Organic farming continues to become more popular but offers South Carolina sweet potato farmers fewer options for controlling costly weeds and nematodes than do conventional farming methods. To help give organic farmers new weapons to use against these pests, a […]
Clemson Extension announces Women in Ag Conference
Women are a critical part of farm and ranch operations in South Carolina and to help move this industry into the future, the Clemson Cooperative Extension Service is holding its first-ever South Carolina Women in Agriculture Conference. This inaugural conference […]
Clemson webinar series promotes ‘Going Organic’ when breeding pulse crops
The Clemson Organic Plant Breeding Institute continues its “Going Organic” webinar series to teach farmers how to produce nutritional legumes and save money. These webinars, featuring presentations by world-renowned researchers who are experts in their fields, will be held monthly […]
Clemson experts predict watermelon production about to get more expensive
Watermelons and other cucurbits growing resistant to tebuconazole, leaving growers to rely on more expensive alternatives to treat their crops against certain fungi.
New farm on Clemson University’s main campus explores climate solutions in agriculture
Staff from the College of Agriculture, Forestry and Life Sciences are making changes at The Bottoms to explore how agriculture can feed people while also contributing solutions to some of the most difficult challenges of our times.
Clemson’s Coastal REC working to foster sustainability for Lowcountry farmers
Farming Johns Island across nine generations since 1725, the Legare family has grown everything from sea island cotton to its modern-day operation of mostly vegetables, along with cattle, hogs, two rolling markets and a bustling pumpkin patch each fall. The farmers still have more to learn, and Field Days are a unique opportunity to connect with Clemson scientists who can help.
Clemson leads study to improve organic vegetable production using carbon waste
Anaerobic soil disinfestation (ASD) is a soilborne disease management strategy proven effective against a wide range of pathogens in organically-grown crops. But the need for expensive carbon hinders its use by many growers. A Clemson University researcher believes using on-farm […]
Clemson research aims to help S.C. farmers meet demand for more nutritious legumes
Organic farming sometimes has a bad reputation for producing legumes with lower nutritional quality. But some Clemson University researchers believe field peas and lentils can be grown organically and still have improved nutrient quality. The researchers are Dil Thavarajah, Stephen […]
Research introduces a regenerative food chain process that’s safe, yet profitable
A regenerative and socially responsible approach to food production and distribution is crucial to long-term food security and fundamental to our ecological and human well-being, according to a study by an acclaimed researcher at Clemson University. Recently published research by […]
Clemson doctoral student determines lentil genetic markers vital for global nutrition security
A Clemson University doctoral student has determined genetic markers that can be used to breed new varieties of lentils, a nutritious crop grown worldwide.
Clemson research seeks to make industrial hemp more profitable for South Carolina farmers
CHARLESTON, S.C. – More South Carolina farmers are applying for permits to grow industrial hemp and Clemson University researchers believe applying best management practices can result in higher quality and increase profits. Brian Ward, an organic vegetable specialist and assistant […]
Clemson researcher to lead group driving revival of Southern heirloom crops
A Clemson University research scientist renowned for his role in reviving the original Southern peanut crop from only a handful of seeds has been elected President of the Carolina Gold Rice Foundation. Brian Ward, based out of Clemson’s Coastal Research […]
On solid ground: Sustainability through soil research
Saving the Earth has Clemson scientists investigating ways to improve our dirt Each Spring, Clemson’s 240-acre Musser Fruit Research Center erupts in brilliant pink blooms, but more than peaches will grow on the sprawling stretch of land and fruit trees […]
Clemson researchers collaborate with others to help Carolina cotton conserve soil
BLACKVILLE, S.C. – Earth’s population is expected to increase by more than 2 billion people by 2050 and, to help ensure there is enough food and fiber to go around, keeping soils healthy is crucial. Bhupinder Farmaha, a soil nutrient […]
Global experience uncorks his career as a ‘wine slinger’
Justin Rose didn’t consider himself an aspiring entrepreneur when he studied in the Wilbur O. and Ann Powers College of Business. It took a study abroad experience to Paris for the 2019 Marketing graduate to realize the thirst he had […]
Companies can expect more Clemson University engineering graduates with an international mindset
Employers can soon expect more Clemson University engineering graduates to enter the workforce with advanced language and culture skills that will set them up for success in international businesses, a cornerstone of South Carolina’s economy. A new collaborative initiative, “Engineering […]
Clemson researcher studies organic agriculture soil challenges
Clemson researcher receives USDA grant for 3-year study on improving soils to support organic vegetable production and help South Carolina farmers reap benefits of growing organic vegetables.
