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Timber was heavily damaged in Choctaw County. This photograph was taken near the Weir community on April 30. Photo by Scott Corey.
May 4, 2010 - Filed Under: Disaster Response, Timber Harvest

MISSISSIPPI STATE – Mississippi State University forestry specialists are advising landowners with timber damaged by the April 24 tornadoes to assess and remove injured trees promptly.

More than 62,000 acres of forestland in 10 Mississippi counties sustained damage from the tornadoes. A statewide assessment provided by the Mississippi Forestry Commission reports the value of timber damaged at more than $19 million.

Steven Felston, an agricultural assistant at MSU's Delta Research and Extension Center, is flushing a recently flooded rice field on April 16, 2010. (Photo by Rebekah Ray)
April 30, 2010 - Filed Under: Agriculture, Agricultural Economics, Crops, Rice

STONEVILLE – Mississippi’s 2010 rice crop is ahead of schedule and looking good, even after strong storms swept through the state in April.

Nathan Buehring, rice specialist at Mississippi State University’s Delta Research and Extension Center, said growers had about 75 percent of the crop planted by the end of April. In the last two years, the majority of the planting took place well into May.

April 30, 2010 - Filed Under: Disaster Response, Environment, Forest Economics, Timber Harvest

MISSISSIPPI STATE – Some Mississippi forest landowners with timber destroyed by the April 24 tornado may be eligible to claim a casualty loss.

Debbie Gaddis, Mississippi State University Extension Service forestry professor, said the tornado destroyed many privately owned forestlands in the state. Those owners who can claim a casualty loss will receive a deduction based on the loss of fair market value or their basis in the asset, whichever is less.

Perkins holds one of his small patients Wednesday at Iuka Animal Clinic, the practice he started after his 1971 graduation. (Photo by Steve Beavers, Daily Corinthian)
April 29, 2010 - Filed Under: Animal Health, Community

IUKA – When Mississippi State University confers degrees to the class of 2010, a 1971 graduate of Auburn University can look on his wall to see proof that he is a 2009 MSU graduate.

Dr. James F. Perkins started his educational career at what is now Northeast Mississippi Community College in Booneville before transferring to MSU for two years.

“I took what we had to have to go to veterinary school,” Perkins said. “Back when I was going to school, my No. 1 goal was to be a veterinarian.”

Mississippi State University's Landscape Architecture Delegates volunteered to help the family of a young girl with a serious nerve disorder. David Russell, Dustin Randall and Dale Brasher place plants around the family's pool to keep the soil intact. With the erosion problem solved, the girl can continue her regular pool therapy to ease her chronic pain.
April 29, 2010 - Filed Under: Landscape Architecture

By Karen Templeton
MSU Ag Communications

MISSISSIPPI STATE — A group of Mississippi State University landscape architecture and contracting students stays busy outside the design studio by recruiting other students to join the program.

April 29, 2010 - Filed Under: Urban and Community Forestry

MISSISSIPPI STATE – Citizens interested in learning more about community and urban forestry have the opportunity to do so at a free workshop May 6.

Trees in Our Community: A Northwest Mississippi Community Forestry Workshop also provides training for the Urban Forest Master certificate. Sponsored by the Mississippi Urban Forestry Council, the workshop will be at the Starkville Sportsplex at 405 Lynn Lane in Starkville. The session lasts from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. with a break for lunch.

April 29, 2010 - Filed Under: Dairy, Community

MISSISSIPPI STATE – Mississippi State University animal and dairy science majors maintained the university’s tradition of excellence in dairy competitions with a gold award at the Ninth Annual North American Intercollegiate Dairy Challenge.

The event was held April 9-10 in Visalia, Calif., hosted by California Polytechnic State University and California State University, Fresno. MSU was one of 28 teams from the United States and Canada that competed.

Strong winds damaged about 200 acres of young corn stalks in a field on Eagle Bend Road in Yazoo County on April 24. Extension agronomists expect these plants to recover for the 2010 season. (Photo by Phillip Vandevere/MSU Extension Service)
April 27, 2010 - Filed Under: Agriculture, Crops

MISSISSIPPI STATE -- Storms that whipped through Mississippi on April 24 dumped rain in many fields needing moisture to continue spring planting, and they caused minimal damage to the young crops.

Ernie Flint, area agronomic agent with Mississippi State University’s Extension Service, said dry conditions had forced farmers to suspend planting.

One of several tornadoes that ravaged Mississippi on April 24 knocked down trees along state Highway 389 in Oktibbeha County. Horticulturists with the Mississippi State University Extension Service advise people to use caution in removing trees and debris. (Photo by Scott Corey)
April 26, 2010 - Filed Under: Farm Safety, Disaster Response, Lawn and Garden, Landscape Architecture

MISSISSIPPI STATE -- On April 24, a series of tornadoes ripped through central Mississippi leaving 15 counties with substantial damage from wind, hail and water. As Mississippians begin the long process of rebuilding and cleaning up their tornado-ravaged landscapes, there are ways to make the process safer and easier.

Safety is the first consideration when removing damaged trees or large limbs that have fallen on electric power lines or pose other hazards to homes or people. Hire a professional to do this when the job is not safe.

April 23, 2010 - Filed Under: Agriculture, Crops, Soybeans

MISSISSIPPI STATE – Having about half of the Mississippi soybean crop planted by late April is allowing producers to breathe a little easier when they look back on the disastrous year they had in 2009.

Trey Koger, soybean specialist with the Mississippi State University Extension Service, urged producers not to make decisions for this year based on the anomalies of last year.

