Fruits and vegetables add more than $150 million annually to the Palmetto State economy.
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CHARLESTON — The latest developments in vegetable production will be on display in the 2014 Coastal Research and Education Center Field Day Wednesday.

Clemson University scientists Brian Ward, Richard Hassell and Anthony Keinath will lead visitors through research projects in organic vegetable production, grafting technologies and the latest disease problems and management tools.

Visitors will tour the 325-acre center and experience a demonstration of the propane-fueled flame weeder.

The field day begins at 1 p.m. at 2865 Savannah Highway in Charleston. It is free and open to the public. Because of space limitations, visitors are asked to register with Zack Snipes in the Clemson’s Charleston County Extension office at 843-722-5940, ext. 123, or email

Pesticide applicators will receive one hour of recertification credit (CCH) at the field day.

The Coastal Research and Education Center conducts applied research, education and public service programs on vegetables and specialty crops, coordinating the effort with USDA’s U.S. Vegetable Laboratory. The center’s research focuses on developing sustainable, efficient and economical vegetable production and conventional and organic pest management.

The center was established in the 1930s to help improve vegetable farming methods to augment a faltering cotton economy. The Lowcountry is now significant producer of fresh-market vegetables in the state, helping South Carolina play a leading role in production of such crops as tomatoes and watermelons.

Fruits and vegetables add more than $150 million annually to the Palmetto State economy, according to the National Agricultural Statistics Service.