Category: Agriculture

Clemson Scientists Hot On The Trail Of ‘Crazy Ants’

A dangerously prolific invasive ant species, which first surfaced in the United States almost 15 years ago, has been spreading throughout the South ever since and now appears to be on the verge of entering South Carolina for the first time.

Planter’s Row: Butterflies Are Beautiful Pollinators

Butterflies are beautiful pollinators seen from early spring through frost that are referred to as “jewels of the sky” or “flying flowers.”

Planter’s Row: Muscadine Grapes

Muscadine grapes are native to the Southeastern United States and have been a favorite fruit of Southerners since they were discovered by the early colonists.

Planter’s Row: Composting

The first step for growing a thriving garden with healthy plants is improving your soil.  Composting is a sustainable and cost-effective method used by gardeners to break up heavy clay soil or help sandy soil hold water and nutrients.  

Southern Corn Rust Found In State

Southern corn rust has been found in South Carolina and growers are advised to spray fungicides to protect yields.

Powdery Mildew Spotted On Some Watermelons In State

South Carolina watermelon growers should take steps now to protect their crops against powdery mildew.

Planter’s Row: Edible Gardens Are Beneficial

Edible gardens consist of fruits, herbs or vegetables.  We have been blessed in South Carolina with an abundance of full sun and beautiful summers to aid in having a bountiful harvest.  

Planter’s Row: Carpenter Bees

Homeowners often mistakenly refer to carpenter bees as bumble bees because of their similarities in size and appearance.  But carpenter bees nest in excavated wooden tunnels while bumble bees nest in the ground.

Earth Day: USDA Offers Tips To Save Money, Help Environment

As Earth Day approaches, did you know USDA has an app that can help you save money and help the environment? Or that there are some simple steps you can take in the kitchen to help you serve safer food and to help you reduce resource use and utility bills?

Planter’s Row: Container Gardening

Raising your own fresh and nutritious vegetables this season does not always require a large plot of land in the back yard; vegetable gardening in containers is becoming a more common occurrence in our society.