STARKVILLE, Miss. -- An application of peanut fungicide costs $15-20 per acre, so growers are relieved when they catch a year like 2018 when disease pressure is low.

While statewide peanut acreage is down significantly from last year -- about 25,000 acres compared with...

The state’s watermelon crop is ahead of schedule in south Mississippi but behind in the northern half of the state. Watermelons wait to be picked June 20, 2018, at Ford Farms in Taylorsville, Mississippi. (Photo by MSU Extension Service/Kevin Hudson)

TAYLORSVILLE, Miss....

Domestic demand for sweet potatoes has stabilized, but foreign markets are demonstrating an increasing appetite for the crop. (File photo by MSU Extension Service/Kevin Hudson)

STARKVILLE, Miss. – Mississippi producers are growing 28,100 acres of sweet potatoes this yea...

Junior Master Wellness Volunteers Natalie Gill and Meredith Johnson, foreground, explain brain function to children attending the Five Star City Fest in Senatobia, Mississippi, in May. (Photo by MSU Extension Service/Laura Brumbaugh)

October is Children’s Health Month,...

Cattle market prices in Mississippi are up from a year ago as China has lifted its ban on U.S. beef. Black Angus cows graze at the H.H. Leveck Animal Research Center at Mississippi State University Sept. 6, 2017. (Photo by MSU Extension Service/Lindsay Pace)

STARKVILLE,...

Bobby Golden, a rice and soil fertility agronomist with the Mississippi State University Extension Service, speaks to attendees of the MSU Delta Research and Extension Center Rice Producer Field Day in Stoneville, Mississippi, on Aug. 2, 2017. (Photo by MSU Extension S...

Mississippi catfish sales in 2016 from the state’s 150 farms totaled more than $213 million, nearly $100 million more than the nearest competing state. Catfish are shown being seined at Lee Farms in Noxubee County on March 21, 2017. (Photos by MSU Extension Service/Kev...

Increasing aeration rates per acre is one emerging method Mississippi catfish producers are using to improve efficiency in smaller ponds. (Photo by MSU Extension Service/Kevin Hudson)

DODDSVILLE, Miss. -- Production is the least of Ben Pentecost's worries for his catfis...


Jersey cows huddle outside the Joe Bearden Dairy Research Center in Sessums in February. Primarily due to a lower number of dairy cows, the state’s milk production in the first quarter of 2017 was down from the previous year. (Photo by MSU Extension/Kevin Hudson)

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These blueberries at the Blueberry Patch in Starkville, Mississippi, are shown in a fruit coloring stage on May 17, 2017. Mostly warm winter conditions caused this year’s harvest to be unusually early in most parts of the state. (Photo by MSU Extension Service/Kevin Hu...

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