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Meet The New Cotton Guys

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Editor’s note: Two new cotton specialists, Drs. Ben McKnight and Brian Pieralisi, have been appointed by Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and Mississippi State Extension Service, respectively. Be sure to check out their comments each month in our Specialists Speaking department. Ben McKnight Ben McKnight’s acceptance of the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service statewide cotton specialist position is a return ... Read More »

Drier weather helps Mississippi growers catch up

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Row crop growers in Mississippi used a relatively dry May to make up for planting time lost earlier in the spring due to wet weather and soggy fields. As of May 24, planting progress for the state’s four major row crops was slightly behind their five-year averages but ahead of where it was at that time in 2019. According to ... Read More »

Survey of 2019 Mississippi backwater flood helps reveal 2020 losses

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A sharper focus on the economic impact of the lower Delta backwater flood of 2019 helps predict the implications of continued flooding this year. Mississippi State University Extension Service researchers compiled data on the overlooked costs of the backwater flood that affected the Yazoo Mississippi Delta in 2019. They surveyed residents in the five affected counties in an attempt to ... Read More »

Got hog damage? There’s an app for that

wild hog app

According to a Mississippi State University research study, feral pigs cause $66 million in property damage in the Magnolia State each year. With the wild hog population increases and damage estimates constantly changing, it’s now easier to report and assess impacts with a newly designed MSU app. The “Feral Pig Damage” app makes it easy for users to report the ... Read More »

Mississippi State University Extension names new cotton specialist

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The Mississippi State University Extension Service has a new cotton specialist. Brian Pieralisi was appointed to that role April 1. He replaced Darrin Dodds, who took the helm of the university’s Department of Plant and Soil Sciences. Pieralisi will work with growers to continue to refine cotton production practicesto help them become more profitable. His activities will include cotton variety ... Read More »

Thomasson returns to MSU as ag & biological engineering head

J. Alex Thomasson

A precision agriculture and cotton ginning expert is the new head of Mississippi State’s Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering. J. Alex Thomasson will take the reins of the MSU department effective July 1, pending approval of the State Board of Trustees, Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning. A 15-year veteran and current endowed chairholder in cotton engineering, ginning and mechanization ... Read More »