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

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Overproducing us Out of Business

There seems to be a misconception nowadays in much of the public that in order for agriculture to be sustainable in the future, there is a need to go organic. Organic agriculture can be sustainable, but so can traditional agriculture.

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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.

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How to Properly Launder Insecticide-Contaminated Clothes

It is important to prevent insecticide exposure from occurring when laundering contaminated or potentially contaminated clothing.

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Keep Your Hands Protected When Working With Insecticides!

One common misconception is that all chemical-resistant gloves provide the same amount of protection from insecticide products.

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Cover Crop Usage in South Dakota is on the Rise

The number of South Dakota producers who use cover crops has been increasing at an accelerating rate over the past ten years.

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2018 Field Plot Summaries for Soybeans: Plant Disease and Fungicide Trials

This is a summary of soybean field research studies that were conducted in 2018. The purpose of these studies was to assess efficacies of fungicides for foliar disease management and nematicides/seed treatment products for nematode management. The studies were conducted on growers’ land in Brookings and Volga Research Farm.

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2018 Field Plot Summaries for Oat and Sorghum Foliar Disease Management Trials

An oat crown rust integrated management trial and a sorghum foliar fungicide trials were conducted to determine the efficacy of fungicides to manage crown rust and fungal diseases in oat and sorghum respectively. Crown rust is one of the most devastating diseases of oat in the state. Stragego fungicide was applied at three different timings to determine the most effective timing for crown rust management. For sorghum, the study investigated the efficacy of two different rates of Nexicor for managing sorghum foliar diseases. The oat field experiment was maintained at Northeast Research Farm (NERF), Southeast research farm (SERF) and Volga research farm. The sorghum experiment was at Volga.

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2018 Field Plot Summaries for Corn: Fungicide Trials

This document contains results of corn field trials conducted during the 2018 growing season to evaluate foliar fungicides to manage various corn diseases. The research studies were conducted at Volga and Southeast Research Farms. Weather conditions at the two research farms are different which in turn influenced the level disease development.

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Effects of Snow on Wheat

Even though snow that comes with the onset of cool temperatures can be a nuisance for our daily activities, it can benefit a winter wheat crop a great deal.

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Soybean Production: Cost-effective pest management practices

Chemicals were one of the most expensive individual costs in soybean production, behind only to seed in the non-land cost category. The average cash-rent soybean production farms incurred a crop chemical cost of $39/ac in 2015, an 88% increase from 2010.