Author Archives: Justin Ballew

Question of the Week: Pigweed

Last week the question was:  What are the weeds surrounding these young cotton plants? This was an easy one.  These is pigweed, Palmer amaranth to be more specific.  There is not a single farmer in SC that hasn’t fought pigweed. … Continue reading

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Cotton Squaring

We’ve had plenty of rain and warm weather over the past week and our fields are growing fast.  Some of our older cotton is squaring now. Water availability becomes a little more important to the plants now that the reproductive … Continue reading

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Cucurbit Downy Mildew Found in SC

This past week cucurbit downy mildew was found in Charleston and Horry Counties.  Downy mildew blows in from the south in the summer and is a very serious disease once it is established.  Anyone growing cucurbit crops (cucumber, watermelon, squash, … Continue reading

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Watermelon Field Day – 7/13/17

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Question of the Week: Turkey

Last week the question was:  What bird made this nest in the middle of a field? These are Eastern wild turkey eggs.  This pea field was a great spot to make a nest until it was harvested.  It had a … Continue reading

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Peanut Update – Corn Earworms

The following update was prepared by Clemson Peanut Specialist Dan Anco. A producer recently found corn earworm larvae in a 30 day old peanut field. This is a little more than a month earlier than when we typically see them. … Continue reading

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Cotton Marketing News – 6/13/17

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Question of the Week: Poor Pollination

Last week the question was:  What is wrong with the three cucumbers on the right? These cucumbers are misshaped because of poor pollination.  Cucumbers need several hundred grains of pollen to be properly pollinated.  Pollen from male cucumber flowers is … Continue reading

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Public Health Pest Control (Cat. 8) Training and Exam

Training manuals from Clemson DPR website. Pre Registration Form for Cat. 8 exam:  pre-registration-form

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Peanut Update – Volunteer Peanuts

The following update was prepared by Clemson Peanut Specialist Dan Anco. We are still in the first week of June, and while most of the planting is complete, the growing season is just getting started. We often talk about the … Continue reading

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