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A pod sprouting from a healthy soybean plant.

Late-Season Nitrogen For Soybean?

Some South Dakota soybean fields that were planted early and have had sufficient moisture have reached early pod setting stage (R3) and are looking good.

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Cattle and Land Conservation in South Dakota

Analysis of results from a 2017 South Dakota farmer survey reveals that cattlemen tend to be more land conservation oriented than their grain farming counterparts.

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Eastern South Dakota Soil and Water Research Farm Holds Field Day June 19 in Brookings

December 19, 2018

The benefits of small grains in crop rotations is the focus of the 24th Annual Field Day to be held June 19, 2018 at the Eastern South Dakota Soil and Water Research Farm in Brookings (3714 Western Avenue).

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Soybean Planting Population: A Review

There have been reports in recent years that agronomists in states such as Iowa, Nebraska and Wisconsin have observed success when reducing soybean planting populations.

A patch of soybeans with several plants exhibiting browning and yellowing leaves.

Plant Disease Management Decisions to Make Before Planting

For most plant diseases, in-season management choices are very limited. In fact, there are no in-season management options available for diseases caused by nematodes, viruses, and bacteria.

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All Straight Dicamba Products Now Restricted Use in South Dakota

Starting April 30, 2018 all dicamba products that are not a mixture but instead straight dicamba are restricted use in South Dakota. This will mean all applicators will need to keep spray records of use and place of application.

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When is it Too Late to Plant Wheat?

April of 2018 may go down as one of the coldest on record. Typically spring fieldwork begins in South Dakota in early April or even March.

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Cool and Wet Spring Slowing Down Planting Season 2018

December 18, 2018

Spring is slow to come this year, as late season snowstorms continue to impact South Dakota.

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Herbicide Considerations for Cover Crop Planting in 2018

December 19, 2018

Long residual pre-emergent or early post-emergent herbicides may cause stand reduction or complete failure of cover crops.

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Trade Impacts on Soybeans

Agricultural trade agreements were first established in the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT), legal treaty signed initially by 23 nations in 1947. The purpose was to promote international trade by reducing barriers such as tariffs.