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Feature Story from 2007

June 8, 2007 - Filed Under: Fruit

MISSISSIPPI STATE -- Two weeks of harvests in the southern part of Mississippi indicate a very good year for blueberries, despite an Easter weekend freeze that decimated those in the northern part of the state.

John Braswell, Mississippi State University horticulture specialist at the Coastal Research and Extension Center in Biloxi, said the crop is in pretty good shape.

“Most of the acreage south of Interstate 20 has a good crop,” Braswell said. “There's a lot of fruit coming off right now.”

June 14, 2007 - Filed Under: Turfgrass and Lawn Management

MISSISSIPPI STATE -- Midsouth homeowners may soon find it easier to locate St. Augustine grass for their lawns.

A new St. Augustine grass cultivar bred for cold tolerance is being licensed by Mississippi State University to sod producers in north Mississippi and other Midsouth locations.

June 14, 2007 - Filed Under: Cotton

By Robert H. Wells
Delta Research and Extension Center

More than 600 4-H'ers gathered on the Mississippi State University campus to create a clover-leaf photograph to celebrate the 100th anniversary of 4-H in Mississippi. The perimeter of the shape was mapped out using GIS and GPS technologies.
June 14, 2007 - Filed Under: 4-H

By Courtney Coufal
MSU Ag Communications

MISSISSIPPI STATE -- In celebration of the Mississippi 4-H centennial, the organization's members, agents and volunteers re-enacted a decades-old activity using modern technology.

June 15, 2007 - Filed Under: Watermelon Cantaloupe and Cucumber, Watermelons

MISSISSIPPI STATE -- This year's watermelons relied on Mother Nature for the sunny skies to make them sweet, but most needed farmers to supply the essential irrigation to make them juicy.

Wayne Porter, area horticulture agent for Mississippi State University's Extension Service, said watermelon harvesting has begun in southern counties. Porter is based in Lauderdale County and also serves Smith County, Mississippi's top watermelon-producing county.

June 21, 2007 - Filed Under: Beef, Technology

By Courtney Coufal
MSU Ag Communications

MISSISSIPPI STATE -- When Covington County cattleman Johnny Pope placed the top bid for a Hereford bull at a recent sale, he was almost 200 miles from the auction.

Pope is one of many animal buyers in the state taking advantage of the interactive video component added to the Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station's Annual Livestock Production Sale by the Mississippi State University Extension Service.

June 21, 2007 - Filed Under: Fisheries

By Andrea Cooper
MSU College of Forest Resources

MISSISSIPPI STATE -- Mississippi streams do not offer the fly-fishing opportunities found in the West, but the state's wadeable streams provide good sport fishing of spotted and largemouth bass, longear sunfish and bluegill sunfish.

These streams are not the sport fishermen magnets that streams are in the highland region of the United States, so many wadeable streams in Mississippi and the Southeast are often ignored and unmanaged.

Mississippi State University Extension aquaculture specialist Jim Steeby inspects a catfish egg mass at the L&S Fish Farm catfish hatchery in Leland. (Photo by Robert H. Wells/MSU Delta Research and Extension Center)
June 22, 2007 - Filed Under: Catfish

By Robert H. Wells
Delta Research and Extension Center

STONEVILLE -- Catfish production is off to a good start in Mississippi in 2007 after a successful spawning season and warm weather that is promoting regular feeding.

“For the year overall, we are up on feed sales and feed to our fish,” said Jimmy Avery, Mississippi State University Extension aquaculture specialist based at the Delta Research and Extension Center National Warmwater Aquaculture Center in Stoneville.

June 28, 2007 - Filed Under: Soybeans, Plant Diseases

MISSISSIPPI STATE -- Asian soybean rust has not been found in Mississippi as of June 28, a fact confirmed by the team canvassing the state’s soybean crops, sentinel plots and Kudzu each week.

A group of Mississippi State University Extension Service plant pathologists, members of the Soybean Management by Application Research and Technology program, and other Extension personnel, researchers and trained consultants search daily for the disease. Billy Moore, an Extension plant pathologist emeritus, said there is no reason for concern at this point.

Sandy Brown, CVM Technical Supervisor, and Ryan Butler, CVM 2007 graduate, view an image during clinical scanning.
June 28, 2007 - Filed Under: Pets

By Patti Drapala
MSU Ag Communications

MISSISSIPPI STATE -- As people become accustomed to their physicians employing sophisticated medical equipment, diagnostic equipment, and therapies for treatment of diseases and physical problems, they expect veterinarians to offer their family pets similar innovations in health care.

