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New Mississippi Soybean Specialist

John Orlowski
John Orlowski

John Orlowski joined the Mississippi State University Extension Service and Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station July 1 as soybean agronomist. Orlowski, a native of Perth in rural, upstate New York, will concentrate on soybean production in the Delta. He is stationed at the MSU Delta Research and Extension Center in Stoneville.

“We are excited about Dr. Orlowski joining the DREC team,” said Jeff Johnson, head of the Delta Center.

Orlowski grew up on a beef cattle and hay farm. He attended Cornell University, where he completed a bachelor’s degree in agricultural sciences and a master’s degree in agronomy. In his master’s program, he evaluated different row spacing and seeding rate decisions for soybean producers in New York. Mississippi’s new agronomist also earned a doctoral degree from the University of Kentucky in crop science with a focus on inputintensive, high-yield soybean management.

Orlowski said he plans to help producers not only increase soybean yields, but also evaluate their soybean production systems to maximize farm profi tability. “I would like to set up fi eld-scale studies to evaluate practices such as row spacing, seeding rates and rotations with producers across the Delta,” he said.

“I would also like to work with growers and industry to establish a soybean yield contest for Mississippi. This state has some exceptional growers, and a yield contest would do a lot to showcase Mississippi soybean production to the rest of the country.”

Post-Flood SC Soybean Q&A
Following the extensive flooding in South Carolina, the South Carolina Corn and Soybean Association has produced a Flood Resource Guide that is set up in a Q&A format.

What should my first step be? and What if I am not covered by crop insurance? represent a sampling of the questions. It also provides information on fi nancial assistance, contact information for your Member of Congress and other resources.

Clemson Extension has compiled a package of information on the programs available to farmers, which can be downloaded at the link below. This packet begins with the South Carolina Department of Agriculture’s Disaster Assessment Form and contains fact sheets on many of the programs available to South Carolina farmers.

Go to www.soygrowers.com/south-carolina- corn-and-soybean-association-flood-resource-guide/ to view the complete guide.

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