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bare field in spring waiting to be planted

Planting Considerations for a Late Spring

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.

SD Mesonet Reports on Soil Moisture Levels as Profile Thaws & Flood Waters Recede

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.

Corn, Wheat, Soybean, Field Pea, Flax, Oats, Oilseed, Pulse Crops, Sorghum, Sunflower, Crop Management, Range, Soil Health, Flood Resources for Agriculture

an image of the cover of the SDSU Extension Fertilizer Recommendations Guide

SDSU Extension Releases 2019 Fertilizer Recommendations Guide

April 08, 2019

SDSU Extension recently released the online Fertilizer Recommendations Guide, available at

Soil Fertility, Cover Crops, Pulse Crops, Corn, Wheat, Soybean, Sorghum, Sunflower, Field Pea, Oats, Flax, Grassland, Forage, Lawn, Garden soil

road closed sign in front of a flooded road

Floods Continue With a Wet Outlook

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.

a wet, snow-covered field with deep ruts in the soil

Stuck in a Rut: SDSU Extension Offers Tips on How to Deal with Field Ruts

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.

Soil Health, Crop Management, Cover Crops, Corn, Soybean, Wheat, Equipment Safety

bottom part of a corn plant in soil with half of the roots exposed to show the seed trench (side-wall) compaction.

Planting Into Wet Soils

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.

wheat field

2018 Field Plot Summaries for Wheat Disease Management Trials

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.

an image of a gravel road effected by flood waters

River Flooding Continues with Cool and Wet Outlook for April 2019

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.

Beef Cattle, Dairy Cattle, Corn, Wheat, Soybean, Trees, Garden & Yard Issues, Flood Resources for Agriculture

crop fields flooded by spring snow melt. USDA Photo by Lance Cheung

Managing Soil and Soil Fertility After Flooding

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.

a winter wheat field in late winter with noticable flooding in the distance

Effects of Spring Flooding in Winter Wheat

How does spring flooding impact winter wheat survival? Plants in general get impacted by water-logged conditions due to lack of oxygen.