Industrial hemp production could be a viable crop alternative for South Carolina farmers, according to Clemson Cooperative Extension crop and agribusiness agents. Because this is a relatively new crop, there are still several steps to take before it enjoys perks such as labeled fungicides, herbicides and pesticides afforded traditional crops.
The Clemson Extension Agribusiness Team is partnering on an event aimed at offering a plethora of resources and programming to help South Carolina farmers succeed. The 2019 S.C. Farmer Resource Rodeo is set for Feb. 7 at the River Center at Saluda Shoals in Columbia.
While the needs of the agriculture industry in South Carolina have changed significantly in the 92 years since the gates opened at the Sandhill Research and Education Center, its mission of meeting those needs has never wavered. Since it was established in 1926, its research efforts have evolved and expanded to continue to support the state’s $41.7 billion agribusiness industry.
In a hearing before a House subcommittee Wednesday, Clemson Public Service and Agriculture and university officials requested state investments in programs and facilities to help conserve South Carolina’s water resources, keep its farmers nationally and internationally competitive, and support prosperous and healthy families.
Clemson University’s Department of Plant Industry (DPI) has issued updated quarantine information related to two crop pests: sweet potato weevil and Benghal dayflower. The agency expanded a longstanding quarantine due to sweet potato weevils in Charleston and Beaufort counties to include Jasper, Colleton and Berkeley counties. The agency also increased an area of quarantine in Aiken County due to Benghal dayflower. The original quarantine was implemented in November 2016. The area now includes a section forming a triangle from north latitude 33.380, east to U.S. Highway 1, south to U.S. Highway 125 and north back to north latitude 33.380.
A new pest detected in two farm fields in Darlington County has resulted in a quarantine of South Carolina sweet potatoes by Louisiana and Mississippi. Guava root-knot nematode was detected in the Darlington County fields during a routine survey by Clemson University’s Department of Plant Industry (DPI) in September 2017 and confirmed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture in January 2018.
With a focus on economic development, the South Carolina agricultural industry is poised for positive productivity in 2019.
A Clemson researcher is studying to determine how to help South Carolina cotton farmers know exactly how much nitrogen their crops need to produce higher yields with greater quality, reduce costs and protect the environment.
Clemson University will expand its sustainable and organic farming research and launch a weekly farm market on its most historic agricultural land. Calhoun Fields, or The Bottoms as it is commonly known, lies between Hartwell Lake and Perimeter Road on the Clemson University campus and is the location of Clemson’s Student Organic Farm and Community Supported Agriculture Program. It is also land that was first farmed by Cherokee Indians, then by John C. Calhoun and Thomas Green Clemson.
Horticulturists across the United States can use new light management tools to ensure greenhouse plants receive the correct amount of light needed for proper growth. The U.S. Daily Light Integral Maps developed by Jim Faust, a Clemson horticulture associate professor, and Joanne Logan, a University of Tennessee biosystems engineering and soil science associate professor, allow growers to better manage light their plants receive.
A concept born out of research from Clemson University’s Advanced Plant Technology (APT) Program is taking shape as a company that seeks to revolutionize regional agriculture by building a feed grain pipeline through the Southeast. The company, Carolina Seed Systems, is working to address a lack of feed grain hybrid crop development and a regional feed shortage by creating a grower-focused company to take advantage of South Carolina’s unique environment to maximize crop productivity.
Declaring America’s agricultural future “bright and prosperous,” United States Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue cited the vital role of land-grant universities such as Clemson University in sustaining that momentum during a visit to the campus Friday.
South Carolina farmers can reduce input costs, rejuvenate farm soil and help conserve the state’s water supply by including cover crops in their crop rotations. This was the message Clemson experts gave farmers during an Oct. 19 workshop designed to extoll the virtues of the cover cropping.
On the same day Kevin Yon’s first grandchild came home from the hospital to the family farm in Ridge Spring, he was named the 2018 Swisher Sweets/Sunbelt Expo Southeastern Farmer of the Year, becoming the first Clemson University alumnus and only the third South Carolinian in the 29-year history of the award to do so.
A group of Clemson researchers wants to show South Carolina farmers how organically growing cereal and pulse crops can improve nutrition while lowering production costs.