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The Tunica Times • P.O. Box 308/986 Magnolia Street, Tunica, MS 38676

Housing decline impacts sod industry

ousing market and the lack of new construction is taking its toll on Mississippi’s turfgrass industry.
Wayne Wells, Mississippi State University Extension turf specialist, said the state’s turf sales are down because of slow home sales and a lack of new construction.
“We have dealt with the slow economy the last couple of years and are continuing to do so,” Wells said. “Sod production relies heavily on construction, so when there isn’t as much, sod producers feel the hit. There is some business to be found, though, in selling to new sports complexes, schools and golf courses undergoing renovations.”

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