Many vegetables are grown in Mississippi on small acreages for sale in local markets. Irish potatoes are grown on 250 to 500 acres each year, okra is grown on 300 to 600 acres, and squashes and pumpkins are grown on 300 to 1,000 acres. Turnip and rutabaga roots are grown on less then 100 acres each year. Green and bulb onions are normally grown on less than 50 acres each. Several other crops are grown on 20 acres, or less, each year. In Mississippi, 43 different vegetables are grown commercially each year.
Frequently Asked Questions
- Why do they call them Irish potatoes?
- Does zucchini produce more than yellow summer squash?
- Which lettuces grow best in Mississippi?
- Which type of potato should be planted in Mississippi and when?
- Why aren't more pumpkins grown in Mississippi?
- Can I grow Vidalia onions in Mississippi?
- Which variety of onion seed is used for green onions?
- Why don't rutabagas do well in Mississippi?
- What causes brown streaks in my turnip roots?
- How can I get okra seed to germinate more uniformly?
RAYMOND, Miss. -- Agricultural producers and industry professionals met with Mississippi State University personnel in the coastal region to discuss research and education priorities at the 2022 Producer Advisory Council meeting. The annual event aims to help clients improve their productivity. Attendees gathered in small commodity groups at each event to share their ideas with agents, researchers and specialists with the MSU Extension Service and the Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station.
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