A new farm incubator program at the Clemson University Sandhill Research and Education Center in Columbia will open small plots for startup farmers to begin growing their businesses.
Though wicked weather wreaked havoc on South Carolina agriculture in 2015, the Christmas tree industry was one of the few to ride out the storms relatively unscathed.
SAPELO ISLAND, Georgia – Through a combination of rigorous genetics, painstaking varietal research and centuries-old African know-how, Purple Ribbon sugarcane and several similar varieties have been reintroduced to Sapelo Island, the original birthplace of commercial sugar production in the United States.
How to pronounce Cuetlaxochitl, the ancient Aztec word for poinsettia, is just one of many mysteries Clemson professor Jim Faust will reveal during his informative presentation about the iconic Christmas plant. Faust will present “Poinsettia: A 200-year journey from gangly Mexican shrub to Christmas icon” at 7 p.m. Nov. 29 in the Poinsett Ballroom of the Westin Poinsett Hotel, 120 S. Main St., Greenville.
Wild, heirloom and modern poinsettias in full flower grace the lobby of Clemson University’s R.M. Cooper Library this month. The colorful plants have been cultivated by Clemson horticulture students.
Five of South Carolina’s top experts in agriculture and food systems recently convened on the campus of Clemson University for a lively discussion designed to explore the state’s future, while at the same time revering its past.
Clemson’s soil judging team finished seventh at the recent 2015 Regional Collegiate Soil Judging Competition at Murray State University. Junior Hunter Seiders placed eighth out of 76 entrants in the individual competition.
Clemson’s Sustainable Agriculture Program has received a $175,000 grant to study and refine no-till cover-crop management for weed control in vegetable production. Field trials will be held at the Clemson Student Organic Farm, Clemson’s Coastal Research and Education Center in Charleston and City Roots Farm in Columbia.
As waterfowl wing their way southward on the autumn winds, duck hunters soon will scan the skies for signs of their first targets of the season. This year, another kind of hunter will be on the lookout, too. Clemson University veterinarians will be searching for signs of a devastating avian influenza that infects wild waterfowl and can destroy domestic poultry — a huge source of income for South Carolina farms.
One of the most biologically diverse regions in the world is just an hour’s drive from the main campus of Clemson University. Clemson University forest ecologist Donald Hagan recently took a trip with 25 of his dendrology students to study tree and plant life in the Blue Ridge Mountains.
Clemson students won fourth place in an international robotics competition held at the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE) annual international meeting in New Orleans.
As South Carolina farmers scramble to recover from unprecedented floods, Clemson Cooperative Extension Service agents are working with state and federal agencies to provide advice and support on handling crops that have been exposed to floodwaters.
One crop that might have escaped most of the wrath of this past weekend’s historic rainfall is peaches. Other than some severe cases of erosion, peach farmers appear to have weathered the storm with relatively minimal damage.
Benghal dayflower, a state- and federally designated noxious weed that spreads rapidly and can smother agricultural crops, has been identified in a field in Dorchester County. Officials with the Clemson University Department of Plant Industry will be scouting fields Oct. 5-9 in Dorchester, Colleton, Orangeburg and Bamberg counties to determine the extent of the weed’s infestation.
Daniel Anco, a plant pathologist with a background in research and educational outreach, has joined Clemson University as South Carolina’s new peanut specialist. He will work from Clemson’s Edisto Research and Education Center in Blackville but provide assistance to peanut growers across the state.