A Clemson University graduate student has found adding a little color to watermelon fields can attract pollinators which can help improve quality and increase yields of one of South Carolina’s most important vegetable crops.
Improving sustainability and profitability is crucial for South Carolina vegetable growers, and the fields of Clemson University’s Coastal Research and Education Center are teeming with research to help them do just that.
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.
FLORENCE – Clemson researchers are working with the Carolina Gold Rice Foundation to revive heirloom grains in South Carolina and renewal of the university’s Small Grains Breeding and Genetics Program is one asset researchers believe will assist in this effort. Rick Boyles, a research scientist at the Clemson University Pee Dee Research and Education Center […]
WEST COLUMBIA — The Clemson Cooperative Extension Service’s New and Beginning Farmer Program will host a workshop, Securing a Niche with Southern Heritage Crops, from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Monday, March 25 at the Phillips Market Center, 117 Ballard Court, West Columbia, S.C. 29172. Everyone is invited to learn about Southern Heritage Crops […]
CLEMSON — Agriculture does more than feed South Carolina’s residents. It enriches the state’s economy. It encompasses an impressive 4.5 million acres, 25,000 farms, and it represents a $41.7 billion annual economic impact. And Clemson University — from its 17,500-acre Experimental Forest to its half dozen research labs that span the state — is South […]
CHARLESTON – Eating cold, juicy, sweet watermelon is how many people in South Carolina survive hot summer days. But a new virus has been detected that could put a dent in watermelon and other cucurbit crop yields across the state. The culprit is cucurbit leaf crumple virus. It was found in watermelon crops on two […]
Veteran Clemson Cooperative Extension Agent Amy Dabbs has accepted the role of School and Community Gardening Statewide Coordinator after a national search to fill the newly created position for Extension’s horticulture team. Dabbs will coordinate all horticultural aspects of school and community gardening and serve as a resource to all program teams and agents who engage groups of constituents through gardening.
An entomologist at Clemson University’s Coastal Research and Education Center has been awarded a prestigious fellowship to further her work in understanding how predatory mites can be used to protect South Carolina crops from pests.
The Clemson Coastal Research and Education Center can add the discovery of a new plant bug to its portfolio of findings. The insect was discovered by Clemson entomologist Al Wheeler when he collected a small reddish-orange plant bug from an oak tree at the Coastal REC. A researcher with the United States Department of Agriculture at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., said this is the first time this insect has been found in the United States.
CHARLESTON – Managing diseases and pests in vegetable crops is more than just applying insecticides, pesticides or something similar. It’s also taking steps to prevent problems before they occur. Researchers at the United States Department of Agriculture’s U.S. Vegetable Laboratory and Clemson Coastal Research and Education Center are holding a workshop on Aug. 10 to teach […]
South Carolina vegetable growers learned the latest in disease, insect and watermelon research, and weed management during this year’s Coastal Research and Education Center/United States Department of Agriculture Field Day.
Powdery mildew has been detected on South Carolina watermelons and a Clemson University expert warns growers to act now to protect their crops.
An expert in diseases that attack valuable vegetable crops across the Southeast, Anthony Keinath is the newly minted recipient of the Godley-Snell Award for Excellence in Agricultural Research, Clemson's highest agricultural research honor.