Brad Thompson lands the helicopter on top of the upper deck of the modified trailer. Cotton plants whirled and dirt swirled. On the trailer, farmhand/ground crewman Dusty Smith casually refills the copter’s spray tank and chats with Thompson.
Journalists are always on the lookout for quotable quotes. One that fits well for the devastating floods that hit South Carolina in early October comes from Brian McClam of Kingstree, one of this year’s Peanut Profitability Award winners....More
As South Carolina farmers recover from historic October floods, they are now looking to crop insurance and evaluating damages to determine what federal assistance can be provided beyond insurance....More
Ribbons were cut, farmers were honored, horses were ridden, some fishing was done, some good eating was had and the latest in farming technology and rural living was seen firsthand, and the weather was perfect for the Sunbelt Ag Expo in Moultrie, Ga.
Of all the states that produce peanuts, South Carolina is the most unusual because it is a borderline state, producing both Virginia-type peanuts and runner-type peanuts, says Jay Chapin, interim peanut specialist at Clemson University....More
On Oct. 7, soon after historic rain hit the region, Lindsay McClam took pictures during an airplane flyover of the terrible flooding in and around Kingstree, South Carolina, where she and her husband, Brian, farm.
The images and realization of just how bad historic flooding has hit some South Carolina farms are coming to light. South Carolina famers’ yields were already in trouble due to prolonged drought this summer. Now the flooding takes hope away for any harvest at all.
South Carolina Agriculture Commissioner Hugh Weathers says conservative estimates put South Carolina crop losses at more than $300 million after historic rains devastated the state earlier this month....More
The American Peanut Council hosted a reverse trade mission with a Mexican trade delegation Oct. 6 in Dothan, Ala. The delegation, consisting of peanut buyers from national and international food companies, toured a Georgia shelling plant and Henry County farmer Ed White’s peanut farm....More
As the 2015 U.S. peanut harvest rolls on, some things are being learned about peanuts under the current farm bill. Peanut farmers will need to continue to watch, or watch better, how they market their peanuts....More
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack recently appointed four members and five alternates to serve on the National Peanut Board. The appointees will serve three-year terms beginning Jan. 1, 2016, and ending on Dec. 31, 2018....More