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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.

Green canola plants infested with false chinch bugs with dying leaves.

False Chinch Bugs Are Active in Canola

We have received reports of false chinch bug populations in canola this week. Heavily infested canola fields will sometimes appear drought stressed, but closer inspection reveals that false chinch bugs are the culprits for the wilting plants.

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Don’t Forget About Stored Grain This Spring

Due to a difficult, wet harvest last fall and a challenging marketing situation, many producers in the region chose to store grains wetter and longer than typical. As a result, special care needs to be taken when storing these grains as the air temperature rises into the summer months.

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2020 South Dakota Pest Management Guides Released

January 24, 2020

The 2020 South Dakota Pest Management Guides are now available for free on the SDSU Extension website.

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South Dakota Pest Management Guides

The South Dakota 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.

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SDSU Extension to Hold Private Pesticide Applicator Trainings Across South Dakota

January 03, 2020

SDSU Extension will host private pesticide applicator trainings throughout South Dakota beginning in early January through March.

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SDSU Extension to Host Winter Agronomy Meetings and Private Pesticide Applicator Trainings in Southeast South Dakota

January 03, 2020

SDSU Extension will host winter agronomy meetings in Mitchell, Sioux Falls and Yankton in January 2020.

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Ag Economic Dialogues Scheduled

August 15, 2019

SDSU Extension will focus on production and marketing decisions at the August and September Ag Economic Dialogues.

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SDSU Extension to Host Conservation Drainage Workshop at Southeast Research Farm

July 10, 2019

SDSU Extension will be hosting a drainage workshop Wednesday, July 17 and Thursday, July 18 starting at 9:00 a.m. CDT at South Dakota State University’s Southeast Research Farm.

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Monitor Canola Fields for False Chinch Bug Activity

While scouting canola this week, I came across a field that had plants along the edge that looked like they were suffering from drought stress, but given the recent rain I doubted that to be the case. Closer inspection of the stressed plants indicated that they were covered in false chinch bugs. Although false chinch bugs are not normally an issue in canola, very large populations do have the potential to reduce yield.