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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.

A gray, double-wide manufactured home with flood waters reaching the lower windows and surrounding area
June 19, 2019 - Filed Under: Family Financial Management, Disaster Recovery

Flood and storm victims must brace themselves for the next threat approaching their neighborhoods: scammers looking for fast, easy money at the expense of others.

A thumb and fingers hold back the pink petals of a flower to reveal the spiny, orange center.
June 17, 2019 - Filed Under: Flower Gardens

In my role as the Southern Gardener, I get to share many great plants all across Mississippi and beyond. Some are new and some are old reliables, but all get to be called my favorite landscape plants from time to time.

One thing is for sure: All of these plants are Southern Gardening Approved.

Medium-sized trees grow in straight rows as the sun highlights the green treetops and ground covering.
June 14, 2019 - Filed Under: Forestry

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Although sweetgum is not considered a highly desirable species today, it was once a very favored species. Old-growth sweetgum produces heartwood with a much-appreciated reddish color (also known as red gum), and it is even more desirable if the wood is figured.

June 14, 2019 - Filed Under: About Extension, Extension Administration, Research and Extension Center Heads, Research and Extension Centers

STONEVILLE, Miss. -- A former leader of Mississippi State University’s largest agricultural research center will soon return to that role on an interim basis.

Steve Martin will become interim head of the Delta Research and Extension Center July 1. He will also continue in his current role as associate director of the MSU Extension Service. Jeff Johnson, who served since 2013 as head of the Stoneville-based center, has accepted a full-time faculty position on the MSU main campus in Starkville.

A 4-H’er wearing sunglasses tallies arrows in a colorful paper archery target.
June 13, 2019 - Filed Under: 4-H, SAFETY – Safe Archery and Firearms Education and Training for Youth, STEM – Science Technology Engineering and Math

LOUISVILLE, Miss. -- The Mississippi State University Extension Service will hold the North Mississippi 4-H Summer Camp Explore July 23-26 in Winston County.

The camp will be at Lake Tiak O’Khata, located at 1290 Smyth Lake Road in Louisville.

Participants will enjoy the outdoors, expressive arts, and STEM and S.A.F.E.T.Y. activities. Archery, canoeing, drama, air rifle, survival skills, first aid, robotics and a service project are among the camp’s offerings. The Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians will conduct a heritage activity with the campers.

June 13, 2019 - Filed Under: Community

RAYMOND, Miss. -- Producers and landowners can learn more about what to consider when leasing land for oil and gas drilling during a July 16 workshop.

Balancing Farm Success with Oil and Gas Growth will be held from 9 a.m. to noon at Southwest Mississippi Community College in the Horace C. Holmes Student Union.

Topics include leasing, new technology, water testing, environmental concerns and farm planning. Speakers will help landowners understand financial impacts, legal obligations and environmental management strategies.

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.

A pink flower in the foreground with foliage out of focus in the back.
June 10, 2019 - Filed Under: Flower Gardens

The fourth and last column in our hibiscus series focuses on a woody species, Hibiscus mutabilis or confederate rose.

Side view of a fish with a needle device pointed between scales in the lower midsection. “Fish Venting Tool” is printed on the handle of the needle.
June 7, 2019 - Filed Under: Fisheries

Catch and release angling can be an effective conservation tool but only when it’s done correctly.

Four women stand around the Bully statue on the Mississippi State University campus.
June 4, 2019 - Filed Under: 4-H, Junior Master Wellness Volunteer

Bullying is personal to Je'Kylynn Steen, whose experiences as a victim and witness, helped give her insight into a project that can help others who may face the same challenges.

As a community health intern with the Junior Master Wellness Volunteer Program, she served as the primary author of a new bullying module to help young people recognize this pervasive problem and learn strategies to stop it.

June 4, 2019 - Filed Under: Farming

Mary Love Tagert is one of four individuals selected nationally as a fellow in the Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program.

A single large bloom with red-tinged edges and a red center opens against a green background with a single bud above it.
June 3, 2019 - Filed Under: Flower Gardens

Week three of the Southern Gardening tour of hibiscus brings the spotlight on the hardy hibiscus. This easy-to-grow ornamental is largely unknown to many home gardeners, but with the impact they can have in any landscape, I think every garden should have at least one hardy hibiscus.

Countless trees of various sizes with the sun breaking through the canopy in spots.
May 31, 2019 - Filed Under: Forest Management

STARKVILLE, Miss. --  There are major differences between hardwood management and pine management, but they have one goal in common: Landowner objectives should drive the course of action.

May 31, 2019 - Filed Under: Extension Administration

STARKVILLE, Miss.—From writing, photography and video to social media, television and web design, Mississippi State University’s Office of Agricultural Communications and Office of Public Affairs are receiving various honors in the College Public Relations Association of Mississippi’s annual awards competition.

Safety gear for ATV riding includes helmets, gloves, long pants and long sleeves. Young people should ride ATVs designed for their size rather than full-size ATVs designed for adult riders. (Photo by MSU Extension Service/Bonnie Coblentz)
May 31, 2019 - Filed Under: ATV Safety

All-terrain vehicles are commonly used in Mississippi for entertainment and work, but driving them dangerously is a frequent cause of injuries and death.

Three grocery store fridge doors are stocked with 1- and 2-gallon jugs of milk with red tops and labels.
May 31, 2019 - Filed Under: Dairy, Food, Nutrition

National Dairy Month is a great time to consider the numerous health benefits dairy products provide and how supporting the industry indirectly helps a variety of people.

May 30, 2019 - Filed Under: Farming

The Alliance of Sustainable Farms is holding its third in a series of field day trainings for beginning farmers and ranchers June 21.

Five bright orange-red petals surround a tall stamen that is dark red at the base and yellow at the tip. Dark green leaves surround the flower.
May 27, 2019 - Filed Under: Flower Gardens

This is week two of the "Tour de Hibiscus," featuring great choices for our Mississippi gardens and landscapes. I don't know any home gardener who can resist the colorful flowers of Cajun hibiscus plants, with equally colorful names like Hoochie Papa, Peppermint Patty and Crawfish Pie.

Two deer are lying down beside a remote road that ends at a closed farm gate with floodwater and debris floating beyond and around the area.
May 24, 2019 - Filed Under: Wildlife

Extensive flooding in the Mississippi Delta is pushing animals out of their comfort zones and creating stressful conditions as they just try to survive. Animals that can move ahead of the floodwaters will be concentrated on higher ground, potentially creating complications and conflict.

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