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  • cogongrass

    South Carolina officials seek help finding one of ‘world’s worst’ invasive weeds

    May 22, 2018

    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.

  • boxwood blight

    Beware boxwood blight-infected holiday wreaths

    December 15, 2017

    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.

  • peach conveyor

    Meticulous search concludes: no pox in South Carolina peaches

    November 17, 2017

    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.

  • People with rubber gloves holding bottles

    Clemson offers Agricultural Worker Protection Standard Workshop

    October 12, 2017

    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) […]

  • Emerald AsH Borer on a leaf.

    State imposes emergency quarantine on invasive insect, ash wood and firewood

    October 3, 2017

    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.

  • Emerald AsH Borer on a leaf.

    State quarantine being prepared for movement of ash wood and wood products

    September 1, 2017

    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.

  • Emerald AsH Borer on a leaf.

    Invasive beetle that kills ash trees found in three Upstate counties

    August 10, 2017

    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.

  • Steven Jeffers, Clemson professor of plant pathology, gives landscaping tips at a Pesticide Calibration and Safety Workshop.

    Extension workshops for landscapers to benefit environment, cut business costs

    July 25, 2017

    Clemson University Cooperative Extension is organizing a series of daylong workshops throughout the state to help professional landscapers properly apply weed control and fertilizer.

  • bee hives

    Looking for answers to loss of bees in the hives

    May 2, 2017

    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 University researchers received close to $7 million from the USDA to design protocols for managing invasive guava root-knot nematodes.

    Clemson helps eradicate sweet potato weevils; ban on 2 counties lifted

    April 4, 2017

    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

    Boxwood blight discovered in S.C. plant nursery

    August 24, 2016

    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.

  • bee hive

    South Carolina dodges bullet with Africanized bees

    July 19, 2016

    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

    Clemson scouting for federally designated noxious weed

    October 1, 2015

    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.

  • Don’t get burned buying firewood

    November 25, 2014

    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 named deputy director for state Regulatory Services

    April 21, 2014

    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.