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Watermelon Field Day

Watermelon Field Day in annual event at the Edisto Research and Education Center.

A Watermelon Field Day will be held at the Edisto Research and Education Center in Blackville July 12.

The field day will begin with registration at 8 a.m. at the office complex at EREC.

The event will have both an indoor and outdoor component.

The indoor program includes:

  • South Carolina Watermelon Board and Association activities - Kyle Tisdale
  • Organic watermelon production - Brian Ward
  • Watermelon herbicides - Matt Cutulle
  • Grafted rootstock trial - Gilbert Miller

Following the indoor sessions, the outdoor sessions will begin around 10 a.m.

The field research tours will include:

  • Supporting/attracting pollinators - Jennifer M Tsuruda
  • Watermelon miticides - Rebecca Ann Schmidt-Jeffris
  • 2017 southeast variety trial results - Gilbert Miller
  • Watermelon disease identification - Tony Keinath
  • "Watermelon Fuels Athletes” - South Carolina Watermelon Association Queen Emily Dicks
  • Field day melon trials - 86 varieties

Certified Crop Advisor (CCA) and Pesticide License credits will be offered.

Following the field tour, refreshments will be served and further discussion will be available.

During lunch, Dr. Thomas Dobbins, director of the Clemson Cooperative Extension, will give a Clemson Extension update.

For additional information, call the EREC at 803-284-3343 Ext. 221, South Carolina Department of Agriculture-Kyle Tisdale at 803-734-0467 or your local county agent.

Farm Bureau seeks Youth Ambassador applications

Farm Bureau is now accepting applications for the Youth Ambassador Scholarship Program.

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Applications are available at the Farm Bureau office, 225 Broughton St. in Orangeburg.

The purpose of the South Carolina Farm Bureau Youth Ambassador Scholarship Program, which is sponsored by the S.C. Farm Bureau Women’s Committee, is to cultivate young leaders who can use the advantages of their youth to tell the farm story to audiences who may not otherwise hear it. It is also designed to display to the public that interest in agriculture, as a career, is alive and well.

The SCFB Youth Ambassadors will receive a college scholarship in the amount of $2,000, exposure to state agricultural and government leaders, and leadership training opportunities.

Ambassadors will make selected appearances, at the SCFB’s expense, on behalf of agriculture and Farm Bureau, coordinated by the SCFB Promotion and Education Division.

Eligible for the scholarship is any unmarried male or female between the ages of 17 and 21 (cannot reach 22nd birthday before the SCFB annual meeting) who resides in a Farm Bureau member home. The contestants must compete in or represent the county for which they or their family or guardian has a current Farm Bureau membership. Children or stepchildren who reside in the home of an employee of the SCFB Federation or its affiliates are ineligible to compete. Past state winners are ineligible to compete for a second time in the contest. County winners may not compete for two consecutive years.

The deadline for applications is Monday, June 25.

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