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Mark Your Calendars!  

The annual field day at the Beaumont Horticultural Unit is June 1st!

Registration begins at 7:30 with biscuits and breakfast burritos!

The program begins at 8:15, and we have a great line-up of speakers this year!  

Topics will include:

New crape myrtle releases

Pest management

Floral Design

Edible Landscaping

and much, much more!

And you won’t want to miss Paul Cavanaugh and the PineBelt Master Gardeners’ Salad Table project!

No RSVP is necessary, and the program is FREE!

The Beaumont Horticultural Unit is located at 478 Hwy. 15N, Beaumont, MS  39423 (Perry Co.)

Beaumont Horticultural Unit Field Day is Coming Soon

Growing, Making, and Improving Wines Workshop

Growing, Making, and Improving Wines Workshop

Growing, Making & Improving Wines Workshop 

October 21, 2016 

A.B. McKay Food Research & Enology Laboratory


Presented by

Drs. Eric Stafne & Juan L. Silva 

Mississippi State University


8:00 am               Registration

8:30 am               Introduction

9:00 am               Grape Varieties & other fruits 

Bunch grapes


Others: Blueberry, Strawberry, Blackberry

10:00 am             Vine Management techniques to improve wine quality 

10:30                    Break

10:45 am             Harvest 

11:15 am             Post-harvest management : sulfiting, temp/rh, rots/spoil

12:00                    LUNCH         

1:00 PM               Juice & Winemaking (class plus demo/lab) 

Factors that affect winemaking, Equipment

4:00 PM               Tasting 

                                    Wine & cheese

Discussion on future needs

Research, Regulations, Outreach


Featured Speaker- Ellen Butz

Ellen Butz (Harkness) has worked with the wine industry in the Eastern United States since 1979. She is a microbiologist who spent most of her career working with the yeast and bacteria involved in wine production and teaching winemakers the fine art of pleasing the microbes—thus making fine wines. She recently retired from Purdue University after 15 years as Enology Specialist for the Indiana wine industry. Prior to this she was an Enology Extension Specialist at Mississippi State University (1984-1992). In 2007, she and Dr. Richard Vine established Vintage Winery Consultants to help new and established wineries determine their analytical and quality control needs, assemble the equipment, and train winemakers to be proficient QC managers. In 2010 she was awarded the American Society for Enology and Viticulture Merit Award. In her spare time Ellie makes “non-commercial” wines, grows grapes and teaches others to love the art of the vine.


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Muscadine Field Day

Muscadine Field Day

Mississippi State University will host the annual Muscadine Field Day Aug. 27 at the McNeill Research Unit.

Speakers from the MSU Extension Service, Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service will discuss muscadine cultivars, best production practices, and insects and diseases.

The field day is from 9-11 a.m. Preregistration is not required for the free event. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m.

The McNeill Research Unit is located at 7 Gill Road near Carriere. Take Exit 15 off I-59 and drive west to Highway 11 in McNeill. Drive south on Highway 11 for about 2 miles.

Small bags will be provided for sampling fruit. Other bags and containers will not be allowed for that purpose.

For more information, contact Eric Stafne, MSU Extension fruit crops specialist, at 601-403-8939.

Travelogue: IPPS International Tour Day Two

Travelogue:  IPPS International Tour Day Two

Another day full of beautiful plants and delicious food!

Our day began at the LSU AgCenter Hammond Research Station in Hammond, LA.  Allen Owings gave an incredible tour of the gardens and the beds were just amazing!

Dr. Allen Owings: outstanding in his field!

Dr. Allen Owings: outstanding in his field!

We rode wagons throughout the gardens.

We rode wagons throughout the gardens.

Our next stop was Crosby Arboretum.  The Arboretum is part of the Mississippi State University Coastal Research and Extension Center.  We were treated to a fantastic lunch and plenty of time to explore this native plant conservatory and Pinecote Pavillion.  To learn more about Crosby, visit: crosbyarboretum.msstate.edu

Next on today’s itinerary was a stop at the South Mississippi Branch Station, also part of Coastal R and E Center.  There we explred the many trial beds including All-America Selection trials and demonstrations.


So many new plants!

So many new plants!

Our final stop of the day was GreenForest Nursery in Perkinston, MS.  Dan Batson was a gracious host!  He and his wife Kathy welcomed us to their home after an incredible tour of the nursery and propagation area.

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Dan Batson and Patricia Knight.

Dan Batson and Patricia Knight.

Hiram Baldwin discussing magnolia propagation.

Hiram Baldwin discussing magnolia propagation.

Propagation house at GreenForest.

Propagation house at GreenForest.

Tomorrow is sure to be another busy and educational day!