Savannah Valley District

Welcome Rogan Gibson, Agronomy Agent – Allendale and Hampton Counties

  Rogan Gibson is the Agronomy Agent for Allendale and Hampton Counties. He started working for the extension service in June 2022. Rogan received his bachelor’s degree in Agribusiness Management from Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College in the spring of 2021. While finishing his degree, Rogan began his agriculture career as a grower producing corn, cotton, […]

Stay Grounded: Be Safe Around Electrical Systems on the Farm and in the Home

Rebecca H. Davis, Area Water Resources Agent Summer brings thoughts of vacation, hot days, and afternoon thunderstorms! During storms, the first concern is getting inside to keep dry. However, it is important to keep in mind that electrical storms can cause power surges which can damage equipment and cause personal injury and death by electrocution […]

Planning A Fall Garden

Rob Last, Horticulture Agent – Allendale, Bamberg, Barnwell, and Hampton As we progress through the summer heat, as gardeners, we are beginning to turn our attention to growing fall vegetable crops. A common question this year, given increasing food costs, is what and how do I grow fall vegetables. Factors to Consider: Who is going […]

Staying Safe in the Summer Sun: Avoiding Heat Stress and Heat-Related Illness

Marion Barnes, County Extension Agent Working outside is a daily reality for those who make their living farming. This can mean long hours in the hot, humid summer growing season. To protect themselves, farmers should be familiar with heat stress and heat-related illnesses and take proper steps to prevent them. What is heat stress? The human […]

Emerging Opportunities in Ecosystem Services Markets for Timberland Owners and Managers

Janet W. Steele, Area Forestry and Wildlife Agent Ecosystem services, or the additional benefits provided to humans by forests other than manufactured products, include clean air and water, carbon sequestration, and intangible benefits such as natural beauty. Recent opportunities have become available or are being developed in South Carolina to generate income for timberland owners […]

Chainsaw Use Considerations Among South Carolina’s Female Forest Landowners and Managers

Janet W. Steele, Area Extension Agent – Forestry and Wildlife Female forest landowners are gradually increasing across the southeast as lands transition from one generation to the next or from husband to wife. As more female landowners become involved in the day-to-day operations of their property, the need for practical training on equipment such as […]

Downy Mildew in South Carolina

Rob Last, Horticultural Agent – Allendale, Bamberg, Barnwell, Colleton, and Hampton Calling all cucurbit growers in South Carolina. Downy Mildew has been confirmed in South Carolina this week. For more information, please use the QR Code. Clemson University Cooperative Extension Service offers its programs to people of all ages, regardless of race, color, gender, religion, […]

Farm Safety & Health: May is Mental Health Awareness Month

Marion Barnes, Senior County Extension Agent May is Mental Health Month, which can be a difficult subject to talk about with agricultural community members. Farmers carry heavy loads that can become whelming at times. Being a farmer in today’s world means wearing many, many hats. They have to be meteorologists, accountants, business managers, mechanics, soil […]

Around the Countryside: Eastern Tent Caterpillars Invade the County

Tent Caterpillar Nest

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

Fertilization of Plants

Rob Last, Horticultural Agent – Allendale, Bamberg, Barnwell, and Hampton Fertilization for plants can be essential to ensure optimal growth, development, display (for ornamentals or yields of fruits, nuts, and vegetables. In a nutshell, fertilization relies on four principles referred to as the four R’s. The Right Rate of the Right Product at the Right […]