Savannah Valley District

National Farm Safety and Health Week

Marion Barnes, County Extension Agent, Clemson University Anyone actively involved in farming can tell you about the hazards and risks encountered while providing the food, fiber, and fuel this country and the world depend on. Just as consumers sometimes overlook the important role farmers play in their lives, farmers often overlook the dangers of farming. […]

Spray Drones

Jonathan Croft, Agronomic Crops – Orangeburg, Dorchester, Berkeley Counties To address questions about the efficacy of foliar fungicide applications in corn via spray drones.  Clemson Extension Agent Jonathan Croft and Clemson Corn/Soybean Agronomist Dr. Michael Plumblee worked with a local company that offers aerial applications of agricultural pesticides via drone.  Multiple plots were established to determine […]

Summer Always Brings Trouble

Charles W. Davis, County Extension Agent – Certified Crop Advisor After nearly forty-five years as an Extension Agronomy Agent, I have come to the conclusion that summer always brings trouble. Nature can be an uncooperative beast intent on devouring our efforts to produce the crops that fuel our livelihoods. When we moved from being hunter/gatherers […]

Meet Our New Associate Director of Ag Education!

Mindy Sandifer, Barnwell County Associate Director of Ag Education Mindy Sandifer recently joined our Barnwell County Extension Office serving South Carolina Agricultural Education as their Associate Director. Sandifer will serve 130 middle and high school agricultural programs as well as supervise the SC FFA Camping Center in Cherry Grove. She is a native of Powdersville, SC.  […]

Nuisance Wildlife Workshop

Rogan Gibson, Joe Varn, & Marion Barnes, County Extension Agents On August 8, 2023, a Nuisance Wildlife Workshop was held in Allendale County. Participants from Allendale, Bamberg, Barnwell, Beaufort, Colleton, and Hampton Counties attended the meeting to learn about different techniques to control wild hogs and deer. Wild pigs are increasing in distribution and abundance […]

Eastern Tent Caterpillars Are on the Move

Marion Barnes, Senior County Extension Agent – Clemson University Spring has arrived in the low country; home gardeners are working in their gardens, azaleas, and dogwoods have been blooming for several weeks, and tent caterpillars are appearing on our trees’ foliage and shrubs. The eastern tent caterpillar, Malacosoma americanum, is a native pest of North […]

Initial Private Pesticide Applicator Training & Licensing Exam

Hillary Pope, Area Livestock and Forages Agent Clemson Extension Agents Joe Varn and Hillary Pope hosted an initial private pesticide applicator training and licensing earlier this year. There were 13 participants in the training, and an exam was given immediately after the class. Participants learned about pest control principles, pesticide labeling, pesticides and the environment, […]

Corn Planting Season

                                                                     HANNAH W. MIKELLAgronomy Agent, Clarendon & Williamsburg County Corn planting season is just around the corner, and we look forward to […]

2023 Regional Production Meetings

Rogan Gibson & Joe Varn, Extension Agronomy Agents Agronomy Agents Joe Varn and Rogan Gibson hosted two production meetings in Allendale County before the 2023 growing season started. The production meeting intended to further all attendees’ knowledge about the specific crops based on research provided by Clemson Extension. On Thursday, February 23, 2023, approximately sixty […]

Farm Safety: New Years Resolutions

Marion Barnes, Senior County Extension Agent Clemson University The New Year brings with it the talk of resolutions. Resolutions, however, have a reputation for being declared and then forgotten. Why not make a promise this year involving your family and their future? Make a promise to create a safer work environment for your farming operation. […]