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South Carolina Wheat: Freeze Damage Possible in the Pee Dee

South Carolina Wheat: Freeze Damage Possible in the Pee Dee

👤By Justin Ballew, Clemson University 🕔Mar 16, 2017

According to Weather Underground it got down to 28 this morning (3/15) and its forecast to reach 23 tommorow morning (3/16) and 27 Thursday night (3/17).  The cold last night was enough to ruin most of the peach crop in SC. Wheat

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South Carolina: Wheat Jointing in the Pee Dee

South Carolina: Wheat Jointing in the Pee Dee

👤By Justin Ballew, Clemson University 🕔Mar 3, 2017

Our very oldest wheat fields are starting to joint.  All of our winter crops seem to be about 3 weeks ahead of where we were last year.  There’s a good bit more wheat planted this year than last year and

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South Carolina: New Field Crop in the Pee Dee

South Carolina: New Field Crop in the Pee Dee

👤By Justin Ballew, Clemson University 🕔Feb 23, 2017

Low crop prices and high production costs over the last few years has many growers exploring the options of new or different crops.  One such crop is a variety of yellow field pea, the ESO pea.  Its been grown for a couple

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South Carolina: 2,4-D and Dicamba Precautions and Guidelines

South Carolina: 2,4-D and Dicamba Precautions and Guidelines

👤By Justin Ballew, Clemson University 🕔Feb 17, 2017

2,4-D (Enlist Duo) and dicamba (Xtendimax and Engenia) will be labeled for use this year in certain varieties of soybeans and cotton.  Anyone planning to use these products needs to carefully read the labels and be prepared to follow them

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South Carolina: Wheat Fertility Considerations

South Carolina: Wheat Fertility Considerations

👤By Justin Ballew, Clemson University 🕔Feb 3, 2017

For the most part, we’re in much better shape than we were this time last year.  Our wheat fields have pretty decent color and seem to be growing well.  The warm winter we’re having is pushing the wheat pretty fast.

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South Carolina: Summer Cover Crop Held the Weeds Back

South Carolina: Summer Cover Crop Held the Weeds Back

👤By Justin Ballew, Clemson University 🕔Dec 12, 2016

I was in a field this week where a summer cover crop was planted about a week after corn was harvested.  The grower planted quickly to avoid giving the weeds a chance to grow up once the corn was gone.  A

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South Carolina: Pee Dee Farmers Make Great Harvest Progress

South Carolina: Pee Dee Farmers Make Great Harvest Progress

👤By Justin Ballew, Clemson University 🕔Oct 28, 2016

Since Hurricane Matthew passed by earlier this month, we’ve had great harvesting weather.  Lots of folks are in the fields harvesting cotton, soybeans, and peanuts at full steam ahead.  Here’s a cotton field in Dillon County that’s right in the

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South Carolina: Pee Dee Crops Fare Surprisingly Well Following Matthew

South Carolina: Pee Dee Crops Fare Surprisingly Well Following Matthew

👤By Justin Ballew, Clemson University 🕔Oct 12, 2016

Hurricane Matthew is gone and the sun is out, but the smoke is yet to clear.  Parts of Horry, Marion, and Dillon counties are still flooded and power is still out in spots all over the Pee Dee.  The town

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South Carolina Cotton: Defoliation Ramping Up in the Pee Dee

South Carolina Cotton: Defoliation Ramping Up in the Pee Dee

👤By Justin Ballew, Clemson University 🕔Sep 30, 2016

Nothing makes me think of fall like the smell of cotton defoliant in the air.  That smell has is becoming more and more common across the Pee Dee as September wraps up.  Here is a field in Dillon County that

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South Carolina Peanuts: Digging Getting Underway in the Pee Dee

South Carolina Peanuts: Digging Getting Underway in the Pee Dee

👤By Justin Ballew, Clemson University 🕔Sep 9, 2016

It won’t be long now before the peanut diggers are in the field and a few have gotten started this week.  Birdsong Peanuts in Darlington received their first truck load Monday. As we close in on maturity, we need to make

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