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‘Cast Nets & Cotton’ Revisited

My personal cotton story began on the manmade beaches of Ocean Springs, Mississippi. Four years ago, I knew little about cotton history or its production. That’s when I dove in with zeal to learn all that my mind and my camera could capture. They say, “All roads lead home.” In this case, my cotton journey, titled “Cast Nets & Cotton,” ... Read More »

MSU’s conservation tool helps improve profitability for farmers

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• By Vanessa Beeson • Two Mississippi State researchers and pioneers in the growing field of economically targeted conservation are showing farmers that making money off their land can be feasible even when the land isn’t producing. Wes Burger and Mark McConnell, MSU researchers in the Forest and Wildlife Research Center, are launching the MSU Precision Conservation Tool. The decision-making ... Read More »

Clean Cotton

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Mississippi State University researcher tackles plastic in cotton. Cotton is one of Mississippi’s top agricultural commodities. With 780 farms and 1,600,000 bales produced in 2019, it is clear why Mississippi ranks third in the nation for cotton production. Cotton’s role extends well beyond the state line, however, as it is found in clothing, fabrics, and even cosmetics across the globe. ... Read More »

State-of-the-art drain tile system gives MSU researchers new tools

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A new water management system installed at Mississippi State University’s R.R. Foil Plant Science Research Center is elevating university researchers’ capabilities of developing drainage solutions for farmers in Mississippi and across the Mid-South. Advanced Drainage Systems, a leading manufacturer in drainage and irrigation, selected MSU as a Midsouth research site for the state-of-the-art water management system. The company recently installed ... Read More »

MSU moves Producer Advisory Council meetings online

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Each February marks the occasion for producers to share their research and programming needs with Mississippi State University agricultural specialists in person. To comply with COVID-19 social distancing guidelines, the opportunity will be extended virtually this year. The MSU Extension Service and Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station will host their 2021 Producer Advisory Council meetings online. The meetings are ... Read More »

Let’s review poultry litter as a row-crop fertilizer

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• By Larry Oldham • It is time to once again review using poultry litter, aka broiler litter, to fertilize row crops. Many growers now have their own experiences, so this should be a reminder. Prior to the last 10 to 15 years, poultry litter was primarily used to fertilize hay and forage crops in fields near the production facilities. ... Read More »

MSU focus group sessions pinpoint farming stressors

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Researchers from the Mississippi State University Extension Service are looking to collect row-crop farmers’ feedback on stress related to farming. The focus group sessions are part of the MSU Extension opioid prevention campaign PReventing Opioid Misuse In the SouthEast, or the PROMISE Initiative. Participation involves answering a series of questions about farming, stress related to farming and the opioid epidemic. ... Read More »