Jose Payero

Joe Payero (right) leads a demonstration on irrigation equipment at an October field day at Clemson’s Edisto Research and Education Center.
Image Credit: Clemson University

BLACKVILLE — Everybody complains about the weather. Jose Payero does something about it.

The Clemson University Extension irrigation specialist explores ways to help farms become more efficient and more resilient to climate risks.

He’ll join colleagues from across the Southeast next week to share those ideas with farmers in a day-long workshop, “Advanced Farming Technologies for Reducing Climate Risks,” Tuesday, Feb. 11, at Clemson’s Edisto Research and Education Center in Blackville.

Scientists from Clemson, the University of Georgia and the University of Florida will review current agricultural climate conditions and offer projections for upcoming season.

They’ll help farmers learn how to determine whether to invest in irrigation and what kind of irrigation is right for their farms.

The workshop will cover topics like conservation tillage, planting cover crops and using sensors and weather-based tools to monitor crops.

“Weighing the benefits and costs is important,” Payero said. “The goal for the farmer isn’t always to maximize the yield of his crop, but to maximize his profit.”

Funded in part by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture, the meeting is free. Register for the workshop online.