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  • Attendees of a field day at Clemson's Coastal Research and Education Center view specialty crops grown in a high tunnel.

    High tunnels could lead to big opportunity for S.C. growers

    June 7, 2016

    High tunnels installed in farm fields could extend the South Carolina growing season and boost production of specialty crops desired by high-end restaurants and other buyers. Clemson University Extension agent Zachary Snipes is testing the use of these tall hoop houses made of pipe and plastic to grow vegetables at Clemson’s Coastal Research and Education Center in Charleston.

  • By early June, Clemson research scientist Brian Ward will harvest 1,200 linear feet of Purple Straw wheat, the only landrace wheat to have been cultivated continually in the South from the Colonial Period into the last quarter of the 20th century.

    Clemson, collaborators expand efforts to revive ancient southern crops

    June 3, 2016

    Clemson’s Coastal Research and Education Center, in conjunction with the Carolina Gold Rice Foundation, continues to expand efforts to revive nearly extinct crops tied through the centuries to the South.

  • Symptoms of powdery mildew on watermelon leaves include yellow and brown spots such as seen here.

    Clemson specialist finds powdery mildew on watermelons, warns growers

    May 18, 2016

    South Carolina watermelon growers should take steps now to protect their crops against powdery mildew. Anthony Keinath, a plant pathologist at the Clemson University Coastal Research and Education Center, said powdery mildew was found on seedless watermelons growing there.

  • Anthony Keinath (left) is vegetable pathologist at Clemson’s Coastal Research and Education Center in Charleston.

    Clemson scientist takes the fight to Southern blight on tomatoes

    April 28, 2016

    A scientist’s ongoing research on Southern blight – a serious disease that kills tomatoes and more than 500 other crop and plant species – will soon result in a management strategy for vegetable growers that is designed to be effective, economical and environmentally safe.

  • Late blight can cause tomato fruit rot, which is blotchy and dark brown but starts out relatively firm.

    Highly infectious late blight disease found on tomatoes in South Carolina

    April 13, 2016

    Late blight disease, the most destructive and infectious bane of tomatoes and Irish potatoes, was reported this week on tomatoes in a home garden in Beaufort County. Further spread of Late Blight to other areas of South Carolina is likely if the fungal-like pathogen arrived via spores blown up from Florida.

  • Using a system of seed escalation called “crop intensification,” Clemson research specialist Brian Ward has begun the process of turning half a pound of Purple Straw seed – which he planted in late 2015 at Clemson’s Coastal Research and Education Center in Charleston – into several hundred pounds when it is harvested in early May.

    Clemson scientist helping to restore ancient Southern wheat

    March 31, 2016

    In their ongoing quest to revive and preserve ancestral grains, a Clemson University scientist and his collaborators have begun the process of restoring a nearly extinct variety of wheat that traces its American roots to the 1700s.

  • Clemson University state vegetable expert Richard Hassell has become one of the world's leading researchers on plant grafting.

    Clemson scientists unveil robot that makes plant grafting a snap

    March 15, 2016

    A team of scientists at Clemson’s Coastal Research and Education Center has recently unveiled a robotic system that grafts disease-resistant roots to robust plant tops as quick as you can say chop-chop.

  • Mimi Jenkins, a Ph.D student at Clemson University, is studying the effects of wildflowers in watermelon fields.

    Clemson research on watermelons and wildflowers gaining some buzz

    March 14, 2016

    Besides adding beauty to a field of watermelons, colorful patches of wildflowers might also provide benefits that would improve the quality and increase the yield of one of South Carolina’s most important vegetable crops.

  • Mark Farnham is research leader of the Charleston U.S. Vegetable Laboratory.

    Coastal REC, federal agency collaborate to fuel agriculture’s future

    March 1, 2016

    High-level research projects were on vivid display at a joint open house hosted by the U.S. Vegetable Laboratory (USVL) and Clemson University’s Coastal Research and Education Center.

  • Peanuts are an important part of the South Carolina economy.

    Clemson researcher feeds restaurants, farms with long-lost crop

    February 24, 2016

    Clemson University researcher Brian Ward has revived the South’s ancestral peanut, successfully germinating nearly 1 million Carolina African runner seeds from just 20. The heirloom crop offers a niche but valuable product for South Carolina growers and restaurants.

  • Clemson announces updated Watermelon Spray Guide

    February 17, 2016

    South Carolina watermelon producers now have information they need to make their 2016 crops more profitable with the release of the updated Watermelon Spray Guide for 2016.

  • Clemson University researcher Brian Ward demonstrates a flame weeder to kill weeds between rows of rice.

    Having a field day! Farmers get peek at latest agricultural research

    June 12, 2015

    Harleston Towles’ 2.5-acre organic vegetable farm on Johns Island may be small, but he says it is cutting edge thanks to lessons learned from Clemson University’s Coastal Research and Education Center. Towles is one of few growers in the state or the nation planting rice 10 inches apart (rather than right next to each other) […]

  • S.C. reports earliest case of downy mildew on watermelon

    June 2, 2015

    Downy mildew has hit South Carolina watermelons earlier in the growing season than ever before, and Clemson University Extension advises growers to take steps to protect the state’s $27.6 million watermelon crop.

  • Geneticist Stephen Kresovich is Coker Chair and director of Clemson’s Institute of Translational Genomics.

    Clemson geneticist named to rice foundation board

    May 6, 2015

    Stephen Kresovich, Coker Chair of Genetics and director of Clemson’s Institute of Translational Genomics, has been elected to the board of the Carolina Gold Rice Foundation. The foundation serves to advance the sustainable restoration and preservation of Carolina Gold Rice and other heirloom grains, as well as to raise public awareness of historic ricelands and heirloom agriculture.

  • A watermelon sits in a field.

    Melon growers on lookout for early-season disease

    April 13, 2015

    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.