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  • The Cost Of Wild Hogs

    The Cost Of Wild Hogs

    Clemson study puts dollar figure on the damage caused by feral hogs. Feral hogs are a $115 million problem for the state’s agriculture, livestock and timber industries in South Carolina, according to a Clemson University study on landowners’ perceived damages from the invasive animals. This is the first time a comprehensive dollar figure has been attached to the ecological and industry damages caused by wild hogs, which reproduce rapidly and are growing in numbers. Major Disease Carriers “They are ecological zombies. They eat everything. They eat deer fawn. They uproot endangered salamanders. They eat ground-nesting ... Read More »
  • Leaf Spot In A Dry Year

    Leaf Spot In A Dry Year

  • USDA Responds To Market Downturn

  • Market Watch

    Market Watch

    Demand For U.S. Peanuts Remains Strong At Home And Abroad The peanut nation has experienced some unusual occurrences that may impact the growth and expansion of the U.S. peanut industry for years. In producing the 2016 crop, these challenges came about as a complete surprise and were met with mixed reviews. First, USDA statisticians over estimated the carryforward from 2015 and 2016. USDA had projected a July 31, carryout of 1,650,000 farmer-stock tons. With a 2015 crop of more than 3.1 million tons, the implication was that there were too many peanuts. The peanut nation ... Read More »
  • ‘Steady’ Is Welcome

    ‘Steady’ Is Welcome

    Is there anyone with more faith than the farmer? He or she puts a tiny seed in the ground and expects big things to come. Last year, there were millions of kernels in warehouses and millions more going into the ground, and yet if domestic usage holds steady and exports continue, there could be a shortfall before the next crop is harvested? Wow. According to Nathan Smith, Clemson Extension economist, peanut usage jumped 26 percent last year on strong demand for peanut butter and candy, but should drop around 5 percent this year. “Record-high exports ... Read More »