April’s Ag Advice

April's Ag Advice By April Borders The Annual Crop Production Clinics will be held in three locations in southeast South Dakota. They are set for Feb. 7 at the Scotland City Hall, Feb. 8 at the 4-H Building in Vermillion, and Feb. 9 at the First English Lutheran Church in Lennox.

The programs run from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. each day. The programs are sponsored by the Cooperative Extension Service of the South 2 Field Education Unit and South Dakota State University.

Guest speakers include Bob Hall, Extension crops specialist; Mike Catangui, Extension entomologist; Darrell Deneke, Extension weed specialist; and Marty Draper, Extension plant pathologist. The S2 Extension Agronomy Educators � April Borders and Steve Sutera � will also be on the program.

Hall begins at 12:30 p.m. with a presentation on corn and soybean row spacing and plant populations. Borders will follow with information on growth stages of corn and soybean plants and how they relate to the proper timing of pesticide applications

At 1:30 p.m. Catangui will discuss the soybean aphid infestations the past two years and will give the recommendations for 2005.

Deneke is on the program at 2:30 p.m. with an update on the "herbicide tolerance" research plot data and the single and double rates of herbicides in corn and soybeans. Sutera will provide results of the glyphosate research, antagonism, and timing of application.

Draper is on at 3:30 p.m. with information regarding corn stalk rot and the soybean rust alert for 2005. Draper will be first on the program on Feb. 8 in Vermillion so that he can make a presentation in another location later that day.

The Crop Production Clinics are open to anyone interested in getting the latest research information on corn and soybean pest management. CCA credits will be available.

Also don't forget about the "Fertilizing for Maximum Yields" Clinic. This program will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 26 at the Yankton County 4-H Building. Registration for the program will start at 9:30 a.m. with the program running from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. A lunch will be provided courtesy of the Yankton Chamber Ag-Committee.

The program will be presented by the South 2 Field Education Unit and speakers will include Jim Gerwing, Extension soil specialist, SDSU; Borders, Sutera and Zach Rada, farm management/marketing educator, Union County � Elk Point.

Gerwing will discuss the changes that will take place in the SDSU Fertilizer Recommendation Guide for 2005 and will also discuss nutrient deficiencies for corn, soybeans and alfalfa.

Borders will discuss the importance of soil sampling and how to correctly take soil samples. Sutera will discuss the importance of tissue sampling and how to correctly sample plant tissues. Rada will discuss fertilizing for profit and will address the economic importance of fertilizing for maximum yields.

The program is open to the public and all people interested in attending are welcome.

If you need information about any of the upcoming programs, please contact the Clay County Extension Office at 677-7111.

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