Generally speaking, ‘pollinators’ refers to the suite of plants that produce nectar and pollen (generally flowering broadleaf plants) and the insects and other animals (birds, bats, etc.) that spread the pollen for plant reproduction. In the last several years, the honey bee has been at the center of the pollinator discussion, as their populations have crashed – placing bee keepers and their fruit and nut producing clientele at risk.
As we progress later into the summer, we commonly see an increase in horse fly activity.
In South Dakota, dung beetles help regulate rangeland health through dung dispersal.
Zika virus, a tropical mosquito-borne disease, has recently emerged in many South American and Central American countries after having first been characterized in Africa and Asia.
Horn flies, face flies, and stable flies are not just irritants to livestock, but are economically important to producers due to negative impacts on milk production and calf weaning weights
We often receive reports of large ant mounds in a pastures and rangeland. These mounds are the creation of thatching ants, which are common in South Dakota. Although these mounds are often considered a nuisance, the ants may play an important role as predators of potential pest insects.
June 18, 2019
SDSU Extension is hosting open house agronomy meetings in eight South Dakota locations, to address the current state of farming due to excessive moisture.
2019 Growing Season Challenges Addressed by SDSU Extension Staff During Faulkton & Aberdeen Open-Houses
June 19, 2019
SDSU Extension is hosting open house meetings in Faulkton and Aberdeen June 21, 2019 to address the current state of farming.
During the past couple of weeks, reports of aphid populations in wheat fields have slowly been increasing. Typically, the initial aphid populations are observed earlier in the season, but the 2019 spring may have delayed infestations.
The above-average precipitation this year has led to increased numbers of horse flies and deer flies across South Dakota. Widespread flooding and an overall abundance of available water has made conditions perfect for these flies.