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MSU’s targeted conservation tool helps improve profitability for farmers

wet spring rice in Mississippi

• By Vanessa Beeson • Two Mississippi State researchers and pioneers in the growing field of economically targeted conservation are showing farmers that making money off their land can be feasible even when the land isn’t producing. Wes Burger and Mark McConnell, MSU researchers in the Forest and Wildlife Research Center, are launching the MSU Precision Conservation Tool. The decision-making ... Read More »

A change of mindset

Jay Seale

For effective weed control, treat row rice as you would any other row crop. • By Vicky Boyd, Editor • To successfully control weeds in furrow-irrigated rice ­— also known as row rice — growers will need to change from treating it like a flooded crop to managing it like they would any other row crop. That means overlapping residual ... Read More »

Let’s review poultry litter as a row-crop fertilizer

stack of poultry litter

• By Larry Oldham • It is time to once again review using poultry litter, aka broiler litter, to fertilize row crops. Many growers now have their own experiences, so this should be a reminder. Prior to the last 10 to 15 years, poultry litter was primarily used to fertilize hay and forage crops in fields near the production facilities. ... Read More »

The industry has had enough changes for a while

Vicky Boyd

Change is inevitable, they say, and with the start of 2021 comes a number of shifts. Dr. Mo Way, who for 38 years has been at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research Center at Beaumont, will retire and ride into the sunset with wife Jeanie in February. The university already has posted a job notice for an assistant professor of rice ... Read More »

MSU focus group sessions pinpoint farming stressors

Researchers from the Mississippi State University Extension Service are looking to collect row-crop farmers’ feedback on stress related to farming. The focus group sessions are part of the MSU Extension opioid prevention campaign PReventing Opioid Misuse In the SouthEast, or the PROMISE Initiative. Participation involves answering a series of questions about farming, stress related to farming and the opioid epidemic. ... Read More »

Mississippi ag industry posted 2020 estimated value of $7.35 billion

Thad rice variety

Mississippi farmers generated an estimated agricultural value of $7.35 billion in 2020, a 5% increase from 2019 that saw soybeans top forestry for the No. 2 spot behind poultry. The predicted total ag value exceeds 2019’s production value of $7.01 billion, marking the ninth consecutive year that agriculture topped $7 billion in the state. Keith Coble, head of the Mississippi ... Read More »

Mississippi rice crop looks promising as harvest approaches

MSU variety trials

Rice harvest is approaching in the Mississippi Delta, and early signs point to good yields in 2020. Bobby Golden, rice specialist with the Mississippi State University Extension Service and an assistant professor with the Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station, said the condition of the state’s estimated 150,000 acres of rice looks “very good” as growers prepare to fill their ... Read More »

MSU hosts virtual soil moisture monitor showcase

moisture sensor showcase

Row-crop growers and consultants now have an online resource for objective information on soil moisture monitoring systems. The Mississippi State University Extension Service and the National Center for Alluvial Aquifer Research have jointly launched a virtual showcase of 11 soil moisture monitoring systems currently installed at the Delta Research and Extension Center. This program is a part of the Row-Crop ... Read More »

Drier weather helps Mississippi growers catch up

mississippi rice planting

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. According to ... Read More »

Got hog damage? There’s an app for that

feral hog app

According to a Mississippi State University research study, feral pigs cause $66 million in property damage in the Magnolia State each year. With the wild hog population increases and damage estimates constantly changing, it’s now easier to report and assess impacts with a newly designed MSU app. The “Feral Pig Damage” app makes it easy for users to report the ... Read More »