This blog will provide current agricultural news from the Pee Dee region of South Carolina.  Visit regularly for updates on production practices, growth stages, pest control, meeting announcements and more.

Clemson Extension:

Clemson Extension employs Extension Agents who work closely with state extension specialists and researchers located on campus and at the various research and education centers located across the state. Your local Extension Agents provide expertise in Agronomic Crops, Economic & Community Development, Food Safety & Nutrition, 4-H, Horticulture, Livestock & Forages, and Forestry and Natural Resources. For more information, check out the Clemson Extension Homepage.

About the Authors:

BALLEW JUSTIN  PHOTO JWP 2013Justin Ballew joined Clemson Extension in January of 2015 as an agent in Marion County.  He focuses on horticulture in Marion County and agronomy in Dillon County.  The Columbia native is a 2011 graduate of Clemson University with a bachelor’s degree in agricultural education.  Ballew previously worked with Clemson Extension in Lexington County as a research technician before leaving to earn his master’s degree in plant protection and pest management from the University of Georgia.  After receiving his master’s degree in 2013, Ballew worked with the UGA Extension for a year before returning to home to South Carolina to join Clemson Extension.

Ballew can be reached at ballew3@clemson.edu or in the Marion office at 843-423-8285.


William PicWilliam Hardee joined Clemson University Cooperative Extension Service in June of 2013 after completing an internship with Clemson Extension during the prior Spring semester. Hardee graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Education in May of 2013 and is currently pursuing a Masters of Science in Agronomy at Clemson. Hardee is the Area Agronomy Agent for Horry and Marion Counties. With over 400 producers and a combined 115,000 acres of row-crop production, Hardee spends a good deal of time in the field helping growers with pest management and many other agronomic issues. As a native of Horry County, Hardee is familiar with the community and agricultural problems they face on a daily basis.

Hardee can be reached at hardee@clemson.edu or in the Horry office at 843-365-6715.


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