Delta Research and Extension Center
The Delta Research and Extension Center, or DREC, focuses its research and extension activities on cotton, rice, soybean, corn and catfish production.
Scientists and Extension specialists work cooperatively to solve crop and aquaculture production problems and transfer new information and technology to area producers.
The major goal of the DREC is to increase the yields of commercial agriculture and aquaculture producers, while at the same time preserving the Mississippi Delta's environment and natural resources.
The DREC is located in Stoneville, Miss., in the heart of the Mississippi Delta. The Center is a component of the Mississippi State University's Division of Agriculture, Forestry and Veterinary Medicine. It encompasses personnel employed by the Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station (MAFES), the MSU Extension Service (MSU-ES) and the MSU College of Veterinary Medicine (MSU-CVM).
The DREC, also known as the Delta Branch Experiment Station, is the largest of MSU's 16 branch experiment stations and research units located throughout the state. The DREC in Stoneville has nearly a dozen regional and federal agencies with which to share knowledge located within its immediate vicinity.
The head of the DREC is also the overseer of the Northwest Region of Mississippi State University's Extension Service. The counties in the Northwest Region of MSU-ES include DeSoto, Tate, Tunica, Panola, Quitman, Coahoma, Tallahatchie, Bolivar, Sunflower, Leflore, Grenada, Montgomery, Carroll, Attala, Holmes, Humphreys, Washington, Sharkey and Issaquena.
The major purpose of Extension activity is the transfer of new research information and technology through extension education activities and methods. The Delta Research and Extension Center brings focus to both the short- and long-term concerns of Delta producers. This enhances the land-grant mission of Mississippi State University as producers have access to an interdisciplinary staff for interaction and decision-making purposes.
The physical facilities and scope of research programs have increased since the station's inception in 1904. The Delta Branch research facility now covers about 1,650 acres total, including approximately 200 acres of federally owned land. Row crops are grown on about 1,200 of these acres, and soil types vary from very fine sandy loams to heavy clays. Additionally, 275 acres are catfish research ponds. The nearby Delta Experimental Forest covers close to 3,000 acres of state land. More than 12,000 people visit the Stoneville research complex each year.
The DREC has a staff of more than 30 research scientists and over 100 support personnel. Its network of laboratories, offices, greenhouses, research, engineering, and maintenance shops, as well as its comprehensive library, create an integrated work environment.
The Charles W. Capps, Jr. Entrepreneurial Center, also located on the DREC campus, opened its doors in 2004. The Capps Center offers 18,000 square feet of meeting space, a 400 seat auditorium and distance learning capabilities.
The DREC creates positive impacts throughout the Delta, and the Delta is one of the primary audiences served by Mississippi State University.