Specialty Crop Industry Protocols Keep Workers Safe During COVID-19

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A national coalition of 64 organizations representing specialty crop producers sent a letter to Congressional leadership this week on safety protocols within the industry during COVID-19. They want Congress to know the steps agricultural employers are taking to protect their workers. “Farmers and ranchers across the country moved quickly to implement new employee safety protocols early in the crisis,” says …

Yield Scientific Establishing Operations in South Carolina

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More than $30 million investment to create 107 new jobs COLUMBIA – Yield Scientific, a subsidiary of GEM Opportunity Zone Fund, today announced plans to establish operations in Hampton County, South Carolina. The company’s $30 million-plus investment is projected to create 107 new jobs. Founded in 2017, Yield Scientific is a hemp growing and processing operation that specializes in clinical-grade …

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South Carolina Farmers Ready to Plant Hemp Crop

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By Clint Thompson The first hemp plantings in South Carolina will be conducted this week, according to David DeWitt, Hemp Program Coordinator with Clemson University Extension. He believes there will be more hemp growers this year with smaller acreage compared to previous years. “I think we shifted some from last year at this time when we were getting started. Everybody …

USDA Report Yields Results for 2019 noncitrus/nuts season

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By Clint Thompson The United States Department of Agriculture National Agricultural Statistics Service released its findings for noncitrus fruits and nuts in the Southern Region for the 2019 crop year. These estimates were based on grower surveys. Avocados: Florida’s production of avocados was up 88% from 2018. Its value of production was up 54%. Yields rebounded in 2019. Utilized production …

Nutsedge Management Key to Vegetable Production in South Carolina

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By Clint Thompson Weed management in vegetables is critical for growers in South Carolina, says Matthew Cutulle, Clemson Extension vegetable weed specialist. Especially for sweet potato growers, yellow nutsedge is a problem in South Carolina fields. It will rob sweet potatoes of essential water and nutrients if growers don’t successfully manage it.. “What makes a weed so successful is that …

Clemson Extension, SCDA Schedule Two Remote Grower Trainings

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Clemson Extension and the South Carolina Department of Agriculture (SCDA) have scheduled two Produce Safety Rule Grower Trainings. They will be provided remotely for growers in May. They will be held over two days; May 19 and 20, and during May 27 and 28. The in-person training in Sumter on June 23 has been canceled. If these trainings are successful, …

Cabbage, Broccoli and Other Cole Crop Diseases

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Clemson Cooperative Extension released some diseases that cole crop growers need to be on the look out for this spring. Cole crops, such as broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage and cauliflower, are easily grown in South Carolina. Tips for growing healthy cole crops in the garden are available in HGIC 1301, Broccoli, HGIC 1326, Cauliflower and HGIC 1303, Cabbage & Chinese …