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A small, white sign on top of a silver stake in the foreground tells what kind of cotton plants are behind it. In the background are rows of cotton plants with green leaves but not yet containing cotton blooms.
July 12, 2019 - Filed Under: Cotton

All of Mississippi’s 2019 cotton crop has emerged, but it’s off to a slow start.

Of approximately 700,000 acres of cotton planted statewide this year, 57% is rated fair or worse by the U.S. Department of Agriculture as of July 8.

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

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.
April 18, 2019 - Filed Under: Crops, Corn, Cotton, Soybeans, Farming, Disaster Response

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.
April 11, 2019 - Filed Under: Agriculture, Crops, Corn, Cotton, Soybeans, Farming, Community, Disaster Response

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.

March 21, 2019 - Filed Under: Cotton

A Mississippi State cotton agronomist is the new head of the university's Department of Plant and Soil Sciences. Darrin Dodds, a 12-year veteran of the department, takes the helm April 1.

Success Stories

A man stands next to a woman with his arm around her shoulders while they both smile at the camera; a lake rests in the background.
Agriculture, Crops, Cotton, Farming
Volume 5 Number 2

John McKee refers to the Mississippi State University Row Crop Short Course as a “convention of rock stars.”

A couple stands among crop rows. The woman, left, has short brown hair, a pink shirt, and khaki pants, and  a taller man wears a white and tan baseball cap, a checkerboard-striped shirt, and blue jeans.
Agriculture, Corn, Cotton, Peanuts, Soybeans, Farming, Agricultural Engineering
Volume 4 Number 3

Lonnie Fortner was the first row-crop producer in southwest Mississippi to use many of the same precision ag technologies that are now commonplace.

Boll weevil sucks green cotton boll
Cotton, Insects-Crop Pests
Volume 3 Number 4

When Mississippi achieved statehood in 1817, its cotton industry was only beginning to take off. By 1917, boll weevils were devastating the state’s cotton crop and its economy.

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