Savannah Valley District

Fall Updates and Plans for 2024 for Clarendon 4-H

Alyssa L. Jones, 4-H Youth Development Clarendon County Clarendon 4-H has had a fantastic Autumn, with some notable wins and successes for the youth! Fair Winners 4-H Blake Proffit won Grand Champion for Rabbit and Poultry this last week, November 4, at the Coastal Carolina Fair! He’s worked hard for this all year and previous […]

Turkey Prices Looking Better Ahead of 2023 Holidays

David Mansfield, Agribusiness Agent Wholesale prices for frozen turkeys have dropped just in time for the 2023 holiday season. In August 2023, the average price for frozen whole turkeys was $1.27 per pound, which decreased to $1.25 per pound in September, marking the lowest price since July 2021. This price decrease follows a previous rise […]

Fall and Winter Agricultural Programs

Jonathan Croft,  Orangeburg County Agriculture Extension Agent  As we get into the fall and winter, much of our crop harvest is completed, and the meeting season for Clemson Extension Agricultural Agents and Specialists begins.  Agents and specialists will cover program topics such as pesticide safety, agronomic crop production, ag economics and more.  At this time, […]

Leave the Leaves!

Janet Steele, Area Forestry & Wildlife Agent It is that time of year again – football games, trips to the mountains to pick apples and see the pretty fall colors, making plans to gather with family and friends for Thanksgiving, and the hum of leaf blowers. While the first activities on this list are a […]

Fall Crop Report

Phillip Carnley, Area Horticulture Agent Leafy greens are being harvested with great quality and quantity. There has been less feeding damage from the diamondback caterpillar and an increase in looper and yellow-striped armyworm feeding. I have also seen a little bit of cutworm damage to fields that were transplanted late. Disease pressure has been very […]

Are Your Soils Going on Vacation?

Charles Davis Row Crops Agronomy Agent It’s been a long, hot summer, and now it is ending. The crops are grown, and the harvest is nearly complete. Our soils have been working hard since the spring, holding water for our crops, giving nutrition to our plants, and supporting a universe of microbes, insects, and fungi. […]

4-H Homesteading Workshop Series

  Molly Jones, 4-H Dorchester County Youth Homesteading July 21, 2023-August 11, 2023, Molly Jones Dorchester 4-H Agent and Alyssa Jones Clarendon 4-H Agent hosted a 4-part Friday morning series for youth on homesteading practices. Each Friday introduced a new topic and theme in homesteading. Homesteading is a practice and lifestyle of self-sufficiency. Often living […]

“Current and Emerging Markets for Coastal SC Landowners”

Janet Steele, Area Forestry & Wildlife Agent Current and Emerging Markets for Costal SC Landowners Meeting held in Harleyville. With the recent announcement of the closing of the WestRock paper mill in North Charleston, there have been many questions in the forestry community related to the pulpwood market and how this could impact forest management […]

Weekly Field Update

Phillip Carnley, Area Horticulture Agent Orangeburg and Calhoun have been exceptionally wet. Cucumbers show signs of root rot and pythium from too much moisture in fields. Symptoms range from wilt to outright death. Tomatoes are at their end with decent quality for this late in the season. Watermelons are still being picked with excellent quality and […]