April’s Ag Advice

April's Ag Advice by April Borders Hopefully harvest is just about wrapped up. I know that getting corn out of the field this year has been a real challenge, especially since our weather has not been cooperating like we wish it would. But with the thoughts of harvest being over, what are you going to do next?

This is a good time of year to be watching for training sessions and educational opportunities so that you can stay on top of the changes that are happening in the world of agronomy. With the advancement of technology, we need to stay current and look for better ways and more economical ways to produce our crops.

There are two meetings that will be coming up in December and you might want to mark your calendars.

The first meeting is the 2004 SDSU Soil Fertility Update and will be held on Dec. 9 in Parker from 1 p.m. and will end at approximately 4:30 p.m. Topics to be covered are "SDSU Fertilizer Recommendation Changes" by Ron Gelderman, director SDSU Soils Lab; "Deep Fertilizer Placement" by Anthony Bly, research associate, Soil Fertility Project; "Foliar Fertilizer" by Jim Gerwing, SDSU Extension soils specialist; "Residue and No-till: Blessing or Curse?" by Howard Woodward, professor, plant science; "How Far Should Fertilizer Be From the Row?" by Ron Gelderman, director, SDSU Soils Lab; and "Fertilizer for Big Wheat Yields" by Jim Gerwing, SDSU Extension soil specialist. This meeting should be very useful in giving you some ideas for planning your fertilizer program for 2005.

The next meeting that you should mark on your calendar is the No-Till Clinic in Mitchell. This is scheduled for Dec. 14 and 15 at the Davison County 4-H Fairgrounds in Mitchell. The program runs from 12:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesday and from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Wednesday. There is a registration cost of $20 with registration before Dec. 7 and $35 after that date.

Tuesday's program includes: "Soybean Aphids in 2004: Economic Thresholds and Research Updates" by SDSU Extension Entomologist Mike Catangui; "Micro Nutrients: When are They Necessary?" by SDSU Extension Soils Specialist Jim Gerwing; "Plant Diseases in No-Till Farming: Wheat as a Model Host" by Kim Maxon-Stein, lab manager, SDSU Plant Diagnostic Clinic; and "2005 Grain Market Outlook and Crop Budgets" by Mark Major, Jerauld County Extension educator/marketing and farm management.

Wednesday's topics and speakers are: "No-Till Planting Equipment" by Extension Ag Engineer Paul Jasa, University of Nebraska; "Variability in Corn Planting" and "Soybean Seeding Rates" by SDSU Extension Crop Specialist Bob Hall; "Rotation and Cover Crops" by Dakota Lakes Research Farm Manager Dwayne Beck; "Give PEAS a Chance" by Beck and producers Lewis Bainbridge and Chet Edinger; "Where Do We Go From Here?" by Nebraska NRCS Soil Technician Dan Gillespie; and "Grain Storage Management" by SDSU Extension Structures and Environment Specialist Steve Pohl.

CCA credits have been applied for at both of these meetings. For more information on these programs contact the Clay County Extension Office at 677-7111.

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