Corn growers in South Carolina escaped the wrath of early October’s epic rainfall, but the damage had already been done. Long before the brutal storm released its first drop, a severe summer drought and accompanying heat wave scorched cornfields throughout most of the state.
A stressed crop market could further pinch South Carolina farmers already reeling from last year’s drought and historic flood.
A documentary, extensive timeline and web page developed by Clemson University spotlight the hardship facing the state’s agriculture and forestry industries following this year’s drought and historic flooding. The site includes information on how the public can assist in the recovery.
The monumental rainfall that inundated most areas of South Carolina over a five-day period in early October has been described as a “thousand-year storm." But is such a concept even provable?
Clemson University Extension will have a workshop Dec. 9 in Santee to help farmers review lending options and project crop prices to determine what to plant in 2016. Speakers will provide information on both traditional loans from private lenders and federal emergency loans available to farmers who incurred losses from this year’s flood.
Though wicked weather wreaked havoc on South Carolina agriculture in 2015, the Christmas tree industry was one of the few to ride out the storms relatively unscathed.
The charitable organization Farm Aid is working with Clemson University Extension and other organizations to distribute grants to farmers affected by this year’s flooding. Additionally, South Carolina Commissioner of Agriculture Hugh Weathers led the creation of Plant It Forward SC, a flood relief fund for farmers. Plant it Forward SC is an initiative by S.C. Advocates for Agriculture with support from the S.C. Department of Agriculture, Clemson University, S.C. Farm Bureau and Palmetto AgriBusiness Council.
A month after historic rains flooded South Carolina, farmers remain washed out of fields during a critical period for harvesting and winter planting. Forecast rain will further delay harvesting that is already behind schedule and could prevent farmers from planting winter wheat, as well.
Heavy rains and soggy fields have delayed forage planting in South Carolina livestock pastures. Clemson University experts developed a guide to help South Carolina livestock farmers choose the right forage varieties and deal with other challenges caused by this month's flooding.
With fall fully entrenched and winter on the way, livestock producers will be depending more and more on stores of hay to keep their animals healthy and well fed until spring. But early October's historic flooding event ruined tens of thousands of hay bales, thus creating the likelihood of shortfalls that eventually could put animals at risk and producers in dire straits.
With farmers facing an estimated $300 million in losses from recent flooding, experts at a Clemson University event urged growers to contact insurance agents immediately and pointed to a few government programs that might provide assistance.
As South Carolina farmers scramble to recover from unprecedented floods, Clemson Cooperative Extension Service agents are working with state and federal agencies to provide advice and support on handling crops that have been exposed to floodwaters.
One crop that might have escaped most of the wrath of this past weekend’s historic rainfall is peaches. Other than some severe cases of erosion, peach farmers appear to have weathered the storm with relatively minimal damage.
Clemson University officials have announced a number of campus initiatives to help those across the state impacted by the recent storms and floods.
Thanks to a 2013 flood that wreaked havoc at the South Carolina Botanical Garden, the prized 295-acre venue was able to escape this past weekend’s historic storm relatively unscathed. Lessons learned and actions taken after the 2013 event paid off this year, helping the garden to avoid catastrophe.