Category Archives: Agriculture

Though destructive and deadly, wildfires are also nature’s way of making room for new life

[caption id="attachment_10211" align="alignleft" width="960"] The Pinnacle Mountain Fire became the largest in the state’s modern history, affecting 10,623 acres.Image Credit: S.C. Forestry Commission[/caption] PICKENS, South Carolina — When people and property are endangered, wildfires are viewed as calamities. And, indeed, to those directly affected, they can be deadly and devastating. But from Mother Nature’s point…
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Southern pine beetles loom as potential threat to South Carolina’s stressed trees

[caption id="attachment_10078" align="alignleft" width="1333"] The first symptoms of southern pine beetle activity on a tree are needles that turn from green to faint yellow and finally to rust.Image Credit: Elizabeth Benton / University of Georgia-Warnell[/caption] CLEMSON — For about 15 years, the state’s most destructive forest insect has been lying low in South Carolina. But…
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Clemson Extension announces forest management workshops for woodland owners

[caption id="attachment_9984" align="alignleft" width="1500"] Members of Clemson Extension’s forestry and wildlife team, including Carolyn Dawson (above), will conduct the workshops.Image Credit: Jim Melvin / Clemson University[/caption] GREENVILLE — The Clemson Extension Forestry and Wildlife team has announced a series of workshops designed to educate landowners about the ecological and financial benefits of proper woodland management.…
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South Carolina’s Christmas tree farmers have plenty of reasons to feel festive

[caption id="attachment_9963" align="alignleft" width="1600"] Chip Fink, co-owner of Mystic Christmas Tree Farm, is expecting “another great year.”Image Credit: Jim Melvin / Clemson University[/caption] CLEMSON — Despite being too dry, too wet or damaged by winds, South Carolina’s Christmas tree farms have weathered the storm and are expecting another strong showing in 2016. Though some trees…
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Wild hogs a costly headache for S.C. landowners, Clemson study shows

[caption id="attachment_9864" align="alignleft" width="1504"] Feral hogs’ rooting behaviors damage fields.Image Credit: Susan Sullivan[/caption] CLEMSON — Feral hogs are a $115 million problem for the state’s agriculture, livestock and timber industries in South Carolina, according to a Clemson University study on landowners’ perceived damages from the invasive animals. This is the first time a comprehensive dollar…
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Clemson students build cotton picker to increase awareness about agriculture

[caption id="attachment_9343" align="alignleft" width="1333"] Clemson students built the mobile cotton harvester “from the ground up” to demonstrate cotton harvesting, The students plan to take their creation on the road to raise awareness about agriculture.Image Credit: Clemson University[/caption] CLEMSON – A group of Clemson University students is taking its cotton picking show on the road to…
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Fall Colors Starting to Appear Throughout South Carolina

[caption id="attachment_9128" align="alignleft" width="3216"] When trees absorb nutrients from leaves to prepare for abscission, other pigments masked by chlorophyll’s green are left behind, coloring leaves yellow and orange.[/caption] COLUMBIA—With the arrival of fall, many of the brilliant colors associated with the season are beginning to appear. The cooler weather and shorter days are signals for…
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Clemson agriculture experts provide post-hurricane updates from around the state

[caption id="attachment_8553" align="alignleft" width="1333"] Though this year’s floodwaters receded much more quickly than last year’s, many fields still contained standing water on Tuesday.Image Credit: Hannah Mikell / Clemson University[/caption] CLEMSON — Hurricane Matthew, which crushed the Caribbean and then blasted the coast of the United States from Florida to North Carolina, certainly took no pity…
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Online damage assessment form speeds farm aid requests

CLEMSON — After the disaster comes the flood of paperwork. To streamline the process for South Carolina farmers, a single damage assessment form has been posted to allow state and federal agencies fast access to on-site data that can be used in disaster aid and other important services. “It’s important that we know what problems…
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Clemson organic peach research bags $1 million grant

CLEMSON — More Southeastern peaches will be grown organically thanks to a $1 million federal grant awarded to Clemson University. Clemson University pomologist Juan Carlos Melgar and pathologist Guido Schnabel are tying paper bags on peaches as they grow on trees, an unconventional method of protecting them from insects and disease while reducing reliance on…
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