The Southeast Research Farm is at 29974 University Road, or six miles west of Beresford on Highway 46, then three miles south on University Road.
Southeast Research Farm Manager Robert Berg said producers should note that a sprayer tune-up clinic sponsored by South Dakota State University Cooperative Extension and the South Dakota Department of Agriculture takes place immediately preceding the tour from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Southeast Research Farm.
Dr. John Kirby, the new director of the South Dakota Agricultural Experiment Station, will be on hand to greet visitors as educational tours get under way at 3 p.m.
Tour speakers and topics include SDSU Extension Weeds Specialist Mike Moechnig on weed pest control strategies; SDSU Extension Entomologist Mike Catangui on corn insect pests; and SDSU assistant professor of entomology Kelley Tilmon on soybean aphids.
SDSU Extension Pesticide Education Coordinator Jim Wilson will discuss crop fungicide equipment. Kurt Reitsma of the South Dakota Department of Agriculture will talk about ag chemical storage and mixing facilities.
SDSU Extension Crops Specialist Bob Hall will offer an update on small grain and field pea varieties. Southeast Research Farm Manager Robert Berg will discuss on-farm research about cool season annual crop rotations.
SDSU Department of Animal and Range Sciences Head Bob Thaler will update producers on SDSU swine research and discuss topics such as reduced nocturnal temperatures in nursery barns, and use of Paylean to overcome heat stress.
SDSU Extension Soil Fertility Specialist Jim Gerwing will talk about poly-coated urea and nitrogen timing; SDSU Soil Testing Lab Manager Ron Gelderman will discuss SDSU studies on cattle manure and soil fertility.
Plant science professor Dave Clay will offer an overview of SDSU research looking at deep-injecting manure to help soil nutrient distribution.
Lunch will be provided on the grounds courtesy of the Farm Credit Services of America.
Tour sponsors include the Southeast South Dakota Experiment Farm Corporation Board of Directors, South Dakota State University, the South Dakota Agricultural Experiment Station, the South Dakota Cooperative Extension Service, the SDSU Plant Science Department, and the SDSU Department of Animal and Range Sciences.
For more information contact the Southeast Research Farm by phone at (605) 563-2989, or by e-mail at: se.farms@.sdstate.edu.