Just as the weather warms, they pop their ugly heads out of hiding. But thank goodness they do, because now is the best time to find them so they can be destroyed. The flowers of cogongrass are in bloom now, helping the invasive weed resume its aggressive spread to new fields and forests. Left unchecked, cogongrass will form dense stands over large areas and choke out native plants, doing untold damage to local ecology and to farmers' fields.
Seemingly innocent holiday wreaths sold across the Palmetto State have been found to carry a devastating plant disease. Boxwood blight, a fungal disease that can be deadly to the familiar boxwood shrub, was confirmed on wreaths containing boxwood cuttings from a single North Carolina nursery.
Eight thousand nine hundred and seven samples later, the verdict is in: There's no hint of plum pox in South Carolina. Reaching the conclusion wasn't easy, but the search was essential. Plum pox is the most devastating viral disease of stone fruit in the world — and a potential disaster for South Carolina's important peach business.
CLEMSON – New requirements aimed at reducing pesticide poisoning and injury risks are coming in January 2018 and the Clemson Cooperative Extension Service wants all South Carolina agricultural workers to be prepared. A workshop designed to teach workers how to comply with new requirements coming to the Environmental Protection Agency’s Agricultural Worker Protection Standard (WPS) […]
South Carolina officials have declared a statewide emergency quarantine of some wood products due the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB), an invasive insect pest that inhabits and destroys native ash trees.
The Department of Plant Industry (DPI) at Clemson University will hold a public hearing Friday, Sept. 29, regarding an emergency statewide quarantine for wood and wood products affected by the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB), an invasive insect pest that inhabits and destroys native ash trees.
An invasive Asian beetle responsible for killing hundreds of millions of ash trees in North America has been found in Spartanburg, Greenville and Oconee counties, according to investigators with the Clemson University Department of Plant Industry. This is the first confirmed detection of the beetle known as Emerald Ash Borer in South Carolina.
Clemson University Cooperative Extension is organizing a series of daylong workshops throughout the state to help professional landscapers properly apply weed control and fertilizer.
State apiary inspector Brad Cavin of Clemson University takes samples from bee hives across South Carolina as part of the National Honey Bee Survey, which seeks to measure honey bee health.
Clemson officials say the 2017 season will be a little sweeter for the South Carolina sweet potato industry now that a ban on sweet potatoes from two counties has been lifted.
Boxwood blight, a disease that can devastate the familiar shrub, has been detected for the first time in a South Carolina plant nursery, say inspectors with the Clemson University Department of Plant Industry.
More extensive genetic testing has concluded that a hive of suspected Africanized bees were predominately the less volatile European honeybees, said officials with the Department of Plant Industry at Clemson University.
Benghal dayflower, a state- and federally designated noxious weed that spreads rapidly and can smother agricultural crops, has been identified in a field in Dorchester County. Officials with the Clemson University Department of Plant Industry will be scouting fields Oct. 5-9 in Dorchester, Colleton, Orangeburg and Bamberg counties to determine the extent of the weed’s infestation.
Firewood will be a hot commodity as winter bears down and you den up. If your fireplace or wood stove is safe to operate, a crackling warm fire can chase away the chill and perhaps save you a little on the heating bill.
Michael Weyman has been named deputy director of Clemson University's Regulatory Services unit, a state agency charged with safeguarding the health of South Carolina’s crops, forests and landscape plants.