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Ruth Beck

SDSU Extension Agronomy Field Specialist


SDSU Extension Pierre Regional Center
412 W Missouri Ave
Pierre, SD 57501

An agronomist with a diverse set of responsibilities that include private applicator training, central and western SD field school, no till management, cover crops, wheat, sunflower, sorghum, peas and lentils. I work an area that includes most of central and west central SD and write numerous iGrow articles each year.

Also by Ruth Beck

A pasture containing a mixture of grasses and alfalfa.

Start Scouting for Grasshopper Activity in Crops and Grasslands

Most of Eastern South Dakota is experiencing very low grasshopper populations. However, this is not the case for many areas in Central and Western South Dakota.

Green and yellow grasshopper resting on a head of wheat.

Grasshoppers Are Causing Concerns in Close-to-Harvest Winter Wheat

During the end of last week, we received reports of grasshoppers feeding on winter wheat that was close to being ready to harvest. One of the questions with the report was, “What insecticide can be sprayed that won’t delay harvest?”

Looking down onto a Palmer amaranth plant one sees how the whorled leaves are designed to receive sunlight.

Check Fields for Palmer Amaranth

Palmer amaranth, is an aggressive weed from the pigweed family, which has been reported with increasing frequency in recent years around Central South Dakota.