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MSU’s targeted conservation tool helps improve profitability for farmers

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• 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 »

Siri, turn off pump

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Research examines potential water savings of automated and remote irrigation systems. • By Vicky Boyd, Editor • Nowadays, computer and smartphone technology allows users to monitor home security, adjust thermostats, and automatically turn on and off lights and appliances while they’re away. Drew Gholson, a Mississippi State University Extension irrigation specialist, is conducting farm-scale research trials to determine whether growers ... Read More »

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

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• 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 »

MSU’s Drew Gholson to lead Alluvial Aquifer Research Center

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Dr. Drew Gholson has been appointed coordinator of the National Center for Alluvial Aquifer Research, a jointly created and cooperative organization established by Mississippi State University and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service. The center’s mission is to conduct research and provide information for issues surrounding water-use for agriculture and natural resources in the Lower Mississippi River Basin. ... 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 »

UArk scientist to study herbicide-resistant weeds in row rice, flooded rice

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• By Mary Hightower • A team led by Tommy Butts, Extension weed scientist for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture, will be exploring new ways to manage herbicide-resistant weeds in row rice and traditional flooded field production, thanks to a $324,000 grant. The grant is part of a $4.6 million investment by the National Institute of Food ... Read More »

MSU’s 2020 Row Crop Short Course falls victim to COVID-19

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It is with great regret that we have cancelled the 2020 Row Crop Short Course at Mississippi State University. Due to the global pandemic, we see no viable way to conduct this event. Our team did not make this decision lightly and waited as late as possible before doing so. We are still operating under conditions that limit the number ... Read More »

Glyphosate-resistant Italian ryegrass management: Now is the time!

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• By Daniel Stephenson and Josh Copes • Glyphosate-resistant Italian ryegrass has been an issue in the mid-South for the past 10 to 15 years. In Louisiana, growers have been battling this pest for five to 10 years, and the problem is spreading each year. Louisiana does not have ryegrass issues like Mississippi, but if control strategies are not implemented, ... Read More »

MSU hosts virtual soil moisture monitor showcase

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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 »

It’s OK to let the rice flood down

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• By Drew Gholson and Dan Roach • Alternate wetting and drying is a water-saving technology that farmers can use to reduce the amount of irrigation water used in rice fields without any yield penalty. In AWD, farmers allow the flood water to recede to a “muddy” state before re-flooding the field. The number of days of non-flooded soil between ... Read More »