Can I grow alfalfa in Mississippi?
Yes, if you and your soil meet all the requirements for growing alfalfa.
First, you need to know the requirements for growing this crop. And second, you must have the soil and soil conditions for this crop.
Alfalfa requires a deep, well drained soil with good internal and good surface drainage. A pH of 6.5 to 7.0 is needed, and, if lime is applied before planting, time must be allowed for the pH to adjust. Read and study all you can about alfalfa starting with Information Sheet 844 - Alfalfa Production contained in this Web site.
Mississippi forage producers can grow a bountiful crop, but they are fighting wet weather and pests to harvest all of it.
Rocky Lemus, forage and grazing specialist with the Mississippi State University Extension Service and researcher with the Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station, said hay harvest is about 5% behind where it was this time last year.
Researchers and Extension specialists from across the Southeast will help goat and sheep producers expand their knowledge on various aspects of the industry during a workshop on small ruminant production.
Coastal area agricultural producers met with Mississippi State University researchers and Extension Service agents to discuss the research and education they need from the university in 2019.
Central Mississippi agricultural producers and industry professionals met with Mississippi State University personnel to discuss research and education priorities at the 2019 Producer Advisory Council meeting on Feb. 20.
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.