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Corn off to strong start
Mississippi’s 2010 corn crop is off to a promising start after recent sunny skies and favorable soil conditions gave
Freedom as biofuel feedstock
Collaboration between a Mississippi State University research agronomist and Georgia’s self-proclaimed “sodfather” may
Cattle ‘stomach’ fiber byproduct
Corn-to-ethanol manufacturing has created huge amounts of a byproduct suitable as an ingredient in cattle feed, and
Weather hurts Mississippi corn
While Mother Nature is showing corn producers a little mercy after her relentless drubbing earlier this year, the
Rice staggers out of wet May
An unusually wet May is causing some Mississippi farmers to plant rice late, but the crop still has time to develop
Invasive plants affect lake health
Some scientists researching invasive water plants look at the direct effects of these plants and others assess
Weather slows Mississippi corn crop
Mississippi farmers finished planting their estimated 630,000 acres of corn on time, but the continuing effects of
Peanuts good rotation option
Many South Mississippi farmers have rotated peanuts with corn, soybeans and other crops to get through tough times, and
New mapping tool markets food products
Mississippi farms and specialty businesses have a virtual route to potential customers with an interactive computer
Pulpwood salvages Mississippi timber
The continuing decline in housing construction was supposed to decrease the value of Mississippi’s timber harvest for
Soil fertility management helps ease farming costs
Mississippi farmers have no control over volatile fertilizer costs, but they can use good soil fertility management to
MSU students helping those in need
The experience of bagging sweet potatoes and boxing jelly for food pantries this semester has taught Mississippi State
Make Christmas greener
While Elvis Presley had a “Blue Christmas” in mind when he recorded his 1957 seasonal hit, today’s environmentally
Strategy to fight holiday stress
The holiday season is supposed to lift people’s spirits with joy and wonder, but it sometimes triggers feelings of
Yield potential down, but spirits up for pecan crop
The spring freeze, summer drought and fall hurricane season of 2008 may have affected yield potential in many
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