"Call Before You Dig" Applies to Farmers, Too

Jan 30, 2019

Hello Gardeners, I’m Amanda McNulty with Clemson Extension and Making It Grow. Last year, South Carolina received 102 inches of rain, way more than normal. Although it was a nuisance to carry umbrellas every other day, for some farmers it was devastating.  In the Darlington area and others, some farmers couldn’t get their crops out of the field; peanuts and cotton revenues were lost. Even under normal circumstances, many fields require drains to be profitable. Homeowners are encouraged to call 811 before digging on their property to avoid hitting cable, gas, internet, or other buried utility lines. The same applies to farmers – 811 is a free service to them. Cutting into buried utility lines can not only cause major disruptions but in some cases can be extremely dangerous. Before installing or modifying drains even putting in new fence posts, make that free call to 811 and have peace of mind when you dig.