What is in this article?:
- South Carolina farmers have big range of enterprise options
- Cannot meet demand
- Virginia varieties
• Some of the enterprise options South Carolina growers are exploring include olives, sheep, flax and value-added products
FARMERS Keith Allen, left and his son Blake, right of Latta, S.C., had a good talk with Brian Mathis, regional sales manager for TeeJet Technologies, at TeeJet's expo exhibit. “We are evaluating the coverage and spray volume to try to get the optimum coverage and drift reduction,” Allen said.
“We sell them in cans under the 'Peanut Patch' label. We use Virginia varieties, mainly Baileys and Champs.”
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There was some good information on how to do the best job you can growing goobers.
Scott Monfort, South Carolina Extension peanut specialist, said rotation of peanuts and use of certain conservation-tillage practices can reduce disease pressure and increase profits, said.
“Planting a CBR-resistant variety will save an average of $28.17 per acre in chemical (costs) and another 25 percent in yield loss from a susceptible variety,” he said. “Planting a white-mold-resistant variety like Bailey, Sugg or GA-07W can reduce inputs an average of $30 per acre.”
And just knowing how resistant a variety is to tomato spotted wilt virus can save on insecticide costs and time.
• One farmer who wasn't looking for new enterprises was Ed Young of Florence.
The longtime farmer and a former U.S. congressman and state legislator received the South Carolina Heritage Farmer of the Year award, presented at the expo.
Young, a youthful 93, just retired from farming in 2012. Much of his career involved managing dairy cattle, but now the farm is made up primarily of beef cattle, cotton, corn, wheat and soybeans.
“I am still living on the home place (which is close to the Florence Civic Center where the expo was held),” he said. “We had a good year in 2012. I think agriculture is going to be very strong in the future.”
But he is worried that the cost of acquiring land is making it too difficult for young people to get into agriculture.
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