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Cover Crops

The benefits of planting cover crops are numerous. 

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During the growing season, SDSU Extension provides weekly production recommendations.


Oat Variety Trial Results

In 2022, oat trials were planted at 9 locations, forage summary and a regional summary in South Dakota.

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Other Crops

South Dakota’s fertile landscape is home to a diversity of crops.

Oats growing in a field.

Effects of Plant Growth Regulator in Oats

Plant growth regulators are human-applied chemicals that manipulate the hormone functions in plants. Learn how they can be used in oats to help reduce lodging and prevent yield loss.

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Crown Rust of Oats

Crown rust continues to be the most economically damaging and important fungal diseases of oats in South Dakota. Learn how to recognize and manage it in oat fields this growing season.

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Black Grass Bugs May Cause Issues if Drought Persists

In western South Dakota, black grass bugs are a common spring forage pest that can cause considerable damage during periods of drought. Learn how to monitor and manage this pest to protect your forages this spring.

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Why Precision Agriculture?

When precision agriculture comes into a conversation a few questions arise. Three of those questions might be: What is precision agriculture? How does precision agriculture make our farm more profitable? What do I do with all this data?

Soybean plants with wilting, cupped leaves as the result of dicamba herbicide damage.

South Dakota Herbicide Damage

As the spray season starts, it is always good to be aware of resources and testing facilities where you can send in possible herbicide-affected plant samples. SDSU Extension offers suggestions on how to handle possible herbicide damage situations as well as recommended labs that receive plant matter samples to test for herbicide residues.

Two groups of cover crops. Left: Oats. Right: Radish.

Herbicide Interactions With Cover Crops After Oats

After oats have been harvested, options exist to keep a living root in the soil. This can be done through growing cover crops. In 2018 an on-farm trial was preformed near Salem, South Dakota to observe how cover crops grown after oats would germinate after common herbicides had been applied.