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.
About 250 children from across South Carolina built robotic cars, weight-bearing bridges, energy-efficient model homes and rockets as part of the 4-H Engineering Challenge sponsored by EnlightenSC. Participation nearly tripled from prior years in the statewide event that engages young people in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math).
South Carolina residents interested in growing and maintaining environmentally friendly landscapes can enroll in a five-week online class to learn gardening techniques that will help save them time and money while providing benefits for the environment.
Some South Carolina farmers could swap corn for soybeans where soggy soils have delayed fieldwork, but Clemson Extension agent Jonathan Croft said fields in the state’s top county for corn production are looking good despite the rains. Extension agents will monitor crops throughout the season to help growers mitigate pests and disease.
Clemson Extension is working to help reduce restaurant-related pollutants in Lowcountry drainage systems and waterways through the new Clean Watershed Restaurant Program.
Pending rains will put watermelons at risk for gummy stem blight and anthracnose, said Tony Keinath, Extension specialist and vegetable pathologist at the Clemson University Coastal Research and Education Center in Charleston.
From the other side of the world, Clemson University’s Kendall Kirk can activate a fan on his grain bin in Blackville that could prevent thousands of dollars in lost crop value.
Clemson University's Cooperative Extension Service will offer grant-writing workshops to help eligible communities, organizations and businesses seek grants for programs that promote local food.
South Carolina students interested in science and technology will have an opportunity this spring to showcase what they have learned in the classroom. The third annual S.C. 4-H Engineering Challenge, sponsored by EnlightenSC, offers students ages 9-19 a chance to participate in a multi-challenge competition April 18 at Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical College.
Retired Clemson University Extension agent Terry Sudduth and long-time Edgefield County farmer James Dorn Jr. have been named to the S.C. Dairy Hall of Fame.
Clemson University’s Edisto Research and Education Center in Blackville has hired a precision-agriculture specialist to help farmers apply the latest technological advancements.
A smartphone app created to help peach and strawberry growers combat disease now is available for iPhone.
Gov. Nikki Haley proclaimed Prescribed Fire Awareness Month in South Carolina. A coalition of state, federal and non-governmental land management organizations under the umbrella of the South Carolina Prescribed Fire Council requested the proclamation to raise awareness of the essential role that fire plays in both the stewardship of natural resources and the protection of lives and property.
South Carolina 4-H continues to teach and inspire young people like Emma McDaniel to do great things.
When it comes to analyzing character, soil is a lot like people: You have to dig beyond the surface.