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Graphic showing Mississippi rainfall totals in 2020.
May 4, 2020 - Filed Under: Agriculture, Crops, Disaster Recovery

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- The beginning of May brought a welcome sight for Mississippi producers: sunny skies and drying fields.

For the second straight year, precipitation levels well above normal in the winter and early spring have slowed planting significantly across much of Mississippi. Gaps of days between rains have not been long enough until now for many fields to sufficiently dry. Some fields have been under water for more than a year. 

A twisted piece of metal lies mangled among broken and downed trees.
April 23, 2020 - Filed Under: Forestry, Disaster Recovery

Easter Sunday’s severe weather and tornadoes left landowners in eight south Mississippi counties with battered timber stands. According to estimates by the Mississippi Forestry Commission, around 13,000 total acres of timber in Covington, Jasper, Jefferson Davis, Jones, Lawrence, Marion, Smith and Walthall counties suffered about $14.9 million in damages.

An overhead view of trees damaged by tornadoes.
April 16, 2020 - Filed Under: Disaster Response, Coronavirus, Forestry, Forestry Impacts

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- One of Kim Hancock’s routine jobs is assisting 4-H’ers in Jones County with their livestock projects. On Easter Sunday, she was helping some of those same young people and their families sort through the rubble of what was once their homes.

Thirty-two counties in Mississippi reported damage from a tornado outbreak April 12 that resulted in 12 fatalities, many injuries and catastrophic destruction to residential, commercial and agricultural property.

Green tractor flipped on its side in a field.
April 13, 2020 - Filed Under: Disaster Relief, Coronavirus, Disaster Recovery

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Social distancing guidelines already urged by federal and state health agencies should be followed closely to prevent exposure to COVID-19 during post-storm cleanup.

A severe weather outbreak April 12 caused widespread damage across the Southeast, but south Mississippi was hit particularly hard after a series of tornadoes left 11 deaths, several injuries and property destruction in its wake.

March 27, 2020 - Filed Under: About Extension, County Extension Offices, Poultry, Coronavirus, Forestry

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Necessary restrictions on travel and gatherings are affecting how the Mississippi State University Extension Service operates, but its ability to respond to the needs of its clients, the public and state agencies during the COVID-19 pandemic continues uninterrupted.

Extension’s roles during crises are many: emergency management, local level assistance, support for the state’s agricultural industry, and dissemination of public information and education.

Success Stories

A man wearing a bright orange construction vest and hard hat stands in front of a logging machine.
Natural Resources, Forestry, Forest Management, Timber Harvest
Volume 6 Number 1

Drew Sullivan admits his first timber tract would not have fetched an appraiser’s attention, but he usually drove back home from a lumber yard in Kemper County each week with around $150 in his pocket— not bad for a 15-year-old Mississippi boy growing up in the mid-90s.

A man leans against a tree in a forest full of fallen leaves.
Natural Resources, Forestry, Timber Harvest
Volume 6 Number 1

In a normal year, Clay Adcock grows 4,000 acres of corn, cotton, and soybeans. But 2019 was anything but normal.

Two MSU Extension agronomy specialists instruct youth campers.
STEM – Science Technology Engineering and Math, Technology, Lawn and Garden, Natural Resources, Disaster Recovery
Volume 5 Number 3

See what is new in Extension... Extension Holds New Agronomy Camp, Larry Alexander Fund Gives to the Future of 4-H, Extension Offers Ag Literacy Workshop for Teachers, Extension Offers Resources to Residents Affected by Backwater Flooding.

A black metal bench overlooking the cemetery sits under the shade of a large, green tree.
Lawn and Garden, Trees, Natural Resources, Forestry, Urban and Community Forestry
Volume 5 Number 1

Foreman Matthew Ellis is responsible for keeping the grounds of the Biloxi National Cemetery in shape. But it’s more than just a job to him.

A young man with a metal construction hat and bright orange vest stands in front of his work site with his hands tucked into his blue jeans.
Natural Resources, Forestry, Timber Harvest
Volume 5 Number 1

Logging is more than a job to Drew Massey. It’s in his blood. He is a fifth-generation logger.  (Photo by Kevin Hudson)

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Filed Under: Forestry, Forest Management, Longleaf Pine, Timber Harvest
App type: Android
Stand Density Index (SDI) is used to help determine if a pine planation is in need of thinning. Pine Thin uses the average number of trees per acre and the average diameter at breast height (DBH) of trees in your plantation to determine if a thinning is needed. Specific density management diagrams have been developed for each of the four major southern pine species (loblolly pine, shortleaf pine, longleaf pine, and slash pine).

Your Extension Experts

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Assistant Extension Professor
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Extension Associate III
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Extension/Research Professor
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Senior Extension Associate
Portrait of Dr. Randy Rousseau
Extension/Research Professor
Portrait of Dr. Brady Self
Associate Extension Professor
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Assistant Professor