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October 19, 2018

Black and white Hostein cows and light brown Jersey cows graze on green grass.

On a rainy day in early autumn, hundreds of people packed into the Mississippi State University Joe Bearden Dairy Center to learn where their milk, butter, yogurt, and ice cream come from. (File Photo by Kat Lawrence)

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A person holds a canister of dry powder pesticide and a measuring spoon of powder over a fire ant mound.

How to Treat Individual Fire Ant Mounds

September 11, 2018

Even if you preventatively treat your yard periodically through the year for fire ants, you’ll still see mounds pop up.

There are two ways to treat these mounds: liquid drenches and dry powders. (File photo by MSU Extension Service.)

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Close-up view of an ear of field corn encased in brown husk ready for harvest.

Is this Corn Dead?

September 7, 2018

Field corn is harvested after it has dried sufficiently, which means the husks are brown, not green like the husks of fresh sweet corn. (Photo by Kevin Hudson)

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A shallow dish filled with soil and planted with several small succulents of different shapes, colors, and textures.

How to Make a Succulent Dish Garden

September 4, 2018

Sedums, also called succulents, are incredibly popular plants with an amazing range of colors, shapes, and textures. (Jonathan Parrish/Cindy Callahan)

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A plate with zuchinni, freshly baked chips, and a bowl of hummus in the center

The Food Factor | How To Make Hummus

August 31, 2018

Hummus is a popular dip, but why pay top dollar for the pre-made varieties sold in the store when you can make your own?
(Photo by Jonathan Parrish/Cindy Callahan)

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A close-up of gloved hands pouring a liquid drench pesticide into a measuring cup.

How to Get Rid of a Fire Ant Mound Immediately

August 28, 2018

Fire ant mounds always pop up right where you don’t need them – in the flower bed you planned to weed tomorrow, next to the mailbox that needs to be reset, and near the patio where you are throwing a party tonight. (Photo by Brian Utley/Cindy Callahan)

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The ingredients and equipment to make honey lemon vinaigrette are displayed on a kitchen table, including honey, olive oil, half of a lemon, salt, pepper, minced garlic, a small glass bowl, a stainless steel whisk, and a citrus juicer.

Honey Lemon Vinaigrette

August 24, 2018

Summertime means eating more salads. So have you ever eaten a salad and thought about changing the dressing to fit your taste? It’s easy and fun to do. And the good news is, you don’t have to make a lot to try new flavor combinations. (Photo by Jonathan Parrish/Cindy Callahan)

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Close-up shot of yellow, orange, and two-toned marigold blooms of red and orange. (Photo by Gary Bachman

Mari-mums Shine in Early Fall

August 21, 2018

Outdoor temperatures may shout summer is still here, but autumn colors are creeping into garden centers in the form of fall-flowering marigolds, sometimes called mari-mums. These hardy, warm-hued blooms are the perfect addition to your late summer landscape. (Photo by Gary Bachman)

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Four browned, seasoned catfish fillets on a white plate garnished with lime wedges.

How to Make Skillet Catfish

August 15, 2018

August is Catfish Month and when you need a quick meal on the table in no time, catfish is your friend! With some cornmeal, spices, and some olive or vegetable oil, you can pan fry some Mississippi farm-raised catfish to have supper ready in 20 minutes or less. (Photo by Jonathan Parrish/Cindy Callahan)

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A pepper plant is shown in the garden.

Fall and Winter Gardens Keep Produce Coming

August 14, 2018

Your summer vegetable garden is likely winding down, but you still have time for another round of fresh vegetables, including tomatoes, peppers, squash and cucumbers. (File photo by MSU Extension Service)

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A close-up of a fire ant mound.

How to Get a Handle on Fire Ants

August 10, 2018

Fire ants are everywhere. If you’ve thrown your hands up in exasperation trying to deal with them, don’t give up just yet. (File photo by MSU Extension Service)

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