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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.

Soybeans in a field
August 1, 2022 - Filed Under: Agriculture, Soybeans

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- The condition of Mississippi’s soybean crop in early August literally depends on where you stand.

“We have some really good-looking irrigated soybeans that were planted in the optimum planting window and have made it to this point of the season with very few issues, other than extreme heat,” said Trent Irby, soybean specialist with the Mississippi State University Extension Service. “We even have some nonirrigated soybeans that could fall into that same description after catching several timely rains.

A man stands outdoors by a piece of farm machinery.
July 18, 2022 - Filed Under: Catfish, Catfish Marketing

Catfish producers in Mississippi are receiving good prices for their products, but their continued profitability faces challenges from high heat and high costs for feed and fuel. Mississippi has 34,100 acres of catfish ponds found mostly in the Delta, with some scattered in Noxubee, Lowndes and Chickasaw counties in east Mississippi.

Small plants grow in a single row.
June 10, 2022 - Filed Under: Soybeans

Mississippi’s anticipated soybean acreage -- 2.35 million acres -- is higher than in recent years, and it may grow even larger by the end of planting season. Trent Irby, soybean specialist with the Mississippi State University Extension Service, said Mississippi growers have already exceeded the 2.22 million planted in 2021. The anticipated soybean acreage this year will be the largest planted since 1988.

 Brown cows are lined up in stalls.
June 3, 2022 - Filed Under: Dairy

High input costs and low milk prices have made it hard to be a dairy farmer anywhere in the U.S., but Mississippi producers have it harder than most. Amanda Stone, dairy specialist with the Mississippi State University Extension Service, said the number of dairy farms in the state continues to dwindle.

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.

Pecans
November 1, 2021 - Filed Under: Agriculture, Crops

STARKVILLE, Miss. – Harvest is slightly behind schedule for Mississippi’s pecan crop due to a cold, wet spring and early summer, but quality and yield are looking good so far in much of the state.

One exception is in the state’s southeast quadrant, which was battered by Hurricane Ida in late August.

A man kneels in a sweet potato field.
October 13, 2021 - Filed Under: Sweet Potatoes

Mississippi’s nationally significant sweet potato harvest is shaping up to be below average because of flooding both early and late in the growing season. The U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates the sweet potato crop to be 37% harvested as of Oct. 10. USDA estimates 38% is in fair condition and 48% in good condition

The husk has been pulled away from a yellow ear of dried corn in a field.
September 14, 2021 - Filed Under: Corn

Mississippi’s corn crop faced challenges ranging from a midseason flood to an early-September hurricane, but yields and quality look positive on the nearly complete harvest. On Sept. 13, the U.S. Department of Agriculture estimated the crop was 75% harvested

Close-up of a cotton plant.
August 30, 2021 - Filed Under: Agriculture, Cotton

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- When the calendar turns to September, many who call Mississippi home long for cooler temperatures to relieve the summer’s heat, but the state’s cotton growers want high temperatures and dry weather to drag into October.

Peanut vines grow in a field.
August 20, 2021 - Filed Under: Agriculture, Peanuts

Mississippi’s peanut crop is well on its way to a strong finish for 2021.

A rice field.
August 13, 2021 - Filed Under: Agriculture, Crops, Rice

A crisis exemption that allowed Mississippi rice farmers to control fall armyworms helped them keep this year’s crop in good condition as harvest approaches.

Fuzzy, green pods grow on a soybean plant.
August 2, 2021 - Filed Under: Agricultural Economics, Soybeans

Most soybeans in Mississippi are having a good year to date, with 82% of the crop appearing in good or excellent shape past the midway point in the season.

Prices also look good, with averages above those of recent years.

 A man in a hat kneels among straw to point at tiny plants.
May 20, 2021 - Filed Under: Crops, Corn, Cotton, Rice, Soybeans

Because it is the first crop planted starting in March, Mississippi corn is in much better shape than other row crops struggling with the challenges of wet, cool weather.

Christmas tree in the foreground in a field with other trees behind it.
November 19, 2020 - Filed Under: Trees, Christmas Trees

CHUNKY, Miss. -- The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted countless traditions in 2020, but it will not keep living rooms across Mississippi from featuring Christmas decor, nor will it deter customer demand for fresh trees.

In fact, business is booming at farms that have opened for the season, said Southern Christmas Tree Association President Michael May.

An ear of corn in front of a backdrop of stalks.
October 1, 2020 - Filed Under: Agriculture, Corn

A soggy planting season dissuaded some Mississippi producers from planting corn this year, but those who stuck with the crop have mostly been rewarded with a solid harvest.

Overhead shot of a field with tractors and sweet potatoes in wooden bins.
September 25, 2020 - Filed Under: Crops, Sweet Potatoes

Some fields benefited from timely rains, while others either received not enough or too much.

A red cotton picker sits in front of a cotton field.
September 4, 2020 - Filed Under: Agriculture, Agricultural Economics, Cotton

Mississippi has a good-looking cotton crop in most places, but acreage is down to 520,000 acres because of a rainy planting season and unfavorable market conditions.

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