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Long, narrow lavender flower petals open wide among the dark green leaves.
February 20, 2018 - Filed Under: Master Gardener, Flower Gardens, Vegetable Gardens
By Ms. Linda M. Breazeale
MSU Extension Service

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- The Everything Garden Expo, presented by the Oktibbeha County Master Gardeners, will return to the Mississippi Horse Park on March 24 and 25.

Saucer magnolias bloom before the leaves emerge, making their huge flowers the main attraction. (Photo by MSU Extension/Gary Bachman)
February 19, 2018 - Filed Under: Flower Gardens
By Dr. Gary R. Bachman
MSU Extension Service

I came to a conclusion after a series of events reminded me that spring is really close.

A thin, eight-point buck stands beside a wall with drool coming from his mouth.
February 16, 2018 - Filed Under: Chronic Wasting Disease, White-Tailed Deer

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Shock. Disbelief. Denial. Anger. Acceptance. Get busy. This pretty much sums up my range of emotions after the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks released a statement that a 4-year-old buck tested positive for chronic wasting disease, or CWD, in Issaquena County last week.

Man in glasses speaking to a group of people sitting in a circle.
February 16, 2018 - Filed Under: Agriculture
By Mr. Robert Nathan Gregory
MSU Extension Service

VERONA, Miss. -- Producers provided a wide range of agricultural research, programming and staffing requests to Mississippi State University officials at the annual North Mississippi Producer Advisory Council meeting Feb. 15.

Held at the MSU Agri-Center in Verona, the meeting provided producers in 22 of the state’s northern counties from 16 commodity groups an opportunity to meet with representatives from the MSU Extension Service and Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station.

Woman handing man silver cowbell and shaking his hand.
February 16, 2018 - Filed Under: Crops
By Mr. Robert Nathan Gregory
MSU Extension Service

VERONA, Miss. -- Normie Buehring has plans for the 2018 trial crops at the Northeast Mississippi Branch Experiment Station, and he’s not even going to be there to see their harvest later this year.

February 16, 2018 - Filed Under: Cotton, Soybeans, Weed Control for Crops
By Ms. Keri Collins Lewis
MSU Extension Service

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- In response to new Environmental Protection Agency regulations on the use of the herbicide dicamba, the Mississippi State University Extension Service is developing two online training courses to help cotton and soybean farmers follow the new rules.

February 15, 2018 - Filed Under: Agriculture, Irrigation
By Ms. Susan M. Collins-Smith
MSU Extension Service

RAYMOND, Miss. -- Agricultural professionals, educators and service providers are invited to attend a training session on irrigation, water management and related technologies.

Two identical sessions will be offered. The first is March 6 at the Small Farm Training Center in Carriere. The second is March 7 at Jumpertown High School in Booneville.

Topics include production of specialty crops on small farms and application of federally funded cost-share programs and technical assistance for small farms.

February 15, 2018 - Filed Under: Forages, Goats and Sheep
By Ms. Bonnie A. Coblentz
MSU Extension Service

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Those interested in running a sheep or goat operation can learn management and marketing techniques at a March 17 workshop at Mississippi State University.

Register now for the Small Ruminant Production Workshop that runs from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. The event is offered by the MSU Extension Service and Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station.

February 13, 2018 - Filed Under: Agricultural Economics
By Mr. Robert Nathan Gregory
MSU Extension Service

STONEVILLE, Miss. -- Row-crop producers have two opportunities to develop risk management skills to use on their farms.

Small red berries and green leaves line a distylium branch.
February 12, 2018 - Filed Under: Flower Gardens
By Dr. Gary R. Bachman
MSU Extension Service

Distylium Vintage Jade is an exciting new plant that brings pizazz to the traditional role of foundation planting.

A teenage girl looks on as a doctor explains a chart in his hands.
February 9, 2018 - Filed Under: Rural Health
By Ms. Linda M. Breazeale
MSU Extension Service

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Mississippi's critical need for medical professionals is the reason for a special summer program hosted at Mississippi State University.

Several ripe persimmons hang from tree branches surrounded by green leaves.
February 9, 2018 - Filed Under: Plants and Wildlife, Trees, White-Tailed Deer
By Mr. Bill Hamrick
MSU Extension Service

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Deer season is over, and prescribed fire, timber management, planting food plots and other habitat improvements come later in the year, but one activity that's perfect for February and early March is planting trees.

A young man kneels next to his goat at the Dixie National Sale of Junior Champions.
February 9, 2018 - Filed Under: 4-H, 4-H Livestock Program, Youth Livestock
By Ms. Susan M. Collins-Smith
MSU Extension Service

Tyler Branch has been showing goats since he was 8 years old, and all his years of hard work really paid off this week.

February 8, 2018 - Filed Under: Lawn and Garden
By Ms. Bonnie A. Coblentz
MSU Extension Service

BILOXI, Miss. -- Southern Gardening media products of the Mississippi State University Extension Service once again brought home top honors in competition.

Upright stems of a low-lying chartreuse plant sprout from a landscape bed.
February 5, 2018 - Filed Under: Lawn and Garden
By Dr. Gary R. Bachman
MSU Extension Service

As we're working our way through this year's Mississippi Medallion Winners, I now want to look at Sedum rupestre, which is commonly called lemon sedum. The sedums are also called stonecrop, because they are native to the mountainous regions of central and western Europe.

February 5, 2018 - Filed Under: Agriculture, Crops, Commercial Horticulture, Tomato Pepper and Eggplant
By Ms. Susan M. Collins-Smith
MSU Extension Service

Greenhouse tomato growers and other interested individuals are invited to attend the 28th annual Mississippi Greenhouse Tomato Short Course March 6-7.

February 5, 2018 - Filed Under: Nutrition, SNAP-Ed
By Ms. Susan M. Collins-Smith
MSU Extension Service

The Mississippi State University Extension Service recently launched a social marketing campaign, HappyHealthy, to help Mississippians improve their health while maintaining their traditions surrounding food.

February 5, 2018 - Filed Under: Agriculture
By Mr. Robert Nathan Gregory
MSU Extension Service

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- A renowned professor of African history will kick off a new Mississippi State Trial Garden storytelling series this month.
Mohammed Bashir Salau will present “The Story of African Crops in American Gardens” at the Bost Conference Center at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 26.

February 2, 2018 - Filed Under: Community, Technology
By Mr. Robert Nathan Gregory
MSU Extension Service

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- A Mississippi State University Extension Service instructor has earned an Impact Collaborative Facilitator certificate from the eXtension Foundation.

February 2, 2018 - Filed Under: Agriculture
By Ms. Bonnie A. Coblentz
MSU Extension Service

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- The 2018 annual agricultural producer advisory meetings kick off in February as Mississippi State University Extension Service personnel report on current projects and listen to producer needs.

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