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A clump of green rye and vetch grasses with a label resting on a short metal pole in the foreground.
January 15, 2019 - Filed Under: Agriculture, Crops, Farming

Organic produce sales in the U.S. reached $16 billion last year, and demand is projected to continue.

Fresh, dark soil with a large earthworm in the middle.
January 11, 2019 - Filed Under: Farming, Environment

Words like sustainability can become buzzwords and are often misunderstood or misused, but despite its widespread use, this term isn’t going anywhere.

January 11, 2019 - Filed Under: Crops, Weed Control for Crops

An additional certification requirement from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is now in place for individuals who plan to apply dicamba in Xtend cropping systems.

A man wearing a baseball caps squats down inside a poultry house, holding a black camera. Feeders line the floor in rows, small, yellow chicks feed nearby, and the house stretches behind him in the distance.
January 11, 2019 - Filed Under: Livestock, Poultry

In a state where temperatures exceed 90 degrees more than 100 days a year, heat control in poultry houses is a very important consideration for Mississippi's biggest agricultural industry.

Palm trees adorn the landscape in front of blue, green and pink cottages.
January 10, 2019 - Filed Under: Agricultural Economics, Family

Wet and ugly winter weather sends many Mississippians looking for a vacation, and timeshare or interval plans can be the ticket with careful planning.

January 9, 2019 - Filed Under: Commercial Horticulture, Commercial Fruit and Nuts

Fruit and vegetable growers, or those interested in getting into the business, are invited to a daylong conference Feb. 26 in Verona.

A close up shows a drone hovering above an open field.
January 8, 2019 - Filed Under: Precision Agriculture, Types of UAS

If you finally got that drone you’ve been wishing for, keep an eye on the federal regulations that govern their use to make sure you know what you can and can’t do with it. (Photo by Jonathan Parrish/Cindy Callahan)

January 4, 2019 - Filed Under: Pesticide Applicator Certification, Insects, Turfgrass and Lawn Management

Agricultural professionals are invited to attend the 2019 General Pest Management Workshop Jan. 24 at the Central Mississippi Research and Extension Center in Raymond.

January 2, 2019 - Filed Under: Agriculture, Natural Resources

Landowners will receive insights into oil and gas lease issues during daylong educational events Jan. 24 in Lowndes County and Feb. 22 in Wayne County.

December 20, 2018 - Filed Under: Agriculture, Agricultural Economics

Mississippi producers looking to sell their goods overseas can learn how to connect with international markets during a two-day workshop.

Harvested field with large tire ruts holding water.
December 19, 2018 - Filed Under: Agriculture

 Cotton will not return to the throne as king of Mississippi's row crops, but the former monarch did provide one of the few bright spots in 2018 commodity value estimates.

A close-up of a commercial chicken with white feathers is shown in the right three-quarters of the foreground with other chickens blurred in the background.
December 18, 2018 - Filed Under: Agricultural Economics, Poultry

Poultry producers got off to a robust start in 2018, which helped the industry end the year strong.

This illustration shows the top five agricultural commodities in Mississippi in a bar graph with each bar resembling a silo standing next to a barn. The top five commodities are poultry, forestry, soybeans, cotton and corn. Other commodities are also listed.
December 18, 2018 - Filed Under: Agriculture, Crops

Agriculture was a $7.7 billion industry in Mississippi this year, exceeding the total set in 2017 despite declines in the estimated value of row crops, timber, catfish and livestock.

December 14, 2018 - Filed Under: Crops, Peanuts

Mississippi State University recently hired a peanut agronomist to serve the state’s agricultural producers.

December 12, 2018 - Filed Under: Insects-Crop Pests, Soybeans, Plant Diseases and Nematode Diagnostic Services

The Mississippi State University Extension Service will offer free testing for a significant crop pest through Aug. 30, 2019.

November 27, 2018 - Filed Under: Agricultural Economics

December is a time when many producers seek advice from financial advisors as they plan their crops for the next year. The Mississippi State University Extension Service is hosting a workshop for these consultants.  

Rows of live green Christmas trees on the left and tree with a pre-printed tag close-up on the right.
November 16, 2018 - Filed Under: Crops, Christmas Trees

Mississippians looking for locally grown Christmas trees have several varieties to choose from but should be prepared to shop early for the best selection.

John Kushla, a Mississippi State University Extension Service specialist and research professor who specializes in agroforestry and Christmas trees, said there are several ways to test for freshness when choosing the perfect tree at a tree farm.

Man walks beside his bird dog on point in a pasture with a hay barn in the background.
November 9, 2018 - Filed Under: Farming, Rural Development, Wildlife, Wildlife Economics and Enterprises

Mississippi is fortunate to have thousands of acres that are poetically "unpeopled and still." Those portions of our state are prime locations for people who want to escape urban stress and are willing to pay top dollar for the opportunity.

A man in a jacket and baseball cap kneels down to touch small, grass-like plants that cover a field.
November 9, 2018 - Filed Under: Wheat

Dry fall weather in recent years delayed wheat planting and reduced acreage significantly, but rains in 2018 are creating a different problem for wheat producers.

Erick Larson, grain crops agronomist with the Mississippi State University Extension Service, said wet soils have delayed fall harvest in some areas. Harvest of other crops is the foremost priority before effort and acreage are devoted to wheat.

Young man strains to handle a bale of hay at the back of a farm utility vehicle in a pasture with black and white dairy heifers clustered behind and watching.
November 6, 2018 - Filed Under: Agriculture, Farming, Farm Safety, Food and Health, Rural Health

A million-dollar grant acknowledges that farmers and families living in rural areas battle many of the same mental health challenges as urban residents face.

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