybeans, Farming, Disaster Response

HAMILTON, Miss. -- Determining the extent of tornado damage to farms in Monroe County will take weeks, but video shot from flying drones will speed up the process.

Mississippi State University Extension Service personnel have been assisting in relief efforts since the morning after an EF-2 tornado on April 13 damaged more than 140 homes in Hamilton, claiming one life and injuring 19 others.

A man wearing a hat holds a pocketknife in his hand as he looks closely at a tree trunk.
April 16, 2019 - Filed Under: Insects-Crop Pests, Insects-Pests, Forest Pests

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Mississippi is one of just two states east of the Mississippi River not infested with emerald ash borers, and landscapes need everyone’s help to keep it that way.

Blake Layton, Mississippi State University Extension Service entomologist, said the emerald ash borer -- or EAB -- is an invasive, nonnative pest that has killed hundreds of millions of ash trees in the eastern U.S. Fairly expensive, annual treatments can protect high-value landscape trees, but they have to be applied preventatively.

Numerous pink roses flowers bloom on light-green leaves against a gray wood fence.
April 15, 2019 - Filed Under: Flower Gardens

Peggy Martin roses are called climbers, but this term is a little misleading as she doesn’t actually climb by herself. This rose is more of a leaner and likes to sprawl. It needs to be secured and trained to grow up and over a wall, fence or trellis.

A man in a reflective vest leans over holding a bale of pine straw in one hand while using the other hand to spread pine straw on the ground.
April 12, 2019 - Filed Under: Forestry, Forest Economics

Times are tough for pine tree producers. Sawtimber prices have declined sharply over the past decade, while supplies have steadily increased -- an unfortunate scenario that has left many landowners looking for alternative sources of income.

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