Due to a difficult and wet harvest last fall, many producers in the Region chose to store grains much wetter than typical. As a result, special care needs to be taken for these grains as the air temperature rises this spring.
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Farm fields in some areas are unusually wet this year with many low areas under water. These conditions will make planting a challenge for farmers this year.
September 12, 2019
As northeast South Dakota fills sandbags and the southeast puts them away, many are using South Dakota Mesonet’s network of 28 locally-supported weather stations to monitor their local soil moisture profile.
April 08, 2019
SDSU Extension recently released the online Fertilizer Recommendations Guide, available at extension.sdstate.edu/fertilizer-recommendation-guide.
As April unfolds, major flooding continues along the Eastern rivers. The James River is at crest in Brown county the first week of April and will slowly recede while maintaining flood level for much of April.
April 01, 2019
There is no easy fix for field ruts left over from last fall, however SDSU Extension Soils Field Specialist, Anthony Bly, said there are ways to mitigate the issues associated with ruts before planting begins.
It is evident that there are high chances of planting into wet soils this spring. This is not a good decision when normal soil conditions appear to be attainable, but this year we may not have a choice.
The wheat disease management field experiments conducted in the 2018 growing season evaluated several experimental and commercially available fungicides for managing foliar, head or root diseases of spring wheat. Foliar and spike/head diseases incidence and severity were assessed. The field experiments were implemented at Volga Research Farm and Northeast Research Farm (NERF) near South Shore, SD. Results of the same experiment may vary between Volga and Northeast due to environmental differences between the two locations.
September 12, 2019
Snowmelt due to warming temperatures is predicted to result in a second river crest for South Dakota’s James, Vermilion and Big Sioux Rivers. And, more rainfall is predicted according to the March 21, 2019 National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) April Climate Outlook.
During floods, your fields will experience different amounts of erosion, sediment deposition, and crop residue accumulation. To avoid compaction of these soils it is crucial to let soils drain and dry out sufficiently before removing any large debris from fields or working the soil.