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Adam Varenhorst

Assistant Professor & SDSU Extension Field Crop Entomologist


Berg Agricultural Hall 308
Agronomy, Horticulture & Plant Science-2207A
University Station
Brookings, SD 57007

As the SDSU Extension Field Crop Entomologist Adam serves South Dakota stakeholders by addressing insect pest issues in field crops. He conducts applied research that focuses on corn, soybean, wheat and sunflower. Additionally, he assists the other extension entomologists to address questions pertaining to insect questions for the home and garden, urban insect pests and general entomology questions.

State & Regional Offices

SDSU Campus

Also by Adam Varenhorst

Veterinarian and horse owner inspecting a horse.

Winter Ticks Showing Up on Horses

Ticks aren’t only active during the growing season in South Dakota. Winter ticks can be commonly found on horses and cattle. Learn some expert tips for identifying and managing them before they become a problem.

Dark brown tick with a white shield behind the head.

An identification guide for Arthropods of Human Health Concern in South Dakota

Pictorial guide for arthropods of human health concern in South Dakota

Red-brown colored weevil with bent antennae originating on the elongated mouthparts.

Planting Date May Be Our Most Powerful Tool for Red Sunflower Seed Weevil Management

In the last few years, red sunflower seed weevils have been the most economically damaging insect pest in South Dakota. To identify alternative management options, researchers at SDSU and the USDA-ARS lab in Fargo, ND conducted a study evaluating early planting dates as a potential strategy to reduce red sunflower seed weevil infestations.