SDSU specialists to lead workshops

SDSU specialists to lead workshops South Dakota State University specialists will lead two workshops at the annual Summer Symposium of the Northern Plains Sustainable Agriculture Society (NPSAS).

The symposium takes place on Friday, July 16, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. It begins in Canistota, and ends near Freeman, with stops at farms in between. Find complete registration information and directions online at the society's Web site, http://www.npsas.org/.

The Summer Symposium brings together farmers, researchers, Extension educators, and buyers interested in sustainable farming.

SDSU Extension Forage Specialist Peter Jeranyama presents a workshop on rotational grazing. Jeranyama will discuss pasture yields, botanical composition and forage quality of rotationally stocked organic pastures.

He'll also address the challenges involved in maintaining desired species composition in grazed pastures. The participants will also tour grass-fed poultry, hogs, and cattle raised on a rotational grazing system.

SDSU professor and weed scientist Sharon Clay leads a weed management workshop. She'll discuss using alfalfa in crop rotations for weed management, remote sensing for weed patch detection, and the challenges of using biocontrol agents in pasture and range settings.

Participants will tour organic small grain cropping systems, specialty production including native berry and grape production, weed and pest management strategies being employed on the farms, as well as marketing strategies.

Contact Lynn Nelson at the Northern Plains Sustainable Agriculture Society for a brochure and registration materials by calling (701) 883-4304. Or e-mail a request to lnnpsas@drtel.net.

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