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A combine harvests corn.
September 15, 2022 - Filed Under: Corn

The state’s corn crop suffered through a very hot and dry summer after a later-than-usual planting season, so yields will be lower this year -- but not much lower overall. The U.S. Department of Agriculture estimated the crop was 71% harvested as of Sept. 11. Frequent rains in late August and early September slowed harvest considerably, but growers have been making tremendous progress when sunny weather allows.

A white flower blooms on top of a cotton plant setting bolls.
August 31, 2022 - Filed Under: Agricultural Economics, Cotton

Most cotton in Mississippi got off to an excellent start in May, received the heat needed in June and July, and now is ready for sunny skies so growers can harvest a potentially above-average crop. The U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates 56% of the crop is in good or excellent shape, with another 38% estimated at fair. As of Aug. 28, bolls were opening on an estimated 25% of the crop.

Flooded row crop field
August 25, 2022 - Filed Under: Agriculture, Cotton, Soybeans

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Portions of central Mississippi and the lower Mississippi Delta saw more than 1 foot of rain between Aug. 21 and 25, and flash flooding will affect some agricultural commodities in these areas.

Torrential downpours dropped 8-13 inches of rain in much of Leake, Neshoba, Scott, Kemper, Hinds and Newton counties, as well as parts of surrounding counties, prompting road closures and evacuations.

Figs
Southern Brown Turkey figs are a popular variety in Mississippi. (Photo by Canva)
August 22, 2022 - Filed Under: Fruit

With figs in season, they’re on my mind a lot these days. The sweet, Southern decadence is quite the treat! I associate figs with my grandparents since they had a tree in their backyard. I remember helping them pick buckets full of figs when I was younger and eating them soon after they were picked. 

Rice in a field
August 15, 2022 - Filed Under: Agriculture, Crops, Grains, Rice

Mississippi rice producers and crop specialists are optimistic about the state’s 2022 harvest despite a high population of rice stink bugs that were difficult to treat.

Success Stories

A man stands in a wooden shed holding parts to a soil sensor system.
Agriculture, Crops, Irrigation, Remote Sensing Technology, Soils, Soil Health, Soil Testing, Healthy Soils and Water, Healthy Water Practices, Water
Volume 8 Number 2

Brian Andrus irrigated exactly zero times on his Sunflower County farm in 2021. He didn’t even turn on his well.

 

A man standing in a vineyard and wearing a cowboy hat speaking to a group of people.
Agriculture, Crops, Fruit
Volume 8 Number 2

The Vineyard Pruning Workshop, funded by the Southern Region Small Fruit Consortium, taught the basics of vine anatomy and pruning techniques for muscadines and bunch grapes. In-field demonstrations showed participants correct pruning techniques in the vineyard. 

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County Extension Offices, Extension Administration, Agriculture, Crops, Corn, Cotton, Rice, Soybeans
Volume 8 Number 1

Following its 2020 cancellation, the Mississippi State University Extension Service’s Row Crop Short Course hosted 675 people from Mississippi and neighboring states.

A smiling woman wearing a blue shirt stands next to and rests her arm on a red piece of machinery.
Agriculture, Processing, Crops, Farming, Agricultural Engineering, Women for Agriculture, Field Scale Crop Assessment with Drones, Technology
Volume 8 Number 1

Since 1994, she’s worked for Buck Island Seed Co., a business her brother co-founded with two other men in the same year. The company performs custom seed cleaning, treating, and blending for rice, soybeans, wheat, oats, and triticale, a small grain. Booth also raised various row crops with her husband on their Tunica County farm until his death in 2020. She now rents out the land to a producer who grows soybeans, corn, and triticale.

A man holding a large wooden measuring stick stands in front of a wall with several framed photos.
Agriculture, Crops, Disaster Response
Volume 7 Number 3

Assessing and Adjusting

In one day, bad weather can change the potential of a farm’s crop. Bad weather for a whole week can kill all the potential.

Watch

2020 Row Crop Market Update Webinar
Thursday, April 23, 2020 - 8:30am
Rice Rice Baby October 22, 2017
Sunday, October 22, 2017 - 2:45am
Farmweek, Entire Show, September 23, 2016
Thursday, September 22, 2016 - 7:00pm
Farmweek, Entire Show, June 17, 2016
Thursday, June 16, 2016 - 7:00pm
Farmweek, Entire Show, Nov. 20, 2015
Thursday, November 19, 2015 - 6:00pm

ECTO Apps

Filed Under: Crops
App type: Android
Row Crop Calculator allows farmers to determine plant population from row width.

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