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New Fruit and Vegetable Disease Management Publications Available!

New Fruit and Vegetable Disease Management Publications Available!

Several new or updated resources for fruit and vegetable disease management are now available. These publications are available at the links below.




MSU Extension Pub: F1139          Plant Disease Sample Submission Form (new, 2017)

                                                                *This is the new submission form for the Extension Plant Diagnostic Lab.


MSU Extension Pub: F0448          Nematode Sample Submission Form (new, 2017)

                                                                *This is the new submission form for the Extension Plant Diagnostic Lab.


MSU Extension Pub: M1562        How to Collect and Package Plant Disease Specimens for Diagnosis (revised, 2017)


MSU Extension Pub: P3022          Taking Photos of Plant Disease Problems (new, 2017)


MSU Extension Pub: P3076          Cucurbit Downy Mildew (new, 2017)


                MSU Extension Pub: P1861          Greenhouse Tomatoes: Pest Management in Mississippi (updated, 2017)


MSU Extension Pub: P2036          Organic Vegetable IPM Guide (revised, 2016)

                                                                *Includes major updates to disease management portion of the guide.


MSU Extension Pub: P2946          Lichens (new, 2016)


MSU Extension Pub: P2936          Greenhouse Basil Downy Mildew (updated, 2016)


MSU Extension Pub: P3005          Pecan Bacterial Leaf Scorch (new, 2016)


2017 Southeastern US Vegetable Crop Handbook (updated, 2017)


2017 Southeastern Peach, Nectarine and Plum Pest Management and Culture Guide (updated, 2017)


2017 Southeast Regional Blueberry Integrated Management Guide (updated, 2017)


2017 Southeast Regional Organic Blueberry Pest Management Guide (updated, 2017)


2017 Southeast Regional Caneberries Integrated Management Guide  (updated, 2017)


2017 Southeast Regional Strawberry Integrated Pest Management Guide (updated, 2017)


2017 Southeast Regional Muscadine Grape Integrated Management Guide (updated, 2017)


2017 Integrated Orchard Management Guide for Commercial Apples in the Southeast



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

Farm to Table at the Garden Center


I have long held that no food is more local than that grown in your own garden.  I was recently reading an article in Today’s Garden Center magazine, “Farm to Table Will Change Us” (Februrary 2015).  The editor, Carol Miller, discusses the impact of the Farm-to-Table movement on the retail garden center industry.  She makes an astute observation:  “At its heart, it’s about actual gardening.”


“Admittedly, many who are into the farm-to-table movement just want to buy fresh, locally grown produce.

2014-03-12 11.57.51 But Gen X and Gen Y also celebrate the geeks among them who dive deeply into whichever hobby they take up.  Call it geek chic.  Enough of these new customers are geeking out over the trend and want to know everything they can about growing the tastiest tomatoes, greens, squash and herbs they can.  And they want to learn inventive ways to prepare their harvest to show off to their friends.”

Lettuce Celebrate Food Day 2014

Lettuce Celebrate Food Day 2014

National Food Day is this Friday, October 24th!  I started celebrating today by hosting a program at North Bay Elementary School in Biloxi.  We celebrated with the hardworking, under-appreciated lettuce!

Here are some lettuce facts!

Lettuce was originally grown for medicinal purposes rather than to be eaten.  The first Roman Emperor, Augustus, who ruled from 27 BC to 14 AD, was said to have been cured of a serious illness by eating lettuce.

Lettuce is meant to contain a natural chemical that helps you sleep.  Romans ate lettuce at the end of dinner to help calm their stomach and make them sleepy.

Iceberg lettuce was developed in the United States and got its name from the way it was packed with ice to survive transportation in warm temperatures.

Exciting School Garden Funding Opportunity!

Exciting School Garden Funding Opportunity!

Growing Lunch-A School Garden Grant Program

Growing Lunch is a school garden grant program administered through the Mississippi Department of Agriculture and Commerce with the USDA Specialty Crop Block Grant Program.  Eligible schools can receive a grant up to $500 to purchase supplies needed to plant a school garden. Growing Lunch seeks to enhance the Farm to School program across the state.  Farm to School provides locally-grown produce to our state’s schools and also seeks to educate students on agriculture.  This program will act as an educational tool to enhance the knowledge of school-aged children on agriculture, healthy eating, and how food arrives on their plate three times a day.  As society becomes increasingly further away from agricultural practices and the farm, it remains pertinent to educate students on the origin of their food; MDAC has designated a website for those interested in the Farm to School Program and educational resources and materials for Farm to School Week, www.farmtoschoolweek.org.


All schools, K-12, in the State of Mississippi are eligible to apply, although this program is ideally geared towards younger school-aged children.  For more information, please see the application (link below) or contact Susan Head at susan@mdac.ms.gov.

School Garden Grant Info Application

Save the Date! Beaumont Horticultural Unit Field Day

Save the Date!  Beaumont Horticultural Unit Field Day

Save the Date!


The Annual Field Day at the Beaumont Horticultural Unit will be held June 12, 2014!

Registration begins at 8:00 and the program runs from 8:30 to noon!

Please make plans to join us!

Mississippi State University

Beaumont Horticultural Unit

478 Hwy. 15 N

Beaumont, MS 39423