Peanut Research and Extension
Extensive field experiments are conducted to design and implement the most cost effective management programs for the unique combination of host susceptibility and diseases found under S. C. production conditions.
Research at EREC has focused on the biology and management of the soil insects (lesser cornstalk borer and burrower bug) and foliar insects (thrips, corn earworm, fall armyworm, and granulate cutworm). Example impacts include management of thrips-vectored tomato spotted wilt virus, and understanding the interaction of tillage systems, drought stress, and burrower bugs in aflatoxin transmission.
Recent research has emphasized evaluation of inoculants, biological and chemical inoculant supplements; gypsum source and application timing; potash fertility under high yield conditions; and foliar applied nutrient supplements.Peanut research and extension programs are supported by South Carolina peanut growers through the S. C. Peanut Board and the National Peanut Board. Program impact on S. C. peanut grower profitability is over $3 million annually.
Variety and Experimental Line Evaluation
Multiple test programs at both Edisto and Pee Dee REC are used to recommend the most profitable choices among released varieties and to evaluate experimental material for superior disease resistance and overall agronomic performance.
Program emphasis is on the development and implementation of comprehensive weed management systems, with particular emphasis on Palmer amaranth.