ARRA - Jamie Whitten Delta States Research Center, Stoneville,
ARS researchers take soil samples from a lake
bottom to monitor pesticide residues as part of major watershed management
Jamie Whitten Delta States Research Center Stoneville, Mississippi
- Scope of work under Recovery Act
Amount: $2.25 million
Major renovations to address deferred maintenance of critical
mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems, repair of deteriorated building
envelope, and incidental repairs.
June 2010 - Construction contract awarded for $26,246,888 to address deferred critical maintenance of mechanical, electrical, and plumbing systems, building envelop and incidental repairs.
Research at the Jamie Whitten Delta States Research Center
The mission of the Jamie Whitten Delta States Research Center is to increase
efficiency in the production and processing of Midsouth agricultural products
to benefit both the farmer and the consumer.
For example, to help soybean farmers in the Midsouth, researchers at the
Center have developed an early soybean production system , using early-maturing
soybean varieties planted in early April instead of may and June. The system
boosts farmers' yields and profits, and helping to keep them in business.
Growers sometimes get a premium to cover shortages in the market, usually from
August 15 to September 15 for soybeans. The early soybean system allows growers
in Mississippi, Arkansas, Louisiana, west Tennessee, and northwest Texas to
harvest around August 30.
Center scientists are also developing and testing ways to help farmers
manage weeds and improve soil and water quality. Stoneville is one of three
primary locations within the Mississippi Delta Management Systems Evaluation
Area (MSEA), where a consortium of researchers is developing cost-effective
farming methods that benefit the environment and protect our watersheds and
Scientists at the Center have developed a management strategy to control
tropical soda apple (Solanum viarum), a nonnative, invasive weed of pastures,
row crops, forests, and urban areas throughout the southeastern United States.
Just 6 years after it introduction, the weed, which is poisonous to livestock,
infested more than 1 million acres. Using the new strategy, this resilient weed
has now been eradicated from Louisiana, Tennessee, and Pennsylvania.
The Catfish Genetics Research Unit supports the catfish industry by
developing genetically improved catfish lines and more effective and
cost-efficient production practices. By identifying a new supplemental oxygen
technology to meet the needs of young catfish, Stoneville scientists are
improving catfish harvests and ensuring a high quality, more affordable fish
product for consumers.
The Center consists of seven Research Units:
- Catfish Genetics Research Unit
- Cotton Ginning Research Unit
- Crop Genetics and Production Research Unit
- Southern Insect Management Research Unit
- Southern Weed Science Research Unit
- Application and Production Technology Research Unit
- Biological Control of Pests Research Unit
Project Photographs Before Construction