Debra L. Ferguson

Wild Hogs Have No Shame

January 16, 2012
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When I opened the newspaper this morning (yes, we still get one) and saw yet another story about how destructive wild hogs can be, I just assumed I was going to read a crops story.  But not so, apparently wild hogs, in the off-crop season near Vicksburg, take field trips to the National Military...

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The Beltwide: A Little Bit Cotton, A Little Bit Family Reunion

January 8, 2012
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Owen and I spent last week at the annual Beltwide Cotton Conference in Orlando. Since our crop newsletters, agfax.com, and agcom.101  tie us closely to our jobs most of the year, it’s one of several meetings that we always look forward to attending. The workshops, seminars and press conferences give us the opportunity to...

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Glyphosate Resistant Pigweed: Start With Plan, Add Hoes and Hoods

January 3, 2012
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This week, I attended the annual Cotton Consultants meeting at the Beltwide Cotton Conference in Orlando. And, by the way, was too cold in sunny Florida to even consider sneaking off to Disney World or other Orlando escapes. With a high of 45 degrees outside, I wasn’t even tempted to visit Mickey Mouse. No...

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MF Global CEO Forgot His Farm Roots

December 17, 2011
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There are plenty of stories about MF Global and the $1.2 billion dollars that has disappeared and left many rural families devastated. As if things weren’t hard enough these days! The more I read, the more I kept wondering – what’s the story behind Jon Corzine, the  MF Global CEO?  Is he just another...

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Ever Bought Your Wife a Grease Gun for Christmas?

December 12, 2011
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Owen Taylor, my spouse and business partner, recently asked what was the worst (or maybe he meant to say most unusual) present he ever gave me. I probably surprised him when I answered a little too quickly. But, really, who could forget a luxuriously appointed, handcrafted, 32-quart plastic ice chest that (I’m not lying)...

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Women Own/On the Farm

October 27, 2011
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I read the article  Women Own or Jointly Operate 30 Percent of U.S. Farms with more than a little interest. Because of my work as a photographer specializing in agriculture, I have spent many hours with farmers. Most of them have been male.  The more successful they were, the more credit they gave to...

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New Gun In Mosquito Control

October 26, 2011
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Hot, sticky and swarming with mosquitoes, that’s what the Mississippi Delta feels like on a random summer morning at 5:30. This week, I was excited to read that there is a new “gun in town” to fight the Mosquito Wars. EPA has granted registration approval for a new killer that is supposed to take...

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1947: First Presidential TV Address Called on Farmers But Did They See It?

October 5, 2011
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Every morning I try to read Garrison Keillor’s The Writer’s Almanac. There’s always a poem, but I’m usually more interested in reading historical information about the day in history. Today I was rewarded with a fact related to agriculture. In 1947, President Truman made a direct call-out  to farmers in the first televised presidential...

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Miles and Miles of Cotton

September 20, 2011
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Most of us, whether we grow, write or photograph cotton are beyond ready for this season to be over. This video might be described as redundant, but for some reason I get great enjoyment from “riding” in a pickup viewing the miles of cotton modules from the Australian cotton harvest earlier this year in...

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Fed Bank: Fertilizer, Fuel and Feed Costs Increased Loans In 2nd Quarter

July 18, 2011
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You can read the full report, Federal Reserve Bank’s National Trends in Farm Lending. Here are the high points: Non-real estate ag lending jumped 14 percent due to higher costs of fuel, fertilizer and feed. The increased input costs also increased the short-term amount borrowed  by 36 percent. Commodity prices and 1st quarter profits...

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