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Carmen Ketron Clemson Extension Service

With many people, I wished, hoped and prayed hard for the rain to come. With the hot, humid weather arriving, cucurbit blight also blew in from the south and was identified in a cucumber field in Bamberg County.

It’s only a matter of time before the storms from the Lowcountry bring mildew to us here.

Now is the time to make sure the farmers in the region have their fungicide plan under control. Rob Last with Clemson Extension, writing at scgrower.com, reminds everyone that if you’re growing cucumbers, cantaloupes, squash, watermelons, or gourds, it’s best to make fungicide applications every seven days.

If you go more than seven days without spraying, you exponentially increase your chances of potentially spreading disease. Also be sure to rotate your fungicide treatments and not spray the same active ingredients back to back. See a full list of product recommendations for specific cucurbits at scgrower.com or call the office at 843-661-4800, and we can provide clear advice.

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For private pesticide applicators, Clemson Cooperative Extension now offers an online training and exam option for those who need to obtain their private pesticide applicator license. Two courses are offered online each month. They start on the 1st and 3rd Monday of each month.

Participants can take advantage of a one-week self-paced course that prepares them for the certification exam. The exam will take place online this Friday between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Participants will have one hour to complete the exam. The course and exam cost $90. To register for the next exam on June 6, go to cu-pro-ed.catalog.catalog.instructure.org.

If you are looking for an initial in-person Private Pesticide Applicator Training and Certification course, a course will be offered on August 31, 2022, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Darlington County Extension Office. The training fee is $90. Up to 3 CCH credits will also be available for private applicators to earn credits for their current license for $30. To register or ask additional questions, contact Miranda Hayes at (843) 944-8582 or email [email protected]

Clemson University Cooperative Extension Service offers its programs to people of all ages without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital or family status and equal opportunity employer.

With many people, I wished, hoped and prayed hard for the rain to come. With the hot, humid weather arriving, cucurbit blight also blew in from the south and was identified in a cucumber field in Bamberg County.

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