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Varieties and environment key to successful cotton yields

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New varieties, coupled with improved nematode management and fertility practices, have helped increase cotton yields. And Clemson University cotton specialist says if environmental conditions cooperate, South Carolina cotton farmers could see an increase in yields this year. During the 2021 Cotton Growers Meeting, held online, Clemson Cooperative Extension Service cotton specialist Mike Jones said variety and environment are key to ... Read More »

Researchers collaborate to help Carolina cotton growers conserve soil

bhupinder farmaha

Earth’s population is expected to increase by more than 2 billion people by 2050 and, to help ensure there is enough food and fiber to go around, keeping soils healthy is crucial. Bhupinder Farmaha, a soil nutrient management specialist at Clemson’s Edisto Research and Education Center, believes using cover crops and conservation tillage in cotton may be just what the ... Read More »

Clemson Lab Offers Soil Analysis

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Fall is in the air and hundreds of photos of changing landscape colors are being shot every day. Clemson University experts say pictures growers should focus on this season are those that give a clearer vision of their soils’ health. Soil tests can help by giving snapshots of soil fertility. These tests are available from the Clemson Agricultural Service Laboratory. ... Read More »

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

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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 »