Blackberry Flowers in January

Up until very recently, we have not had much cold weather in south Mississippi. In fact, as of last week we had accumulated fewer than 200 chill hours (that will be much higher this week after the recent cold snap). … Continue reading

Curious Galls on Muscadine Vine

Recently, a muscadine vine cane was brought into the lab after pruning. It had galls along the cane at nearly every node. Grape cane gallmaker (http://nysipm.cornell.edu/factsheets/grapes/pests/gcgm/gcgm.pdf) may be the culprit, but there are other types of gall making insects around … Continue reading

2016 Mississippi Blueberry Workshop

The 2016 Mississippi Blueberry Educational Workshop will be held in Hattiesburg on January 14, 2016 from 1-5pm.  Several topics will be covered including mechanized harvest, Farm-to-School, Social Media marketing, blueberry cultivars, and disease control basics. Everyone with an interest in … Continue reading

Discovering the Value of Social Media in Horticulture Research and Extension

Many of us are challenged to find ways to better disseminate our research and Extension findings. Administrators, legislators, and the public are demanding to know our “impact”.  Thus, using all available tools to our advantage only makes sense. Social media … Continue reading

Winter is a Great Time for Education

Most of us are quite content to ignore our fruit plantings during the winter. At least I know I am guilty of that. Winter brings about other challenges for me — end of year reporting, conferences to attend, data to … Continue reading

On the IARC, Red Meat, and the Media

Recently, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) of the World Health Organization (WHO) came out with a statement that said, based on a literature review, red meats are probable carcinogens (Group 2A) and processed meats are carcinogenic (Group … Continue reading

Mississippi Vaccinium Journal Oct-Dec 2015

The latest issue of the Mississippi Vaccinium Journal is out. In it several topics are covered including some SWD research, red leaf color, government programs, revised publications, and more.  Check it out by downloading the PDF at the link below: … Continue reading

Growing Bunch Grapes in Mississippi

Last Friday I gave a presentation at the Fall Flower & Garden Fest entitled “Growing Bunch Grapes in Mississippi”. This festival is held every year in Crystal Springs, Mississippi at the Mississippi State University Truck Crops Experiment Station. I usually … Continue reading