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Many South Dakotans are dealing with flood issues following recent blizzards and record-breaking rain.

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A sprawling sorghum field ready for harvest

Sorghum Weed Control

Early competition, especially from grass, is critical for successfully controlling weeds in sorghum. There are preemergence as well as postemergence herbicides available for this crop. Early treatment provides the best control of broadleaved weeds with crop stage also being a critical factor for some postemergence treatments.

wheat field

2018 Field Plot Summaries for Wheat Disease Management Trials

The wheat disease management field experiments conducted in the 2018 growing season evaluated several experimental and commercially available fungicides for managing foliar, head or root diseases of spring wheat. Foliar and spike/head diseases incidence and severity were assessed. The field experiments were implemented at Volga Research Farm and Northeast Research Farm (NERF) near South Shore, SD. Results of the same experiment may vary between Volga and Northeast due to environmental differences between the two locations.

crop fields flooded by spring snow melt. USDA Photo by Lance Cheung

Managing Soil and Soil Fertility After Flooding

During floods, your fields will experience different amounts of erosion, sediment deposition, and crop residue accumulation. To avoid compaction of these soils it is crucial to let soils drain and dry out sufficiently before removing any large debris from fields or working the soil.

a winter wheat field in late winter with noticable flooding in the distance

Effects of Spring Flooding in Winter Wheat

How does spring flooding impact winter wheat survival? Plants in general get impacted by water-logged conditions due to lack of oxygen.

an oat field with healthy, green oat plants growing throughout

Plant Growth Regulator Reduces Height, Lodging in Oats

With the goal of reducing lodging in oats, SDSU Extension and a research team initiated a multi-location trial in 2018 growing season to study the effects of plant growth regulator (PGR) on oat performance.

abandoned barn surrounded by flood waters. Photo by Jeannie Mooney, FEMA

Effects of Spring Flooding on Weed Seed Movement

How does spring flooding impact weed seed movement and dispersal? The flooding that is occurring from spring snow melt may cause weed seeds that are on the soil surface or eroded soil to move, and possibly long distances.

a wet, snow-covered field with deep ruts in the soil

Stuck in a Rut: How to Deal With Field Ruts this Spring

As spring approaches, planting comes to mind, and for many, this means deciding what to do about last fall’s field ruts.

tall Palmer Amaranth plants
Mar 26

Palmer Amaranth: ID, Management and Elimination

SDSU Extension will be hosting an informational meeting on March 26 at 1:30 PM CDT at the Phoenix Center (117 S. Main St., Onida, SD 57564).

Crop Management, Crop Treatments, Corn, Soybean, Wheat

Implications of Excessive Soil Moisture for Disease Development in Winter Wheat

Although it is too early to start thinking about disease issues in winter wheat at this time, current flooding in some areas may have implications on diseases that may develop on winter wheat.

sun rising over a cornfield. several grain bins are in the background.

Marketing Mindset Change

Marketing for profit may not seem new to producers, but the way they look at their marketing plans should be.