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Field Scale Crop Assessment Drone Videos

Stand Counts with Drones

This video shows how software improvements provide ways for drones to provide real-time analysis of fields, included assessing the number of stand counts.



Video Scouting: Finding Value in UAVs

This video shows ways that UAVs can help in Field Scale Crop Assessment.


Greensnap Assessment Using Drones

Using drones for greensnap assessment.

Looking for Herbicide Burn with Drones

Using drones to look for the herbicide burn in crops.

Looking for Maturity Stage with Drones

Using drones to look for the maturity stage of a crop.

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Filed Under: Agriculture, Corn, Cotton, Rice, Soybeans, Pre-Planting, Planting April 4, 2023

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- If the newest Mississippi planting forecast holds, more corn and rice will be produced in 2023 compared to recent years, while demand will drive down cotton acreage.

The National Agricultural Statistics Service, a branch of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, released its annual prospective plantings report March 31. According to the report, intended cotton acreage is at 400,000 acres, down 25% from the 530,000 acres planted in 2022. Growers also plan to plant 700,000 acres of corn, which is 21% more than the 580,000 acres harvested last year.

Filed Under: Agriculture, Crops, End of Growing Season November 21, 2022

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Time is running out to preregister for the 2022 Mississippi State University Row Crop Short Course.

The course, scheduled for Dec. 5-7 at the Cotton Mill Conference Center in Starkville, is hosted by the MSU Extension Service and Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station.

Online registration is available at Preregister by Nov. 27 for free admission to the conference, which includes all meals. Registration on or after Nov. 28, including at the door, is $40.

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Filed Under: Agriculture, Farm Safety, Safety and Regulations, Forages August 25, 2022

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Late summer and early fall are when many growers begin thinking about when to make their last cut of hay each year, but safety should always be the top priority of anyone operating a baler, whether it is May or October.

Regular equipment maintenance and inspections are the best ways to prevent hay baler fires, but disaster can sometimes happen regardless of good upkeep and storage practices.

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Filed Under: Planting, Lawn and Garden, Flower Gardens April 25, 2022

While many of my Northern gardening friends are still dealing with freezing temperatures, I spent this past weekend out in my coastal Mississippi landscape appreciating the fact that my tomatoes are planted and my roses are blooming.

It was the roses that really caught my attention. All of my rose plants are blooming their stems off, even though I missed the ideal pruning period of late January/early February. When I finally had time to prune, all the bushes were already pushing new growth, but the pruning still needed to be done.

Man on a tractor plants corn.
Filed Under: Field Scale Crop Assessment with Drones, Rural Development, Technology May 7, 2021

From computer programs that regulate moisture sensors to smartphone apps that allow growers to monitor market data, most facets of agriculture continue their shift to digital platforms. This transition makes reliable internet access no longer a luxury, but a necessity.

Despite Mississippi agriculture’s annual economic impact of around $7 billion, broadband infrastructure is in short supply in the state’s densest agricultural hub: the 19-county Mississippi Delta.

Success Stories

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Agriculture, Processing, Crops, Farming, Agricultural Engineering, Women for Agriculture, Field Scale Crop Assessment with Drones, Technology
Volume 8 Number 1

Since 1994, she’s worked for Buck Island Seed Co., a business her brother co-founded with two other men in the same year. The company performs custom seed cleaning, treating, and blending for rice, soybeans, wheat, oats, and triticale, a small grain. Booth also raised various row crops with her husband on their Tunica County farm until his death in 2020. She now rents out the land to a producer who grows soybeans, corn, and triticale.


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