Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner with Fresh Agriculture Recipes

For this month’s #AgAmericaEats special, bring everyone to the table with these agriculture recipes for each of the three meals of the day.

Food is one thing we can all agree on, and agriculture recipes featuring a state’s top crop are sure to please for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Try these delicious #AgAmericaEats recipes that each incorporate a tasty top crop the next time you gather around the table.
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#AgAmericaEats with favorite U.S. Crops: Potatoes, Peanuts, and Peaches

There’s a wise saying that goes, “Life is too short to skip dessert.” This is especially true in summer when fresh-from-the-field produce is ripe for creating a knock-out dessert. We’ve rounded up some of the best dessert recipes for #AgAmericaEats using commodities that are in season throughout summertime. We had our eye out for unique combinations that are sure to please at your next barbecue or get-together.Read More

Research Reveals Natural Bean Pest Remedy

Recently, new findings have surfaced regarding a particular pest which feasts on bean plants. These findings have provided fresh information on how to better manage the proliferation of these relatively new pests.

These particular pests, called kudzu bugs, invade several types of bean plants. Soybean producers are especially impacted. These pests were first spotted in 2009 in two Georgia counties. Unfortunately, Kudzu bugs are highly mobile and, thus, continued to proliferate, invading 10 other Southeast states, including Alabama, Florida, and Mississippi.

To get a handle on these bugs, researchers are heavily investigating the bug’s feeding, mating, and migratory habits. Hopefully, the information collected will shed light on effective strategies to implement to better control the spread of these bean-invading pests.

In July 2013, findings suggested that kudzu bugs may have some competition. A native parasitoid – a parasitic fly – may have the ability to bring down the number of these pests. Research indicated that these parasitic flies feed inside kudzu bug adults, particularly the female bugs. Findings show that the population of these parasitic flies is fairly large, offering an opportunity to effectively reduce the population of kudzu bugs.

Knowledge of this parasite means that there is now a potentially effective way to introduce natural enemies into the fields, allowing nature (versus chemical treatments) to better manage infestations and obliterate kudzu bug populations.

Pest management involves strategy and other, oftentimes costly, practices such as crop rotations, cover crops, field borders and irrigation water management. If you are a farmer seeking to implement a better pest management program, contact Bankers South Lending and Financing to discuss ag loan options.


Water Quality Monitoring Benefits Mississippi River Basin Conservation Efforts

If you are a producer with agricultural land in Mississippi, listen up.

Mississippi farmers are coming together, merging efforts to enhance water quality and conservation of the Mississippi River basin. These merging conservation tactics are yielding promising results for the river basin. Studies have reported decreased loss of nutrients from the soil, such as nitrogen, phosphorous and animal manure, which regularly flow into neighboring, downstream waterways.

Bankers South Ag Lending and Financing offers various options for financing agricultural land to better assist Mississippi farmers with the implementation of solid conservation practices. These practices typically include nutrient management, conservation tillage, planting cover crops, wetland restoration, fencing animals out of streams, and tailwater recovery systems.

Not only do these practices benefit and protect neighboring water supplies, but they also work to benefit cropland, keeping soil and nutrients on the land where they belong. Developing a sound water quality monitoring or modeling plan significantly reduces the amount of nitrogen and phosphorous leaving the fields and decreases the amount of nitrogen and phosphorus entering the Gulf of Mexico. Too much nitrogen and phosphorous in the water can lead to serious environmental and human health issues, which directly impacts the economy.

All Mississippi farmers are encouraged to take a proactive step to preserve the basin and enhance the water supply. All producers can do their part to minimize the loss of nutrients and sediment, send cleaner water downstream, and protect the landscape and watershed. It simply requires the conscious fulfillment of an effective conservation strategy and system.

If you are a Mississippi producer with interest in fulfilling a conservation strategy, contact Bankers South for agricultural financing assistance. Allow us help you implement or improve your current conservation practices on your agricultural land. We offer Mississippi farm loan options to better support the continued success of your agricultural business.