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A pine stand has small branches laying on the ground near trees.
November 11, 2022 - Filed Under: Forestry, Forest Pests

A variety of pests threaten Mississippi forests, presenting a challenge to landowners who lack experience in managing land or even knowing what problems to look for. Brady Self, a forestry specialist with the Mississippi State University Extension Service, said that good first step is to simply do a walkthrough and look for things out of place.

A man on a tractor drives through Christmas trees.
November 8, 2022 - Filed Under: Agriculture, Crops, Farming, Agri-tourism, Christmas Trees

RAYMOND, Miss. -- Larry Haley is expecting a busy year at his Christmas tree farm in Saucier. Haley said he sells about 500 trees per year. That may sound like a lot, but they go fast. Families who want to be sure to get the perfect tree should visit their local tree farm as early as possible.

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Leaves are your best clue in identifying a tree. (Photo from Canva)
October 14, 2022 - Filed Under: Trees, Forestry

Being able to identify trees is an impressive skill to have. Some trees, like the magnolia tree, are easily recognizable. Others, not so much. Identifying a tree is like solving a mystery. There are several different puzzle pieces to put together before you know for sure what kind of tree it is. 

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Firewood can carry invasive pests and diseases. To avoid spreading these to uninfected areas, you should not move firewood over long distances.
October 6, 2022 - Filed Under: Insects, Insects-Pests, Forestry, Forest Management, Forest Pests

Fall is the perfect time to enjoy fire pits and camping trips! Firewood is a necessity for both activities, so it’s important to know how to properly collect and manage it. Be sure to get your firewood within 50 miles of where you will burn it whether that’s in your backyard or at a campground several miles from home.

A man uses small tools to work on a tree.
September 1, 2022 - Filed Under: Landscape Plants and Trees Diseases, Forest Pests

A few sassafras trees across Mississippi have started to show signs of dieback, and Mississippi State University is asking for help in identifying affected trees. The trees are suspected of having laurel wilt, a disease caused by a fungus that has already proven deadly to the state’s redbay trees. The fungus is carried by the redbay ambrosia beetle, an invasive species native to Asia.

Success Stories

An older man squats next to a brown and white cow lying on the ground.
Agriculture, Livestock, Natural Resources, Forestry
Volume 8 Number 2

The benefits of prescribed burns on Jim Currie’s longleaf pine land in Hancock County were short-lived. He needed something extra to keep the understory vegetation from growing back so quickly.

A man wearing a bright yellow button-up shirt leans against a large truck and rests one hand in his blue jean pocket.
Trees, Natural Resources, Forestry, Forestry Impacts, Timber Prices, Timber Harvest
Volume 8 Number 1

Annual forestry show gathers industry, highlights best logging practices

Year after year, the Mid-South Forestry Equipment Show attracts thousands of visitors. Canceled in 2020, as most large gatherings were because of the COVID pandemic, the show opened in 2021 with about 3,500 former and new attendees ready to discover the latest forestry equipment, safety guidelines, and timber-harvesting methods.

A man wearing a yellow hard hat and holding a chain saw stands in front of a trailer holding harvested timber.
Natural Resources, Forestry, Timber Harvest
Volume 7 Number 3

Training a priority for third-generation logger

Logging can be a dangerous profession, but Brian Smith makes safety a priority.

A man in a blue shirt stands in front of an orange semi-truck with another man in the driver seat.
Forestry, Timber Harvest
Volume 3 Number 1

Flora brothers bring small-town values to big industry

Jason and Jeremy Flora have been logging so long, they may have sawdust in their veins.

A man and woman sit at a table.
Forestry, Timber Harvest
Volume 2 Number 2

Tree farmer of the Year collaborates with Extension 

Bobby Watkins’s selection as the Mississippi Forestry Association’s 2015 Tree Farmer of the Year was the culmination of a career in forestry and a lifetime commitment to his family tree farm in Aberdeen. The Mississippi State University alumnus and retired forestry technical specialist for BASF now dedicates most of his time and resources to overseeing and maintaining Coontail Farm.

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Filed Under: Forestry, Forest Management, Longleaf Pine, Timber Harvest
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Stand Density Index (SDI) is used to help determine if a pine planation is in need of thinning. Pine Thin uses the average number of trees per acre and the average diameter at breast height (DBH) of trees in your plantation to determine if a thinning is needed. Specific density management diagrams have been developed for each of the four major southern pine species (loblolly pine, shortleaf pine, longleaf pine, and slash pine).

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