Clemson University Entomologist Francis Reay-Jones call sugarcane aphids one of the most devastating pests he’s seen in South Carolina that presents great challenges for grain sorghum farmers across the state because they are so difficult to control....More
Scientists at Clemson University’s Pee Dee Research and Education Center in Florence are looking to poplar trees, switchgrass and biomass sorghum as bioenergy sources that can be grown in South Carolina....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
Climate predictions for the upcoming fall and winter months indicate that Alabama wheat producers will have fewer problems this season with the Hessian fly, but now’s not the time to completely let down your guard.
Results of studies have shown that Hessian fly infestation and yield losses are least during an El Niño climate event—a wetter and cooler phase—which is the forecast for the coming months....More
It’s time for producers in Tennessee and surrounding states to start looking closely on whether they want to plant wheat for the 2016 season. Wheat for 2016 has as much profit potential as competing crops and appears to have a place in a grain rotation....More
Smithfield Hog Production, formerly Murphy-Brown, LLC, is currently cover cropping 100 percent of its corn acreage and is assisting area growers in obtaining cover crop seeds, according to Rachel Carr, agronomist with Smithfield....More
U.S. peanut production is on track to be the second largest ever. Cotton production ticked up but remains well below last year’s level, and soybean farmers planted their largest acreage ever, according to the USDA September Crop Production Report released Sept. 11....More
Sorghum producers are advised to scout grain sorghum fields now and treat sugarcane aphids as needed. The invasive insect shows up and causes the most damage late in the season, especially on double-crop sorghum plantings....More