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Two men in beekeeping attire examine bee hive boxes.
March 26, 2019 - Filed Under: Beekeeping

The number of people in Mississippi taking up beekeeping as a hobby is growing, and commercial-scale production is holding steady -- for now.

A man in a gardening hat stands and talks to three adults, with several others milling about in the background.
March 25, 2019 - Filed Under: Flower Gardens

Thank goodness spring has arrived!

After what seems to be an eternity, I finally had a chance to do some much-needed work in my landscape and garden. The pleasant weather we’ve had only adds to my enthusiasm.

March 22, 2019 - Filed Under: Agriculture, Natural Resources

Landowners will receive insights into oil and gas lease issues during daylong educational events April 30 in Oktibbeha County.

Man holding a clipboard looks at camera while standing in a wooded area beside a tree with orange ribbons tied around the trunk at shoulder height.
March 22, 2019 - Filed Under: Urban and Community Forestry

American sycamores can grow to be large and stately with mottled bark of white and green and huge, shallow-lobed leaves. Their wood has a number of uses, including furniture, boxes, crates, paper and butcher blocks (because of its hardness). Sycamores are also widely used as ornamental trees throughout the East, South and Midwest.

March 21, 2019 - Filed Under: Cotton

A Mississippi State cotton agronomist is the new head of the university’s Department of Plant and Soil Sciences.

Darrin Dodds, a 12-year veteran of the department, takes the helm April 1.

Dr. Gary Bachman
March 20, 2019 - Filed Under: Lawn and Garden, Flower Gardens

BILOXI, Miss. -- Southern Gardening host and columnist Gary Bachman earned a 2019 Great American Gardener Award from the American Horticultural Society.

Bachman is a horticulturist with the Mississippi State University Extension Service working from the Coastal Research and Extension Center in Biloxi. He received the American  Horticultural Society’s B.Y. Morrison Communications Award, which recognizes effective and inspirational communication through print, radio, television or online media with the goal of advancing public interest and participation in horticulture.

A mostly red tomato is shaped almost like the letter “U.”
March 18, 2019 - Filed Under: Flower Gardens, Vegetable Gardens

Many folks have been waiting for this moment: the day it’s warm enough and past the main threat of frost to become tomato planting time.

A man in a conservation officer uniform stands looking down at a large bird held under his arm.
March 15, 2019 - Filed Under: Wildlife

Mississippi turkey hunters should reflect on the wild turkey’s history in our great state and never take this majestic bird for granted.

An overcast sky is reflected in water standing over and between the rows of a muddy field.
March 15, 2019 - Filed Under: Corn, Soils, Disaster Recovery

Recent rainfall in north Mississippi has flooded many areas and made much Delta farmland unworkable as the time approaches for planting and other traditional tasks.

A golden retriever scratches fleas on green grass.
March 12, 2019 - Filed Under: Healthy Homes Initiative, Pets, Insects-Pet Pests, Insects-Pests

Peak flea season is in the spring and summer, but in warmer areas like the South, successful flea control is a yearlong battle. (Photo by CanStock)

Pea-sized redbud flowers hang from thin tree branches.
March 11, 2019 - Filed Under: Flower Gardens

What a crazy late winter and early spring we’ve had so far this year: warm, cold and repeat.

A group of three students gather around a computer while a man looks on from behind.
March 8, 2019 - Filed Under: Landscape Architecture

Landscape architecture students at Mississippi State University are involved in a win-win situation with the underserved community of Africatown in Mobile, Alabama.

Man wearing hardhat and gloves walks across a stand of pine trees with a handheld torch pipe igniting pine straw on the ground. Background includes lines of low flames, greenery and smoke.
March 8, 2019 - Filed Under: Forest Ecology

Few folks may realize that Mississippi forests are adapted to periodic, low-intensity fires.

A large tree looms over a white house and a brick patio area.
March 8, 2019 - Filed Under: Smart Landscapes

A smart landscape can play a key role in efficiently heating and cooling homes while reducing energy costs.

March 4, 2019 - Filed Under: Agriculture, Crops, Farming, Forages, Livestock, Natural Resources, Fisheries, Forestry, Wildlife

Central Mississippi agricultural producers and industry professionals met with Mississippi State University personnel to discuss research and education priorities at the 2019 Producer Advisory Council meeting on Feb. 20.

A light-green, round structure is attached to a branch, surrounded by multi-colored leaves.
March 4, 2019 - Filed Under: Flower Gardens

The seasons are playing tricks on us with cold temperatures following warm. While we go through this latest cold snap, which I have high hopes will be the last, I want to address a landscape issue that’s generating quite a few questions.

Regional map of Mississippi and Tennessee counties with cases of chronic wasting disease.
March 1, 2019 - Filed Under: Wildlife, Chronic Wasting Disease

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- A year after chronic wasting disease was found in Mississippi, my deer season was very different than those in the past.

While I still considered management and hunting strategies, I could not escape the disappointment I would feel if the disease we call CWD had progressed to my cherished hunting spots. Luckily, it was not detected where I hunt, but other places in Mississippi did not fare so well.

Two men and a woman, all wearing baseball caps and reflective yellow vests, look at a roadmap spread out on a table in a large, empty, well-lit room.
February 26, 2019 - Filed Under: Disaster Response

The tornado in Lowndes County and widespread flooding in north Mississippi have triggered a variety of helpful “boots on the ground” to provide needed care and guidance.

February 26, 2019 - Filed Under: Crops, Pesticide Applicator Certification

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- The Dicamba Applicator Training required for individuals who plan to apply dicamba herbicide products in Xtend cropping systems has been opened online and scheduled at several sites in the Delta and north Mississippi.

Dozens of dark blue-black berries hang from stems amid green leaves.
February 25, 2019 - Filed Under: Flower Gardens

I join the gardening world in waiting for the Southern indica azaleas to officially kick off the spring season with their gaudy show of beautiful color. But there’s one landscape shrub that tends to get lost when the azaleas start showing off, and it is actually one of my spring-flowering favorites.

This week, I want to tell you about the Indian hawthorn.

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