Late Miss. cotton planting amplifies bug threat

July 11, 2013 in Business, News, Statewide News

Farmers are finally catching up on cotton planting, but experts are worried that the late start could expose the crop to more insects than if wet weather hadn’t delayed planting.

Mississippi farmers had intended to plant corn on many acres in hopes of cashing in on high prices. But winter and spring rains left many fields waterlogged, making it hard for tractors to plant as early as required for corn.

Cotton and soybeans can be planted later, and farmers’ plans for cotton ballooned to 340,000 acres from what had been projected to be a historic low of about 200,000. Mississippi farmers planted 580,000 acres of cotton in 2012.

Kudzu bug found in Montgomery, Warren counties

July 26, 2012 in News, Statewide News, Top Stories

private haftpflichtversicherung testsieger JACKSON – (AP) The kudzu bug has been found in Montgomery and Warren counties in Mississippi. Scientists say the bug not only feeds on kudzu but also […]