News From 2013
MISSISSIPPI STATE -- Caregivers cannot neglect themselves without hurting the quality of service they give those who need them.
Bonnie Carew, assistant Extension professor in food science, nutrition and health promotion at Mississippi State University, said it is appropriate for the MSU Work-Life Balance Committee and Staff Council to sponsor a seminar on caregiving. The Family Care Seminar was held on campus Nov. 19.
MISSISSIPPI STATE – When people hear “Extension Service,” they typically do not think of cemeteries or archery contests, but Mississippi State University Extension agents and specialists are reaching out to clients with creative programs.
Mariah Smith, assistant Extension professor with the Center for Technology Outreach, uses seasonal themes and existing interests to design technology workshops with broad appeal.
MISSISSIPPI STATE – A wealth of county-level information is available in seconds through a set of profiles created by experts with the Mississippi State University Extension Service.
A new app and website provide community stakeholders, business leaders and elected officials access to detailed socioeconomic statistics for each county in the state.
BILOXI – More than 6,000 eighth-graders got help deciding what they want to be when they grow up during Mississippi’s first Pathways2Possibilities career expo Nov. 13 and 14.
The interactive event introduced coastal-area students to 19 different career paths, including agriculture.
MISSISSIPPI STATE -- Scientists at Mississippi State University are transforming a piece of property in Oktibbeha County into a unique habitat for conducting research and teaching best land management practices.
In this forest, wildlife habitat and timber production are intertwined. Deer, turkey, quail and an array of grassland songbirds fill the land while healthy streams flow along its boundaries.
MSU Forest and Wildlife Research Center experts began working on the 550-acre property this fall. The land is a living laboratory that showcases proper land management.
It’s not too late to plant your winter color, but when you go to the garden center, resist the temptation to head straight for the pansies and violas. Consider putting some colorful ornamental kale and cabbage in your landscape this winter.
These ornamentals bring so many different colors and leaf textures to add landscape interest. Don’t plant a single type. Mix and match your favorites to create a display all your own.
MISSISSIPPI STATE – Lucas Ferguson is a little different from most other Mississippi State University freshmen.
Ferguson, a Batesville native, got a head start on his goal to become a medical researcher last year while still a senior at the Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science in Columbus. Ferguson began learning basic biosafety and maintenance procedures by assisting Dr. Henry Wan’s graduate, Ph.D. and post-doctoral students with their research in the virology laboratory.
MISSISSIPPI STATE – The annual Row Crop Short Course that offers three days of intensive agricultural education in December will start with a heavy focus on irrigation.
The event is free to producers who register by Nov. 27. Those who register late must pay $40 per person. Darrin Dodds, Extension cotton specialist, is coordinating the Dec. 2-4 event in the Bost Extension Center at Mississippi State University.
MISSISSIPPI STATE – A special Nov. 19 seminar at a Mississippi State University greenhouse classroom will train participants in pasture and forage management for dual cattle systems.
The MSU Extension Service is hosting the free seminar to teach innovative concepts in this field. Guest speakers will be Rein van der Hoek and Martin Mena Urbina from the International Center for Tropical Agriculture in Nicaragua.
PONTOTOC -- Farmers and landowners know that wild hogs are not just nuisances; they are disease-carrying, destructive, invasive thieves that cannot be ignored.
Mississippi State University Extension Service is sponsoring a seminar in Pontotoc to educate the public on the need to manage the exploding population of wild hogs. The workshop will take place from 8:45 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. Dec. 5 at the Pontotoc County Extension Office, located at 402 C.J. Hardin Jr. Dr.
MISSISSIPPI STATE – Three Mississippi row crops are expected to post record yields for the 2013 growing season, and a fourth major crop may also break its previous record.
Corn is expected to average 180 bushels per acre; cotton, 1,090 pounds per acre; and rice, 7,500 pounds per acre. Hay has yielded an average of 3 tons per acre in 2013. Previous records for these crops were 165 bushels of corn per acre set in 2012; 1,024 pounds of cotton, 2004; 7,350 pounds of rice, 2007; and 2.9 tons of hay, 2005.
MISSISSIPPI STATE – New research shows potential for offering new strategies to limit tarnished plant bug damage in cotton, but sure options already exist.
Mississippi State University scientists and Extension specialists have compiled decades of research to create a comprehensive recommendation for dealing with tarnished plant bugs in cotton.
MISSISSIPPI STATE – A sweet potato production conference organized by Mississippi State University faculty and collaborators in other states won a national award on Nov. 10 for excellence in promoting multistate research.
MSU faculty Ramon Arancibia, Raja Reddy, Steve Meyers, Mark Shankle, Juan Silva, Jason Ward and Filip To are members of the National Sweetpotato Collaborators working group that planned the annual conference of sweet potato researchers.
MISSISSIPPI STATE – Insect-rearing enthusiasts from all over the world gathered at Mississippi State University to learn from specialists in the field at the 16th annual Insect Rearing Workshop. This year’s workshop focused on raising insects for protein to help reduce world hunger.
Frank Davis, founder and coordinator of the Insect Rearing Workshop, said 11 countries were represented at the workshop Nov. 4 through Nov. 8. And though more attendees had doctorates than in previous years, people were encouraged to attend regardless of education.
MISSISSIPPI STATE – Quail season will open in Mississippi Nov. 21 with relatively low bird populations, but new agricultural practices may provide a boost for the bob-white-whistling game fowl.
A recent Mississippi State University-led study found that implementation of an agricultural initiative known as Conservation Practice 33 - Habitat Buffers for Upland Birds or CP33 increases fall populations of bobwhite quail.
MISSISSIPPI STATE – The director of the Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station is the new chair-elect of the Southern Association of Agricultural Experiment Station Directors.
George M. Hopper was voted chair-elect for 2013-14 at the organization’s fall meeting. He will assume the responsibilities of chair in 2014-15.
Last year, I wrote about the wonderful citrus we can grow in Mississippi and how I was inspired by my friend Terry, who actually picked 1,800 Satsuma oranges from his two trees. You have to realize his trees are huge, and since they haven’t been pruned at all, he has to prop up the heavily laden branches with boards to keep them from snapping off.
What you are about to read is my experience as a first-time citrus grower.