Vegetables en Supermarket hype: Paying more for negligible differences <div class="node-body blog-body">From a nutrition standpoint, test after test has shown no appreciable difference between non-organic and organic. </div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Crops Agenda Columnists Marketing and Promotion Peaches Tomatoes Farm Press Blog Mon, 29 Aug 2016 19:20:00 +0000 138701 at <p><em><strong>Any difference in quality/nutrition between organic and conventionally-grown foods may be more P.R. hype than reality.</strong></em>&mdash;Getty Images/Justin Sullivan</p> Well-traveled honey bees pollinate many U.S. crops <div class="node-body article-body">With bee pollination, many crops produce more yield, fruit development is more uniform, berries ripen faster, and in many cases, quality is better. </div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Crops Agenda Almonds Fruits Natural Vegetables Tue, 23 Aug 2016 13:26:00 +0000 137981 at <p><em><strong>Each spring millions of honey bees are brought to southwest Mississippi to forage on wild flowers and blooming trees before being trucked around the country for crops pollination.</strong></em><strong>&mdash;Mississippi State University photo</strong></p> Cannibalizing honey bees target deadly mite that kills colonies <div class="node-body article-body">"It's often the simple ideas that pay off," says Mississippi apiculturist Jeff Harris, who was part of a team that developed a honey bee line with resistance to the colony-killing varroa mite.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Crops Soybeans Agenda Sustainable Agriculture Fruits Vegetables Tue, 02 Aug 2016 14:18:00 +0000 137711 at <p><em><strong>Colony collapse disorder has wiped out hundreds of thousands of honey bee colonies in the U.S. and worldwide. Bee breeders at the USDA Honey Bee Laboratory at Baton Rouge, La., have developed a line of bees with resistance to the varroa mite, which vectors viruses that lead to colony collapse.</strong></em></p> Arlim tomatoes and the end of summer <div class="node-body blog-body">Oftentimes, the uglier the tomato, the more awesome it is.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Crops Outlook Agenda Tomatoes Farm Press Blog Tue, 24 Nov 2015 15:34:00 +0000 130261 at Sweet potatoes ‘a good, solid business’ for Jamie and Ricky Earp <div class="node-body article-body">The sweet potato industry has been experiencing solid growth, says Jamie Earp, president of the Mississippi Sweet Potato Council and 2014 president of the U.S. Sweet Potato Council.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Management Agenda Crops Sweet potatoes Weeds Fri, 21 Aug 2015 13:01:00 +0000 127861 at <p><em><strong>Ricky and Jamie Earp produce between 4 million and 5 million pounds of sweet potatoes yearly on their farm near Houlka, Miss.</strong></em></p> Mississippi pheromone trapping program keeps sweet potato pest at bay <div class="node-body article-body">Mississippi’s trapping program for the sweet potato weevil, the No. 1 pest of the crop, got under way mid-July, about a week later than normal due to rain-delayed planting.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Management Agenda Crops State Sweet potatoes Fri, 14 Aug 2015 12:35:00 +0000 127651 at <p><em><strong>Producer Norman Clark, right, Vardaman, Miss., visits with Mississippi State University&rsquo;s Jeff Main, from left, research associate at the Pontotoc Ridge-Flatwoods Branch Experiment Station; Daniel Fleming, post-doctoral research associate at MSU; and Mark Shankle, research professor at the Pontotoc station.</strong></em></p> Sweet potato leader says: Agriculture needs Congress to resolve labor issues <div class="node-body article-body">"The labor regulation system is broken; Congress knows it’s broken,” says Kay Rentzel, executive director of the U.S. Sweet Potato Council. “We need the labor situation fixed."</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Legislative Management Agenda National Non-farm bill agriculture Seasonal State Sweet potatoes Thu, 13 Aug 2015 13:57:00 +0000 127621 at <p><em><strong>Kay Rentzel, center, executive director of the U.S. Sweet Potato Council, visits with Wes Lowe, left, Mississippi State University research associate, and Perry Bailey, BBF Partnership, Calhoun City, Miss., at the Mississippi Farm Bureau Federation&rsquo;s annual sweet potato commodity meeting.</strong></em></p> Delta Farm Press Thanksgiving — a blessing for the American farmer <div class="node-body article-body">Farmers provide Americans with one of its greatest freedoms, the freedom from want. Happy Thanksgiving!</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Management Crops Livestock Vegetables Wed, 26 Nov 2014 07:15:00 +0000 119741 at <p class="rtecenter"><strong>HAPPY THANKSGIVING</strong>!</p> Outlook bright for 2014 Mississippi sweet potato crop <div class="node-body video-body">Mississippi sweet potato acreage for 2014 is up about 11 percent, and as harvest kicks off the market is strong, growers were told at the annual Mississippi Sweet Potato Field Day at the Pontotoc Ridge-Flatwoods Branch Experiment Station.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Outlook Management Agenda Crops Sweet potatoes Thu, 21 Aug 2014 01:07:00 +0000 117691 at Mississippi sweet potatoes — strong demand as harvest starts <div class="node-body article-body">With Mississippi’s sweet potato harvest in full swing, demand for the tasty tuber is strong, according to reports at the annual Sweet Potato Field Day held at the Mississippi State University Pontotoc Ridge/Flatwoods Branch Experiment Station.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Outlook Management Crops Field Crops Herbicides Marketing and Promotion Sweet potatoes Wed, 06 Aug 2014 12:19:00 +0000 117751 at <p><em><strong>A STRONG MARKET is expected for this year&rsquo;s sweet potato crop, harvest of which got into high gear following Labor Day.</strong></em></p>