A NOTE TO READERS: November 3rd, 2017

I have posted about a problem with some of the “links” on the blog before, but I believe it probably needs repeating. If the LINK is not highlighted where you are reading, you will need to bring the post up by clicking on it in the column on the right under “recent posts”.

I do not know why this occurs – my apologies

NEW MEDIA: Short Videos; “Trees in Three”

MSU Forestry Extension is beginning a series of three-minute videos designed to be both quick and informative. We are initially beginning them on articles in our newsletter “The Overstory” with links from there. You may also find links from here as well as Forestry Extension Facebook page, youtube, and MSU Extension videos under Forestry. Here are the first two – check them out!

Pine Needles – Why They Turn Brown in Autumn – by Butch Bailey – Click on this LINK.

Delta Hardwoods: So What’s Going On with Nuttall Oaks? – by Brady Self –  Click on this LINK.

 

 

SHORT COURSE: Proactive Emerald Ash Borer Management: Maintaining Desirable Forest Landscapes; 6-16-2017; Kosciusko, MS

If you own or manage ash trees, you should most definitely be interested in attending this course. The Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) is an invasive insect that targets ash trees, and now surrounds Mississippi. You will learn about detection & risk; alternative species and regeneration options; strategies before and after EAB; and the market outlook for ash timber. For more details and registration form, click on this LINK.

FIELD DAY: Multi-County Spring Forestry Tour; West Point, MS; 5-13-2017

Got a “hankering” to spend a few hours in the outdoors picking up some good forestry info before Mississippi gets HOT? Then sign up for this Spring tour; learn about logging and wild hog control – some of the latest trapping techniques and equipment along with a pine genetics plot tour. Clink on this LINK and take a look at the flyer for details.

APPLICATION: Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) Tree Thinning Incentives

CONSERVATION RESERVE PROGRAM (CRP)TREE THINNING INCENTIVE

APPLICATION PERIOD:  05/02/2016 – 05/31/2016

ELIGIBILITY:  Current CRP Enrollment

PURPOSE:  (Under authority of the 2014 Farm Bill)

Encourage tree thinning

                             Improve condition of resources

                             Promote forest management

                             Enhance wildlife habitat

 

THINNING INCENTIVE:

          $150/acre for thinning

            (Any thinning operations completed since 10/22/2015 are eligible)

 

Required Secondary Practices and Incentives:

                    $25/acre for prescribed burning

                    $25/acre for disking     

                    $100/acre for chemical woody & herbaceous plant control

                    $125/acre for mechanical woody plant control

CONTACT YOUR LOCAL USDA FARM SERVICE AGENCY (FSA)  FOR DETAILS

NEW SMARTPHONE APP TO HELP LANDOWNERS DETERMINE WHETHER THEIR PINE TREES NEED THINNING

Thinning is a major tool in forest management, with multiple purposes and benefits. Mississippi State University Forestry  Extension has come up with a great new smartphone application “Pine Thin” that will help landowners with pine stands to determine when and/or if their pine stands need thinning.  This LINK will take you to today’s  Agricultural Communications press release on the app, and direct you to further information on where to get it, and how to use it.  Check it out!