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Very large field of green rice plants bordered by a dirt path on the near side and trees on the far side.
August 17, 2018 - Filed Under: Rice
By Ms. Linda M. Breazeale
MSU Extension Service

STONEVILLE, Miss. -- Mississippi growers will produce about 20 percent more rice this year, mostly thanks to additional acres planted over 2017’s total.

Larry Falconer, agricultural economist with the Mississippi State University Extension Service, said early forecasts predict national yields near last year’s 7,400 pounds per acre.

“National acreage is up about 20 percent. In Mississippi, the increase is slightly more at 23 percent,” Falconer said. “It helped that, at planting time, prices were slightly better than the previous year.”

Large water-filled ditch rests between a dirt road and a field of green corn stalks.
August 17, 2018 - Filed Under: Water, Water Quality

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Summer brings many activities: swimming in pools, recreation in Mississippi’s waterways, washing vehicles after traveling down dirt roads, and irrigating millions of acres of gardens and fields. These and many other activities rely on abundant water.

Putting a dollar value on clean water is difficult. Everyone uses it in their daily lives for drinking and domestic needs, but we also use water through the products we consume. This hidden flow of water is less obvious, so it’s often given less attention when we talk about water conservation.

Two hydrangeas are pictured in the foreground of a garden, with one blooming and the smaller one not blooming.
August 13, 2018 - Filed Under: Flower Gardens
By Dr. Gary R. Bachman
MSU Extension Service

While visiting my parents in Tennessee this weekend, my dad asked why one of their Annabelle hydrangeas was blooming while another -- growing just 5 feet away -- was not. He asked if I had some special fertilizer or bloom juice that could be applied.

I didn't, because the shrubs didn't need any special fertilizer help. It all had to with light.

August 13, 2018 - Filed Under: Sweet Potatoes
By Mr. Robert Nathan Gregory
MSU Extension Service

PONTOTOC, Miss. -- Sweet potato producers, crop consultants, agricultural industry representatives and the general public will learn about ongoing Mississippi State University sweet potato research and outreach efforts at a field day Aug. 30.

The MSU Extension Service and Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station will host the event at the Pontotoc Ridge-Flatwoods Branch Experiment Station, located at 8320 Highway 15 South in Pontotoc County.  

Alert gray squirrel pauses on a platform with shrubbery in the background.
August 10, 2018 - Filed Under: Wildlife

Ever wonder what wildlife species are in your backyard during the day while you are at work or school and at night while you are sleeping? Well, now you can find out with the help of a trail camera.

A hat rests on the ground next to a man kneeling down to examine grass.
August 10, 2018 - Filed Under: Insects-Forage Pests, Turfgrass and Lawn Management
By Ms. Bonnie A. Coblentz
MSU Extension Service

Sod production is a year-round process for Mississippi producers, and demand is up for this valuable commodity.

Jay McCurdy, turf specialist with the Mississippi State University Extension Service, said the state’s producers are having a good year with this grass crop.

Muscadines of various shades are bunched on the vine.
August 8, 2018 - Filed Under: Commercial Fruit and Nuts, Fruit
By Ms. Linda M. Breazeale
MSU Extension Service

Producers can learn about issues related to muscadine production and other fruit-related topics at an upcoming field day in Pearl River County, south of McNeill.

Young woman places a prescription bottle in secure slot in a large, green metal box
August 6, 2018 - Filed Under: Health and Wellness
By Ms. Evelyn Dawn Phillips
MSU Extension Service

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Agents and specialists with the Mississippi State University Extension Service are “promising” to confront the opioid problem in Mississippi communities.

“PReventing Opioid Misuse in the South East,” or PROMISE, is an Extension initiative to address this national crisis in communities across the Southeast. PROMISE is funded by a $310,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

MSU Extension health specialist David Buys said one of the main issues with the misuse of opioids is that they are more accessible than they need to be.

