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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

Different colored pumpkins in a line.
October 8, 2021 - Filed Under: Other Vegetables, Pumpkins

Pumpkins are a fall staple and a great way to add a bit of festive decor to your home. I’ve had a pumpkin display out at my home since mid-September. I’ll keep this fall arrangement up until after Thanksgiving and then replace it with Christmas lights and decor.

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

September 7, 2021 - Filed Under: Agriculture, Crops, Sweet Potatoes

Mississippi State University recently welcomed a new sweet potato specialist. Lorin Harvey joined the MSU Extension Service after completing postdoctoral work with sweet potatoes at the Pontotoc Ridge-Flatwoods Branch Experiment Station, which is part of the North Mississippi Research and Extension Center.

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.

Success Stories

Two masked women with glasses and brown hair holding a brown bag.
4-H, Commercial Horticulture, Healthy Homes Initiative, Food and Health, Health, Coronavirus, Nutrition
Volume 7 Number 2

Extension Brown Bags flying off shelves in DeSoto County

Mississippi State University Extension agents in DeSoto County are partnering with public librarians throughout the county to distribute Extension Brown Bags to members of the community. Extension has offered a range of educational programs at these libraries, so joining with them to expand the giveaways was a natural choice.

A smiling couple standing next to each other in a garden.
Agriculture, Crops, Commercial Horticulture, Farming, Lawn and Garden
Volume 7 Number 2

Growers address nutrition and criminal justice shortfalls

Growing vegetables and raising farm animals are demanding endeavors by themselves. Kevin and Teresa Springs are already succeeding at these activities, but their sights are set on combining them with their backgrounds in criminal justice to address greater societal challenges.

Side by side photos of two men, one older, smiling.
Rice, Soybeans, Farming, Family
Volume 3 Number 2

Four-generation farm family trusts MSU Extension

Four generations of Steeles have graduated from “our dear ol’ State.” While the university has certainly changed over the years, for the Steele family, one thing remains constant: they trust the land-grant institution’s research and outreach.

A man and woman stand next to each other smiling.
Agriculture, Crops, Corn, Cotton, Soybeans
Volume 3 Number 1

Macon producer sees success with Extension collaboration

Ask Paul Good how he has succeeded in agriculture for more than 70 years, and he gives two pieces of advice: pay attention to even the smallest details when scouting crops, and take advantage of all available educational opportunities.

Cotton field.
Crops, Cotton
Volume 3 Number 1

Completely Cotton

For the fourth year in a row, Mississippi cotton farmers brought in more than 1,000 pounds per acre. Altogether, the Magnolia State had 420,000 acres—41 percent more than in 2015—and ranks third in the nation in cotton acreage, behind only Texas and Georgia.

Watch

2020 Row Crop Market Update Webinar
Thursday, April 23, 2020 - 8:30am
Rice Rice Baby October 22, 2017
Sunday, October 22, 2017 - 2:45am
Farmweek, Entire Show, September 23, 2016
Thursday, September 22, 2016 - 7:00pm
Farmweek, Entire Show, June 17, 2016
Thursday, June 16, 2016 - 7:00pm
Farmweek, Entire Show, Nov. 20, 2015
Thursday, November 19, 2015 - 6:00pm

ECTO Apps

Filed Under: Crops
App type: Android
Row Crop Calculator allows farmers to determine plant population from row width.

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