Author Archives: Justin Ballew

Question of the Week: Green Bug Aphids

Last week the question was:  What is on this wheat leaf? These are green bug aphids.  These are one of the aphid species that can be a pest of small grains in SC.  They cause direct feeding damage by piercing the … Continue reading

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Time to Think about Strawberry Diseases

With the weather warming up, its time to start thinking about our strawberry disease programs.  Grey mold loves these cool, damp mornings and warm afternoons we’ve been having this week.  Each year we know we are going to have to … Continue reading

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Farm Bill/Seed Cotton Update

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Question of the Week: Bark Lice

Last week the question was:  Where did the webbing on this pecan tree come from? This webbing was constructed by bark lice.  These are very small, soft bodied insects that feed on fungi, algae, and dead organic matter.  Bark lice create … Continue reading

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Tiller Counts in Wheat

We have a decent looking wheat crop right now.  With the forecast looking a little warmer over the next 10 days, now is a good time to do some tiller counts. We should be seeing at least 50 tillers per … Continue reading

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Question of the Week: Cold Soil

Last week the question was:  What’s causing the purple coloration of the leaves in rapeseed fields? Red or purple coloration is usually a sign of phosphorus deficiency, but this time of year we frequently see this in the rapeseed fields, though … Continue reading

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2018 Clemson Peanut Money Maker Guide

Clemson Extension Peanut Specialist, Dan Anco, has just released the 2018 version of the Peanut Money Maker Guide.  You can view and download the pdf here:  2018 Production Guide web

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Mandatory Dicamba Trainings

For those that need to attend the EPA mandated dicamba training, here is current list of scheduled trainings around the state.  This is for all applicators including those working under the supervision of a licensed applicator (i.e. anyone riding the … Continue reading

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Question of the Week: Chanterelle

Last week the question was:  What mushroom is this? This is a chanterelle.  Chanterelles are edible mushrooms that are valued around the world for their unique tastes.  Though these wild mushrooms are safe to eat, there are many species that are … Continue reading

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Watch out for Sclerotinia White Mold

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