Pee Dee region farmers and dignitaries from across South Carolina got a first-hand look at a $7 million renovation of Clemson University’s John B. Pitner Center on Tuesday.
A rumbling robot and several high-flying drones recently made an on-site appearance at Clemson University to burrow through and buzz above 15 acres of experimental sorghum plots containing more than 2,800 replicated entries at Simpson Research Farm.
Clemson University’s Institute of Translational Genomics will soon expand its reach with the addition of a three-year fellowship program designed to recruit and develop future leaders in the burgeoning field of agriculturally oriented computational science.
A rare, invasive aphid has been found attacking wheat crops in Hampton County. This is the first documented case of the Sipha maydis aphid in South Carolina, said Francis Reay-Jones, an entomologist at the Clemson University Pee Dee Research and Education Center in Florence.
Clemson University’s Advanced Plant Technology Program — headed by geneticist Stephen Kresovich and comprised of a multifaceted team of renowned scientists — continues to stretch the limits of agricultural research in genetics, bioinformatics, computational biology and robotics.
Clemson University is renovating its Pee Dee Research and Education Center in Florence to quicken its development of crop varieties with improved resistance to drought, disease and pests. The center also has added a research plot to focus on high-value specialty vegetable production for small and emerging farmers and is hiring soil health and cover-cropping specialists to help growers get more value from their land.
Clemson University’s Edisto Research and Education Center has added a laboratory to develop technologies that will monitor the health of South Carolina farms. Engineer Joe Maja is building sensor-based technologies in the lab that could automatically engage irrigation systems based on soil moisture content, for example, or that could be used on a drone to scout fields for pests and disease, among other product applications.
A third-generation farmer with deep ties to Clemson’s land-grant heritage and expansive knowledge of South Carolina’s agribusiness industry has been named director of the Clemson University Experiment Station.
South Carolina peach growers could extend the life of trees infected with Armillaria root disease by using a new planting technique on display at Clemson University’s Musser Fruit Research Center.
A five-member team that includes Clemson University scientist Chris Saski, the director of Clemson’s Genomics and Computational Biology Laboratory, will share a $2.4 million grant from the National Science Foundation to continue genomics research on Upland cotton.
Clemson University’s Institute of Translational Genomics, led by geneticist Stephen Kresovich, has been awarded $6 million by Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy as one of six projects seeking to accelerate the development of sustainable energy crops for the production of renewable transportation fuels.
Clemson University fruit specialist Guido Schnabel earned national recognition for helping fruit growers across the East Coast manage disease.
Clemson University entomologists will develop a plan for South Carolina farmers to control a new pest that can eat into grain sorghum yields and damage expensive harvesting equipment. Sugarcane aphids were spotted in South Carolina fields for the first time last year, and entomologists will research impact and management of the hungry pest this summer at the Pee Dee and Edisto research and education centers.
Clemson University’s Edisto Research and Education Center in Blackville has hired a precision-agriculture specialist to help farmers apply the latest technological advancements.
The next time you find yourself looking for a needle in a haystack, you might want to make friends with someone who can hook you up to a supercomputer. In the time it will take you to examine the first stem, the computer will have sorted through the entire stack, found the needle and returned everything to its original condition, neat as can be.