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A watermelon lies in the vines in a field.
June 5, 2020 - Filed Under: Agriculture, Crops, Commercial Horticulture, Watermelon Cantaloupe and Cucumber, Watermelons

Good spring weather conditions in southeast Mississippi kept watermelon production on track.

Leaves of young cotton plants.
May 29, 2020 - Filed Under: Agriculture, Corn, Cotton, Rice, Soybeans

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Row crop growers in Mississippi used a relatively dry May to make up for planting time lost earlier in the spring due to wet weather and soggy fields.

As of May 24, planting progress for the state’s four major row crops was slightly behind their five-year averages but ahead of where it was at that time in 2019.

A basket of catfish hovers above a pond and against a sunset background.
May 28, 2020 - Filed Under: Agricultural Economics, Catfish, Catfish Marketing, Agri-business, Coronavirus

Catfish producers impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic have the opportunity to provide the U.S. Department of Agriculture information on why they should be eligible for economic assistance through the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program.

A cluster of blackberries on a bush.
May 28, 2020 - Filed Under: Fruit, Lawn and Garden, Flower Gardens, Landscape Architecture

It’s starting to get hot out there, y’all! Don’t let the Mississippi heat deter you from taking good care of your garden and landscape.

Closeup of blueberries in various stages of ripeness.
May 21, 2020 - Filed Under: Commercial Fruit and Nuts, Local Flavor, Farmers Markets, Specialty Crop Production

The COVID-19 pandemic presented a new obstacle for Mississippi blueberry growers in 2020, impacting the labor force for the early-season varieties.

May 21, 2020 - Filed Under: Agriculture, Coronavirus

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Mississippi producers affected financially by the COVID-19 pandemic can now access a guide on applying for monetary relief through a new federal program.

A pivot irrigation system stands in algae-covered water in a flooded field with farm buildings in the distance.
May 21, 2020 - Filed Under: Agriculture, Agricultural Economics, Disaster Response, Economic Development

A sharper focus on the economic impact of the lower Delta backwater flood of 2019 helps predict the implications of continued flooding this year.

May 11, 2020 - Filed Under: Agriculture, Pesticide Applicator Certification, Coronavirus

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- There is a new online pathway for agricultural producers and applicators to obtain pesticide use certification.

The Mississippi State University Extension Service Pesticide Safety Education Program, in partnership with the Mississippi Department of Agriculture and Commerce (MDAC), has launched an online Private Applicator Certification program in Mississippi.

A closeup of a Southern yellowjacket queen.
May 7, 2020 - Filed Under: Beekeeping, Insects-Home Lawns, Insects-Pests

News reports of a new, invasive hornet spotted in the Northwest has heightened people’s awareness of flying insects recently.

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 combine harvester cuts hay in a field.
May 1, 2020 - Filed Under: Agriculture, Farming, Coronavirus

Mississippi State University Extension is helping U.S. Rep. Trent Kelly (R-Tupelo) and other partners in launching a new FARM Corps program to connect furloughed or unemployed veterans and members of the National Guard, Reserve and all service branches with local farm and ranch jobs

April 29, 2020 - Filed Under: Agricultural Economics, Crops, Agri-business

Agricultural economists with the Mississippi State University Extension Service will address row-crop markets and budgets for 2020 during a May 12 webinar.

A man wearing overalls and a baseball cap reaches down to touch a small corn stalk in a field of corn.
April 24, 2020 - Filed Under: Agriculture, Crops, Corn, Rice

Wet weather that won’t let up has resulted in a very slow start to Mississippi row crop planting, and time is running out for corn.

A pile of blueberries
April 24, 2020 - Filed Under: Fruit, Food

Blueberries are a nutrient- and antioxidant-rich food. Harvesting them at the peak of ripeness ensures you get the greatest health benefits and the best taste.

Beef cows in a field
April 20, 2020 - Filed Under: Beef, Food and Health, Food Safety, Coronavirus

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Food supplies in the U.S. are abundant and safe, despite some challenges in packaging and distribution related to COVID-19.

Robert Johannson, chief economist for the U.S. Department of Agriculture, acknowledged “widespread worries that the disease could threaten the nation’s food production and supply systems and stoke inflation” in a statement issued April 16.

April 16, 2020 - Filed Under: Agriculture, Agricultural Economics, Local Food System Economies, Food Safety, Coronavirus

An April 24 webinar with experts from the Mississippi State University Extension Service will address pressing questions about the effects of the novel coronavirus pandemic on food production in the U.S.

April 14, 2020 - Filed Under: About Extension, Cotton

The Mississippi State University Extension Service has a new cotton specialist.

Brian Pieralisi was appointed to that role on April 1. He replaced Darrin Dodds, who took the helm of the university’s Department of Plant and Soil Sciences.

Metal roofs of poultry houses lie on the ground in rows amid twisted metal and debris.
April 13, 2020 - Filed Under: Poultry, Disaster Response

Tornadoes and damaging storms that swept through the state Easter Sunday afternoon and evening, killing 11 Mississippians also caused devastating losses to growers in the poultry industry.

April 6, 2020 - Filed Under: Agriculture, Agricultural Economics, Crops, Coronavirus

STARKVILLE, Miss. – Agricultural economists with the Mississippi State University Extension Service will present an online webinar on the economic outlook of row crops in 2020.

Growers seeking insight on the effect of COVID-19 on commodity markets can remotely attend the workshop through the Zoom video conferencing application. 

Faculty with the MSU Department of Agricultural Economics will provide insight on farm management and policy considerations to help producers make informed planting decisions during this time.

A woman uses a hoe to tend a flower bed.
April 3, 2020 - Filed Under: Fruit, Coronavirus, Lawn and Garden, Flower Gardens, Vegetable Gardens

Interest in gardening has nearly kept pace with social distancing and self-isolation rates across the country as the COVID-19 pandemic has circled the globe.

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