Experiment farm meeting to feature carbon farming info The annual membership meeting of the Southeast South Dakota Experiment Farm will feature managing carbon for agriculture and using high-oil corn in crop and livestock operations.
The annual winter meeting will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 30, at the farm headquarters (29974 University Road, 6 miles west and 3 miles south of Beresford).
Gregg Carlson, Extension water quality specialist at South Dakota State University, will explain the role of carbon in agriculture, including practical aspects needed for society to sequester it to benefit the environment.
Bob Thaler, Extension swine specialist at SDSU, will summarize how to effectively use high-oil corn for swine grow-finish rations and its role in animal health.
Brad Rops, research assistant at the farm, will outline what he learned feeding high-oil corn to beef cattle in the SESD Farm feedlot.
Bob Berg, manager of the SESD Experiment Farm for SDSU, will highlight production and economics of raising specialty crops, including high-oil corn, for crop enterprises; and will give an overview of last year's climate and other crop research conducted during 2000.
Prior to the education presentations, Robert Hansen, chairman of the board of directors of the non-profit corporation, will give a welcome at 1 p.m., conduct a brief business meeting, and introduce speakers.
Following the program, county meetings will be held for election of the following director positions: Duane Auch, Clay; Robert Hansen, Yankton; Kirk Jensen, Lincoln; Ron Johnson, Clay; Wayne Larson, Minnehaha; Alvin Novak, Yankton; Brian Smit, Turner; and David Ulrickson, Lincoln.
The educational meeting is open to anyone interested.
The SESD Experiment Farm is a non-profit corporation of shareholders, primarily farmers, from the southeast corner of the state.
The corporation owns a farm for the purpose of agricultural research conducted by researchers from South Dakota Agricultural Experiment Station, with input from shareholders.