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A pure white cotton boll opens on a brown stem.
October 4, 2019 - Filed Under: Agriculture, Cotton

Parts of Mississippi’s landscape are turning white, but unlike some northern areas, this coloration is caused by cotton bolls opening for harvest, not snow accumulation.

Two tractors pull harvest carts across a dusty field.
September 27, 2019 - Filed Under: Agriculture, Crops, Sweet Potatoes

Spring rains created two sweet potato crops in Mississippi, and the later-planted crop is shaping up to be better than the first as harvests get underway.

September 19, 2019 - Filed Under: Soybeans, Agri-business

The Mississippi State University Extension Service Plant Diagnostic Lab is offering free nematode testing for all Mississippi-grown soybeans through Aug. 30, 2020.

White ends on a piece of red machinery are poised in front of a row of dried, brown corn on a farm with a piece of green farm machinery in the background.
September 13, 2019 - Filed Under: Agriculture, Crops, Corn

A difficult planting season followed by heavy rains and drainage issues challenged corn producers, but growers are still expected to produce a good crop despite these tough conditions.

August 19, 2019 - Filed Under: Rice, Community

Mississippi’s 259 rice-producing farms rank the state No. 5 nationally in rice production, a fact highlighted in September when Mississippians are urged to “Think Rice.”

A crowd sits under tents as a speaker addresses them.
August 7, 2019 - Filed Under: Fruit

People can learn about timely topics related to muscadine vines during the 2019 Muscadine Field Day Aug. 29 in Carriere.

Rows of young soybean plants sticking a foot above ground.
July 30, 2019 - Filed Under: Crops, Soybeans, Farming

The process of planting this year’s soybean crop in Mississippi has been anything but normal.

The only consistent variable has been rain, and a lot of it -- from an unusually wet winter and spring to the stormwater the state received from Hurricane Barry. Growers have done their best to plant in tight windows of time when both the clouds and the ground were dry. A long, stop-start planting season has been the result.

A man holds pruning loppers as he stands next to a tall blueberry bush.
July 16, 2019 - Filed Under: Commercial Fruit and Nuts, Fruit

Pruning is a task I put off, and my blueberry bushes serve as a testament to this fact. Mainly, I am unsure how to do it correctly most of the time and don’t want to kill my plants.

A small, white sign on top of a silver stake in the foreground tells what kind of cotton plants are behind it. In the background are rows of cotton plants with green leaves but not yet containing cotton blooms.
July 12, 2019 - Filed Under: Cotton

All of Mississippi’s 2019 cotton crop has emerged, but it’s off to a slow start.

Of approximately 700,000 acres of cotton planted statewide this year, 57% is rated fair or worse by the U.S. Department of Agriculture as of July 8.

July 3, 2019 - Filed Under: Crops, Farm Safety, Food Safety

The Alliance of Sustainable Farms will host a field day at the Truck Crops Branch Experiment Station July 19.

Four large, ripe watermelons lie among vines in the field.
June 21, 2019 - Filed Under: Watermelon Cantaloupe and Cucumber, Watermelons

Some Mississippi watermelon producers lost crops or got a late start because of wet spring weather. But consumers should find the sweet, summer treats on shelves in time for the July 4 holiday.

The rusty poles of an overhead, pivot irrigation system and a thin row of trees rise from the waves and gray floodwaters under a bleak sky.
June 20, 2019 - Filed Under: Agriculture, Crops, Corn, Cotton, Soybeans, Farming, Community, Disaster Response

Although numbers on paper look about right for Mississippi row crops, the reality is actually quite grim in places.

Rows of young rice plants sticking several inches above ground.
June 10, 2019 - Filed Under: Crops, Rice, Farming

STONEVILLE, Miss. -- The third week of March is usually the beginning of rice planting season in Mississippi, but fields were not dry enough to hold tractors until May in most locations.

Many growers were still scrambling to get rice in the ground by early June due to unusually high rain amounts in the first quarter of 2019. While more than 90 percent of the crop had been planted as of June 3, only 74 percent had emerged, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. This is well behind the five-year average of 92 percent emerged by this date.

Yellow squash in a paper bowl sitting on a red and white checkered tablecloth.
June 4, 2019 - Filed Under: Fruit, Farmers Markets, Vegetable Gardens

When you visit your community farmers market, you know you're purchasing local produce in its peak season. Fruits and vegetables have more flavor and are typically less expensive when they’re in season. So, when you go to the farmers market, how do you make the most out of in-season produce? (Photo by Michaela Parker)

Two men facing each other in conversation and standing beside a tractor and equipment with a clear, blue sky overhead.
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.

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.

A man in work clothes, baseball cap and wading boots stands in water outside his boat holding a paddle.
April 11, 2019 - Filed Under: Agriculture, Crops, Corn, Cotton, Soybeans, Farming, Community, Disaster Response

Near a bridge that connects Issaquena and Sharkey counties, Waye Windham leaned toward the side of his boat and dipped a paddle down into flood water to gauge its depth.

The water was too deep for the paddle to reach the ground. Riding with Windham was Lacey Little, who tried a much longer wooden post.

April 2, 2019 - Filed Under: Agriculture, Crops, Forages, Livestock, Local Flavor, Natural Resources, Fisheries, Forestry, Marine Resources

Coastal area agricultural producers met with Mississippi State University researchers and Extension Service agents to discuss the research and education they need from the university in 2019. 

2019 planting intentions.
March 29, 2019 - Filed Under: Agriculture, Crops

Many Mississippi crops must overcome flooded conditions to achieve the 2019 acreage forecasts released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture on March 29. (Graphic by Phil Smith)

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