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March 16, 2018 - Filed Under: Corn, Grains, Farm Safety
By Mr. Robert Nathan Gregory
MSU Extension Service

PITTSBORO, Miss. -- Emergency responders and farmers will learn grain bin safety practices and rescue procedures during two workshops on April 17.

The Mississippi State University Extension Service is hosting the grain bin rescue training programs at the Calhoun County Extension Office. Both programs are coordinated with the Mississippi Farm Bureau Federation.

Training for producers and farm laborers will be held from 2-4 p.m. Agricultural workers will learn preliminary steps to take when someone gets trapped in a grain bin.

March 12, 2018 - Filed Under: Forages, Management - Forages, Weed Control for Forages
By Mr. Robert Nathan Gregory
MSU Extension Service

An afternoon field day will help livestock producers learn about the latest research related to forage production.

March 12, 2018 - Filed Under: Commercial Horticulture
By Ms. Bonnie A. Coblentz
MSU Extension Service

CRYSTAL SPRINGS, Miss. -- The Southern Region of the American Society for Horticultural Science recognized what Mississippi gardeners already knew: Rick Snyder’s monthly gardening column is informative, entertaining and high quality.

 Snyder, a vegetable specialist with the Mississippi State University Extension Service, received a Blue Ribbon Extension Publication Award in February for his work. Since 2005, Snyder’s column has appeared monthly in Mississippi Gardener magazine.

Tiny pink buds cluster in groups on a bare branch.
March 12, 2018 - Filed Under: Flower Gardens, Landscape and Garden Design
By Dr. Gary R. Bachman
MSU Extension Service

One of my favorite spring flowering trees is our native redbud.

This small tree flowers early in the spring before most other trees have started to leaf out after their winter naps. It’s good that redbuds blooms so early because they are usually found as understory trees. While driving around the state, it’s common to see a redbud framed or silhouetted by leafless hardwoods.

Man waters garden flowers from a water hose.
March 9, 2018 - Filed Under: Environment, Water
By Dr. Beth Harlander Baker
MSU Extension Service

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- How much water do we use each day? This may sound like a simple question until we consider the direct and indirect ways we use water.

Direct water use includes the indoor and outdoor water that we physically use when we turn on a faucet in our bathrooms, kitchens or gardens. It is what most of us think of when we are asked how much water we use, but the truth is that we consume a lot of water indirectly too.

March 8, 2018 - Filed Under: Flower Gardens
By Ms. Linda M. Breazeale
MSU Extension Service

Horticulture students will host their spring plant sale at the Mississippi Horse Park during the Everything Garden Expo on March 24 and 25.

March 8, 2018 - Filed Under: Natural Resources
By Ms. Susan M. Collins-Smith
MSU Extension Service

Teachers who want to provide hands-on learning about nature can bring students to a March 29 field day at the Mississippi State University Crosby Arboretum in Picayune.

March 7, 2018 - Filed Under: Fruit, Technology
By Ms. Bonnie A. Coblentz
MSU Extension Service

POPLARVILLE, Miss. -- Designing an app that helps fruit growers know how many chill hours their crops have accumulated earned one Mississippi State University Extension Service specialist a regional award.

March 7, 2018 - Filed Under: Commercial Fruit and Nuts, Green Industry, Organic Fruit and Vegetables, Other Vegetables, Corn, Cotton, Nuts, Peanuts, Soybeans, Equine, Goats and Sheep, Poultry, Lawn and Garden, Forestry, Seafood Economics, Seafood Harvesting and Processing
By Ms. Susan M. Collins-Smith
MSU Extension Service

ELLISVILLE, Miss. -- Mississippi State University representatives met with agricultural clients in Ellisville recently to discuss research and education needs for 2018. More than 115 individuals attended this year's event.

March 6, 2018 - Filed Under: Cotton, Soybeans, Weed Control for Crops
By Ms. Keri Collins Lewis
MSU Extension Service

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Two highly anticipated online training modules are now available for those who plan to purchase or apply dicamba and similar herbicides.

