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Caution urged after mystery seed mailings

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State agriculture officials are warning residents to be wary of unsolicited packages of seeds mailed to them. Reports have surfaced from South Carolina, Texas, Louisiana, Alabama, Tennessee, Virginia, Kansas, Washington and Ohio, to name a few. The South Carolina Department of Agriculture and Clemson University’s Regulatory Services division are working together to investigate after that state’s residents reported receiving packages ... Read More »

SC farmers lose use of important herbicides early in the season

palmer amaranth

One of the most widespread and effective herbicides in South Carolina farmers’ arsenal has been barred from sale early in the growing season. Officials with the Department of Pesticide Regulation, a state regulatory agency based at Clemson University, South Carolina, issued a statement this week on the effect a U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruling and subsequent U.S. Environment ... Read More »

Clemson geneticists unravel key to pigweed’s glyphosate resistance

palmer amaranth

Just hearing “pigweed” can cause fear in cotton and soybean farmers, but a Clemson University geneticist and others believe they have discovered the armor this dreaded weed uses to protect itself against the herbicide glyphosate. The researchers have determined a specific genetic feature, the extrachromosomal circular DNA (eccDNA) replicon, gives Palmer pigweed, or Palmer amaranth, its resistance to glyphosate and ... Read More »

Price swings, new disease put strain on SC cotton growers

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• By Denise Attaway • One thing many farmers know for certain is that nothing is certain right now. During the South Carolina Cotton Growers Meeting held in Santee recently, Clemson Extension Economist Nathan Smith told growers that despite stable demand for cotton worldwide, fluctuations in yields, prices and international trade have the potential to create stress for both producers ... Read More »

Farmers learn about soil health at Clemson conference

clemson cover crops meeting

Healthy crops begin with healthy soil and researchers with the Clemson University’s Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education program are teaching farmers how they can benefit from keeping their soils fit. The researchers teamed up with other agricultural professionals and farmers who have implemented soil health principles by using cover crops, no-till and livestock integration to hold a conference to teach ... Read More »

The Truth About Nematodes

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Sometimes The Yield Reflects What Is Invisible To The Eye • By Carroll Smith, Editor • If you are a cotton farmer, what you can’t see can hurt you in terms of reduced yield and delayed crop maturity. Plant-parasitic nematodes are tiny worms — most of which are invisible to the naked eye — that infect the roots of cotton ... Read More »

Clemson student studies ELS cotton for South Carolina production

All cotton is not created equal, and a Clemson University student is looking to bring back a species that once dominated South Carolina cotton fields. Sarah Holladay, a master’s student studying plant and environmental sciences, is working with Clemson Extension Service cotton specialist Mike Jones and Agricultural Research Service cotton geneticist Todd Campbell to determine if Pima cotton can be ... Read More »