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My wood furniture was soaked. Is it ruined?

If possible, remove drawers and doors from wood furniture. If they are stuck tight, remove the back and try pushing them out. If the backing board warps and needs replacing, save it to use as a pattern for a new one.

Wash loose soil from the furniture, using sudsy water and a brush. Rinse with clear water and dry with a cloth. Let furniture and cabinets dry slowly (out of sunlight) to reduce warping and splitting. It may take several weeks or months for them to dry. Use fans, heaters, or dehumidifiers to keep air moving. After furniture has dried completely, clean the surface with mineral spirits, synthetic turpentine, or a cleanser conditioner. Test first on a spot that doesn't show.

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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.
Filed Under: Agriculture, Crops, Corn, Cotton, Soybeans, Farming, Community, Disaster Response June 20, 2019

Although numbers on paper look about right for Mississippi row crops, the reality is actually quite grim in places.

Man wearing a reflective safety vest looks at a white drone he is holding at shoulder height. A toppled pine tree and empty agricultural field are in the background.
Filed Under: Crops, Corn, Cotton, Soybeans, Farming, Disaster Response April 18, 2019

HAMILTON, Miss. -- Determining the extent of tornado damage to farms in Monroe County will take weeks, but video shot from flying drones will speed up the process.

Mississippi State University Extension Service personnel have been assisting in relief efforts since the morning after an EF-2 tornado on April 13 damaged more than 140 homes in Hamilton, claiming one life and injuring 19 others.

A man in work clothes, baseball cap and wading boots stands in water outside his boat holding a paddle.
Filed Under: Agriculture, Crops, Corn, Cotton, Soybeans, Farming, Community, Disaster Response April 11, 2019

Near a bridge that connects Issaquena and Sharkey counties, Waye Windham leaned toward the side of his boat and dipped a paddle down into flood water to gauge its depth.

The water was too deep for the paddle to reach the ground. Riding with Windham was Lacey Little, who tried a much longer wooden post.

Two men and a woman, all wearing baseball caps and reflective yellow vests, look at a roadmap spread out on a table in a large, empty, well-lit room.
Filed Under: Agriculture, Disaster Response February 26, 2019

The tornado in Lowndes County and widespread flooding in north Mississippi have triggered a variety of helpful “boots on the ground” to provide needed care and guidance.

A woman with a dog in front of chocolates, which can make dogs sick.
Filed Under: Community, Disaster Response February 20, 2018

It’s National Love Your Pet Day, so give those four-legged family members extra special treatment. More noggin’ pats and extra-long walks are in order. But be careful with the treats. Some human foods can be harmful to pets. For dogs, that includes chocolate. (Photo/video credit: MSU Extension/ Brian Utley)

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