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Small white dots appear on a pruned crape myrtle branch.
March 16, 2020 - Filed Under: Landscape Architecture, Landscape Plants and Trees Diseases, Trees

If you’ve got crape myrtles, you should be on the lookout for Crape Myrtle Bark Scale. This invasive pest can turn easy-to-care for shrubs and trees into high-maintenance plants covered in a black, sooty mold.

While the insects won’t kill the tree outright, the tree will eventually produce fewer and smaller blooms if the insects are allowed to reproduce year after year.

December 12, 2018 - Filed Under: Insects-Crop Pests, Soybeans, Plant Diseases and Nematode Diagnostic Services

The Mississippi State University Extension Service will offer free testing for a significant crop pest through Aug. 30, 2019.

Man leans over a 5-gallon bucket placed under a large mechanical unit inside a building.
November 2, 2018 - Filed Under: Commercial Fruit and Nuts, Nuts, Fruit and Nut Diseases

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Mississippi’s pecan yields will be down from last year, but the future looks promising.

Mississippi Pecan Growers Association President Max Draughn of Raymond explained that pecan yields alternate from year to year.

A pepper plant is shown in the garden.
August 14, 2018 - Filed Under: Insects-Vegetable Gardens, Plant Diseases, Vegetable Gardens

Your summer vegetable garden is likely winding down, but you still have time for another round of fresh vegetables, including tomatoes, peppers, squash and cucumbers. (File photo by MSU Extension Service)

 A brown clay pot contains a small bush with pink flowers.
June 18, 2018 - Filed Under: Flower Gardens, Landscape Plants and Trees Diseases
I love crape myrtles in the landscape. They flower all summer, and their beautiful exfoliating and peeling bark exposes cinnamon-brown trunks in the winter. It's no wonder that somebody way back when called them the Flowers of the South.
 

Success Stories

A man stands on a porch with a white crepe myrtle behind him and the Mississippi River and bridge in the distance.
Lawn and Garden, Plant Diseases, Trees
Volume 5 Number 3

While Adams County native Monroe Sago has always loved the look of crape myrtles, he hasn’t always known how best to take care of them. His lack of knowledge was brought directly to his attention about 7 years ago.

Darryl Grennell
Lawn and Garden, Plant Diseases, Trees
Volume 5 Number 3

Natchez. Rich in history, beauty, and culture, it’s the oldest incorporated city on the Mississippi River. For Natchez Mayor Darryl Grennell, giving back to the town where he was born and raised just makes sense.

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Lawn and Garden, Plant Diseases, Plant Diseases and Nematode Diagnostic Services
Volume 5 Number 1

David Fulgham did not hesitate to show his support for the Mississippi State University Extension Service Plant Pathology Diagnostic Lab when his chance came.

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