Williamsburg Soil and Water Conservation District

Livestock & Forestry Workshop

The Conservation District held a Livestock and Forestry Workshop in Kingstree on July 26, 2018.  Lee Vanvlake of Clemson Extension provided information about grazing management practices of livestock herds.  He covered the types of forages needed in summer and winter and gave information about them.  Lee explained how winter forages are incorporated into planted pastures and how it effects herd health management.  Ron Holt of the SC Forestry Commission presented information on managing forests including growing and harvesting. He stressed the importance of managing timber as a crop and prescribed fire as a management tool.  Ron spoke about silvopastures, including the planting process and how it works best after the thinning process.   He answered questions about harvesting timber and pricing.

Cover Crop Workshop

On March 8, 2017 the Williamsburg Conservation District hosted a cover crop workshop in Kingstree.  The workshop helped demonstrate the benefits of using cover crops and how they protect and improve the soil.   

The workshop featured speakers Buzz Kloot, Carl Coleman, Rupert Burrows and Jeff Lucas who addressed weed control, herbicide management, farming with cover crops and making cover crops pay.  A demonstration of DNR’s rainfall simulator displayed the amount of water that is retained by cover crops.  With over fifty in attendance, the workshop was very successful.

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