Bringing Better Broccoli to the East Coast

Karla Arboleda Cole Crop, Georgia, Research, South Carolina, Top Posts

By Karla Arboleda While the West Coast is known as the main U.S. region for broccoli production, the East Coast may soon be on its heels, thanks to the Eastern Broccoli Project. Thomas Björkman is a professor of vegetable physiology at Cornell University and project director of the Eastern Broccoli Project. He leads a group of collaborators, from Maine to Florida, …

Helping Specialty Crop Growers Reduce, Remediate and Recycle Water

Karla Arboleda Florida, South Carolina, Top Posts, VSCNews magazine, Water

By Sarah A. White Water is necessary for growing plants. This simple statement says it all but doesn’t begin to address the complexities of water decisions growers face today. Some questions are common, regardless of where your operation is located: How much water do my plants need? How does water quality affect plant growth? How much water do I need …

New Clemson Extension Agent Specializes in Small Fruit

Karla Arboleda Berries, South Carolina, Top Posts

By Karla Arboleda A new Extension agent at Clemson University will focus on production conditions that are ideal for small fruit. Bruce McLean, a commercial horticulture agent at the Pee Dee Research and Education Center (PDREC), previously worked with small fruits for six years at North Carolina State University Extension. GRAPES AND BERRIES McLean began his work with small fruits …

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South Carolina Industrial Hemp Updates

Karla Arboleda Farm Bill, Hemp, South Carolina, Top Posts

By Karla Arboleda People in South Carolina looking forward to growing industrial hemp will be able to get research updates from Clemson University. While hemp pesticides have been approved in South Carolina, growers are still awaiting more regulations to be established by the South Carolina Department of Agriculture (SCDA). David Dewitt, state coordinator for the Clemson Extension Hemp Program, talked …

Breeding Better Soybeans for the Southeast

Karla Arboleda Research, Seeds, South Carolina, Top Posts

By Karla Arboleda In the deep Southeast, researchers are breeding better, drought-tolerant and protein-rich soybeans so growers can continue to market high-quality crops. Ben Fallen, a soybean breeder and assistant professor at Clemson University, works to develop varieties of soybeans that will grow with less complications. His program screens breeding lines to find favorable soybean characteristics. “We’re looking at two …

Wildflowers Help Watermelon Pollinators

Karla Arboleda Research, South Carolina, Top Posts, Watermelon

By Karla Arboleda To attract more watermelon pollinators, growers can use different types of wildflowers around their crops. That’s what Miriam Jenkins, a graduate of Clemson University’s Wildlife and Fisheries Biology program, determined from her recent study. For pollinator-dependent crops like watermelon, adding certain wildflowers to the surrounding landscape helps create a better area for pollinators to feed. Jenkins said …

Rising Temperatures Bad for Butterbeans in South Carolina

Karla Arboleda Research, South Carolina, Top Posts

By Karla Arboleda In South Carolina, Clemson University researchers are working toward heat-tolerant butterbeans to preserve this staple crop. Tony Melton, an Extension agent at the Clemson Pee Dee Research and Extension Center, said rising temperatures have contributed to why butterbean production has been falling short in South Carolina. “When it’s hot, and as summers are getting hotter, (butterbean plants) …