Fall tour Sept. 5 at SE Research Farm Drought and pest problems will be main topics at the Sept. 5 fall crop and livestock tour at the Southeast Research Farm near Beresford.
"The crops are drought-stressed, and we've had a lot of insect problems this year," farm manager Bob Berg said, adding that South Dakota State Experiment Station and Extension specialists will be on hand to discuss drought and other issues with producers.
The tour is Thursday, Sept. 5, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
To find the research farm, go six miles west from Beresford, then three miles south on University Road. The address is 29974 University Road.
The Farm Credit Service Association will provide free lunch at the event. Certified crop advisor credits will be offered.
Here's what specific tours will feature:
Integrated pest management tours: SDSU Extension Weed Specialist Leon Wrage and SDSU Integrated Pest Management Coordinator Darrell Deneke will discuss control strategies for waterhemp, cockleburr and velvetleaf on the weed tour. They are encouraging producers to bring weed samples to the tour for identification and will have a Weed Zoo to help identify different types of weeds. A special feature of the weed zoo this year is a big weed contest. Weed fighters should check around and bring a sample of the biggest weed they can find. Prizes will be offered. Proof of ownership not required.
SDSU Extension Plant Pathologist Marty Draper will talk about plant diseases, focusing on soybean cyst nematode. SDSU Extension Entomologist Mike Catangui will discuss problems with insects including soybean aphids and western bean cutworm.
Soil fertility tour: SDSU plant science professor Ron Gelderman, manager of the SDSU soil lab, will deal with soil fertility issues relating to drought. SDSU Extension Soils Specialist Jim Gerwing discusses fall nitrogen management for crops. SDSU plant science professor Howard Woodard will talk about sulfur effect on corn and soybean yields.
Crops management tour: SDSU Extension Crops Specialist Bob Hall discusses the effects of drought on crops, in particular nitrate and prussic acid concerns. He'll also use some historic germplasm grown at the station this year to highlight differences in hybrids of decades ago compared to those grown today.
SDSU graduate student Bill Tjentland and SDSU Precision Farming Agronomist Gregg Carlson talk about site-specific crop management in terms of field-scale plant population and nitrogen rates. Southeast Research Farm manager Bob Berg will summarize several years of research on row spacing and seeding rates for corn. SDSU economist Doug Franklin will discuss the long-term economics of tillage and crop rotations.
Livestock tour: SDSU Extension Beef Feedlot Specialist Kent Tjardes will summarize research on ways to feed corn distillers grain products to cattle.