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Current Conditions Favor Disease Development in Spring Wheat

December 18, 2018

South Dakota's spring wheat crop is at risk for Fusarium head blight (FHB) or scab development, said Emmanuel Byamukama, Assistant Professor & SDSU Extension Plant Pathologist.

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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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Edgar S. McFadden Symposium on Wheat Improvement to be Held in Brookings on May 1-2, 2018

December 18, 2018

South Dakota State University will host the third Edgar S. McFadden Symposium on Wheat Improvement on May 1- 2, 2018.


A John Deere Max Emerge XP corn planter behind a Case IH Magnum 335 with AFS precision farming system.

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?

A green combine harvesting wheat.

Factors Affecting Wheat Production Decisions: Producer survey findings

Recent USDA data shows that during the past 3 years acres devoted to wheat production continue declining in both South Dakota and North Dakota (USDA, 2018). South Dakota wheat acres experienced a remarkable decrease of 31.5% during the past 3 years, compared with a relatively mild drop of 16.4% by North Dakota.

An extreme closeup image of a green wheat blade with several small, transparent white mites on it.

Spring is the Best Time to Scout for Wheat Streak Mosaic Virus

December 18, 2018

Due to wheat streak mosaic disease showing up in wheat fields across South Dakota in 2017, many wheat growers wonder if they need to worry about the disease spreading this winter and wheat streak mosaic virus showing up in their fields spring 2018.

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small group of cattle grazing on cover crops

Cover Crops & Livestock Integration: A Profit Opportunity for S.D. Farms

Cover crops have been gaining a reemerging acceptance over the last decade, with very few producers disagreeing about the potential soil health benefits of adding cover crops to their farming operation.

Wheat heads with extreme white-yellow bleaching.

Wheat Stem Maggots Observed in S.D. Wheat

While scouting wheat fields throughout South Dakota, we have started noticing the presence of bleached heads scattered throughout many different fields. These discolored heads are the result of an infestation of the wheat stem maggot.

Barley yellow dwarf developing in winter wheat.

Barley yellow dwarf is starting to develop in winter wheat. Barley yellow dwarf is caused by the Barley yellow dwarf virus (BYDV). This disease usually becomes more distinct at flag leaf emergence. A typical symptom of Barley yellow dwarf is the purplish-yellow color of infected leaves, especially the flag leaf.

Light as a Feather Whole Wheat Pancakes

Great Grains

Grains are great! They provide many nutrients that are vital for the health and maintenance of our bodies.