Savannah Valley District

Planning Your Spring and Summer Garden

Marion Barnes – Senior County Extension Agent – Clemson University In the late 1800’s, a professor named Liberty Hyde Bailey from the Horticultural Department of Michigan State University stated, “A garden is half-made when it is well planned.” The best gardener is one who does the most gardening by the winter fire.”  We all know […]

2024 Regional Corn & Soybean Meeting

Joe Varn & Rogan Gibson, Extension Agronomy Agents On February 8, 2024, Clemson Extension Agents Rogan Gibson, Joe Varn, and Marion Barnes hosted the corn and soybean production meeting in the Allendale County Extension Office. Seventy-five farmers and industry personnel from across the Savannah Valley gathered in the room to learn more about corn and […]

Christmas Gifts for Farmers That Promote Farm Safety

Marion Barnes Senior County Extension Agent – Clemson University When choosing Christmas gifts for a farmer, think of farm safety. Protecting their health and safety is a priceless gift that one can give in the form of safety equipment for use on the farm. Small items that make a farmer’s life easier and safer include […]

ATV Safety

Marion Barnes, Senior County Extension Agent All-terrain vehicles (ATVs) are typical on many farms and properties and are helpful for work, recreational use, and other modes of off-road transportation. However, ATVs continue to be a source of injuries and fatalities for youths as well as adult operators. According to the S.C. Department of Health and […]

Cotton Diseases & Fungicide Trial

Rogan Gibson, Dr. John Mueller, Joe Varn, & Charles Davis During the 2023 growing season, three cotton fungicide trials throughout the Savannah Valley have been monitored weekly since early July 2023. One trial is at the Edisto Research and Education Center, while the other two are on-farm demonstrations in Allendale and Calhoun Counties. Two significant […]

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, […]

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. […]

Around the Countryside Tips for Buying Hay

Marion Barnes, Senior County Extension Agent Clemson University When it comes to producing hay, livestock producers experience seasons of shortage and abundance. As winter nears, beef cattle producers should take stock of their hay inventories to ensure an adequate supply to get them through until next spring. Not every cattle producer has the luxury to […]

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 […]