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Soybean Growers Sought for On-Farm Research Program

May 15, 2019

SDSU Extension and the South Dakota Soybean Research and Promotion Council are seeking South Dakota soybean growers to participate in a farmer-led On-Farm Research Program.

Soybean, Plant, Crop Management, Crop Treatments, Soil Fertility

grasshopper sitting on plant leaf

Grasshopper Mites in South Dakota

Fact sheet that covers the ectoparasite grasshopper mites.

a variety of cover crops growing in a field

Herbicide Considerations for Cover Crop Planting in 2019

Long residual pre-emergent or early post-emergent herbicides may cause stand reduction or complete failure of cover crops. Depending on efficacy of the herbicide, each situation can both affect in-season and/or post-harvest cover crop establishment.

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Financial Measures for South Dakota Farms

Farm and ranch businesses have a sizeable investment in equipment, buildings, land, and livestock. These investments require their owners and managers to remain knowledgeable about the financial condition of their business. The information to calculate measures of financial performance can be found in their farm record books or accounting system.

winter wheat blade with brown to tan colored lesions with water soaking around them.

Bacterial Leaf Blight Developing in Winter Wheat

Recent winter wheat scouting found bacterial leaf blight developing in some fields. Bacterial leaf blight is caused by the bacteria, Pseudomonas syringae pv. syringae. The disease develops under frequent rains between 59 and 77 degrees Fahrenheit.

A yellow beetle with a black head, and square black markings on its back standing on a soybean leaf.

2019 South Dakota Overwintering Bean Leaf Beetle Predicted Mortality

Overwintering bean leaf beetle adults will soon start emerging as they do each spring. This overwintering generation is capable of causing serious defoliation injury to seedling soybean plants.

Two weevil larva. Top: alfalfa weevil. Bottom: clover leaf weevil.

How to Differentiate Alfalfa Weevils From Clover Weevils

When scouting alfalfa, there are two species of weevils that are commonly observed. They are the alfalfa weevil and the clover leaf weevil. Although they are similar in size and coloration, each species has unique characteristics that can be used to identify them.

A combine harvesting soybeans at dusk.

Field Studies: Blowing the Whistle on Marketing Claims

With technology surrounding today’s culture, data and marketing information has become a key part of life. The best way to determine if a product or practice is effective is to ask for the data and research backing a company’s claims. However, before a producer makes a decision, understanding the data and statistics is key.

a bare, freshly tilled field awaiting planting.

Field Studies: What do You Mean 5 Bushels Per Acre is Not Significant?

Utilizing sound research results to help make decisions on the farm is a wise business practice. It can be confusing, however, when you see two numbers that are clearly not the same labeled as “not significantly different.”