SESD Research Farm plans for June 26 tour

SESD Research Farm plans for June 26 tour The Southeast South Dakota Research Farm will hold its annual summer tour from 3 p.m. until dark on Tuesday, June 26.

The research farm is located six miles west and three miles south of Beresford at 29974 University Road.

Farm Manager Bob Berg, an associate professor of plant science with South Dakota State University, said the summer tour gives producers a chance to view current research projects and visit with university specialists in agriculture.

Speakers will cover topics as far-ranging as corn and soybean herbicides, insects, fertilizer strategies, small grain varieties, and site-specific crop management. This is also an opportunity to congratulate Dale DuBois, ag technician at the station, who will be retiring in July.

Berg will talk about research on polymer-coated seed corn, which features a protective coating intended to allow farmers to plant corn two to four weeks earlier than usual. Extension Weed Specialist Leon Wrage and Extension Integrated Pest Management Coordinator Darrell Deneke will discuss corn and soybean herbicides, waterhemp control, volunteer corn control, and roadside spraying.

Soybean response to phosphorous fertilizer will be the topic when Ron Gelderman, manager of the SDSU Soil Testing Lab, speaks. Extension Soil Specialist Jim Gerwing is slated to highlight nitrogen timing and losses in corn. Jeff Jackson, a graduate research assistant in plant science, will discuss how weeds affect crop water use and yield.

Extension Entomologist Mike Catangui will speak about corn and soybean insects, and Extension Crop Specialist Bob Hall will discuss small grain varieties. Research associate Lon Hall will talk about hulless oats.

Dave Clay, a professor of plant science, will delve into crop yield variability and limitations associated with site-specific crop management.

Lunch will be provided on the grounds by Farm Credit Services of America. Credit for certified crop advisors also will be available.

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