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Pest & Crop Newsletter

SDSU Extension publishes the South Dakota Pest & Crop Newsletter to provide growers, producers, crop consultants, and others involved in crop production with timely news pertinent to management of pests, diseases, and weeds in South Dakota.

a tractor in a field spraying soybeans

SDSU Extension to Hold Private Pesticide Applicator Trainings Across South Dakota

January 03, 2020

SDSU Extension will host private pesticide applicator trainings throughout South Dakota beginning in early January through March.

Chemical Safety, Cover Crops, Crop Treatments, Crop Management, Corn, Forage, Field Pea, Flax, Oats, Oilseed, Pulse Crops, Sorghum, Soybean, Sunflower, Wheat

hand examining clump of soil organic matter
Feb 13

2020 Soil Health @ Mitchell

SDSU Extension will host a soil health meeting on Feb. 13 at 9:30 AM CST at the Highway Conference Center (2000 Conference Way, Mitchell, SD 57301).

Soil Health, Cover Crops

a tractor in a field spraying soybeans
Jan 17

2020 Private Applicator Certification

SDSU Extension will host private pesticide applicator trainings throughout the southeast region of South Dakota beginning in early January through March.

Chemical Safety, Cover Crops, Crop Treatments, Crop Management, Corn, Forage, Field Pea, Flax, Oats, Oilseed, Pulse Crops, Sorghum, Soybean, Sunflower, Wheat

Winter wheat field covered with snow
Jan 21

Winter Agronomy Meeting @ Yankton

Please join us for a Winter Agronomy Meeting this January! Each agronomy meeting is paired with a private pesticide applicator training and includes free lunch.

Corn, Soil Fertility, Cover Crops, Forage, Field Pea, Flax, Oats, Oilseed, Pulse Crops, Sorghum, Soybean, Wheat, Crop Management, Crop Treatments

hand examining clump of soil organic matter

Managing Soil: Maximizing Profit Workshop to be Held Dec. 3 in Colton

November 19, 2019

SDSU Extension will host the “Managing Soil: Maximizing Profit” workshop in Colton on Dec. 3.

Corn, Soil Fertility, Soil Health, Cover Crops, Crop Management, Conservation

A field with patches of soil exhibiting poor water infiltration.

Farm Practices That Improve Soil Health: Cover Crops and Crop Residues

Planting cover crops and returning crop residues (stover) to the soil both adds nutrients and improves overall soil quality. These practices are common with producers across South Dakota and have been recently studied by researchers to identify how they impact the release of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere.

Group of calves grazing in a fenced-in area.

Weaning Calves on Cover Crops

What do we do if it is time to wean calves, but the pen isn’t ready? That can be a real concern during wet fall seasons, such as 2019. Putting calves into muddy pen conditions is far from desirable, but holding calves on the cows deep into fall increases the risk of adverse winter weather and tends to pull body condition off the cows.

A tall, grassy, warm-season cover crop blend grown in Central South Dakota.

Dakota Lakes Research Farm Fall Field Day to be Held Sept. 18

September 13, 2019

South Dakota State University’s Dakota Lakes Research Farm will host a fall field day on Sept. 18 at 10 a.m. CDT. The farm is located at 21310 308th Ave., Pierre, S.D. 57501, and is approximately 17 miles east of Pierre on Hwy 34.

Corn, Cover Crops, Beef Cattle, Dairy Cattle