Thanks to a blissful stretch of blue skies and dry weather, at least 80 percent of the valuable crops at Clemson University’s Coastal Research and Education Center have weathered Hurricane Matthew’s wrath and rebounded with voracity.
Though the extent of Hurricane Matthew's damage is yet to be determined, tens of thousands of acres of cotton, peanuts, soybeans, turnips, brassicas, collards and spinach all took significant beatings in South Carolina.
Clemson University’s Coastal Research and Education Center sustained significant crop damage over the weekend when Hurricane Matthew pounded portions of South Carolina with wind, rain and floodwaters.
Though Hurricane Matthew continues on course to threaten the coasts of at least three southeastern states, it appears likely that its projected path will not extend far enough inland to have much of an effect on the upcoming fall color season, which is already under way in the upper heights.
Despite the looming hurricane, there is still time to take steps to ensure that your pond dam has the best chance of surviving raging flood waters.
The Clemson University Cooperative Extension Service along with the S.C. Department of Agriculture has scheduled numerous educational workshops throughout the state to help farmers apply for assistance under the S.C. Farm Aid Grant Program. The first workshop is Friday.
The Berkeley County Cooperative Extension Service has opened a new office after its former location was left underwater by last fall’s historic flood.
As farmers look to trim costs after a rough year, investments in soil fertility could be more important than ever. Crops abandoned after last year’s historic flood also could be problematic as the 2016 planting season gets underway this month. Clemson University Cooperative Extension agents are working with South Carolina farmers to help them maximize profitability in the year ahead.
Clemson Cooperative Extension forestry agent Derrick Phinney, the longtime natural resources professional, talked about forestry’s importance and value to South Carolina — both as a lucrative resource and as a friend to the environment — in a recent question-and-answer session.
One of the most powerful El Ninos ever recorded is finally starting to relinquish its grip, but South Carolina’s beleaguered farmers might not see any significant relief from relentless rains until April.
South Carolina farmers may find fields void of nutrients to feed their cash crops in the wake of last year’s flood. A Clemson University Cooperative Extension Service event Feb. 18 in Santee will help farmers manage soils and understand the short- and long-term effects of nutrient loss created by the flood.
South Carolina farmers facing steep losses from last year’s flood must await government action on financial assistance as the new Farm Bill and private crop insurance are not built to handle such a disaster, according to presenters at an event sponsored by the Clemson University Cooperative Extension Service.
The forestry sector in South Carolina has an annual economic impact of $18.6 billion, employs more than 90,000 people, is the largest harvested crop at $759 million and is the No. 1 export commodity from the Port of Charleston at $1.5 billion. And yet, there remains plenty of room for growth.
South Carolina's soybean crop took a soaking in 2015. So what's in store for growers this year?
Just days before the majority of South Carolina’s cotton was about to be harvested, the historic October 2015 storm drenched most of the state with trillions of gallons of rainwater, ravaging a crop that had already been compromised by a severe summer drought and heat wave.