Clemson fall field days will be online in 2020
Clemson University Research and Education Centers (RECs) will hold their first-ever Virtual Fall Field Days this year to inform the public of important research while protecting people from COVID-19.
Clemson doctoral candidate receives endowment to help fund organic field pea research
CLEMSON – Phosphorous is one of six essential nutrients for plants and a Clemson University doctoral candidate wants to show South Carolina farmers how organically growing cereal and pulse crops can improve nutrition while lowering production costs. Sarah Powers is […]
Clemson experts warn vegetable growers about new greenhouse tomato disease
Although not yet found in South Carolina, a new virus has officials on alert and during the 2020 Clemson Spring Vegetable Production Meeting, growers learned what to do if they detect it in their plants.
Growers learn about new peanut varieties, disease control and technologies during Clemson’s Edisto REC field day
Peanut farmers learned about new varieties, disease control advanced technologies and more during field day at Clemson’s Edisto REC.
Clemson study finds growing organic cover crops improves kale nutrients and crop yields
CLEMSON – Clemson University researchers have found kale grown following organic cover crops has more nutrients and produces higher yields. Results of this study could prove profitable for South Carolina farmers as organic farming becomes more popular in the United […]
Clemson’s Coastal REC vegetable research aims to bolster bottom line for S.C. farmers
Improving sustainability and profitability is crucial for South Carolina vegetable growers, and the fields of Clemson University’s Coastal Research and Education Center are teeming with research to help them do just that.
Clemson alumnus Sidi Limehouse named 2019 Swisher Sweets/Sunbelt Expo South Carolina Farmer of the Year
The white four-door Dodge pickup rattles over bumpy trails in fields of vegetables as 2019 Swisher Sweets/Sunbelt Expo South Carolina Farmer of the Year and Clemson alumnus Sidi Limehouse talks about farming at 80 years old, being forced to relocate his roadside stand, working with employees and volunteers who are more like family and, of course, Clemson University.
Astronauts could turn waste into hydrogen peroxide with help of Clemson University research
Astronauts on deep-space missions won’t be able to run to the store for disinfectant wipes, but they may have another way of cleaning surfaces inside their spaceship, and it could involve human waste. Sudeep Popat of Clemson University is developing a way of making hydrogen peroxide for use on long-term space missions. He proposes to do it by feeding human waste to microbial fuel cells that produce hydrogen peroxide.
South Carolina regulators approve pesticides for hemp production
The South Carolina Department of Pesticide Regulation has approved a list of pesticides for use on hemp crops, removing a hurdle farmers have faced since the crop was cleared for production in the state earlier this year.
Cover crops can increase soil moisture by as much as 10 percent
COLUMBIA — South Carolina soils are old and weathered, and Clemson University researchers are working with the Richland Soil and Water District and the United States Department of Agriculture Natural Resource Conservation Service to teach the public how growing cover […]
Clemson to launch weekly farm market and expand research at campus farm
Clemson University will expand its sustainable and organic farming research and launch a weekly farm market on its most historic agricultural land. Calhoun Fields, or The Bottoms as it is commonly known, lies between Hartwell Lake and Perimeter Road on the Clemson University campus and is the location of Clemson’s Student Organic Farm and Community Supported Agriculture Program. It is also land that was first farmed by Cherokee Indians, then by John C. Calhoun and Thomas Green Clemson.
Farm to table: Meet 5 Tigers who are working to eliminate hunger, malnutrition and obesity
In recognition of World Food Day on October 16, we are sharing how five Clemson faculty members are answering this global health crisis through programs that produce more nutritious crops to those that ignite physical activity, creating a healthier world for all. Scientists across the university’s seven colleges are working tirelessly to address health and food-related issues by finding ways to eliminate hunger, malnutrition and obesity.
Food is a science, and so is how it’s grown
Brian Ward is going beyond the seed to influence the food-to-table revolution in another way while also helping improve quality and productivity for farmers. He’s made a discovery that can revolutionize how farmers work and increase their organic output — a new fertilizer.
Deconstructing the food chain
Food does not simply go from the farm to the table any more. It doesn’t even go from the factory to the table. Most the ingredients of, say, a loaf of bread are shipped to the factory from an array of outside suppliers, who are often based in other countries. So why does it matter?
Clemson researchers optimizing pulse and cereal crops for organic production in S.C.
A group of Clemson researchers wants to show South Carolina farmers how organically growing cereal and pulse crops can improve nutrition while lowering production costs.