The Mississippi State University Extension Service, in cooperation with the Mississippi Department of Agriculture and Commerce Bureau of Plant Industry, developed these new online training courses related to herbicides labeled for use with dicamba-tolerant cotton and soybeans in response to label changes from the Environmental Protection Agency.

Deep pink blossoms cover the mostly bare branches of a shrub.
March 5, 2018 - Filed Under: Flower Gardens, Landscape and Garden Design
By Dr. Gary R. Bachman
MSU Extension Service

We're finally emerging from the "freezemageddon" we experienced earlier this year, and the garden and landscape are emerging with a vengeance.

A mother duck floats with her four babies on a pond.
March 2, 2018 - Filed Under: Wildlife
By Dr. Leslie M. Burger
MSU Extension Service

Valentine's Day may be over but not the romance. Spring is just around the corner, and that means the start of the breeding season for wildlife. The chirps and trills of spring peepers and chorus frogs now rise into the night. Bird song greets the morning. A new season of growth and life has begun.

Ring of fire from a planned burn surrounds pine trees in a forest.
March 2, 2018 - Filed Under: Forestry, Forest Ecology
By Mr. Robert Nathan Gregory
MSU Extension Service

March is a good time for landowners to take steps to prevent wildfires, not only because it is Wildfire Prevention Month, but also because more fires occur this month.

Heather Alexander, an assistant professor in the Mississippi State University Forest and Wildlife Research Center, said March sees more wildfires than summer months because it is a time of transition between winter and spring.

A Mississippi State University specialist stands before a room of seated meeting participants.
February 26, 2018 - Filed Under: Commercial Fruit and Nuts, Green Industry, Organic Fruit and Vegetables, Other Vegetables, Nuts, Forages, Beef, Equine, Goats and Sheep, Swine
By Ms. Susan M. Collins-Smith
MSU Extension Service

Agricultural clients met with Mississippi State University personnel to discuss research and education needs during the annual Producer Advisory Council Meeting for the southwest region February 20.

A small tree with leafy green growth on the bark
February 26, 2018 - Filed Under: Flower Gardens, Landscape and Garden Design
By Dr. Gary R. Bachman
MSU Extension Service

Spring has sprung, at least in my Ocean Springs landscape, and gardeners once again are venturing out and taking an inventory of plant damage from this winter’s cold. Performing this yearly garden task is easier when many plants haven’t started their new growth yet.

An orange and white Monarch butterfly rests on small purple flowers.
February 26, 2018 - Filed Under: Farming, Insects
By Ms. Bonnie A. Coblentz
MSU Extension Service

Mississippi temperatures got into the single digits this winter, which many people think of as bug-killing weather, but experts say that is not always the case.

Several dead catfish and other fish species float clustered along  the edge of a pond.
February 23, 2018 - Filed Under: Environment, Fisheries

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- From February through April, calls begin coming in about sick and dying fish in backyard ponds.

February 23, 2018 - Filed Under: Farm Safety
By Ms. Keri Collins Lewis
MSU Extension Service

Mississippi farmers are gearing up for the 2018 growing season, which means everyone needs to be prepared to share the road with tractors and other equipment.

Patrick Poindexter, Alcorn County coordinator with the Mississippi State University Extension Service, said being aware and patient can keep everyone safe.

Blonde-haired woman with glasses in a large room speaking to a group of farmers.
February 23, 2018 - Filed Under: Sweet Potatoes
By Mr. Robert Nathan Gregory
MSU Extension Service

HOUSTON, Miss. -- Sweet potato growers in Mississippi have been part of a growing industry in recent years, but they can do even better if they capitalize on export options.

That was the prevailing message at a recent meeting hosted by the Mississippi State University Extension Service at the Houston Civic Center Feb. 20.

Long, narrow lavender flower petals open wide among the dark green leaves.
February 20, 2018 - Filed Under: Master Gardener, Flower Gardens, Vegetable Gardens
By Ms. Linda M. Breazeale
MSU Extension Service

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- The Everything Garden Expo, presented by the Oktibbeha County Master Gardeners, will return to the Mississippi Horse Park on March 24 and 25.

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