The South Dakota Agricultural Experiment Station's Southeast Research Farm field day and tour is set for July 7.
The event begins at 3 p.m. at the farm, located six miles west of Interstate 29 on South Dakota Highway 46, then three miles south on University Road. Tours will continue until dusk. The Southeast Research Farm Corporation will celebrate the event as 2010 is the 50th anniversary of the facility.
The tour is free and a free lunch is planned. Certified Crop Advisor credits are pending. For more information, call Southeast Research Farm Manager Bob Berg at 605-563-2989 or e-mail the farm at this address: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The field day will include a number of presentations and tours of the research plots located at the farm. The presentations include:
• South Dakota State University's Soil Testing Laboratory Manager Ron Gelderman will discuss seed-placed fertilizer amounts.
• South Dakota Cooperative Extension Weeds Specialist Mike Moechnig will explain new herbicides for corn and soybeans; weed management demonstrations for Roundup Ready, Liberty Link, and conventional corn and soybeans; and tank-mix partners for glyphosate.
• SDSU plant science professor Peter Sexton will address ways to over-seed ryegrass and clovers as cover crops for corn.
• An SDSU AgBio Systems Engineering tour featuring Chris Hay and Dick Nicolai will look at agricultural drainage and its benefits and impacts, vegetative treatment systems for cattle feedlots, and air emissions monitoring for feedlots.
• Farm Manager Robert Berg will host a small-grain rotation tour with a focus on small grain crops that fit southeastern South Dakota growing areas.
• James Stone and Christopher Lupo from the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology are providing a poster with information on data collection and assessment for mercury total maximum daily load development in South Dakota.
Listen to radio stations KXRB or WNAX for more information.