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Ruth Beck

SDSU Extension Agronomy Field Specialist

605-773-8120

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 group of brown cattle foraging in a green field.

Prussic Acid Poisoning

As the first frost date approaches, producers often have concerns about the risk of prussic acid poisoning in livestock. Certain forage plants, especially sorghums and related species are associated with an increased risk of death loss because of prussic acid poisoning.

Black beetles with heads as wide as thorax on brown soybean pods.

Broad-Headed Bugs in Soybean: Should You Be Worried?

This week we received a report of insects infesting a soybean field. However, they weren’t insects that we generally think of when the term "soybean insect pests" comes up.

A hand examining a wheat plant in a wheat field

USDA to Collect Information on Small Grain Production in South Dakota

September 20, 2019

South Dakota will be one of 32 states taking part in a small grains survey conducted by the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) of the United States Department of Agriculture this fall.

Wheat, Oats, Sorghum, Sunflower, Corn