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October 22, 2018 - Filed Under: Cut Flowers and Houseplants

BILOXI, Miss. -- Floral enthusiasts can enhance their design skills in a new horticulture course intended to enhance skills and inspire community volunteerism.

The 14-week Master Floral Designer course begins Jan. 10. Classes will be held once a week from 1 to 4 p.m. The course is a program of the Mississippi State University Extension Service.

October 22, 2018 - Filed Under: Turfgrass and Lawn Management

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- A Mississippi State University Extension Service turf grass expert will lead the Extension portion of a multistate effort to address herbicide resistance in a common weed.

Jay McCurdy, who has served as Extension turf specialist since 2014, is part of a $5.6 million grant project involving researchers and Extension specialists in a 16-state effort to limit the impact of annual bluegrass.

Small, vivid purple flowers bloom from dark spikes against a green background.
October 22, 2018 - Filed Under: Flower Gardens

Those of you who keep up with Southern Gardening know that I’m a real fan of salvias.

One reason I like them is there are so many different types to choose from. I particularly like salvia farinacea, commonly called mealy cup sage or blue sage, for its landscape performance. These are tough plants, perfect for our Mississippi landscapes.

The first photo shows ground that has been disked in the middle of dormant grasses. The second photo shows the same location with green plants growing beside grasses that are not as lush.
October 19, 2018 - Filed Under: Soils, Wildlife

Thinning timber, prescribed fire and planting wildlife food plots are the most common tools in wildlife management, but there is another, often overlooked practice: using light disking to disturb the soil.

Two large, orange pumpkins grow on the vine in the foreground, with others visible in the background.
October 19, 2018 - Filed Under: Crops, Pumpkins

Summer weather allowed Mississippi pumpkin growers to have a good harvest, but there still are not enough pumpkins grown in the state to meet fall demand for this colorful crop.

October 18, 2018 - Filed Under: 4-H, Leadership and Citizenship

Forty-three Mississippi State University Extension Service 4-H members were recognized recently during the annual Mississippi Congressional Award ceremony for their self-development accomplishments.

Orange pumpkins and a carved jack-o-lantern sit on a table behind a smiling ceramic jack-o-lantern candy dish. Toys, candy and candles are displayed in front of the pumpkins.
October 17, 2018 - Filed Under: Food and Health, Food

Extra sweets around the house for Halloween can haunt anyone’s good intentions, but a few healthy tricks can make this holiday fun for everyone.

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.

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