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Listen to recorded interviews from Better Farming and Farm and Family radio shows produced by the Office of Agricultural Communications, Mississippi State University. Each program runs about 5 minutes. Extension Vegetable Specialist Dr. Rick Snyder provides some facts and figures about Mississippi's greenhouse tomato industry and previews the Greenhouse Tomato Short Course.

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Publication Number: IS1587
Publication Number: IS0873
Publication Number: P2624
Publication Number: P3154

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Light green lettuce, dark purple eggplant and cucumbers sit on black shelves.
Filed Under: Crops, Local Flavor July 13, 2018

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Mississippi’s roadsides are seeing more farmers markets, produce stands and pickup trucks filled with fruits and vegetables.

Commercial horticultural crops, commonly called truck crops in the agricultural industry, include berries, fruits, melons, nuts, potatoes and vegetables. Last year, they combined with other horticultural crops -- flowers, sod and Christmas trees – for a total production value of $107 million, according to statistics gathered by the Mississippi State University Division of Agriculture, Forestry and Veterinary Medicine.

Large field of mature, golden wheat with green trees on the far side.
Filed Under: Wheat July 6, 2018

STONEVILLE, Miss. -- Mississippi's wheat yields were the silver lining in an otherwise depressing season with reduced acreage and a weak market.

Until recent years, growers averaged 200,000 acres of wheat in the state. This year, growers planted about 50,000 acres, and estimated yields have averaged 62 bushels per acre, a 4-bushel increase from last year.

Larry Falconer, agricultural economist with the Mississippi State University Extension Service, said prices are up about 6 cents per bushel compared to this same point last year.

The leaves of green tomato plants droop on the plants
Filed Under: Tomato Pepper and Eggplant, Vegetable Gardens July 6, 2018

Common Diseases of TomatoesCRYSTAL SPRINGS, Miss. -- Conditions have been ideal this summer for a disease outbreak that makes tomatoes wilt and look like they are just too dry.

Southern blight is a fungal disease of tomatoes commonly characterized by white, thread-like growth and brown or tan, round structures known as sclerotia at the base of the stem.

A watermelon with a dark green outer shell and light green stripes rests in a field.
Filed Under: Agriculture, Crops, Watermelons, Farmers Markets, Food June 29, 2018

TAYLORSVILLE, Miss. -- Before the first batch was picked on June 22, two fields at Ford Farms were covered with red and yellow watermelons. That wasn’t the case a year ago.

Any kind of melon crop at the Smith County farm is an improvement over 2017.

Filed Under: Soils, Soil Health, Environment June 28, 2018

CLARKSDALE, Miss. -- Growers who planted cover crops for the first time last year will share their experiences with other producers at a cover crop field day.

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Greenhouse Tomatoes and other vegetables, Field Vegetables, Mushrooms