Understanding, Building, & Maintaining Soil Health – workshop

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This workshop for farmers and home gardeners will cover the basics of soil health, including SC Soils 101, soil sampling techniques, interpreting soil test results, and using cover crops to improve soil health in both home gardens and commercial vegetable operations. We will also tour City Roots Farm and learn about their soil building practices.

Thursday, June 1st
9AM – 2:30PM
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Clemson students studying ways to improve value of cover crops

In Southeast Farm Press

by Denise Attaway

A group of Clemson students is determining how to use shredded leaves to help increase the value of roller-crimped cover crops.

Cover crops are crops planted primarily to naturally manage soil erosion, soil fertility, soil and water quality, weeds, pests, diseases, biodiversity and wildlife. Roller-crimping involves attaching roller-crimpers to tractors, rolling over cover crops to flatten and damage them, leaving behind a thick mulch. Rye grass is the cover crop used in this study. Continue reading

Wildlife Management Workshop in South Carolina

Calhoun County Extension Office with support from South Carolina Farm Bureau is sponsoring a Wildlife Management Workshop on March 28th beginning at 8:30 AM at the Tri-County Electric Co-op, 6473 Old State Road, St. Matthews SC 29135. (Approved for 6.5 hours SAF Cat. 1 CFE hours for foresters and 1 hour pesticide applicator credit for category 5.)

Topic: Farm Pond, Feral Hog, Quail, Coyote, and Beaver Management

Date: March 28th

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Managing Cucurbit Diseases & Insect Pests in Organic Production Systems

This one-day course will focus on field diagnosis of key diseases and insect pests affecting cucurbit crops in organic production systems in South Carolina. Participants will learn about techniques for sampling and identification of key diseases and their symptoms, and for insect pests and their natural enemies. Participants will gain experience in the field monitoring disease and insect pests at the Clemson Organic Farm and will practice disease and insect identification using stereo microscopes and hand lenses in a lab setting. All participants will receive a hand lens to take home. Lunch will be provided, and there will be ample time for questions and discussion about disease and insect problems and solutions. Continue reading

New invasive aphid identified in South Carolina

by Scott Miller, Clemson University

A rare, invasive aphid has been found attacking wheat crops in Hampton County.

This is the first documented case of the Sipha maydis aphid in South Carolina, said Francis Reay-Jones, an entomologist at the Clemson University Pee Dee Research and Education Center in Florence. Continue reading

Clemson smartphone apps help growers fight fruit crop pests

by Scott Miller, Clemson University

Fruit growers can now fight insects and disease from the palms of their hands with technology developed at Clemson University.

Initially tailored for peach and strawberry growers in the Southeast, the MyIPM smartphone app series created by Clemson plant pathologists Guido Schnabel and Mengjun Hu with Clemson computer scientists Greg Edison and Roy Pargas has been expanded through a collaboration with scientists from Cornell University, the University of Massachusetts, Penn State University, North Carolina State University and the University of Georgia. Continue reading

CULTIVATE! Sustainable Living Conference and Networking Event – March 5

CULTIVATE will be held on Saturday, March 5th, from 8-4 PM this year, again at the NW Campus of Greenville Tech.  This conference is one-day, with 11 tracks of classes this time.  Popular instructors, including Tradd Cotter, Daniel Parson, Robin McGee, Buz Kloot, Cory Tanner, and Matt Kip will be joined by a host of new faces.

We’re adding canning, cheesemaking, and homebrewing to the conference this year, along with tracks sponsored by the Southern Goat Producers Association, Gardening for Good, and Farm Bureau.  Don’t miss our Homesteading Track, or the class on reintroducing native plants by someone who’s growing ginseng, goldenseal, and ramps. Continue reading