Cotton farmers from across South Carolina will gather Dec. 12 for updates in the battle against their arch enemy. The South Carolina Boll Weevil Eradication Foundation will hold its annual cotton growers meeting at 10:30 a.m. Dec. 12 at Clemson University’s Pee Dee Research and Education Center, 2200 Pocket Road, Florence.
South Carolina officials have declared a statewide emergency quarantine of some wood products due the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB), an invasive insect pest that inhabits and destroys native ash trees.
Homeowners, pesticide applicators and businesses should take steps to protect themselves if hurricane flooding and storm surges inundate pesticide storage sites, say experts with Clemson University’s South Carolina Department of Pesticide Regulation.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has allowed for the temporary use of Transform WG to control sugarcane aphids in South Carolina sorghum fields. The South Carolina Department of Pesticide Regulation at Clemson University requested the EPA approval as the tiny, tan-colored pests attacked in droves last year after first being found in South Carolina in 2014.
A federal decision on the use of a nematicide will leave South Carolina cotton producers scrambling to find a replacement. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency last week rejected requests from South Carolina, Georgia, North Carolina and Texas to use Counter 20G, a restricted pesticide labeled for corn crops, to help farmers control nematodes on their cotton crops as well.
Michael Weyman has been named deputy director of Clemson University's Regulatory Services unit, a state agency charged with safeguarding the health of South Carolina’s crops, forests and landscape plants.
Drake wears many hats. A 1985 graduate with a B.S. in biology, he earned his master’s degree in cotton field crop entomology in 1987, followed by a doctorate in urban entomology in 1997. He has state and federal authority within South Carolina with both state and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency credentials.