Tom Eubank
April 22, 2010 - Filed Under: Soybeans, About Extension

STONEVILLE -- Mississippi State University has named Tom Eubank as soybean weed scientist and agronomist at the Delta Research and Extension Center effective April 16.

Eubank has 15 years experience as an agronomist working with Delta farmers and for Mississippi State. He shares a dual appointment with MSU’s Extension Service and the Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station.

April 22, 2010 - Filed Under: Family, Food and Health, Food, Nutrition

MISSISSIPPI STATE -- Eating well is critical to living well, but many senior citizens find both difficult to do, especially those who live in rural areas.

A study by the Southern Rural Development Center headquartered at Mississippi State University found that getting to a well-stocked, affordable grocery store is frequently a challenge for many seniors in rural communities. In “Rural Seniors Have Fewer Options for Healthy Diets,” researchers show that seniors must have access to quality foods at affordable prices to be able to make wise food choices.

Purple coneflowers are native plants that look great in the prairie as well as in formal designs. Coneflowers such as this Bright Star are perfect plants for the garden.
April 22, 2010 - Filed Under: Lawn and Garden

Purple coneflowers are native plants that look great in the prairie as well as in formal designs. I personally think the purple coneflower is one of the best plants you can use in your garden.

There are nine species of purple coneflower, or Echinacea, native to North America. The main species found in the trade is the Eastern purple coneflower. It grows up to 3 feet tall and wide, producing bright purple flowers with dark centers. The 2- to 4-inch diameter flowers bloom until frost. The foliage and stems have hairy surfaces that might remind you of medium-grit sandpaper.

April 22, 2010 - Filed Under: Family Financial Management, Health

MISSISSIPPI STATE – Those who visit homes to provide inspections, audits or health services are encouraged to participate in training conducted by the National Center for Healthy Housing and hosted by the Mississippi State University Extension Service May 19 and 20.

Professionals from a variety of fields will gather to share their expertise and learn from others by participating in the two-day Essentials for Healthy Homes Practitioners course. The course will be held at selected video-conference sites.

Mississippi State University research horticulturist Guihong Bi  and Natchez Trace Greenhouses manager Mark Terkanian of Kosciusko discuss hydrangea production techniques that may help commercial growers. (Photo by Scott Corey)
April 22, 2010 - Filed Under: Agriculture, Lawn and Garden, Flower Gardens

By Patti Drapala
MSU Ag Communications

KOSCIUSKO – The hydrangeas that were mainstays in grandma’s yard are making a comeback, and Mississippi State University research may help commercial growers shed production problems.

A Mississippi State University worker at the Northeast Mississippi Branch Experiment Station in Verona takes advantage of the ideal weather for corn planting on April 7. (Photo by Scott Corey)
April 16, 2010 - Filed Under: Agriculture, Crops, Corn

By Patti Drapala
MSU Ag Communications

MISSISSIPPI STATE -- Mississippi’s 2010 corn crop is off to a promising start after recent sunny skies and favorable soil conditions gave farmers a chance to plant and manage their fields.

Dr. Philip Robinson is a Fulbright Scholar visiting Mississippi State University's College of Veterinary Medicine. His project is to see the decision-making process private practicing veterinarians use to determine if they will submit samples to laboratories and to see if this has an impact on animal disease surveillance. (Photo by MSU University Relations/Kristen Hines Baker)
April 15, 2010 - Filed Under: Animal Health

MISSISSIPPI STATE -- On the surface, Mississippi and Northern Ireland are worlds apart, but Dr. Philip Robinson found that if he digs a little deeper, there are many similarities.

Robinson came to Mississippi State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine as a Fulbright Scholar from Jan. 5 through April 9. He is a government veterinarian specializing in epidemiology in Belfast, Northern Ireland.

“We have many of the same animal diseases, similar economic difficulties in agriculture and a lot of producers who are part-time farmers, just like here,” he said.

April 15, 2010 - Filed Under: 4-H

MISSISSIPPI STATE – The Mississippi State University Extension Service 4-H program received a $13,500 grant to improve the state’s after-school programming by training 550 of its providers.

The MetLife Foundation and the National 4-H Council provided the grant to Mississippi and 10 other states. The grant is aimed at improving after-school programming offered across the state.

The gold-and-purple center and bright yellow flower petals of Papaya nemesia draws viewers in for a closer look. (Photo by MSU Extension Service/Gary Bachman)
April 15, 2010 - Filed Under: Lawn and Garden, Flower Gardens

Nemesia and erysimum are two plants you may have never heard of, but they can certainly deliver in your spring garden. 

Nemesia species are native to South Africa and look similar to snapdragons. Many of these have been selected for use as potted plants. There are colorful hybrids being developed for use as annual bedding plants for the spring and summer seasons.

Mississippi State University assistant professor of food safety and microbiology Barakat Mahmoud uses the RS 2400 X-ray machine to rid seafood and produce of harmful bacteria. Here, he places fresh produce carefully wrapped in plastic into the machine. In a matter of a few minutes, the food is irradiated and ready to eat. (Photo by MSU Ag Communications/Karen Templeton)
April 15, 2010 - Filed Under: Agriculture, Seafood Harvesting and Processing, Food Safety

By Karen Templeton
MSU Ag Communications

PASCAGOULA – It is not surprising to see an X-ray machine at a physician’s or dentist’s office, but research at Mississippi State University may help make them commonplace at seafood processing facilities and commercial produce operations.