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The Myth of Weed Seed in Poultry Litter

I have been told in many places by many people that using poultry litter to fertilize crops spreads weed seeds. However, research by Auburn, the universities of Kentucky and Georgia, and most recently, Virginia Tech found this to be untrue. The only potential avenue of poultry litter conveying weed seed occurs when the litter is contaminated . . . → Read More: The Myth of Weed Seed in Poultry Litter

Mississippi State Soil Fertility Manual Now Available

MSU Extension Service Publication 2647, Nutrient Management Guidelines for Agronomic Crops Grown in Mississippi, is now available. It includes:

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Introduction to Nutrient Management
The Soils of Mississippi
Plant Nutrients
Introduction to Soil Testing
Introduction to Inorganic Fertilizers
Lime, Liming Materials, and Regulations in Mississippi
Using Poultry Litter to Fertilize Agronomic Crops
Best Management Practices for Nutrients in Agronomic Crop Production

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The manual also includes Mississippi . . . → Read More: Mississippi State Soil Fertility Manual Now Available

Poultry Litter as a Cotton Fertilizer in 2012

A disease issue and the response in 2011 led to litter supply issues at the beginning of the growing season. No problems are apparent at this time (late February). This report is specifically for cotton, but litter is an excellent source of nutrients for other crops.

Poultry litter has long been used to provide nutrients for pastures, . . . → Read More: Poultry Litter as a Cotton Fertilizer in 2012

Certified Crop Adviser Exam Registration

The next ICCA and Arkansas-Louisiana-Mississippi CCA exam date is February 3, 2012. Registration is currently available on line until December 9, 2011.

To register for the exam go to the Certified Crop Adviser website at  https://www.certifiedcropadviser.org/exams where step by step instructions . . . → Read More: Certified Crop Adviser Exam Registration

Post-Harvest Crop Residue Management

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After harvest, you face management decisions as you begin preparing fields for next year’s crop. Corn produces far more residue than most crops we are accustomed to, so it can cause considerable benefits or anxiety depending upon how you view it. This article attempts to address the pro’s and con’s of crop residue. . . . → Read More: Post-Harvest Crop Residue Management

Mississippi Poultry Litter Transport Situation, July 8

There have been very few changes in the quarantine situation over the past few weeks. Litter can be hauled in Mississippi: with permits only. Within Wayne, Jones, Jasper, Perry, and Forrest counties, it may only be hauled from place to place in the county. Litter may be moved out from other production counties. NO LITTER may . . . → Read More: Mississippi Poultry Litter Transport Situation, July 8

After the Flood: Row Crop Replanting

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MSU Extension Service and MAFES researchers have compiled the following suggestions and information regarding replanting and managing row crops after the flood. Also included is post-flood crop insurance information. . . . → Read More: After the Flood: Row Crop Replanting

Some Poultry Litter Can Be Moved in Mississippi

Litter can be hauled in Mississippi: with permits only!

However in Wayne, Jones, Jasper, Perry, and Forrest counties, it may only be hauled from place to place within the county.

Litter may be moved out from other production counties.

Permits are required for all movements in other areas of Mississippi. NO LITTER may be moved between Mississippi and . . . → Read More: Some Poultry Litter Can Be Moved in Mississippi

It’s complicated . . . Poultry Litter Quarantine Update, May 27

The quarantine on poultry litter movement in Mississippi continues, however there are new, very specific guidelines for various locations in the poultry production area.

Call the Mississippi Board of Animal Health at 601-359-1170 or 888-646-8731 to determine the guidelines for your situation and the permitting requirements if transport is allowed.

This quarantine is in place due an . . . → Read More: It’s complicated . . . Poultry Litter Quarantine Update, May 27

Soil Management After the Flood in Mississippi

Significant acreage in Mississippi will flood in the current event offering enormous challenges to families and homes. Much of the cropland in the affected region was already planted for the 2011 cropping season.  As the waters recede, a new landscape for in both land and nutrient management will emerge. Much of our modern experience in post-flood . . . → Read More: Soil Management After the Flood in Mississippi