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South Carolina: Pee Dee Corn Needs Rain, New Disease Showing Up

South Carolina: Pee Dee Corn Needs Rain, New Disease Showing Up

👤By Justin Ballew, Clemson University Agronomist 🕔Jul 14, 2017

This has been a warm and dry week and our corn is really showing it right now.  Most dryland fields are rolling up like in the photo below.  There is a good chance of rain in the forecast this weekend

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South Carolina: Cotton Blooming in the Pee Dee

South Carolina: Cotton Blooming in the Pee Dee

👤By Justin Ballew, Clemson University Agronomist 🕔Jul 7, 2017

Our older cotton is blooming now and everything is looking good so far this year.  Its been hot this week, though we’ve had fairly regular rainfall, so our fields are growing well.  Some folks are putting out pix to slow

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Cotton – Southeast – Plant Bugs, Aphids Bear Watching – AgFax

Cotton – Southeast – Plant Bugs, Aphids Bear Watching – AgFax

👤By Owen Taylor 🕔Jun 29, 2017

Plant bugs are being treated on a somewhat wider basis this week. Aphids seem to be picking up in more areas this week. The aphid fungus has become apparent in parts of Georgia. Treatments were necessary last week on small,

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South Carolina Sorghum: Sugarcane Aphids Moving North

South Carolina Sorghum: Sugarcane Aphids Moving North

👤By Justin Ballew, Clemson University 🕔Jun 26, 2017

For those growing grain sorghum, be aware that sugarcane aphids have recently been found in SC.  They are not known to overwinter in SC and travel North from Florida, Texas, and Louisiana each year. Sugarcane aphids can build up to

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South Carolina: Spring Harvest Speeds Along in the Pee Dee

South Carolina: Spring Harvest Speeds Along in the Pee Dee

👤By Justin Ballew, Clemson University 🕔Jun 2, 2017

We’ve had good harvesting weather this week and growers are busy taking advantage of it.  We’ve had a lot of peas, wheat, and oats harvested.  Yields have been variable so far.  ESO peas are averaging around 35-40 bushels with the

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Cotton – Southeast – All Stages from Planted to Replanting – AgFax

Cotton – Southeast – All Stages from Planted to Replanting – AgFax

🕔Jun 1, 2017

Planting has wrapped up on a wider basis. Some areas do still have fields left to finish and replanting also continues in parts of our coverage area. Portions of the region received rains late last week and into the weekend. Enough

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South Carolina Cotton: Lots of Thrips Damage in the Pee Dee

South Carolina Cotton: Lots of Thrips Damage in the Pee Dee

👤By Justin Ballew, Clemson University 🕔May 26, 2017

In the last couple issues of Clemson Entomologist Jeremy Greene’s Cotton/Soybean Insect Newsletter, Dr. Greene mentions the Thrips Infestation Predictor (TIP) tool.  This tool predicts the thrips pressure of cotton based on planting date.  The chart below is from the TIP website

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South Carolina: Pee Dee Winter Crops Ready to Harvest

South Carolina: Pee Dee Winter Crops Ready to Harvest

👤By Justin Ballew, Clemson University 🕔May 24, 2017

We’re in our third straight day of rainy weather now.  While its holding us up from getting in the fields, the forecast shows the weather drying up towards the end of the week.  As soon as the fields dry up

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Southeast Cotton: Planting Cranks Up On Wider Scale

Southeast Cotton: Planting Cranks Up On Wider Scale

👤By Owen Taylor 🕔May 4, 2017

A few days of cooler conditions are expected this week in parts of the region, which could keep some planters out of the field until better conditions prevail.

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South Carolina Wheat: Pee Dee Field Are Flowering

South Carolina Wheat: Pee Dee Field Are Flowering

👤By Justin Ballew, Clemson University 🕔Apr 21, 2017

Despite a little cold damage, we have a lot of good looking wheat out there.  A lot of our wheat is in the flowering stage right now. The tillers that were damaged by the cold have mostly turned brown now

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