SESD Experiment Farm fall tour slated Sept. 12

SESD Experiment Farm fall tour slated Sept. 12 The spotlight will be on row crops and management of pests, soil fertility, and cropping systems on Tuesday, Sept. 12, during the annual fall field day of the Southeast S.D. Experiment Farm.

Continuous tours will run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at this farm six miles west and three miles south of Beresford. Certified crop advisor credits will be available.

Bob Berg, who manages the farm for South Dakota State University, invites anyone interested to come for the tours and lunch provided on the grounds.

The pest management tour will feature Leon Wrage, Extension weeds specialist, and Darrell Deneke, Extension coordinator of integrated pest management, addressing waterhemp control in corn and soybeans, reduced herbicide rates in corn, early season weed control, and weeds to watch for.

On the same tour are weeds researcher Sharon Clay describing weed control strategies for precision farming; Jeff Jackson, Plant Science graduate student, on quantifying crop water stress caused by weeds; Mike Catangui, Extension entomologist, discussing bean leaf beetle management and the soybean defoliation project; and Marty Draper, Extension plant pathologist, looking at corn diseases.

The soil fertility tour will be narrated by David Clay, soils researcher, who will compare soil sampling strategies for site-specific farming; and Jim Gerwing, Extension soils specialist, predicting nitrogen carryover on corn after drought.

The crop production tour will feature farm manager Bob Berg reporting on the station's high-oil corn project; Roy Scott, SDSU soybean breeder, explaining the university's Roundup-Ready soybean development program; and economist Doug Franklin summarizing the economics of long-term cropping systems.

On the livestock side of the tour, Brent Christopherson, Animal and Range Sciences graduate student, will present a poster about his swine research on porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome (PRRS).

Kim Cassel, Extension program leader for ag and natural resources field operations, will help coordinate the program.

Lunch on the grounds will be provided courtesy of the SESD Farm Corporation, a nonprofit corporation of farmer shareholders who own this farm for the purpose of conducting research vital to their locality.

For more information, telephone (605) 563-2989 or EM: For announcements, listen to KXRB or WNAX Radio.

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