SESD Experiment Farm Corporation annual meeting is Jan. 31

Southeast South Dakota Experiment Farm Corporation invites the public to attend their annual meeting Jan. 31, 2012, beginning at 1 p.m. at The Bridges Event Center in Beresford.

This annual event disseminates information to the public about current year's activities at Southeast Research Farm and highlights cutting edge ag-related topics presented by featured speakers.

Featured speakers this year include; Dwayne Beck, Dakota Lakes Research Farm Manager, Pierre, who will discuss ways cover crops, including perennial species can dramatically benefit various cropping systems and Mark Terpstra, president of Marks Seed Company, Perry, IA, who will explain how to achieve phenomenal soybean yields, 80- plus bushels per acre, by using technology to manage cyst nematode populations and help control other diseases.

Highlights of field research conducted at the station will also be presented. Ben Holland, Extension Feedlot Specialist at SDSU, will speak about beef cattle research results and this summer's feedlot expansion. Bob Thaler, Extension Swine Specialist at SDSU, will talk about lowering nursery barn utility costs, antibiotic effect on gut microbe populations and the effect of reducing particle size on pig performance. Bob Berg, Southeast Research Farm Manager, will summarize experiments designed to maximize corn and soybean yields, evaluate performance of a wide range of soybean maturity groups at various planting dates, plus an integrated crop and livestock project using forage sorghum and corn silages and an Animal Waste Management System designed by the USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service.

For more information contact, Bob Berg at robert.berg@sdstate.edu, or Ruth Stevens at ruth.stevens@sdstate.edu or call 605-563-2989.

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