‘It’s hard to get farmers engaged on the farm bill — there’s just a lot of apathy," says John Anderson. "Farm programs just aren’t as critical to the survival of today’s farmers as they used to be."...More
Mississippi Delta farmland has produced some of the finest examples of Native American stonework and pottery yet found in the United States. Terry Smith has spent the last 20 years amassing an astounding, museum-quality collection of Delta Indian artifacts....More
“In both the Senate and House farm bills, traditional commodity programs are taking a big hit and crop insurance is getting a big bump up,” says Keith Coble, Mississippi State University agricultural economist....More
Terry Smith, Smith & Weiland, Clarksdale, Miss., is perfectly poised to search for Indian artifacts, and knows precisely where to look and what to look for. He has spent the last 20 years amassing a museum-quality collection of Delta Indian artifacts.
The good news is that ATV fatalities and injuries in the U.S. have been declining, but far too many underage kids are still being seriously injured or killed — a large percentage of them on farms....More
As Congress' work days rapidly dwindle, the more potential there is for problems implementing cotton-specific provisions if the new farm bill is finally passed, says Gary Adams, National Cotton Council....More
With cotton harvest on full-bore, Brandon Walton sprang into action when he suspected one of his pickers might have a bad bearing. Using a small remote control tether, Walton, farm manager, Omega Plantation, Clarksdale, Miss., tested the massive baling apparatus. Next, after entirely shutting down the picker, he crawled into the belly of the cotton beast and made sure everything was working to his satisfaction.
Early irrigation of cotton with high rates of water doesn't always pay dividends. Research by Brian Leib of the University of Tennessee shows cotton growers sometimes could produce the same yields with about half the irrigation water. In some years, such as 2007, more water was needed because of extended periods of droughts, and irrigating more paid off. In other years, he found less water could be applied to achieve consistent yields....More
University of Tennessee researchers finding they get a greater yield pump on sandier soils than on deeper silt loams in multi-year irrigation study at the University of Tennessee's West Tennessee Research and Education Center in Jackson....More
The fourth generation of his family to make sweet sorghum syrup, Terry Norwood sells the all-natural, nutritious treat locally, as well as shipping it nationally and internationally. His farm is at Etta, Miss....More