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An arched entry of a red brick building is behind a colorful garden of flowers and bushes.
October 16, 2018 - Filed Under: Lawn and Garden, Landscape Architecture, Smart Landscapes

Plant diversity is critical to the health of an ecosystem, but a single landscape can significantly enhance biodiversity.

A mass of pink grasses billows beside a stone bench in a garden with greenery all around.
October 15, 2018 - Filed Under: Flower Gardens

The 40th Fall Flower and Garden Fest at the Mississippi State University Truck Crops Branch Station in Crystal Springs is behind us, and I have to say that it was one of the best I’ve ever attended.

A covered trailer in a field with six workers sorting sweet potatoes into large, wooden crates along the trailer’s edges.
October 12, 2018 - Filed Under: Sweet Potatoes

Mississippi sweet potato fields that missed needed rains in June and July are experiencing favorable harvest conditions in October.

Jamie Earp, president of the Mississippi Sweet Potato Council, said yields are “fair, at best” at the halfway point in the 2018 harvest season.

Close up view of a small limb with two acorns and multicolored leaves in a part-sunny, part-shady location.
October 12, 2018 - Filed Under: Forestry, Wildlife

Fall is a great time to walk in the woods and enjoy the sights, sounds and smells of the season. Leaves will soon change to their vivid fall colors, and deer, turkeys, squirrels and birds are stirring as the air gets cool and crisp.

October 11, 2018 - Filed Under: About Extension, Community

STARKVILLE, Miss.—Community engagement and its role in higher education was the focus of a Mississippi State keynote and workshop this week by one of the nation’s leading authorities on engaged scholarship.

October 11, 2018 - Filed Under: About Extension

Elizabeth Gregory North, head of the Mississippi State University Extension Service Office of Agricultural Communications, is the newest member of the Southern Public Relations Federation’s Hall of Fame.

October 10, 2018 - Filed Under: About Extension, Family

STARKVILLE, Miss.—Mississippi State is supporting students from areas impacted by Hurricane Michael and urging them to make safety their top priority – especially regarding travel decisions during the university’s upcoming fall break Thursday and Friday [Oct. 11-12].

Two yellow and orange mums bloom on either side of a yellow mum and a purple mum.
October 8, 2018 - Filed Under: Flower Gardens

Finally, we’re going to start enjoying some cooler weather, and just in time. I’ve wanted to start writing about the fantastic cool-season color, but I’ve had to wait until the summertime heat starts to cool.

October 5, 2018 - Filed Under: Agriculture, Local Flavor, Local Food System Economies

Mississippi producers can learn how to serve the farm-to-school market at an Alliance of Sustainable Farms event Oct 19.

October 5, 2018 - Filed Under: Healthy Homes Initiative

The Mississippi State University Extension Service has received national recognition for a Healthy Homes Initiative marketing campaign.

The National Extension Association of Family and Consumer Sciences presented Extension with the first-place Marketing Package Award for its Healthy Homes Initiative promotional efforts.

A wooden pole with hash marks at 12, 18 and 24 inches from a round disk with alternating black and white quadrants rests on brown grass. Danger is written below the 12-inch hash, ideal is written in the middle section, and fertilize is written above the 24-inch hash.
October 5, 2018 - Filed Under: Fisheries, Water

If you own one of the 160,000 ponds in Mississippi, chances are you have invested tremendous amounts of cash and time in this resource. Building a pond can cost tens of thousands of dollars, and fish stocking, liming, fertilization and weed control are not cheap either.

Cotton with sprouting plants lies on muddy ground.
October 5, 2018 - Filed Under: Agriculture, Crops, Corn, Cotton, Grains, Soybeans

Most of Mississippi’s corn and rice crops had been harvested when prolonged, late-September rains soaked much of the state, but the wet weather could not have come at a worse time for soybeans and cotton.

October 5, 2018 - Filed Under: Lawn and Garden, Landscape Architecture

Five landscape specialists will offer new ideas on permaculture at an Oct. 17 symposium at Mississippi State University.

A single, pink flower rests at the end of a branch seen against a leaf-filled blue sky.
October 1, 2018 - Filed Under: Lawn and Garden, Flower Gardens

This summer has seemed endless: hot, humid and just miserable. As a gardener, I know, or maybe hope, relief will soon be on the way.

September 28, 2018 - Filed Under: Crops, Farm Safety, Forages, Livestock

As farmers head out to their fields, locating underground utility lines may not be at the top of their safety checklists.

But this knowledge should be a top priority, said Leslie Woolington, a risk management specialist with the Mississippi State University Extension Service and the Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station.

Hundreds of reddish-brown heads of grain sorghum rise above green stalks in a field.
September 28, 2018 - Filed Under: Grains, Insects-Crop Pests

Grain sorghum has never been a major agricultural commodity in Mississippi, but it has seen better days: For two years in a row, acreage of the crop has been less than one-tenth of its annual average.

Tall grass grows between a calm body of water and low-cut grass with a wooden pier in the background.
September 28, 2018 - Filed Under: Environment, Fisheries, Water Quality, Wildlife

Salt marshes are coastal wetlands common throughout the globe and visible just about any time you drive over a bridge along the coast.

A rough-hewn, low-sided wooden box filled with four different kinds of green plants rests on a small table in front of a variety of other plants in plastic containers.
September 24, 2018 - Filed Under: Flower Gardens, Herb Gardens

Although we’re finally into the fall season, it’s still 90 degrees outside across Mississippi. Nevertheless, we all need to start thinking about what we’re going to plant and grow for the eventual cool weather.

Man standing in the woods inspects nylon straps on a tree stand he is holding on in his hands.
September 21, 2018 - Filed Under: Wildlife Youth Education, Wildlife

Safety is a key aspect of having a successful and enjoyable hunt this season and for many more to come.

One red and white cow faces the camera while standing in a pasture green with grass and trees.
September 21, 2018 - Filed Under: Livestock, Beef

Mississippi State University experts see a positive outlook for the state’s beef cattle industry, with prices at profitable levels and herd numbers up.

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