Weeds cause $32 billion in crop losses each year by battling crops for nutrients from the soil, according to Matt Cutulle, assistant professor of vegetable weed science at Clemson’s Coastal Research and Education Center. Effective weed control starts when growers are mindful of the weed-free period, which is a critical point during the growing season when weeds cause the largest yield loss, he said.
Downy mildew has made its way to South Carolina and Clemson University Extension specialist Tony Keinath advises cucurbit growers to spray fungicides to cut their losses.
Cutting-edge research and entrepreneurial innovation are two reasons agriculture remains South Carolina’s top economic sector. To highlight that fact, a group of Clemson University administrators, professors and staff will be taking a statewide tour of agricultural research centers and industries May 20-24, and the public is invited to follow along through social media.
You can't stop the rain. But there are some tried-and-true ways of managing its effects on the pasture your livestock depend on.
Clemson researchers report South Carolina peaches appear to have survived the recent cold snap, but growers shouldn’t let down their guard just yet. To help South Carolina peach growers produce bountiful yields, the Peach Team and Cooperative Extension Service agents met with growers during the 2019 Ridge Peach Producers meeting to provide growers with the latest, research-based information.
While overcast conditions eventually gave way to a rainy Friday morning, students entering the Poole Agricultural Center on Clemson University’s main campus were greeted by warm coffee, fresh doughnuts and the friendly faces of Katie Martin and Carey Herndon. Together, the two members of Clemson Undergraduate Student Government (CUSG) were putting the wraps on a […]
A Clemson University researcher is using state-of-the-art facilities at the Pee Dee Research and Education Center (REC) to help develop a new wheat variety that’s safe for people who suffer from celiac disease to eat.
It may look like a typical cattle auction ring, but the bulls that passed through the 43rd annual Clemson University Bull Test sale were really under a gigantic microscope. More than 300 beef business professionals were examining 49 yearling bulls for the qualities they need to improve the genetics in the next generations of beef cattle in the Southeast.
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.