Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station

Truck Crops Branch Experiment Station


Truck Crops Branch Experiment Station

Crystal Springs, Mississippi was once considered the tomato capital of the world, and was even nicknamed "Tomatopolis." It's fitting that the Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station's Truck Crops Branch, one of the 16 branch stations, is located just south of a town known for its tomatoes. The Truck Crops Branch Experiment Station focuses on horticulture.

The station, which was established in 1938, encompasses 175 acres, the most acreage dedicated to horticulture in the MSU system. There are two laboratories, shop facilities, nine greenhouses and seven high tunnels on-site.

Researchers focus on vegetables, ornamental crops, fruits and pecans, conducting variety trials for commercial growers and the gardening public as well. Researchers evaluate how well certain plants grow under various conditions in the field, in the greenhouses, in the high tunnels, and in various containers. Three of the high tunnels are dedicated to researching organic fruits and vegetables. Performance ratings for the ornamental crops are stored in an on-line database (blogs.msucares.com/ornamentals) so growers and homeowners have quick and easy access to learning about the performance of specific variety in this area.

The Greenhouse Tomato Short Course (http://greenhousetomatosc.com), held in March, is a national conference for commercial growers interested in learning about greenhouse tomatoes and other greenhouse vegetables. Each year the course draws growers and exhibitors from 20 to 25 states and several countries.

In October, the station hosts the Fall Flower and Garden Fest (http://extension.msstate.edu/fallfest), considered the largest home gardening show in the Southeast. More than 400 cultivars are on display during the two-day fest, which includes educational garden seminars walking tours, and demonstrations. Plant, yard art, garden supply, and food vendors round out the event, which draws 5,000 people each year.

Contact Us

Telephone: 601-892-3731
Fax: 601-892-2056

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 231
Crystal Springs, MS 39059

Physical Address:
2024 Experiment Station Road
Crystal Springs, MS 39059