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Crop Management

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Winter wheat emerging from a planted field.

Starter Fertilizer in Winter Wheat

Winter wheat planting season is soon at hand. Questions often abound on the issue of fertilization rates, timing and placement. Over the years, a lot of research has focused on starter fertilizers or split-applying nitrogen (N) and other nutrients. In general, phosphorus placed with the seed has been shown to increase tillering and total grain yield. Nitrogen is more uncertain, due to the possibility of salt burn and the associated yield losses.

A sprawling sorghum field ready for harvest

Sorghum Trial Results

In 2018, sorghum trials were conducted in 3 locations in South Dakota.

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Jan 08

2019 Private Applicator Certification

SDSU Extension will host Private Applicator training sessions at various locations across South Dakota.

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

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Soil Testing Labs

This page contains a list of nearby state or private laboratories that can be used for crop production fields, gardens and lawns.

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SDSU Extension Hosts Workshops During Sioux Falls Farm Show

January 10, 2019

The SDSU Extension Agriculture and Natural Resources team will host workshops during the Sioux Falls Farm Show, January 23-25, 2019 at the Sioux Falls Convention Center (1201 Northwest Ave).

Soybean, Crop Management, Crop Treatments

sunflower field

Sunflower Hybrid Variety Trial Results

In 2018, oilseed hybrid sunflower trials were planted at five locations in South Dakota.

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2019 South Dakota Pest Management Guides

The South Dakota 2019 Pest Management guides are now available for free. The guides offer recommendations for controlling weeds, insects, and diseases in a variety of South Dakota crops.

A grain storage bin.

Wet Corn: Storage and Late Harvest Options

January 03, 2019

Due to uncooperative weather conditions in areas of the state, harvest 2018 saw many South Dakota farmers facing a difficult decision - harvest wet grain or let it stand in the field.

Corn, Crop Management

A snow-dusted corn stand.

Wet Corn: Storage and Late Harvest Options

With a very challenging harvest in many parts of south and southeastern South Dakota this year, farmers were faced with difficult decisions. Wet, unfrozen ground in many areas and high grain moisture forced many farmers had to make a decision: harvest the wet grain, or let it stand in the field.

A sprawling green field of field pea plantings

Field Pea Variety Trial Results

In 2018, field pea trials were planted at four locations in South Dakota.