In September 2010, I became the Coordinator of Research and Technology Transfer for the Mississippi Soybean Promotion Board. One of the responsibilities of this position is blogging for the Board's website (www.mssoy.org).
I am also responsible for soliciting and/or writing subject matter articles for the website, updating posted articles with new content and findings, and ensuring the continual "liveness" of internet links in the website and the accuracy of material in current and newly posted items.
I invite you to visit this website often to find the latest information for soybean production in the Midsouthern US.
Tennessee producers need options for crops that can be grown to meet diversified and changing markets. There is a growing demand for birdseed, and sunflower is an important component of that product. Sunflower oil is highly desirable for human consumption, and is also a suitable stock for biodiesel production.
This publication provides general information about the growth, development, and production of sunflower, with special emphasis on the production environment in Tennessee and the southeastern US. Results from sunflower hybrid trials conducted in Tennessee are included to provide producers with information about the performance of available hybrids under Tennessee conditions.
See summary in the Bean Talk column of the Sept. 2009 issue of Beyond the Bean published by the United Soybean Board.
Two White Papers were compiled in 2008 in cooperation with Mr. Owen Taylor, Editor, AgFax Media, Brandon, MS. AgFax Media's publications are the premier sites for the latest information about southern crop agriculture. They are:
Research leading to the development of this handbook (published in September 1998) was supported in part by the Soybean Checkoff. The handbook was published by the Office of Agricultural Communications, Mississippi State University, under the auspices of the United Soybean Board Project #6009, entitled "Improving efficiencies of the early soybean production system in the Midsouth." Editors of the handbook are Larry G. Heatherly and Glenn Bowers. Contributors are David Boethel, Matthew Baur, James Rabb, John Rupe, Jeff Tyler, M.O. Way, and Lanny Ashlock.
This handbook is out of print. Even though it is somewhat dated, much of the information contained in it is still pertinent, especially the underlying principles that support the adoption of the system.
Availability of the handbook on this site was made possible with the assistance of Dr. Jeff Ray, USDA-ARS, Stoneville, MS, and with the knowledge of the USB.