Mississippi farmers to plant more cotton and soybeans

April 14, 2014 in Business

JACKSON, Mississippi (AP) — With corn prices down, Mississippi farmers are likely to plant more cotton than 2013’s record low acreage. But soybeans are still king, with almost as many […]

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.

Expected corn acreage 53-year high for Mississippi

April 26, 2013 in News, Statewide News

Mississippi farmers expect to have more than 1 million acres in corn this year and about 120,000 acres in rice – the largest corn acreage in 53 years and a 36-year low for rice.

A U.S. Department of Agriculture planting survey shows Mississippi farmers also plan to plant 1.95 million acres of soybeans and 270,000 acres of cotton this year.

The soybean acreage is changed little from last year’s 1.97 million acres, but farmers are planting 230,000 acres more of corn.

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 […]