Several red pepper and a few yellow ones rise above green foliage.
August 6, 2018 - Filed Under: Flower Gardens
By Dr. Gary R. Bachman
MSU Extension Service

How have we already turned the corner into August? While it’s still hot and likely to continue that way for at least another six weeks, I’m looking forward to one of my late-summer landscape favorites, the ornamental pepper.

These plants have been growing patiently all summer, seeming to wait patiently and soak up the Mississippi heat until our other plants need a breather. If you follow Southern Gardening, then you probably know that I really love the show that ornamental peppers put on in late summer and early fall.

A left hand holds a mostly red fish down with a right hand marking the tail’s end on a measuring tape.
August 3, 2018 - Filed Under: Marine Resources
By Ms. Amanda E. Jefferson
MSU Extension Service

Scientists have embarked on a colossal research project to estimate the abundance of red snapper, the most sought-after offshore fish in the U.S. controlled waters in the Gulf of Mexico.

Green soybean plants set pods in a field.
August 2, 2018 - Filed Under: Crops, Soybeans
By Mr. Robert Nathan Gregory
MSU Extension Service

Mississippi’s soybean crop is in good or excellent condition, but growers are losing access to some foreign markets due to circumstances beyond their control.

Water flows from a stainless steel kitchen faucet into a clear drinking glass.
August 2, 2018 - Filed Under: Food Safety, Health, Healthy Water Practices, Water, Water Quality
By Ms. Keri Collins Lewis
MSU Extension Service

Practical actions that can reduce lead in drinking water are highlights of a recently concluded multistate project.

Branches of a tree are covered with a white, felt-like substance.
July 31, 2018 - Filed Under: Insect Identification, Insects-Home Lawns, Insects-Pests
By Ms. Bonnie A. Coblentz
MSU Extension Service

A tiny pest is making a huge impact on crape myrtles across the state, threatening to turn this go-to plant into something that gardeners avoid.

Dozens of yellow flowers fill the frame.
July 30, 2018 - Filed Under: Flower Gardens, Landscape and Garden Design
By Dr. Gary R. Bachman
MSU Extension Service

The last few weeks have been hot and humid, and many of my gardening friends are ready for fall's cooler temperatures.

A buck looks back over his shoulder at another buck with larger antlers.
July 27, 2018 - Filed Under: Wildlife, White-Tailed Deer

This fall, hunters will grab their bows, muzzleloaders and rifles to hunt North America’s most pursued big game animal -- the white-tailed deer.

A pink cotton bloom sits among green leaves.
July 27, 2018 - Filed Under: Cotton
By Ms. Bonnie A. Coblentz
MSU Extension Service

As most cotton across Mississippi is setting bolls ahead of schedule this year, some fields look fantastic and others are struggling, depending on the weather and irrigation.

July 26, 2018 - Filed Under: Community, Family Dynamics
By Ms. Susan M. Collins-Smith
MSU Extension Service

Safety concerns can put the brakes on driving for senior adults, but families with a transportation plan can help their loved ones maintain happy and healthy lifestyles.

July 26, 2018 - Filed Under: Smart Landscapes
By Ms. Bonnie A. Coblentz
MSU Extension Service

Mississippi State University Extension Service experts are hosting a Smart Landscapes program Aug. 4 to help homeowners develop thriving and ecologically friendly landscapes.

July 26, 2018 - Filed Under: Water, Mississippi Well Owner Network, Water Quality
By Mr. Robert Nathan Gregory
MSU Extension Service

Private well workshops in four counties this fall will help homeowners improve their drinking water sources.

A wife and husband stand in a field with cotton rows.
July 26, 2018 - Filed Under: Agriculture, Crops, Corn, Cotton, Peanuts, Soybeans
By Mr. Robert Nathan Gregory
MSU Extension Service

Lonnie Fortner has been named the Mississippi winner of the 2018 Swisher Sweets/Sunbelt Expo Southeastern Farmer of the Year award.

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