Preparing Mississippi State University's entry for this fall's International Genetically Engineered Machine competition are, from left, Dr. Din-Pow Ma, professor of biochemistry and molecular biology, Victor Ho, biochemistry doctoral student, and Dr. Filip To, professor of agricultural and biological engineering.
June 28, 2007 - Filed Under: Biotechnology

MISSISSIPPI STATE -- Students at Mississippi State University are using genetic engineering to build “machines” once only dreamed about in science fiction.

Last year, nine graduate and undergraduate students genetically engineered E.-coli bacteria to glow green in the presence of hydrogen, providing a safe way to measure the hydrogen available in hard to probe places like fuel cells. They entered this new design in the International Genetically Engineered Machine, or iGEM, competition held at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

A late June check of an irrigated corn field, in Copiah County by Extension county director Shelby Bearden, showed well-developed ears and good yield potential.
June 29, 2007 - Filed Under: Corn

MISSISSIPPI STATE – Strong prices encouraged Mississippi farmers to make corn the state's No. 1 row crop this year, but drought conditions are cutting yields.

On June 29, the U.S. Department of Agriculture estimated Mississippi producers have planted 980,000 acres of corn, up from 340,000 in 2006. Erick Larson, Mississippi State University Extension Service small grains specialist, said persistent drought conditions are reducing the yield potential of corn across much of the state.

July 5, 2007 - Filed Under: Animal Health

By Patti Drapala
MSU Ag Communications

MISSISSIPPI STATE -- Mississippi State University's College of Veterinary Medicine has an enviable track record of seeking and obtaining financial support for programs that promote the humane care and treatment of animals. It was no surprise that the College “doggedly” pursued the offer of a $100,000 grant by the American Kennel Club to assist with emergency response in times of civil or natural disaster.

July 5, 2007 - Filed Under: Technology, Wood Products

By Andrea Cooper
MSU College of Forest Resources

MISSISSIPPI STATE -- Drying lumber in kilns produces numerous air pollutants, but equipment for real-time measurement of the emissions is not currently available.

A team of researchers at Mississippi State University, however, is developing a new state-of-the-art sensor that monitors air pollution emitted while wood is drying. The MSU scientists are improving a detector produced by Seacoast Science Inc. that will continuously monitor pollutants in real time during materials processing. 

July 5, 2007 - Filed Under: Community

MISSISSIPPI STATE -- Employees of the Division of Agriculture, Forestry and Veterinary Medicine at Mississippi State University were recently recognized for their service to the university and the state.

The recipient of the 2007 Rosalind and Rodney Foil Teamwork Award was Rick Snyder, Extension and research professor at the Truck Crops Experiment Station in Crystal Springs. Snyder was honored for his work with the annual Fall Flower and Garden Fest at the station.

The Foil awards are presented each year in honor of the former MSU vice president and his wife.

July 5, 2007 - Filed Under: Health

MISSISSIPPI STATE -- People eager to become trained as Master Health Education Volunteers are being recruited for a program that promotes healthy living in the community.

The three-day training will be held Aug. 9, 23 and 30 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Lauderdale County Extension office in Meridian. The cost to attend is $50, and the deadline to register is Aug. 3.

July 6, 2007 - Filed Under: Rice

MISSISSIPPI STATE -- Mississippi's rice may be on track for another strong yield, but it will be on fewer acres.

Nathan Buehring, rice specialist with the Mississippi State University Extension Service, said the 2007 crop has “good to excellent yield potential” as it enters the heading stage.

“This year, everything has worked like a charm,” Buehring said. “The crop has had good moisture levels to help herbicides work and stay activated. By the time we reached the dry period, it was time for flooding the fields.”

July 12, 2007 - Filed Under: Turfgrass and Lawn Management

MISSISSIPPI STATE -- Recent rains are turning struggling lawns across Mississippi into lush landscapes, and homeowners must work hard to keep them looking good all summer.

Wayne Wells, turf specialist with the Mississippi State University Extension Service, said now that the grass is growing, those performing lawn maintenance need to be sure to cut their turf to the correct height.

July 12, 2007 - Filed Under: Pesticide Applicator Certification, Community

MISSISSIPPI STATE -- The Mississippi State University Extension Service will hold a waste pesticide collection day July 31 in Tunica County for farmers and pesticide applicators in northwest Mississippi.

The event will be held from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Tunica Gin on Highway 61, one mile south of Tunica. There is no fee to participate.

Waste pesticides are leftover, cancelled, suspended or unusable products. Examples include insecticides, herbicides, fungicides and plant growth regulators. Empty pesticide containers will not be accepted.

Darrin Dodds
July 12, 2007 - Filed Under: Cotton

MISSISSIPPI STATE -- Darrin Dodds has been named the state’s new cotton specialist with the Mississippi State University Extension Service.

Dodds will serve as the primary contact for Extension educational material, technology transfer and programming regarding production of cotton, said Michael Collins, head of MSU’s Department of Plant and Soil Sciences.


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