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Pond management workshops in the works

Posted: October 26, 2010 4:14 p.m.
Updated: October 27, 2010 5:00 a.m.

In response to an increase in the number of local pond management questions and visits received this season, the Clemson Extension Service in Kershaw, Lee and Sumter counties will offer one or two pond management workshops in early November.

Depending on degree of interest, a clinic will be held in Camden and one in Sumter County. A $40 pre-registration fee will be charged for those interested. Cory Heaton, Extension agent in Lancaster County, will be the keynote presenter. Heaton has a good background in aquatic subject matter. He was instructor at a pond management training held recently at the Edisto Research & Education Center near Blackville for other Extension agents working in agriculture, and he did an excellent job of communicating and teaching what pond owners need to know.

Dates set for the clinics will be Nov.  9  from 6 to 9 p.m. in Camden or Nov. 11 from 6 to 9 p.m. in Sumter County.  A minimum of 10 participants will be required in attendance at a location for the workshop to be held. Topics to be covered in the workshop include: pond stocking, fish health, population balance, water chemistry, pond fertilization, aquatic weed identification, aquatic weed control techniques, herbicide alternatives, and there will be open discussion to cover any questions that participants may have. Pond management equipment will be set up on display for participants to view, and folks are welcome to bring pond weed samples from their ponds. No meal is planned but refreshments will be available.

Participants who have an agricultural pesticide applicator license will receive credit on the license at the workshop. Pre-registration responses will determine if the event will be held in the respective county. Checks may be made payable to Clemson University for $40 and mailed or delivered to any of the above mentioned Clemson Extension offices: Lee County, 5 Courthouse Square, Bishopville, SC 29010; Kershaw County, 632 W. DeKalb St., St. 101, Camden,  SC 29020; or Sumter County, 115 N. Harvin St., 5th Floor, Sumter, SC 29150-4956. Checks need to be received in the respective Extension office no later than Friday.  Any questions about the workshop may be referred to Randy Cubbage at (803) 428-8101 or by contacting the Clemson Extension office at 432-9071, ext. 114.

Upcoming Vegetable Meeting Thursday October 28th

Clemson Extension will offer the annual meeting for vegetable growers in the multi-county area on Thursday. The event will be held at the Compass Restaurant on Hwy. 378 just east of I-95 near Turbeville.  The meeting begins at 10 a.m., includes a sponsored lunch, and concludes at 1 p.m. Tony Melton, commercial vegetable agent, is coordinating the program. The agenda includes: Dr. Richard Hassell, Extension vegetable horticulturist (cool season crop production), and Dr. Powell Smith, Extension vegetable entomologist (insects on cool season crops); Gilbert Miller, Extension vegetable horticulturist (vegetable production in other counties); and Melton (answering questions about diseases). This is an excellent event for folks in the vegetable and small fruit business and is ideal for experienced as well as beginning producers. The event is usually well attended from vegetable and small fruit growers in the multi-county area. Anyone with an agricultural pesticide license should be eligible for recertification credit at the event.

Upcoming Training in Florence for Initial Private Applicator License

Anyone needing training to become eligible for the private applicator license is welcome to attend an upcoming training session in the Florence County Extension Office at the corner of Hwy. 301 and Third Loop Road in Florence Nov. 16. Contact Lee Van Vlake at (843) 661-4800 in advance. The fee is $50 for the training only and plan to stay most of the day. Anyone needing special accommodations due to a disability in order to participate in any of these programs may contact (843) 661-4800 or the county Extension offices involved in advance.

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