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Christmas trees on a farm.
November 19, 2021 - Filed Under: Trees, Christmas Trees

Choosing, cutting, and bringing home a real Christmas tree is a fun tradition for many families during the holiday season. Around 32,000 Christmas trees are sold in Mississippi each year! Whether you go to a Christmas tree farm or to a local retail store, you’ll likely be presented with a few options to choose from.

Choose-and-cut Christmas trees in a field
November 15, 2021 - Filed Under: Agriculture, Crops, Agri-tourism, Christmas Trees

With rising prices everywhere, families may expect to pay more for their choose-and-cut Christmas trees this year. But that may not be the case. Mississippi Christmas tree growers faced some challenges in 2021 with weather conditions and price hikes for many of their inputs. However, many growers may decide not to pass those costs on to consumers of their choose-and-cut Christmas trees.

Pine trees grow in the forest.
October 14, 2021 - Filed Under: Farming, Forestry, Carbon Credits, Timber Harvest

Mississippians are exploring the relatively new and growing carbon offset market, although many issues related to this market remain under discussion. Larry Oldham, soil specialist with the Mississippi State University Extension Service, said daily, normal activities such as driving vehicles, manufacturing, industrial production and agricultural practices release carbon into the atmosphere.

August 16, 2021 - Filed Under: Forestry, Forest Economics, Forest Management, Timber Harvest

Curtis VanderSchaaf joined the Mississippi State University Extension Service in the southwest region as a forestry specialist with regional and statewide duties. He also is a faculty member in the MSU Department of Forestry.

A large, yellow machine lifts downed trees to load onto a log truck.
June 29, 2021 - Filed Under: Timber Prices, Timber Harvest

Although construction costs are through the roof timber prices have not kept pace, and Mississippi forest landowners are waiting for improved markets. Shaun Tanger, a forestry economics specialist with the Mississippi State University Extension Service, said the recent increase in construction costs is a demand-side phenomena.

Success Stories

A man wearing a yellow hard hat and holding a chain saw stands in front of a trailer holding harvested timber.
Natural Resources, Forestry, Timber Harvest
Volume 7 Number 3

Training a priority for third-generation logger

Logging can be a dangerous profession, but Brian Smith makes safety a priority.

A man in a blue shirt stands in front of an orange semi-truck with another man in the driver seat.
Forestry, Timber Harvest
Volume 3 Number 1

Flora brothers bring small-town values to big industry

Jason and Jeremy Flora have been logging so long, they may have sawdust in their veins.

A man and woman sit at a table.
Forestry, Timber Harvest
Volume 2 Number 2

Tree farmer of the Year collaborates with Extension 

Bobby Watkins’s selection as the Mississippi Forestry Association’s 2015 Tree Farmer of the Year was the culmination of a career in forestry and a lifetime commitment to his family tree farm in Aberdeen. The Mississippi State University alumnus and retired forestry technical specialist for BASF now dedicates most of his time and resources to overseeing and maintaining Coontail Farm.

A green forest of trees.
Trees, Timber Harvest
Volume 2 Number 1

Football coaching legend also known for success in timber industry

To many Northeast Mississippians who played high school football between the early 1960s and the late 1980s, Ben Jones is a coaching icon.

Three men and one woman standing, spaced out in front of a red brick building.
Community, Food and Health, Food Safety, Health, AIM for CHangE, Coronavirus, Nutrition and Wellness, Natural Resources, Fisheries, Forestry, Forest Economics, Water, Wildlife
Volume 7 Number 1

Four Extension experts named fellows in their disciplines

Four well-respected Mississippi State University Extension Service experts were recently named fellows in prestigious academic and service organizations.

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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).

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