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November 12, 2014 STONE COUNTY ENTERPRISE OUTDOORS PAGE 11 summer mean classified ads is Friday at 3:oo pm By Bonnie Coblentz MSU Ag Communications Excellent summer crop harvests in recent years is partly responsi- ble for a significant decrease in the amount of wheat being planted in the state this fall. Official estimates are not yet available, but Crick Larson, grain crops agronomist with the Mississippi State University Extension Service, said he expects state farmers to plant less than 15o,ooo acres of wheat in 2o14. Wheat planted in the fall is har- vested early the follow- ing summer. "We had 230,000 acres of wheat planted in 2o12 and 400,000 planted in 2o13, and the state's acreage is expect- ed to drop again this year back to levels previ- ously grown in 2009 and 2olo," Larson said. The low acreage is mostly the result of eco- nomic considerations, but a later-than-usual harvest for summer row crops played a role as well. Soybeans likely com- pete with wheat acreage more than any other crop," Larson said. "With recent record soy- bean crops, full-season soybeans have looked very favorable compared to wheat." Some producers dou- ble crop, or plant a late soybean crop after wheat is harvested in June. Larson said high land rental rates drive some producers to plant winter wheat to help cover costs. "Wheat is a crop that can generate some income earlier in the year, but it also gives growers an opportunity to use the time after wheat harvest to do field work and land improve- ments," Larson said. Recent record or near- record roW crop yields have been matched by mostly strong prices, keeping farm incomes high and offering farm- ers higher than average profits. The U.S. Department of Agriculture estimated 37 percent of this year's winter wheat crop in Mississippi was planted by Nov. 2. This puts the crop a little behind schedule, as 43 percent is usually planted by this time. The majority of the crop is in good con- dition. Wheat can be planted through Thanksgiving for most of the state In the fall, wheat in Mississippi needs to emerge into a healthy stand. Individual plants begin tillering, or put- ring out extra vegetative shoots from the base of the plant. Temperatures below freezing slow plant growth in the fall WHEAT ACREAGE IS EXPECTED TO BE DOWN THIS YEAR, BUT ABOUT HALF OF THE STATE'S EXPECTED CROP HAD BEEN PLANTED BY EARLY NOVEMBER. BLAKE GARRARD WAS PLANTING WHEAT NOV. 4, 2014, AT THE MISSISSIPPI STATE UNIVERSITY RODNEY FOIL PLANT SCIENCE RESEARCH CENTER IN STARKVILLE. (PHOTO BY MSU AG COMMUNICATIONS/KAT LAWRENCE) but do not damage the plants. Wheat plants go dor- mant in the winter, and even extremely low tem- peratures do not harm plants that have estab- lished a good root sys- tem. Brian Williams, Extension agricultural economist, said prices have a big influence on the number of acres farmers plant in wheat. "While wheat prices have fallen from levels of a year ago, prices for competing crops have also fallen," Williams said. "At lower prices, wheat can be slightly more competitive because of lower pro- duction costs compared to corn, as well as the ability to double crop with soybeans." Wheat prices have been trending up since late September, with July 2o15 futures climb- ing from $5.03 per bushel in late September to as high as $5.65 per bushel the last week of NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING AND INTENT TO FILE APPLICATIONS WITH RURAL DEVELOPMENT The City of Wiggins, MS intends submit three applications for Federal Assistance to the Rural Development (RD) U.S. Department of Agriculture for a grant to be used for the purchase of four police vehicles and one fire department vehicle. A Public Hearing to discuss this project will be held Tuesday, November 18, 2014 at 5:00 p.m. in the Wiggins City Hall. Publish: 11/12/14 October. 1 Debt Over While they have been in an upward trend, prices are still much lower than a year ago when they were trading for around $6.85 on Nov. 1," he said. Wheat prices have been boosted by increas- es in other markets, but the potential for higher wheat prices is limited. "Global production looks to be good this year, and U.S. exports have been weaker than expected," Williams said. e FileTax Returns Stop Garnishments End Bank Levies. SettleTax Debt Audit Defense. 941 PayrollTax Thousands Helped. CALL FOR A FREE QUOTE! season Mississippi's goose hunting season opens Thursday, November 13, 2o14 and is a great time to participate in water- fowl hunting before the duck season opens later this month. Late-sea- son Canada, snow, blue, Ross's, white-fronted goose, and brant sea- sons will occur from November 13, 2014 - January 25, 2o15. Canada geese will have a 3-bird daily bag limit and brant will have a daily bag limit of I bird. The possession limit is three times the daily bag limit for Canada geese and brant. Snow, blue, and Ross's geese will have a daily bag limit of 20 birds during the reg- ular hunting season. White-fronted geese will have a daily bag limit of 2 birds. The possession limit for white-fronted geese is 6 and there is no possession limit for CANADA GEESE IN FLIGHT snow, blue, and Ross's geese Hunters ages 16 to 64 must obtain a hunting license and be Harvest Information Program (HIP) registered for Mississippi. All hunters over the age of sixteen are required to have both a state and federal duck stamp. If hunting on a WMA, hunters will also need a WMA User Permit Hunters should carefully read the regulations for all public lands prior to hunting to ensure they are in compliance. For more information regarding waterfowl in Mississippi, visit our website at www.mdwfp.com/wate rfowl or call us at (6Ol) 432-2199. 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