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a black tailed prairie dog resting on a mount

Prairie Dog Management in South Dakota

Prairie dogs are an important component of the grassland ecosystem, providing habitat to numerous plant and animal species.

A group of brown cattle foraging in a green field.

Prussic Acid Poisoning

As the first frost date approaches, producers often have concerns about the risk of prussic acid poisoning in livestock. Certain forage plants, especially sorghums and related species are associated with an increased risk of death loss because of prussic acid poisoning.

Black beetles with heads as wide as thorax on brown soybean pods.

Broad-Headed Bugs in Soybean: Should You Be Worried?

This week we received a report of insects infesting a soybean field. However, they weren’t insects that we generally think of when the term "soybean insect pests" comes up.

A hand examining a wheat plant in a wheat field

USDA to Collect Information on Small Grain Production in South Dakota

September 20, 2019

South Dakota will be one of 32 states taking part in a small grains survey conducted by the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) of the United States Department of Agriculture this fall.

Wheat, Oats, Sorghum, Sunflower, Corn

A tall, grassy, warm-season cover crop blend grown in Central South Dakota.

Dakota Lakes Research Farm Fall Field Day to be Held Sept. 18

September 13, 2019

South Dakota State University’s Dakota Lakes Research Farm will host a fall field day on Sept. 18 at 10 a.m. CDT. The farm is located at 21310 308th Ave., Pierre, S.D. 57501, and is approximately 17 miles east of Pierre on Hwy 34.

Corn, Cover Crops, Beef Cattle, Dairy Cattle

Green and yellow grasshopper with black chevron markings on hindlegs.

Should I Be Concerned About Grasshoppers When Planting Winter Wheat?

During 2019 we have received varying reports regarding grasshopper populations. Many reports have indicated that grasshopper numbers are down. However, we have also received reports of very large grasshopper populations in some areas of South Dakota. So why such a difference?

Weeds growing in a recently harvested winter wheat field.

Winter Wheat Decisions

Winter wheat planting will soon be starting and a number of decisions will have to be made for a successful winter wheat crop, including: the time of planting, the choice of variety to be planted, disease and pest management decisions and crop insurance.

sunflower field

An identification guide to Common Stem Diseases of Sunflower in South Dakota

A guide of common stem diseases in sunflowers in South Dakota

Symptoms of three emerging sunflower diseases. From the left: Bacterial Stem Rot, Sclerotinia Basal Rot, and Sunflower Rust.

Bacterial Stem Rot, Sclerotinia Basal Rot and Sunflower Rust Developing in Sunflower

Sunflower scouted this week in Brookings and Kingsbury counties were found with bacterial stem rot, Sclerotinia basal rot and sunflower rust. This area has had plenty of moisture, which favors several diseases to develop in sunflower.

a close up of a field of wheat

31st Annual Winter Wheat Meeting Scheduled for August 27 in Draper

August 20, 2019

The Jones County Crop Improvement Association, along with SDSU Extension, will be hosting the 31st Annual Winter Wheat Meeting at Draper, S.D., on August 27. This meeting provides South Dakota wheat producers with the most recent South Dakota State University wheat variety trial results, as well as other information on winter wheat production in South Dakota.

Wheat, Crop Management, Crop Treatments