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The South Dakota State University Southeast Research Farm to host Field Day on July 11

The South Dakota State University Southeast Research Farm Field Day will be held on July 11 near Beresford, South Dakota, with tours beginning at 1:30 p.m. CST. SDSU professors and Extension specialists will share information about ongoing research projects at the Southeast Farm. The tour is open to the public and continuing education credits for Certified Crop Advisers will be available.

Tours begin at 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Indoor presentations will begin at 3:30 p.m., and a presentation on “Bioplastics: Adding Value to Crop Residues” will begin at 5:30 p.m.

Schedule:

Tour 1 – Weed Evaluation Extension Demonstration (WEED) Project – Eric Jones, assistant professor and SDSU Extension Weed Management Specialist

Tour 2 – Small Grain and Forages

  • Oat Variety Trials – Melanie Caffe, associate professor and SDSU Oat Breeder
  • Warm Season Forages – Sara Bauder, SDSU Extension Forage Field Specialist
  • Rotation Effects – Anthony Bly, SDSU Extension Soils Field Specialist
  • Rye Grain Production – Brad Rops, Southeast Research Farm Operations Manager

Tour 3 – Corn and Soybean Tour

  • Corn Starter Fertilizer and Soybean Management for Protein – Peter Kovacs, assistant professor of precision agriculture cropping systems and internship coordinator
  • Corn N Source and Rate: Do Slow-Release Fertilizers Increase Fertilizer use Efficiency? – Jason Clark, assistant professor and SDSU Extension Soil Fertility Field Specialist
  • Addressing Corn and Soybean Insect Pests in Southeastern South Dakota – Adam Varenhorst, associate professor and SDSU Extension Field Crop Entomologist
  • Soil Health and a Look at Biologicals for Corn – Peter Sexton, associate professor, SDSU Extension Sustainable Cropping Systems Specialist and Southeast Research Farm Supervisor, and Sainfort Vital, graduate research assistant
  • Soybean Cyst Nematode Testing and Dangers of Resistance – Madalyn Shires, assistant professor and SDSU Extension Plant Pathology Specialist

Tour 4 – Fruit and Vegetable Tour

  • How to Grow Great Melons in a High Tunnel and the Field – Kristine Lang, assistant professor and SDSU Extension Consumer Horticulture Specialist
  • Integrating Early Season Clover Cover Crops as a Living Mulch in Organic Winter Squash Production – Alexis Barnes, graduate research assistant
  • Improving Soil Health by Integrating Living Mulch in Organic Vegetable Production Systems – Nitish Lnu, graduate research assistant
  • Beneficial Plants (and insects) for Vegetable Production – Joslyn Fousert, graduate research assistant

Indoor Presentations: 3:30 p.m.

  • Weather Outlook – Laura Edwards, SDSU Extension State Climatologist
  • Tar Spot and How to Identify it – Ciera Kotaska, graduate research assistant
  • Insects of Concern in Southeast South Dakota – Phil Rozeboom, SDSU Extension IPM Coordinator
  • Nitrogen in Oats – David Karki, SDSU Extension Agronomy Field Specialist
  • Precision Technology in Crop Production – Ali Mirzakhani, assistant professor and SDSU Extension Precision Agriculture Specialist

Indoor Presentations: 5:30 p.m.

  • Bioplastics: Adding Value to Crop Residues – Srinivas Janaswamy, associate professor

A meal sponsored by the Southeast South Dakota Experiment Farm Corporation will be provided. There is no cost or registration required to attend.

The research farm is located at 29974 University Road, Beresford, South Dakota (6 miles west and 3 south of Beresford). For more information, contact Peter Sexton, Southeast Research Farm Supervisor, at 605-563-2989 or peter.sexton@sdstate.edu.

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