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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Making Cover Crops Work in No-Till Vegetable Production

Join Clemson University cover crop specialists for a practical look at using cover crops for no-till production. We’ll start in the classroom for an update on our USDA cover crop research project, and a discussion on nuts and bolts information like varieties, seeding methods, seeding rates, termination methods, planting vegetables into residue, and lessons learned related to all those things. Then we’ll head to the field (Student Organic Farm in Clemson and CREC Research Farm in Charleston) to look at plots, cover crop termination, and depending on timing we could observe planting vegetables into residue. We’ll finish with lunch and Q&A. We’ll also have some print resources available.  Each participant will receive a copy of the Sustainable Agriculture, Research and Education Program’s publication “Managing Cover Crops Profitably”.

Charleston, SC, April 19th

Coastal Research and Education Center

2700 Savannah Hwy

Clemson, SC, May 11th

Madren Conference Center

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Annual Open Forum on Sustainable Agriculture

Sponsored by the South Carolina Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education program.

You’re invited to the annual Open Forum on Sustainable Agriculture to discuss critical issues, challenges and needs related to Sustainable Agriculture development in South Carolina. The meeting is open to all South Carolina farmers, educators, policy makers, state and federal government and non-governmental agricultural agency personnel, and other South Carolina citizens with an interest in sustainable agriculture. Input from this public meeting will be used to prioritize critical issues and needs and to formulate plans for statewide sustainable agriculture training and education programs in 2017.
 
The Open Forum meeting will be held on the 2nd of December, 2016 at the Lake House at Sandhill Research and Education Center on Clemson Rd. in Columbia, SC. Continue reading

South Carolina gets ready for the return of sugarcane aphid

From Southeast Farm Press

Sugarcane aphids were spotted in South Carolina for the first time in October, and Clemson University entomologists are preparing for their return this growing season.

The hungry bugs typically eat sugarcane, but they’re now eating grain sorghum across the South as well, said Francis Reay-Jones, an entomologist at Clemson’s Pee Dee Research and Education Center in Florence. In addition to injuring or even killing sorghum plants, sugarcane aphids secrete a sticky substance that can clog and damage harvesting equipment, he said.

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Chikungunya is in South Carolina

Chikungunya has raised its ugly head in South Carolina with the return of medical students who contracted the disease while on a medical mission to Haiti. Symptoms are similar to influenza, with prominent malaise and muscle aches; treatment is symptomatic. There is no preventive vaccine. Since transmission is by infected mosquitoes (infected as a result of a blood meal from a person with the disease), there’s little or no danger of further transmission in South Carolina at this time, but  four cases of local transmission have occurred in Florida (the only state in the US with documented secondary cases, as of last week).

For more detail about the disease and its epidemiology, visit the CDC’s discussion at: http://www.cdc.gov/chikungunya/geo/united-states.html

Dryland foot rot found in South Carolina wheat

In Southeast Farm Press

Dryland foot rot, a wheat disease that resembles sulfur deficiency, appeared in at least one part of the Southeast this spring.

The wheat disease was confirmed in Darlington, Chesterfield and Marlboro counties in the Pee Dee region of South Carolina, says Trish DeHond, Clemson Extension area agronomy agent stationed in Darlington.

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